Hvannadalshnjukur is a peak in the north-western rim of Oraefajokull glacier, a southern spur of the largest glacier en Europe – Vatnajokull, and the highest point of the island.

This immense glacier covered volcano rises over 2000m straight out of the Atlantic Ocean. It towers over the great black sand desserts of the South Iceland. The mountain is a pyramidal peak, situated in the north-western rim of Oraefajokull glacier.

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The official measurement established it’s heights as 2.119,6m (6.921 ft).

How to get to Hvannadalshnjukur?

There are many tour operators that offer great hiking tours to the summit. The tour takes about a day and many have their starting point in Skaftafell National Park.

Check out our complete guide to the South Coast.