Tindfjallajökull Hike

Ýmir & Ýma

About The trip

Tindfjallajökull is a perfect glacier hike for people that want a nice day of hiking on the high glacier this glacier is not over crowded so this is an excellent place.
We start the day in Hvolsvöllur, if you get there by yourself we are going to leave your car at N1 gas station. We need to take a jeep up to the mountains. It depends on conditions in the mountains how far we can drive.

Our next part is 40-70 min drive in to the mountains, it depends on the road how long this drive is.:) After getting up the first hills on the jeep the hiking starts.
We will start with going over the day plan, this plan can change over the weeks do to snow fall. Our guides will show you how technical glacier work.

The hike start with gravel and snow around 900 meter. First point is going to be the mountain Saxi small rock reef that is fun to climb. This also got place to have some drinks and water.

After Saxi we go on the glacier its self. From this point we can see the summit is self Ýmir 1446 meters. The glacier hike is pretty flat and easy going, from the start of the glacier to the summit slope take about 1-2 hours.
Summit slope is the steepest part of the hike but it’s not technical. From the summit we have two options, we can hike to the neighbour peak Ýma 1448m or start the hike back to the jeep.

On a clear day the view from the summits amazing you can see in to the valley Þórsmörk and the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull that erupted 2010.In the south you can see south coast and Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
This is one of the most stunning area in Iceland.

The view on the summits amazing you can see in to the valley Þórsmörk and the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull that erupted 2010.And in the south you can see south coast and Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Duration / Walking: 5 – 7 hours

Total Time: 12 hours

Level of difficulty: 3/5

Age Min: 13 years

Pax: min 2pax – max 6pax

Time of year: spring, summer, autumn

Starting time: 10:00 -10:30 N1 gas station in Hvolsvöllur

Pickup time: 8:00 – 8:30 in hotels Reykjavík

Meet on location: N1 Hvolsvöllur, south coast

We provide:

  • Glacier gear
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ropes
  • Carabiners
  • Local Glacier guide

You Bring:

  • Warm clothing
  • Rain gear pants and jacket
  • Down or primaloft jacket (can be nice on lunch break)
  • good hiking shoes
  • Hat and gloves
  • 20-30L backpack
  • food and water for the day
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Poles

About Tindfjallajökull

Tindfjallajökull is a glacier on the south coast of Iceland. Glacier is a round 19 km2. Highest peak of Tindfjallajökull is Ýmir 1,464 meters and the neighbor peak Ýma 1,448 meters. The name Ýmir comes from Nordic mythology the ice giant Ými. Last eruption was 54.000 years ago.

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