Iceland Three Peaks Challenge
Iceland, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,870 (land only) - from $2,615 (land only)
The Best of Iceland
From hot springs to high summits, this challenging itinerary provides a great way to explore Iceland`s most spectacular landscapes
- A climbing holiday in Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice
- Climb Hvannadalshnukur the highest peak in Iceland
- Exciting ascent of Hekla one of Iceland`s most active volcanoes
- Weird and wonderful Fjallabak landscapes
- See geysers, hot springs, waterfalls and a glacial lagoon
Classic volcano climbing holiday adventure in Iceland, walking in the land of fire and Ice. A simply breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual climbing expeditions on offer. From the exuberant city of Reykjavik, our walking and climbing adventure begins with the easy ascent of Botnssulur(1083m) overlooking Lake Thingvellir. On this first day we also get the chance to visit the geothermal area at Geysir and to see the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. The explosive volcano, Hekla, is our next climbing goal and involves a testing 1000 metre climb, across ash and snow, to reach its fissured, steaming summit. After Hekla, we then make the spectacular crossing of the wildly volcanic highland region of Iceland, the Fjallabak, with our rugged 4x4 vehicles at times almost submerged as we ford several rivers en route. A stop-off at the famous Landmannalaugar hot pools is obligatory. Arriving at Skaftafell, we have 2 days during which our principal objective is to make the ascent of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m), the highest mountain in Iceland. With 24 hours of daylight, the long and straightforward climb to Iceland's high point certainly carries no risk of our being benighted! With our climbing objectives achieved, we then have the option to explore Skaftafell National Park and to make an excursion to Jokulsarlon, where the amazing, iceberg-filled glacial lagoon has provided the backdrop for more than one James Bond movie. This brilliant walking and climbing adventure in Iceland draws to a close with a visit to the Skogarfoss waterfall, as we complete our circuit and return to Reykjavik.
Please note that we are selling this climbing holiday in conjunction with our partners at Allibert (France's leading independent adventure travel operator) and with our Icelandic ground agent. As a result, these groups, which are led by an English-speaking Icelandic guide, may have an interesting cosmopolitan mix.
Is this holiday for you?
This most unusual climbing holiday in Iceland, provides a mix of sightseeing, exploration and challenging day-hikes and climbs. We tackle our objective peaks in order of their difficulty and the terrain that we encounter will vary from good paths across open moorland, to rocky scree and wide snow slopes. While Mount Botnssulur will involve a straightforward hike of about 5 hours, Hekla will be a 7 to 8 hour day and Mount Hvannadalshnukur will involve an early start and at least a 12 hour day. The ascent of Hekla is across rough terrain, including recent lava flows and the upper slopes are snow-covered. Crampons and an ice-axe will need to be carried and may be used, depending on the prevailing conditions. On Hvannadalshnukur, the upper part of the ascent traverses the Oraefajokull Glacier and the group will climb roped together across easy-angled snow slopes. You do not need to be an experienced winter climber to join this holiday but you need to be a strong walker and have plenty of stamina. Ice-axe, crampons, helmet and harness are provided locally at no charge and some instruction on the basics of snow and ice walking techniques will be provided on Mount Hvannadalshnukur.