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Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland, Guided Group Ascent


One of the certified guides in the Icelandic Mountain Guides team wants to take you on an exciting full day ascent of the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur!


1 Day

Apr - Jun




The highest peak in IcelandHvannadalshnúkur (2,110m) is an amazing mountain that seems to loom even larger than it actually is. And during this full day group trip, you will have the chance to scale it right to the summit.

The ascent and descent of Hvannadalshnúkur will take the entire day, close to 15 total hours. As a result, participants of this trip should be in good physical condition. The climb, while not requiring much mountaineering experience, still has some difficult spots, so care should be taken at all times. We will also see to it you are properly and safely guided every step of the way.

Once you reach the summit of this great Icelandic peak, you will get to enjoy a paralleled view of what will feel like the entire country! You will be able to gaze at the vast, frozen tundra, as well as admire several gorgeous glaciers, including the Vatnajökull glacier.

Since the trip will be taking place during the spring and summer months, the weather will be agreeable enough to make the climb. The dates of departure are Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hence providing you with several options to choose from once you arrive in Iceland.

There is an abundance of beautiful and adventurous sights to see and experience in Iceland. However, there is something amazing about climbing to the top of the highest peak in the country. Perhaps because in a way, that means you've literally reached the top of the country! And by scaling Hvannadalshnúkur that is exactly what you'd be doing.

So send us a request, join a group, and enjoy a climb you will never forget.

You can also enjoy this same trip in a private group as well.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

- Avalanche equipment

- Belay and rappel devices


More info

Participants should bring the following gear with them:

Boots and Clothing:

  • Hiking Boots – Waterproof with good ankle support.
  • Gaiters.
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Long Johns (early season – April / beginning of May).
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece (2nd layer).
  • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
  • Pants – light and fast drying – e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket with a good hood – Waterproof and breathable.
  • Rain pants – Waterproof and breathable material.
  • Gloves – 2 pairs - different thickness.
  • Mittens – insulated (early season climbs / April beginning of May).
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic.
  • Warm hat– Wool or synthetic.
  • Puffy jacket – down or fibre.

Other gear:

  • Backpack – 30-40 litres.
  • Sunglasses – rated for glacier travel.
  • Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more.
  • Camera.
  • Headlamp (at times of year when it gets dark).

Optional gear:

  • Walking Pole(s).
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Baseball cap for sun protection.
  • Ski-goggles for ascents to the end of April.

Meeting point

Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure


What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

This is a very challenging trip; participants need to keep in mind that this is a 15/18hrs hike and requires a very good level of fitness.

Note that there is a mandatory meeting on the day BEFORE the hike.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

You will need mountain boots and good clothing.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?


What happens in the event of bad weather?

We will try to reschedule if possible, or offer a full refund.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

1 guide: 6 clients.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

April to June.

Can I join a group?

We have selected dates available for the summit season.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Keur Saloum Hotel Mar Lodj Senegal
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Royal Lodge Mar Lodj Senegal
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Campement du Niominka Mar Lodj Senegal
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Icelandic Mountain Guides has been setting the standard in terms of safety, expertise and environmental protection in Iceland since its creation in 1994. Our outdoor adventure company is owned and operated by mountain guides and was the first to offer the Glacier Walk in Iceland, which was key to the industry's exponential growth.

You will find our company's headquarters in Reykjavik and our base camp in the stunning Skaftafell National Park. Whether you want to go hiking, skiing or climbing or whether you are looking for a day tour or a multi-day tour, we can help you. Come with us to discover everything Iceland and Greenland have to offer.


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