Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest mountain in Iceland. Are you going to miss the chance to discover this magical place?
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At 2110 m.a.s.l., Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest mountain in Iceland. It is set on the crater rim of Oræfajökull, an active volcano close to the Atlantic shore to the southeast of the country. Although not a challenging climb in terms of altitude, it is full of crevices all the way up. Additionally, the glaciated terrain and icy cold temperatures make it more difficult to tackle than initially apparent. Of course, a certified guide can ensure that you enjoy this thrilling climb safely, and show you the best spots in the area!
To get to Hvannadalshnúkur you will first need to travel to the icelandic capital of Reykjavik. From there you will need to get to Skaftafell National Park, which is right next to the mountain and also has a well-equipped campsite. To get there, you need to either rent a car or hire a guide that can take you to the starting point of the climb.
Because Iceland is so close to the Arctic, you can expect it to be generally cold. However, because of the volcanic activity and oceanic currents, it might not be as cold as you expect. It certainly is moody and there can be a lot of variation within the day, so be prepared for hot, cold, sun and snow or rain.
From Reykjavik you will need to get to Skaftafell National Park, which is right next to the mountain and also has a well-equipped campsite. To get there, you need to either rent a car or hire a guide that can take you to the starting point of the climb.
You will find a different reason to visit in every season. For mountain climbing, the best season is summer, from June to September. Plus, you will get the chance to make the best of the 24hr. sun!
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