Unforgettable Full-Day Hiking and Rock Climbing Small-Group Tour from Borgarnes or Reykjavik

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Borgarnes, Iceland
12 hours
All year
Minimum age
13 years old


Take your trip to Iceland to new heights when you choose this unforgettable hiking and rock climbing experience at Skessuhorn mountain in West Iceland. Travelers looking for an exciting adventure with awe-inspiring scenery should book this small-group tour today. 

Skessuhorn mountain is located in West Iceland in the Borgarfjordur region. This incredible peak is sometimes called the “Matterhorn of Iceland” because of its iconic triangular shape resembling the Swiss Matterhorn. 

Skessuhorn’s name comes from an ancient Icelandic legend about a female troll who sat atop the mountain to catch unsuspecting people below. Trolls haven’t been an issue on this tour, but it can be a moderately difficult route and is best suited for those with hiking and climbing experience. 

You can meet your guide in nearby Borgarnes or opt for the pick-up service from Reykjavik. Once you arrive at the mountain base, your guide will review the day’s itinerary and pass out the climbing gear before setting out on the hike.

The hike to the climbing area takes around three to four hours and passes through fields, wetlands, rocky areas, and even a few small rivers. Your surroundings will amaze you, offering stunning views of the alpine slopes ahead. 

When you reach the base of Skessuhorn, it is time for a well-deserved lunch break. After you eat, your guide will help you get your gear on and adjusted before briefing the group on the climbing route.

Climbing up the ridge will take about two to three hours and is an exhilarating experience. Skessuhorn is considered one of the country’s most fun rock-climbing destinations. 

For the difficult sections, your guide will climb ahead to set the rope so that you are always secure and climbing on the top rope. Top rope climbing means you are always hooked into the rope system, securely attached to an anchor at the top of the route. 

Once you reach the summit of your climb, you will enjoy unforgettable views of the mountain slopes and the Borgarfjordur area. Rest and take some photos before preparing to head back down.

Depending on the weather conditions and the group, your guide will choose from two ways of getting back down to the base. You will either hike down the backside of the ridge or you will rappel down the same route you climbed up. 

Finally, you will hike back to the car and finish your tour with some drinks. This genuinely incredible, full-day experience is perfect for those who love scenic rock climbing. 

Travelers looking for a memorable adventure in Iceland should book this full-day small-group hiking and rock climbing tour at Skessuhorn mountain. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Transportation from Reykjavik or Borgarnes
Climbing gear (helmet, harnesses, carabiners, ropes, climbing shoes)





What to bring

Warm layers
Rain gear (pants and jacket)
Down jacket
Hiking boots
Small backpack (20-30 liters)
Lunch, snacks, and water
Hiking poles (optional)
Hat and gloves

Good to know

The duration of this tour is between 8-11 hours. Pick-up from Reykjavik takes place at 08:00. If you plan to meet your guide in Borgarnes, be at the Borgarnes N1 gas station at 09:00.

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