Hvannadalshnjúkur

Hvannadalshnjúkur (pronounced [ˈkʰvannaˌtalsˌn̥juːkʏr̥, ˈxʷa-]) or Hvannadalshnúkur[lower-alpha 1] [-ˌn̥uːkʏr̥] is a pyramidal peak on the northwestern rim of the summit crater of the Öræfajökull volcano in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland. Its summit is the highest point in the country.

Hvannadalshnjúkur (Hvannadalshnúkur)
Highest point
Elevation2,110 metres (6,920 ft)[1]
Prominence2,110 metres (6,920 ft)
ListingUltra
Country high point
Coordinates64°00′57″N 16°40′29″W[2]
Geography
Hvannadalshnjúkur (Hvannadalshnúkur)
Location in Iceland
LocationVatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Parent rangeÖræfajökull volcano

Geography

An official measurement completed in August 2005 established the height of the mountain as 2,109.6 metres (6,921 ft)[4] (previously set as 2,119 m (6,952 ft)).[1]

The peak is part of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Access to the summit

The route to the top is a popular climb through numerous and frequently hidden crevasses, and, because of this, the climb calls for experienced mountain guides.

See also

  • List of islands by highest point
  • List of European ultra prominent peaks

Notes

  1. "Hnjúkur" is the more common spelling in the region where Hvannadalshnjúkur is, while "hnúkur" is the more common spelling in Reykjavík. Both are equally correct.[3]

References

  1. "Hvannadalshnukur". Summitpost.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  2. "Europe: Atlantic Islands - Ultra Prominences" Peaklist.org. Retrieved 03-31-2012.
  3. "Hvort er réttara að skrifa Kárahnúkar eða Kárahnjúkar og eins Hvannadalshnúkur eða Hvannadalshnjúkur?". Vísindavefurinn (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2021-03-16.
  4. "The highest mountain in Iceland re-measured" Vatnajokull.com Retrieved 2013-08-09.
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