Hvannadalshnjúkur is a magnificent place, this expedition take you to the highest peak in Iceland and on the biggest galcier in Europe.
Hvannadalshnjúkur is a magnificent place, this expedition take you to the highest peak in Iceland and on the biggest
glacier in Europe. Hiking up to the peak is not a technical climb but it‘s require good stamina, hiking time is from 10-14 hours.
We start with a meeting the day before the hike to make sure you know what the summit day is going to be like.
Our guides also go over how the glacier gear works and how we will do this hike. We also want to know our experience in
the mountains to set the starting time, if you are beginner we start earlier so we can do this on a nice pace, but if you are a good hiker and used to mountaineering we can start later in the morning. We do this so we can be on the summit a round 13:00.
Summit day start early, our guides are going to meet you at Sandell (Sand hill or death hill) which is the beginning of
the hike. Sandfell (sand hill) is the first part of the hike steep gravel hill take us from 20meters up to 700m.
The good thing about this first hill is that you can refill your water bottle a round 500meters. So you dont need to bring
a lot of water for the first 1-2 hours, this is also a nice place to grab some snack. We will continue on gravel, rocks and snow up to 1100m. This place is called skerið or (reef) at this point we put on harnesses and rope up for the hills a head.
This is another good place to eat and drink something so its nice to stop and take in the nature and the view of the area.
Nest part is probably going to be the most mentally demanding part. We go from 1100m to 1800m, this part is not going to
change a lot, long snow hills will lead us to the plateau of Öræfajökull.
On a clear day the view can be beautiful in this area so its nice to break up this hill with some stops to drink and take
some photos. The main danger on this part are crevasses, that our guides will navigate past or go over in some parts, that why we have harnesses and ropes on for safety.
When we get to the plateau it‘s perfect to have some lunch and in joy the view and the achievements of the morning. After lunch and some photos we start to cross the plateau to the summit it‘s self. The summit rise about 200m above
the plateau. Below the summit we make the a short brake to put on crampons and ice axe this is the final push to the summit of highest peak in Iceland. On clear days the view from the top is stunning, you can see Hrútfelstindar, Þumall and part of Vatnajökull ice cap. Our next part is the descent back, this will not take as long as the hike up but we will move slowly do to tired muscles
and we are still have rope between us. After Skerið or the reef we can move lot faster back to the car.
local Glacier guide,
You need to bring snacks & food for the day.
warm cloths :
rain gear pants and jacket,
down or primaloft jacket (can be nice on lunch brake)
good hiking boots
hat and gloves
food and water for the day. 2Liters of water.