Skessuhorn Hike & climb

The Icelandic Matterhorn

About the tour

Skessuhorn is one of the most fun mountains to climb close to Reykjavík. The north west ridge is a beautiful climb with an alpine feeling.

We start with one hour drive from Reykjavík heading north-west to the valley Skorradalur. When we get to the destination, we will go over the task for the day. When we are ready, we begin the approach to the base of Mt. Skessuhorn.
Approach takes from 3 to 4 hours over swamps, rocks and beautiful landscape. We have a few rivers to go over on the way, but they are small and usually not hard to pass.

Under the mountain we gear up for the climb and have some lunch. After a bite we’ll go over how to climb and how to use some of the climbing gear.

For the hard parts of the climb our guide will climb up 15-30meters and bring you up, so you are always climbing on top rope. Climbing the ridge takes from 2-3 hours and is one of the most fun ridges to climb in Iceland.

This is not a super difficult one but a fun one.
On the summit we grab some photos and enjoy the view before going back down. There are two options one the way back. we can hike back the normal hiking trail or rappel back down the ridge, our guide will take that decision and let you know.

When we are off the mountain we walk back to the car. After long day of hiking and climbing it’s nice to get to the car and have some drinks.


Duration / Hike & climb: 8-11 hours

Level of difficulty: 4/5

Age min: 13 years

Pax: min 2pax – max 4pax

Time of year: spring, summer, autumn

Pick up: Reykjavík, 08:00

Meet on location: You can meet us at N1 gas station in Borgarnes.

Meeting time:  9:00


We provide:

  • Climbing gear
  • Helmet
  • Ropes
  • Climbing shoes
  • Harness
  • Local guide

You bring:

  • 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 and water for the day
  • Sunglasses

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: info@northiceexpeditions.is