We offer guidance on the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur in Öræfajökull.
Walking on Hvannadalshnúkur is challenging and exciting, perfect for anyone who loves hiking.

31.900 ISK

| 244 $

232 € |


We offer guidance on the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur in Öræfajökull. If the weather is promising, the view is overwhelmingly beautiful. In the north, mountain peaks rise above the glacier, glaciers flow down the slopes and in the south there are endless black sands that bear the Atlantic Ocean. Walking on Hvannadalshnúkur is an exciting challenge that nature lovers should not miss! 

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 walk starts early at Sandfell, about 10 minutes from Skaftafell. The route itself is about 24 km and the walk usually takes 11-15 hours. The first task of the day is to walk on Sandfell. We reach the glacier at about 1,100 meters above sea level and then we go to a safety line. Usually there are 2-6 people in a line. After that it takes a long slope. It is not technical, but mentally and physically demanding. Visitors need to be prepared to split glacier cracks, but your guide and our specialized glacier equipment will ensure your safety on the go. At the top we claim victory and enjoy the view of Europe’s largest glacier peak outside the Arctic. We descend the same path and end up in Sandfell where we started. 

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 4 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: 24 km, 11-15 hours
  • Elevation: 2,110 meters 
  • Elevation: about 2,000 meters 
  • Season available: April – July 
  • Starting point: Sandfell in Öræfi 
  • Price: 39.900 ISK per person, minimum 2 people.


Private trips are also available, the line with a max. of 6 people costs 200,000 ISK . We offer larger groups special prices. 

Contact info@localguide.is or tel. +3548941317 to receive an offer

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


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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 summit is only in about 2110 meters or 7000 feet.

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