A stunning journey through varied landscape to reach Iceland's second highest summit.
April - July
6 per guide
From 49.900 ISK per person.
Sveinstindur is named after Sveinn Pálsson, a 17th century doctor and scholar who is believed to have made the first ascent in 1794. It was long believed to the highest summit in the country. We now know it is the second highest point in Iceland, rising 2044m above sea level.
Our favorite route to Sveinstindur starts at the mouth of the famous Múlagljúfur canyon. We follow winding paths along the canyon, working our way steadily up. As the paths fade we start to notice glacial erosion in our surroundings, signs of the past extent of the glacier. Once higher, we reach the glacier's edge and rope up. The glacier is moderately crevassed as it flows down the slopes of mount Öræfajökull. We pass by Sveinsgnípa for some stunning views as we get to the caldera. From there we traverse to Sveinstindur and make the final climb. The descent follows the same route.
A mandatory meeting with the guide takes place the day before the hike. There we go over a detailed plan for the hike, weather and conditions on the mountain, hand out required gear and answer any questions. Starting time is decided in the meeting, but generally between 2 and 5am. Bring all the equipment you plan to carry on this meeting and all clothes you plan to wear.
This hike can be done on skis, contact us for more information.
Personal equipment required
Outdoor clothing suitable for variable weather and temperatures.
Good hiking boots suitable to wear with crampons.
Good clothes and boots are vital on this hike. Check out our equipment recommendations!
A warm hat and a cap.
A backpack for your personal belongings and technical gear.
Thick and thin gloves.
Water bottles, minimum 2L.
Lunch and snacks for the day.