Vatnajokull National Park

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Vatnajokull National Park

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Climb Hvannadalshnjuk - The top of Iceland

We all know it gives a special feeling to be on top of something. It is a kind of fulfilment, self-realization and triumph. After a good hike and hard work this is extraordinarily true and when you are embraced by a good view over a magnificent surrounding you get humbled by the gift of being there. You feel great but at the same time very small in an epic nature.

Please notice: The price goes with minimum 3 persons in a group. With fewer we consider it as a private guided tour.

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Included:

  • Experienced English and Scandinavian speaking Icelandic guides.
  • Pick up from Skaftafell campsite, Hotel Skaftafell and Svínafell campsite.
  • Glacier gear (hiking sticks, ice axes, crampons, harness and carabiner)
  • Contribution to the local rescue team (5 per cent of the tour guide fee)
  • Final mutual dinner (a solid Icelandic meat soup)

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Provisions for the day

Duration of hike:    12-16 hours.

Difficulty: 9 on a scale 1-10 

Price:  42.000 ISK per person. 

Dates with reservations: The weekends in May

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors outside our control.

Hvannadalshnjukur (2110 m) is Iceland’s highest mountain, towering the national park Vatnajökull and Europe's biggest glacier. Climbing to the top of it is a sort of hike you can tackle as a long day's journey but it isn't serious technical mountain climbing. Although Hvannadalshnjukur is a moderate altitude climb, a good level of physical and mental fitness is needed to handle more demanding sections and the overall endurance of the day. Basic mountaineering skills are required and you will be equipped with ice axes, crampons, harness and rope to take on the snow.  Ice and deep crevasses will be on our route to and from the summit.

The best time for a glacier hike is the spring (April- May) because of melting and light situation. The glacier guides will study the weather forecast watchfully before estimated departure, adjust the touring date and the night before they meet up with the group to discuss everything in detail what matters for the welfare and safety on the tour.

Equipment list for a glacier hike

Exterior gear 

  • Walking poles
  • Backpack - Day Bag (approx. 35 l.)
  • Ice axes
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Harnesses
  • Locking carabineer

Clothing

  • Jacket (Gore-Tex)
  • Pants, Soft Shell (Gore-Tex)
  • Sweater, fleece
  • Walking pants
  • Walking booths (adjusted - not new)
  • Gaiters
  • Warm underwear
  • Gloves - Mittens of wool is best with outer shell
  • Cap
  • Two pair outdoor socks

 

Personal stuff

  • Suntan lotion/lipstick - factor 3-5
  • Sun glasses
  • Goggles
  • Toilet paper
  • Earplugs
  • Sports tape, second skin, plaster, elastic strap...
  • Camera

Supplies stuff

  • Thermos flask
  • Water bottle
  • Food container, cup etc.
  • Pocket knife

Food (max 1 kg.) – An example

  • Rye bread, butter/chess
  • Salami / dry fish / meet
  • Nuts / raisins / potato chips
  • Biscuit /chocolate
  • Cacao / tee + energy drinks/powder

Liquid minimum 2 litres