The Three Peaks Challenge
A superb mountain climbing expedition in the Land of Fire and Ice
The breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual tours on offer. On the agenda are three different peaks mixed with walks in the magnificent landscape of Landmannalaugar and around Skaftafell National Park. With each peak our climbing objectives get more challenging.
We start with an easy hike of Mt Hengill (805/2640ft) overlooking Þingvellir National Park. and the lake. The world famous volcano Hekla is our next objective, where, to reach the peak (1491m/4890 ft) of this highly active volcano, we have to make our way over the gray pumice, rough lava and sometimes snow, before reaching the fissured summit*. In Skaftafell NP right under the great Vatnajökull glacier is the home of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m/ 6921 ft) Iceland’s highest summit and our ultimate climbing objective!
Together with all this excellent climbing and hiking in the 24 hour daylight, an opportunity to bathe in a hot river, some amazing views of landscape and birdlife make this tour an amazing adventure holiday.
In Skaftafell NP right under the great Vatnajökull glacier is the home of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m/ 6921 ft) Iceland’s highest summit and our ultimate climbing objective!Together with all this excellent climbing and hiking in the 24 hour daylight, an opportunity to bathe in a hot river, some amazing views of landscape and birdlife make this tour an amazing adventure holiday.
Day 1 First peak: Mt Hengill – Vörðuskeggi Peak
Early morning departure from Reykjavík, driving east to the north side of the Hengill Volcano massive. There we will hike up on Vorðuskeggi Peak (805) m. Trom the top we enjoy views of Lake Þingvellir and Langjökull to the north and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Vestmann Islands.Today we also visit the Geysir geothermal area and the waterfall of Gullfoss before reaching our accommodation. Overnight at a hostel/mountain hut beneath Mt. Hekla.
Day 2 Second peak: Mt. Hekla
Here we attempt to summit the highly active volcano of Hekla (1491m / 4892ft.). The accent involves a long ascent across a lunar landscape to reach a summit which is fissured and steaming. Return to our hostel/mountain hut.
Day 3 Landmannalaugar-Skaftafell
Continuing across the Fjallabak natural reserve, the region behind the mountains, we reach Landmannalaugar where a dip in the hot river is recommended. Optional hike to Bláhnúkur volcano the blue peak, then a drive via the Eldgjá canyon to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park.*
*Please note that this route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead.
Day 4 Peak three: Hvannadalshnúkur
We can expect a long day today, as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur (2119m / 6952ft), Iceland’s highest peak. Much of the route is on the Öræfajökull Glacier.
Day 5 Ingólfshöfði and Glacier Lagoon
A touring day, visiting the Skaftafell National Park, the seabird colony at Ingólfshöfði and the famous glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón.
Day 6 South Coast – Reykjavík
Heading back towards the west along the scenic south coast of Iceland, we pass beneath Eyjafjallajökull and visit the impressive Skógarfoss waterfall. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.
Qualified mountain guide
food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6)
Sleeping bag accommodation
Cooking gear and safety equipment for glacier travel
The accent of Hvannadalshnúkur involves roped glacier travel and the use of crampons. No special technical skills are required but the hike is phiscally demanding due to the long accent and decent.
*Mt Hekla is a highly active Volcano and it is possible that our itinerary will have to be changed if civil authorities advise so. In that case another comparable summit will be climbed.
Fjallabak route is closed in May and June due to snow in the highlands. An alternative route of the south coast of Iceland will be used instead.
This tour is run in cooperation with KE Adventures.
Please note that we need a minimum of 6 passengers to be able to confirm the departure.
What do I need to bring?
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Boots and Clothing
Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof and with ankle support – crampon compatible boots are not required.
Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
Trousers – Strong, light and quick drying e.g. soft-shell.
Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.
Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
Warm Gloves – e.g. ski gloves or mittens.
Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots.
Duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between accommodations. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 30 – 40L (1700 – 2500 cu in)
Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this tour.
Towel – light weight and packable.
Sunglasses & sun protection rated for glacier travel.
Water containers – thermos flask or water bottles totalling in volume of about 2 – 3 L.
Casual clothes and changes of clothes.
Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
Prescription medication and other personal health items,
Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
Slippers for indoor use.
Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact us.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 15 days or less before event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 75% if booking is cancelled a month or less before event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 2 months or less before event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 15% if booking is cancelled 9 months or less before event
|Experience type||Multi day tour|
|Duration||6 days, 1 hours|
|Booking in advance||Cut off: 3 days, 48 hours|
|Physical difficulty level||Demanding|
|Know before you go||Minimum age of passengers is: 16|