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A hike to Icelands highest peak

White Giant

A demanding full-day glacier traverse and conquest of Iceland’s highest summit, with great rewards to match the effort!

Price from 42.990 ISK per person.

Tour highlights
  • Hvannadalshnúkur peak
  • Öræfajökull (Oraefajokull glacier)
  • Vatnajökull (Vatnajokull glacier)
  • 10- 15 hours of hiking

Please note that all departures have been closed down for the 2016 season due to unfavorable conditions on the summit.  Hikes up to Hvannadalshnjukur will be available again in the spring of 2017.

Rated: Demanding.
Duration:  Approximately 13 hours.
Departure time: 05:00 from our Skaftafell sales office (gray house with turf roof).
Minimum age: 18 years.
Included: Glacier hiking tour with a certified glacier guide, necessary instruction, and glacier gear.
Remember to bring:  Please check our detailed equipment list.
Please note: Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.
Maximum number of participants: 8 persons per guide.

  • + More details

    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 Vatnajökull glacier from Skaftafell National Reserve. The sheer size of the Vatnajökull 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.

    Please note that our White Giant tour is HIGHLY dependent on your physical and mental conditions. It is not essential that you are an experienced hiker, but you have to be able to hike through rough terrain for up to 15 hours.  It is a good benchmark if you can run 10km under an hour.


  • + 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.

    Click here for details on our cancellation policy.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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