Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland, Guided Hike (private)

A local's favorite, the Hvannadalshnúkur is Iceland's highest hike at 2110 m. Join one of the certified guides in the Icelandic Mountain Guides team on this amazing private ascent!




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Apr, May, Jun, Jul

Type of Trip



  • Get to the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest peak in Iceland.

  • Take part in an exciting and challenging hike.

  • Contemplate amazing views of the Vatnajökull glacier.


Located on the north-western rim of the Öræfajökull volcano, Hvannadalshnúkur is the highest peak in Iceland (2,100 meters). Join us on this group hiking quest to reach its summit!

This exciting hike to the top of Hvannadalshnúkur consists of a full day (about 15 hours) trek. You’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Vatnajökull glacier and vast sandy plains.

Hiking this peak is a once in a lifetime experience and we will be happy to guide you on this challenging experience. You won’t need any technical climbing skills, although you do need to be in very good physical condition!

Please note that this expedition can only be done from April to mid-July, as later in the season the last part becomes a steep maze of crevasses that we are not able to cross with an acceptable margin of safety. Also, take into account that we can only take from 2 to 6 people on this ascent.

Apart from the guiding fee, the price includes the ice gear and safety equipment. You only have to bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, lunch and drinks. And lots of energy!

So send us a request and let’s organize a private tour to the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur. We promise an amazing experience you will never forget!

If you would like to join a group tour of this ascent, you can also join us here.

Price per person

Group of 2
741 USD

Group of 3
509 USD

Group of 4
407 USD

Group of 5
333 USD

Group of 6
278 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment
 A minimum of 2 people is required.


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure
More info

- Distance: 22 km (14 miles)
- Elevation: >2000 meters (6500 feet)
- Estimated time: 12-15 hours

What you need to bring with you:
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.


About the 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.

FROM 278 USD per person


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