Hvannadalshnukur is the highest mountain of Iceland, rising from the rim of an old, eroded volcanic crater, along with several other peaks of comparable height. Iceland's southern coast is just south of the mountain, as is the coastal highway, which simplifies the approach to Hvannadalshnukur. To the north of the mountain, Vatnajokull, Iceland's largest glacier, stretches across much of southeastern Iceland.

Elevation (feet): 6,952
Elevation (meters): 2,119
Continent: Europe
Country: Iceland
Range/Region: Iceland
Latitude: 64.0167
Longitude: -16.6833
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1891
First successful climber(s): Frederick W.W. Howell, Pall Jonsson, Thorlakur Thorlaksson
Nearest major airport: Reykjavik, Iceland
Convenient Center: Sandfell or Skaftafell, Iceland

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 17 trip reports for Hvannadalshnukur.

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  • Log #22411 - by Sven Bugarski on Sep 25, 2013
    Although the standard route to the summit does not require technical climbing and has no very steep sections, the term "walk up" might lead to people underestimating the tour. The first...
  • Log #21134 - by James Barlow on Dec 24, 2007
    After 2 different weekends where I was rained out before even starting this hike, I finally had a weekend of good weather and was able to climb this one. Hvannadalsnúkur is a wonderful way to spend...
  • Log #20856 - by Andrea on July 01, 2007
    We climbed this peak during our honeymoon, on the summer soltice. Started at 5:00am, ended just before 19:00 - a pretty good day! Had great weather once we broke through the clouds. Hiking on the...
  • Log #3202 - by Simon Holt on July 26, 2004
    Summitted on excellent day, with blistering sunshine. Trek across summit crater to final berg peak can be extremely hot in sunshine due to reflected insolation, and sunscreen is an absoloute must!...
  • Log #3203 - by carson poe on July 11, 2004
    amazing day. amazing mountain. long day, though....pack enough food and listen to the guides' 2 to 3 liter water advisement!
  • Log #3204 - by kmurphy on Mar 05, 2004
    I'm a computer teacher in the Dallas Independent School District. I want to say thank you for a great resource for teaching students about landforms. The students enjoy using your website.
  • Log #3205 - by susan whitaker on Feb 24, 2004
    The first trip of 2004 to Hvannadalshnúkur was with Einar Rúnar Sigurðssonwith (www.hofsnes.com) the wonderful local mountain guide. We hiked up Kotárjökulleið starting at 7.00am, and walked...
  • Log #3216 - by Einar Runar Sigurdsson on Aug 22, 2003
    The first ascent of Hvannadalshnukur took place 17. August 1891 when Frederick W.W. Howell (UK) guided by my great grandfather Pall Jonsson and another local man Thorlakur Thorlaksson climbed to the...
  • Log #3206 - by Dániel Marosffy on Aug 12, 2002
    Local guides might have deliberately maintained the fog aroud so that we were not able to find the way up without them :) Only the starting point was clear (Sandfell - the place with the tree). Maybe...
  • Log #3207 - by Freddy Cook on Aug 01, 2002
    We were promised good weather and set off at 5.30 am with a group of 12 including 2 guides (10 islandics, a scot and an englishman). After long ascent we summitted at around 3 o'clock in thick cloud....
  • Log #3208 - by Ch & Ts on July 31, 2002
    We camped over night on the summit - beautiful!!!
  • Log #3209 - by Bardur Arnason on Apr 26, 2002
    Late winter, early summer, use telemark skis. The other surrounding peaks are also fun to ski.
  • Log #3210 - by Fridjon "Freon" Thorleifsson on Apr 25, 2002
    Trying to catch Einars record of almost 150 times (aha). Check out my site for a full story of one of the acsents!
  • Log #3211 - by Johan, Anders and Audun on June 28, 2000
    Had a great ascent with our guide (Einar, Coast to Mountains) in August 1999. 11 hours in perfect weather conditions. We wish to come back to Iceland one day, but first we have to ascent the other...
  • Log #3212 - by Martin Kandler on Feb 29, 2000
    I was returning from a holiday in Norway and took a pic. out the plane window,shortly before landing in Keflavik.I believe the peak to have been Hvannadalshnukur.Would appreciate confirmation of this.
  • Log #3214 - by Karl Hughes on June 20, 1999
    Whilst the first Winter Crossing W>E of Vatnajokull,unsupported was comencing. I topped out on Havannadalshnukur via Swinafelljokull and the East Ridge. Had a bloody cold night in a snowhole and...
  • Log #3215 - by Einar Sverrisson on May 19, 1999
    Summited Hvannadalshnukur in the first try. It took us 13 hours in good weather. Tried again the year after, on skies, but the weather made us retreat. (Good Telemarking conditions though!) Trying...