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Hvannadalshnúkur: Glacier Climbing Tour from Skaftafell

Price from: € per person.

Time of departure:

05:00 - 05:00

Guaranteed departures:

15th May - 15th August

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  • Hiking
  • Glacier hiking

Trip difficulty:

  • 1
  • 2
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  • 5

A mountain hike to Icelands highest peak from Skaftafell National Park (Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur on Vatnajökull Glacier).

Trip difficulty: 4+ of 5 possible. 

To stand on Iceland’s highest peak and cast your eyes over the land is an unforgettable experience that no adventurer should let pass before him. The route to the top starts with a drive in towards Europe’s biggest glacier, the Vatnajokull glacier from Skaftafell National Reserve. The sheer size of the Vatnajokull glacier, at 8.100 km2, is almost beyond comprehension and this frozen expanse is a sight not soon forgotten. You will need specialized glacier equipment such as crampons and an expert mountain guide to cross the crevasse riddled glacier plateau. All things considered the hike up the “Hnjúkurinn”, as Icelanders call it, is not a technical climb although it certainly is a long and physically challenging one. 

The day before our estimated departure the guides will meet up with the group to discuss the details of the trip and go over logistics. At this time you will also be provided with the necessary equipment so that you can be ready for an early morning departure. Although there is no technical climbing involved in the ascent to the summit, it is both physically and mentally challenging and takes 10-15 hours. The total elevation gain is more than 2000m (6,500 ft.) and the total walking distance is 23 km (14 miles). We will be moving over challenging terrain and crossing crevasses so an expert mountain guide and specialized glacier equipment such as ropes and crampons are essential.

All technical equipment is included in the price for the tour (crampons, harness, ice axe and ropes). Lunch is not included, and it is good for you to bring in your lunch sandwiches, energy bars, dry fruits and chocolate for example, although this is up to your personal taste, just remember you need lots of energy. Also remember to bring enough water, 3 liter is a good amount. you can read all about what to bring in the  Equipment list (link under Details & Prices) .

Guaranteed departures: Please contact us at or call +354.659.7000 to confirm departure availability. This trip is available from the 15th of May to the 31st of August (depending on weather and snow conditions). 
Please note that you will have to stay the night before and after the hike in Skaftafell under the Vatnajökull glacier or in its surroundings.

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors outside our control.

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DisclaimerAll hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.
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  • Backpack

    35Litre pack for the alpine tours - pack has straps for ice axe and plenty of room for your food, extra layers, and crampons.

  • Hiking boots

Guaranteed departures

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 15th of May to the 15th of August


Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell, Svínafell campsite, hike, necessary instruction, and glacier gear. 

What to bring with you

Please refer to our Equipment list for information on what to bring. 

Duration of trip

13 hours

Minimum age

18 years.

Maximum number of participants

8 persons per guide

Distance from Reykjavík

330 km / 205 miles

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