Climbing the highest peak in Iceland
Every year the number of climbers tackling the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnukur, grows rapidly. This fifteen hour hard climb is not for all but those adventurous enough will be amply rewarded on top.
Hvannadalshnukur rises 2211 meters above sea-level and more to the point rises above a area renown for its beauty. The trek/climb gives you, given the weather is clear, unique views to sea, over Skaftafell National Park and well into the highlands and the East of the country.
The peak is on top of Oraefajokull glacier and can be seen from afar rising toweringly above the Skaftafell National Park area. The trek/climb is challenging but as long as you are fit you´ll be able to make it. But making it and enjoying it are two different things and it must be said you will not really enjoy it much is you´re out of breath and stamina all the way.
Quite a few tour organizers offer this trip on a regular basis. It is recommended to go in the summer months since in winter the weather is much more likely to change for the worse and since parts of the climb involve trekking over deep crevasses seeing is essential. Food, water, warm clothes and climbing equipment is also very much needed.
You are free to try the climb on your own and this will cost nothing and no permits are needed. But for novices scheduled tours are the thing to do. The trip varies in cost and below are prices from popular tour companies in 2013.
Prices based on ISK for two persons since few go it alone.
- Wild Iceland (59.980)
- Mountain Guides (53.800)
- Arctic Rafting (59.980)
- Extreme Iceland (53.800)
- Arctic Adventures (49.980)