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An alpine rock climb at the ice cap's edge! This beautiful hike through a glacially carved valley which ends with a rock climb up a steep rock tower overlooking the Vatnajökull ice cap. A full value adventure




Group size


May- August


16-20 hours.

2 per guide

180.000 ISK per group.

Tour Description

Þumall, 1279 metres above sea level, is well visible from the ring road and looks like an unclimbable peak. The name translates to 'Thumb', as it's shape, as seen from afar, resembles one. This trip takes you far off the beaten path, and offers a true wilderness experience. The day is very long and requires good physical fitness. The rock climb to the summit of Þumall is not very technically challenging, but the rock is very loose in some places. Therefore, some rock climbing experience is highly recommended. 

The hike starts from Skaftafell, going in to the glacial valley Morsárdalur, surrounded by majestic and steep mountains. Upon reaching the base of the mountain Miðfell, we work our way up to, and out of the steep hanging valley Hnútudalur, reaching an exposed traverse to the base of Þumall. The climb to the top of Þumall follows the standard route on the Northern side, 120m in total.

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 as a two day hike with an overnight stay camp.


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!

  • Sunglasses.

  • 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.





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