Height: 1491 m. Terrain: Rough lava fields, ice, and snow as the peak draws nearer. Average ascend time: 3-4 hours. Total average trip time: 7-8 hours (12 hours with pick up & drop off). Height gain: ~1040 meters.
Mt. Hekla is undeniably one of Iceland’s most famous volcanic mountains. It is the second most active volcano in Iceland and has erupted many times in the past, including once in February 2000. The mountain towers over South Iceland at roughly 1491 meters and its height changes due to seismic movements and the shifting of the earth’s crust.
Eggert Ólafsson, a famous Icelandic biologist, decided to throw caution to the wind and eventually succeeded in being the first to summit the mountain in the summer of 1750. Since then hiking to the top of Mt. Hekla has become one of the most popular routes on the island. However, it is not recommended to drive up its sides as the timeframe between the signaling earthquakes and an eruption is only 30-60 minutes. The view from the top of Mt. Hekla is widespread and beautiful; you have the opportunity to get a clear sight of the Fjallabak mountains, up to Vatnajökull glacier, (Europe’s biggest glacier) and all of the evidence of recent and longstanding volcanic activity.We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors out of our control.
Rated:Moderate/Challenging. Duration: Approximately 12 hours. Pick-up time: Be ready at 8:00 AM for pick up from your Reykjavík. accommodation and please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive. Pick up from N1 gas station in Hvolsvöllur is between 9:40 and 10:10 a.m. Minimum age: 16 years. Included: Transfer from Reykjavík (and return) and expert super jeep driver/ hiking guide. Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are important on this tour. Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented beforehand if you contact us or book online.
Included: Pick-up from Reykjavík and glacier gear (if needed).
What do I need to bring?
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are important on this tour. Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented beforehand if you contact us or book onlineFind more tours and packages in Iceland.