Hrútfjallstindar Hike


About the tour

Hrútfjallstindar is a magnificent mountain with four peaks. They rise from 1756 to 1875meters above sea level and they give you a big alpine feeling, all around you have big peaks and massive outlet glaciers.

This is not the tallest peak in the country but its one of the most spectacular one. Hrútfjallstindar are located on the south edge of Vatnajökull glacier the biggest glacier in Europe.

Hiking up to the peak is not a technical climb but it requires good stamina, hiking time is from 12-16 hours depends on conditions.

We are going to start early in the morning at Hafrafell. This mountain is an easy hike on rocks and gravel and takes us to 960meters. This is also a good place to have some snacks and water.

After some rest we descend down Sveltiskarð before we get to the edge of the glacier. At the base of the glacier we put on the glacier equipment and start the glacier hike to the summits.

We take the same route back down the mountain.


For those who want a more extreme tour we also offer a climbing tour up the south face of the mountain.

For more info on this tour send us a mail or give us a call.

It‘s nice to take 3 days to do this hike,

Day 1: Drive to Skaftafell
Day 2: Summit day 12-16 hours
Day 3: Sleep, recover and drive back. We don’t recommend to drive back to Reykjavík the same day as the hike is.


Duration / Walking: 12 – 16 hours

Ascent:  3000 meters

Distance: 27 km

Level of difficulty: 4/5

Age Min: 13 years

Pax: min 2pax – max 6pax

Time of year: Mai – june

Pick up: not available

Meet on location:  Svínafellsjökull parking spot.

Meeting time: 06:00


We provide:

  • Glacier gear
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ropes
  • Carabiner
  • Harness
  • Local Glacier guide

You Bring:

  • Warm cloths:
    • Rain gear pants & jacket
    • Down or primaloft jacket ( can be nice on lunch brake)
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Hat & gloves
  • 30-40L backpack
  • Food & water for the day
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles

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.

Contact us if you have any questions: