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 climbed in 1974 and did not get many visitors over the next years. This rock is  basalt columns based on south edge of Vatnajökull and rises 120meters over the ice cap.

We don’t recommend trying hiking 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 days. Day one 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 next day. 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 1200meters elevation gain, over different landscapes and stunning views over the valley (Morsárdalur).

From the top of Hnútudalur to Þumall is a 250meters 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 pack 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 a 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 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 & gloves
  • 35-45L backpack
  • Food & 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