HVANNADALSHNÚKUR IS THE HIGHEST POINT IN ICELAND STANDING AT 2110 M (6920 FT). IT IS THE HIGHEST PEAK ON A CRATER RIM OF THE ORÆFAJÖKULL VOLCANO, LOCATED IN THE VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK IN SOUTHEAST ICELAND.
The Vatnajökull volcano massif is part of the biggest glacier in Iceland and the largest glacial ice cap in Europe. It had five documented eruptions with the most recent ones occurring in 1996, 1998 and 2004. The hike to the summit promises an unforgettable experience with splendid panoramic views over the National Park.
The ascent is rather challenging with unpredictable weather conditions; no special technical skills are required, but guided climbs are highly recommended. There are two principal routes to the peak, both taking the whole day to accomplish. Even though both routes start on the western slope of the volcano, one of them usually gets extremely icy starting August and thus, is not recommended for ascent. The more standard and less challenging path begins a bit further south and stays accessible throughout the year. It takes about 12 hours (8 hours up, 4 down) to reach the summit, using this route.
THE FIVE HIGHEST POINTS IN ICELAND:
- Hvannadalshnúkur - 2110 m (6920 ft), Öræfajökull volcano in the Vatnajökull National Park, southeast Iceland.
- Bárðarbunga - 2009 m (6591 ft), in the Vatnajökull National Park, southeast Iceland.
- Hofsjökull - 1782 m (5846 ft), in the Highlands of Iceland, northeast Iceland.
- Herðubreið - 1682 m (5518 ft), in the Highlands of Iceland, northeast Iceland.
- Eiríksjökull - 1675 m (5495 ft), in the Highlands of Iceland, northeast Iceland.
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