Icelandic Tourist Board
TREK 15 - Snaefellsjokull glacier hike is a unique trek to the top of this mystical mountain.
- Snæfellsjökull National Park
- Snæfellsjökull e. Snaefellsjokull glacier
- Glacier hiking
Reykjavik pick-up (5,000 ISK):
- 8 a.m. at your Reykjavik accommodation but please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive
Meet on location:
- 11 a.m. at Arnarstapi
- Guiding service
- Glacier equipment
- Pick-up in Reykjavik can be purchased with your tour
Glacier hike to the top of Snaefellsjokull glacier. This is one of the top glaciers hikes in Iceland where you will see a stunning view over Snaefellsnes and it's surroundings. The Snaefellsnes peninsula in the western part of Iceland is almost like a miniature of the whole country. There are white and black beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, unique harbors in charming fishing villages and a world renowned glacier. The stunning landscape of the peninsula has captured the imagination of people all over the world ever since Jules Verne wrote the famous science fiction novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth"; the amazing Snaefellsjokull glacier is where the journey begins and the Stromboli volcano in Italy is where it ends.
Snæfellsjökull (height: 1446 m) stratovolcano is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, rising up 1450 meters from the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This famous volcano is clearly visible more than 100 km away. Many have written poems about its grandeur and seemingly endless shining white coat of ice and snow. Arguably, the most famous literature about Snæfellsjökull is Jules’s Verne’s novel “Journey to the center of the Earth” where the entrance to the center was through a caldera at the very top.
The hike takes 5-7 hours with an average ascent time of 3-5 hours. The total elevation gain is 760 m (2,500 ft.) and the total hiking distance is 7-8 km (4,5-5 miles).
This trip truly delivers an amazing adventure along an Icelandic glacier. The drive itself offers breathtaking views surpassed by the vistas from the slopes and the peak. On clear days, the whole Westfjord peninsula is visible. Snæfellsjökull is undeniably one of the best glacier hikes in the world.We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors out of our control.
Terrain: Lava field, volcanic rock, snow, and glacier. A great hike to the top Iceland’s most famous glacier and volcano.
- Lunch & snacks
- Hiking boots (can be rented)
- Warm Clothes
- Water proof jacket + pants
- Warm hat + gloves