November Alpine Climbing?

Home Umræður Umræður Almennt November Alpine Climbing?

  • Höfundur
  • #80894

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m planning a 10 day visit in early November and I was wondering what typical alpine conditions are during this time. Our goal is make some summits, but otherwise just to enjoy beautiful scenery with some easy technical climbing. Ideally, we are looking for some relatively easy alpine climbing including glacier traverse, rock climbing up to 5.6, and ice climbing up to AI2. Are the higher elevations generally covered in enough snow and ice at this time, or are there usually too many crevasses and unfrozen terrain to make this a poor idea in November? I know this is probably one of the worst months for alpine climbing in Iceland, but I’m curious if it’s possible. I know the weather can be temperamental so worst case we get a lot of rain and get to enjoy some moody camping and cafes instead.

    Any suggestions or information is much appreciated! Isalp has been really enjoyable to browse through looking for beta and ideas. Thanks for any help!



    November is kind of rough for Alpine stuff, probably still not enough snow on glaciated terrain to close up the crevasses completely and very short days / daylight.

    You might get good ice climbing conditions in November, there’s almost a lifetimes worth of climbing around Reykjavik. You can see all the topos on this page under Crags or routes, should be able to figure it out using Google translate.

    There is also plenty of mountaineering that would be fun in November. I would actually just suggest you rent the cabin that ISALP has in Tindfjöll (Summit Mountains) wich is located in the south. There is plenty of mountaineering accessible from the cabin, and some of it involves crossing a small glacier, Tindfjallajökull. Info about the cabin is also here on the page.

    Finally, the outlet glaciers are fun and it’s easy to set up a top rope for some easy ice climbing. That will be nice in November. If you are not used to navigating that kind of terrain there are plenty of guided tours on Sólheimajökull glacier in the south.

    Have fun,

2 umræða - 1 til 2 (af 2)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.