Hvannadalshnukur Climber's Log

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rgg - May 20, 2017 12:02 am Date Climbed: May 19, 2017

A slightly wet start, but two gorgeous days after that  Sucess!

On a three day trip, starting up alongside the Svinafellsjökull Glacier, we took two days (a short rainy one to begin with) to make our way to the saddle between Hvannadalshnúkur and Snӕbreið, at almost 1900 m. Next morning we made a short side trip ascending Hvannadalshnukur by a ramp from the northwest, I estimate about 35 degrees steep. Back to the saddle, we packed up and walked around the summit to join the Sandfell route for our descent.


yadahzoemtn - Mar 18, 2017 5:22 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

Beautiful  Sucess!

05/14/16: So thrilled to be on top with Michael, Carol, Steve, Julie, and Jim--along with our guide Johann


Moogie737 - May 22, 2016 6:11 pm Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

Normal route from Sandfell  Sucess!

#1 5-14-16 With Team Utah: Jim, Steve, Lana, Carol and Julie and a fit, congenial Icelandic team. Lead guide Johann from Mountain Excursion. Excellence at every turn: preparation, teamwork, attitude, weather (but, yes, wind), proper safety measures. Under 14 hours r/t with nice mix of breaks and hiking. Hiked the entire night and never used headlamps! I agree with the several comments made on this page: do not underestimate this peak.


utahjimk - May 21, 2016 11:24 am Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

Sandfell route  Sucess!

ideal weather! Our guide Johann said he's never seen so much snow up there. With 5 friends from Utah and 11 Icelanders. We started ~ midnight, summit ~07:40. Awesome views all around!


BLong - Aug 3, 2014 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2014

Ski descent  Sucess!

We enjoyed a late season ski descent on Hvannadalshnukur. When we arrived in Skaftafell, the local guides told us they had stopped guiding clients on the peak three weeks before our arrival due to crevasses that had opened beyond what they felt were safe to guide. We decided to investigate the route, and found snow bridges that crossed the 5 crevasses on the route. Conditions included poor visibility due to fog, (~100' visibility for most of the ascent) making a GPS with a preloaded track a necessity.


EricPete - Feb 27, 2014 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2012

Icelandic Mountain Guides  Sucess!

Did this as a day trip with the Icelandic Mountain Guides. Fun trip and straightforward trip.

highpointa - Jun 18, 2013 8:27 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

A long day indeed  Sucess!

Sat out three days of foul weather before we got a chance to score. Took us 12 hours to get to the top and back down. Post-summit beers felt well deserved.


markthejock - Feb 16, 2012 11:38 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009

Normal route  Sucess!

Bit of a slog but no chance of getting lost. The path was well trodden to say the least!


Renardo - Jul 9, 2011 11:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2011

Awesome!  Sucess!

Normal route climbed with Glacier Guides and two others. Nice route, lots of snow, lots of wind at the top. 15 hours total.


Jake - Nov 18, 2010 12:01 pm

bad weather

We had to turn back at 1600 meters due to extreme weather conditions. Beautiful views, I'm coming back in 2011 :)


ivarth - Aug 29, 2008 8:18 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007

Sandfellsleið  Sucess!

Went with a big group from Boot Camp (www.bootcamp.is) and our guides were Iceland Mountain Guides (www.mountainguides.is).

We started around 5am in overcast weather with very light rain.
When we were up to 700-800 meters the clouds suddenly vanished and we climbed in a beautiful weather. Clear skies and calm wind.
We reached the summit after about 7 1/2 hours of long walk. A bit of wind on the summit but beautiful views!

We were back at Sandfell 12 hours after we began.

Excellent day!

Joerg Marretsch

Joerg Marretsch - Jun 23, 2008 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

Sandfellsleið  Sucess!

In a group of 8 (1 guide and 7 guests) to the summit. Not difficult but a long hike of 24.5 Kilometers (up and down) and 2000 m elevation gain. Fine day with good weather over the clouds and awesome views of Vatnajökull-Icefield.

philippe bridgeman

philippe bridgeman - Nov 29, 2005 7:47 am

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: August 2002,

Turned back just short of the summit due to bad weather storm coming in - I am not bitter honest!!!!!!!!!

Carson Poe - Mar 25, 2005 1:40 pm

Route Climbed: Sandfellsleið Date Climbed: July 2, 2004  Sucess!

Group of 8 made it to the summit. The winds were incredible. Cloudy most of the ascent...then magically a few meters from the top, the clouds lifted and it was glorious.

Anders Holm

Anders Holm - Aug 26, 2004 10:15 am

Date Climbed: 4. august 2004  Sucess!

Reached the summit with 8 other guys, Storm was our guide from Icelandic Mountainguides. Despite the fog, it was a great trip.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 15, 2004 3:14 am

Route Climbed: Sandfellsleið Route Date Climbed: July 22, 2004

Winds of about 50-60 mph and rain forced our group to turn around about 6000 feet. Other than crevasses, the climb is relatively easy although there's a lot of elevation gain. Will submit trip report once I get all the Icelandic peaks I climbed added.

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