North Ice is the only company in Iceland that offers heli-climbing tours. This is a unique opportunity to climb some of the most remote peaks in Iceland.
The day starts early or around 9:00 at Atlantsflug hangar, in Skaftafell. We begin by going over the task of the day and some protocols.
After loading all the climbing gear is in the helicopter we start the 7-15 minutes flight to Þumall. This is a great opportunity to see Skaftafell and the south edge of Vatnajökull from the eyes of a bird.
The heli will drop us below Þumall where the climbing will begin. Under the mountain our guide is going to show you how to use the climbing gear. This is also a magnificent place to take some photos over the valley Morsárdalur and the big basalt column Þumall.
Next part is the climbing itself. The climbing itself is not the hardest climb in Iceland but is one of the most beautiful ones.
It will take us about 6-8 hours to climb with good breaks to eat and enjoy the view. The helicopter will pick us up and fly back to Skaftafell.
Þumall is 1279m above sea level. Back in the old days this mountain was said to be unclimbable and if you see the north wall of the colum you get why. It was first climbed in 1974 and did not get many visitors over the next years. This rock is a basalt column based on south edge of Vatnajökull and rises 120meters over the ice cap.
Duration / climb: 6-8 hours
Elevation: 120 m.
Grade: III 5.5 /5.6
Level of difficulty: 5/5
Age min: 16 years
Pax: min 1 – max 3
Time of year: summer
Meet on location: Atlandsflug, sightseeing in Skaftafell, national park, see location on map below.
Meeting time: 10:00
- Climbing gear
- Climbing shoes
- Local guide
- Warm cloths:
- Rain gear pants and jacket
- Down or primaloft jacket (can be nice on lunch brake)
- Good hiking shoes
- Hat and gloves
- 20-30L backpack
- Food & water for the day.
You can rent some of this gear from us if you don’t have it.
About the weather in Iceland
Weather in Iceland can change fast so if the weather is not good for this hike day we may have to cancel this trip or we can move the hike to the next day if that is better.