Hnappur & Sveinstindur

An exciting expedition where the mission is ambitious, two magnificent mountain giants in one trip!

44.900 ISK

| 343 $

326 € |


West Hnappur stands at 1,849 meters above sea level in the southern caldera of Öræfajökull and Sveinstindur is at 2,044 meters above sea level in the eastern caldera. Both peaks are remarkable, but Sveinstindur is the second highest peak in Iceland. It is named after Sveinn Pálsson, a physician, who was the first person to walk on Öræfajökull in 1794. The Hanppur was long considered the highest peak in Iceland, until an expedition with a good view of its summit in 1891 revealed that Hvannadalshnúkur was much higher. 

For whom?

The trip is within the reach of those who are in very good shape and are used to long and demanding walks. We are walking a lot in the snow during this trip. Although the way up is not technical, it is still long and takes on physically and mentally. The trip is therefore very demanding and requires the cooperation of a guide and others in the group.

The entire walk is about 22-24 kilometers and is estimated to take 14-16 hours. A modified jeep is driven up Hnappavallaleið by Fagurhólsmýri at an altitude of 700-800 meters. The drive takes about 30-60 minutes. Then the dance begins, we walk up the beautiful glacier and have to climb 1,100 meters to get to the edge of the caldera and to the Hnappur. We walk on a cracked glacier in a line and with ice axes. At 1,800 meters we have reached the caldera of Öræfajökull and there the horizon opens. We are facing Dyrhamar, Hvannadalshnúkur, Sveinstindur, Snæbreið, Rótarfellshnúkur and Hnappur on the right. When you reach the summit itself, the path to the highest point is steep. From the top is one of the most beautiful views in Iceland. There you can see the most majestic view of Hvannadalshnúkur, which makes it look even more magnificent than the traditional view from Skaftafell or from Sandfellsleiðinn. In addition, the beautiful Suðursveitin can be seen with its beautiful landmarks such as Jökusárlón, Fjallsárlón, Breiðamerkurjökull and Esjufjöll. We then walk another way down to enjoy even more beauty, down the way known as Kvískerjaleiðin, or the “doctor’s way”. The trip ends at Kvísker, the easternmost town of Öræfi. 

be prepared for your adventure

Important information: It is necessary to stay in Öræfi the night before, as the walk starts early in the morning and does not end until the second half of the day. We recommend arriving in the afternoon to get a good rest for a long and hard day. It is common to leave between 3 and 5 at night, depending on the situation. We have an introductory meeting at 5 pm the day before, if you do not come then you can get information by phone and email. 

Moreover, it is important to know that the weather can change quickly and sometimes the conditions can be hard to predict so we may need to move the hike to a different day and even turn around. This is definitely an important fact to know about preparing for the summit hike in Iceland and we will keep you up to date with the weather conditions in the area if you sign up for this adventure with us.

The tour summary:
  • Length of trip: 22-24 km, 14-16 hours
  • Height: The Hnappur is 1,849 meters high and Sveinstindur is 2,044 meters
  • Elevation: over 1,400 meters (up to 700-800 meters)
  • Season available: April – July 
  • Starting point: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
  • Price: 44.900 ISK per person, minimum 6 people.

Private trips are also available. We offer larger groups special prices. 

Contact or tel. +3548941317 to receive an offer.

What to bring: A detailed list of equipment will be sent to participants.


If someone from the rope team gets exhausted the whole team needs to turn around.

According to our standards there are 6+ guide.

The weather high on the glaciers in iceland can be really unpredictable, we choose the day that looks best onthe forecast but that can change fast, if the weather gets too bad on the glacier we take no chances because then a small incident like a twisted ankle can become a difficult rescue that puts many people in danger. The guide has training and gear to get everyone down even if the visibility is bad.

When there is risk of crevasse fall the team is connected with a rope and if everyone keeps the rope tight then normally people just fall up to they’re knee or waist at most.

Normally the group takes a small break every hour to drink or eat and then there usually isno problem to do your business out of sight 🙂

No, not in Iceland because the highest summit is only in about 2110 meters or 7000 feet.

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