About Þumall (the thumb)
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 column you get why. It was first climb 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 rise 120m over the ice cap.

We don’t recommend to try hike from Skaftafell to the summit of Þumall in one day. The hike to the base of Þumall takes about one day, we recommend to do this in 2-2 1/2 day. First day we walk in the long valley named Morsárdalur, we follow the old river banks to the end of the valley right under Hnútudalur hills that we will go up the day after. That’s where we camp and sleep to gain power for a long day ahead.

Second day is a long one, from the camp side up to Þumall is 1200m elevation gain, over different landscape and stunning view over the valley (Morsárdalur).

From the top of Hnútudalur to Þumall is 250m long ridge that can be challenging if there is no snow. We traverse under Þumall, get to the north side and start the climb. This traverse is on a glacier so we need to rope up for that part. From this location we can see the edge of Vatnajökull glacier and the east coast. The climb is one of the most beautiful ones in Iceland, it’s simple but takes 2-3 hours. After we abseil down 120 meters, we pack down the climbing gear and hike back to the camp. There we’ll back up our tents and walk back to Skaftafell.

For Þumall Deluxe
It is also possible to do this in one day. For that to be possible we take helicopter from Skaftafell and fly straight to Þumall. After the climb we get a helicopter to pick us up or we can hike back to Skaftafell. Both options are nice it’s just depends on how much time you have and what you want to do.
For info on Þumall Deluxe send us an email or give us a call.


Duration / Walking: 2 – 2 1/2 days

Level of difficulty: 5/5

Age Min: 16 years

Pax: min 2pax – max 4pax

Time of year: Summer

Meet on location:

You can meet us at Skaftafell national park, information center.


from Reykjavík.

About the Climb
Elevation: 120 m.
Grade: III 5.5 /5.6
Time: 3 – 4 hours

We provide:

  • Glacier gear
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ropes
  • Carabiners
  • Harness
  • Local Glacier guide
  • Tents
  • Mattresses
  • Cocking gear
  • Dry food
  • Sleeping bag
  • Coffee & tea

You Bring:

  • Warm cloths:
    • Rain gear pants and jacket
    • Down or primaloft jacket ( can be nice on lunch brake)
    • 2 pairs of warm socks
    • Good hiking pants
    • Thermal underwear
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Hat and gloves
  • 35-45L backpack
  • Food and water for the day
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Poles

You can rent some of this gear from us if you don‘t have it.


Contact us if you have any questions: info@northiceexpeditions.is