An incredibly varied hike with some world class panoramic views. This is an unforgettable hike where the journey and the destination are equally matched.
April - September
6 per guide
150.000 ISK per group.
The hike starts by an abandoned quarry at the foot of Hafrafell. The start of the hike follows the base of the jagged Illuklettar, towards Skaftafellsjökull. From there we make our way up steep steps and a valley, bringing us to an extremely scenic col between Efri Menn and the top of Hafrafell. From there we follow Hafrafell's summit rigde, descending down to Sveltiskarð, before making our way up to the glacier's edge. There we rope up and make our way to the four peaks of Hrútsfjallstindar. The highest peak, Hátindur, is 1874 metres above sea level and offers stunning views of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland's highest summit, down the Svínafellsjökull glacier, and more. The way down follows the same route.
While the Hátindur is not as high as Hvannadalshjúkur, due to the varied nature of the route, the total ascent/descent is almost the same. This hike usually takes a longer time than the one to Hvannadalshnjúkur and is slightly more challenging. Therefore, very good physical fitness is required.
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.
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.