Trip dates Up on request
Difficulty5.6, moderate fitness
One of the most exciting and scenic day tours from Reykjavík – Alpine Rock climbing from Reykjavík. An amazing ridgeline just outside of Reykjavík takes you up an easy route with manageable short, technical sections and breathtaking views. This multi-pitch basalt climb of the day is worth the effort. A guide leads you up the 10 pitch, exposed and scenic climb through the riddles of ancient sea cliffs.
We will meet at a gas station in Reykjavík at 07:30 in the morning. The drive from Reykjavík only takes about 20 minutes and the approach walk about an hour and before we know we find ourselves gearing up underneath the magnificent ridge.
Moving through the mossy & rock terrain we make our way along the ridge in total of 10 pitches of grade 5.6 and 250 metres of rock climbing. At the top of the ridge we need to rappel down one pitch to continue the last two pitches to the top of the mountain. Finding ourselves at the top of the mountain, we start our descent on foot down the mountain. There are no established trails in the area and we can expect to walk in difficult terrain with boulderfields and rock scree.
Fitness level: Moderate, comfortable to move 250-300m in elevation per hour over 5-7 hours.
Experience level: Advanced beginner, some prior experience but lacking confidence in the discipline.
Participants have to have prior background in rock climbing and know how to belay. Although the climbing is easy the day requires good fitness and being comfortable with exposed terrain.
1-2 persons: 129.990 kr. per group.
We’ll meet at 07:30 at N1 gas station in Reykjavík (see map below). There you have an opportunity to grab snacks and coffee before we head out, carpooling to the climbing area. The drive to the climb takes only around 25minutes. If you do not have your own car, please contact us.
- Rock climbing shoes (if needed)
- All other technical equipment (ropes, protections etc.)
What’s not included
- Transport (contact us if you do not have your own vehicle)
- Travel and accident insurance
Since all of our tours are private we are able to adjust the difficulty and and experience level needed for each tour. However, for some of your tours it is advisable that you have have some background in the activity:
Glacier hiking and glacier ice climbing
There is no prior experience needed for those tours
Waterfall ice climbing
It is possible to try waterfall ice climbing if you do not have any prior ice climbing experience. We would choose an easy climbing route with easy access. If you have never done ice climbing before it is worth looking into our Ice climbing and glacier hiking tour on Sólheimajökull.
For our ski touring tours you have to be a competent off-piste skier and able to ski down in various conditions.
Rock and alpine climbing
No prior experience is needed for single pitch rock climbing. For multi pitch climbing it is advisable that your climbing level is at 5.7-5.8 and you have to know how to belay a lead climber.
Yes, without a doubt. Private guiding is what Asgard is all about and if you can dream your adventure, we can make it happen. If you do not find your perfect adventure on our website, do not hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]!
Examples of private tours we have done in the past:
- Expedition planning and support
- Cross country ski touring
- Expedition and polar training
- Private hiking, day tours and multi-day tours
- Location management and safety on film projects
- Private tours for photographers
- Alpine trekking on glaciated summits
- Multiday tours in Greenland
In general we only meet our guests on location, or car pool from a central location in Reykjvaík. However, if you do not have your own car and can not meet us on location please get in touch.
In case it is not possible to operate the tour due to weather or conditions we try the following things:
Move the tour to a different date if that works for you, change to a different activity if you agree on that. If none of the above is possible and we have to cancel the tour due to weather or poor conditions, we will refund you the tour.
The short answer is: the longer the better. We have limited resources of guides and sometimes we are fully booked.
For less technical tours like Glacier hiking, Glacier hiking and ice climbing, and alpine trekking tours we can usually accommodate you with a short notice. For more technical tours like Waterfall ice climbing, Rock climbing and alpine tours longer advance is better to secure a spot.
Short notice can be 24 hours before departure and longer notice is at least two weeks before.
The best season depends on what activity you choose. The appropriate season is stated at the top of each tour. To break it down:
Glacier hikes and glacier ice climbing
Available the whole year. This activity is not dependant on weather or conditions. The only time we have to cancel or post pone these activities is when the weather is really bad.
Rock climbing and alpine rock climbing
Rock climbing is a summer activity available May-October. This activity is highly weather dependant and not possible when the rock is wet or when it is raining. If you are interested in rock climbing outside of the season, it is possible if we have really good weather days. Please contact us for further information.
The best ski touring in the south-west part of Iceland is usually around spring time. The ski touring season is usually between Feb-May, however it is possible to ski outside the season if conditions are good or we ski the glaciers like on the tour “Ski touring Snæfellsjökull”. If you are interested to ski outside of the season please contact us for further information.
Waterfall ice climbing and alpine winter climbing
The main season is from late November to late March. Iceland has a maritime climate and temperatures fluctuate through out the season making this activity highly subject to weather and conditions. In case we have poor conditions for ice climbing we can always substitute the waterfall ice climbing with ice climbing on the glacier.
Snæfellsjökull can be climbed almost the whole year, appart from the darkest month of the year, December.
Other bigger mountains like Eyjafjallajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest summit of Iceland, have the best conditions from early spring to late summer.