Snaefellsjökull Glacier Hike | GW-230155

Summit Tour From Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Summit Snaefellsjokull Glacier on a journey to the center of the Earth!

Snaefellsjokull glacier hike is a unique summit trek to the top of this mystical glacier volcano, mentioned in Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of Earth" as the entrance to the center of the earth. Take a look for yourself!

  • Availabillity
  • May - Sep
  • Duration
  • 7-12 hours
  • Total Distance
  • 7-8 km / 4.5-5 mi
  • Max. Ascent
  • 760 m / 2.500 '
  • Level
  • Challenging
  • Min. Age
  • 12 years
  • Price
  • 22 000


  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Snæfellsjökull e. Snaefellsjokull Glacier
  • Glacier Hiking
  • Small Group Experience
  • Eco Friendly Operator
  • Summit Hike

What Is Included?

  • Professional guiding service (English and Scandinavian)
  • Eco-friendly tour operator
  • Necessary glacier equipment (including a harness, crampons, ice axe, hiking sticks and a safety line)
  • Short drive to Snaefellsjokull trail start

Tour Description

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 its 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.

Meet us at Arnarstapi, on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. From there, we drive you to the trail start for an exciting summit hike. The hike takes about 7-8 hours in summer and 10-12 hours in autumn/spring. It's a challenging hike and ranges from about 6-9 out of 10 in difficulty, depending on the season and weather conditions. 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 with 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.


Min. 3 participants - please note that the priced stated is per person for a minimum of 3 participants. If we do not get at least 3 participants on the tour, it will be priced as a privately guided tour which amounts to the total price of 3 participants (see booking engine for price). We will refund the amount if we do not get the minimum amount of participants and you do not want a private tour.

*Please note that this tour is highly weather dependent. We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors out of our control due to safety reasons.

Terrain: Lava field, volcanic rock, snow, and glacier. A great hike to the top of Iceland’s most famous glacier and volcano.


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Practical Info

  • Lunch & snacks
  • Hiking boots (can be rented beforehand)
  • Warm Clothes
  • Water proof jacket + pants
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Warm hat + gloves
  • Arnarstapi: ARNARSTAPI
  • The meeting time is 9 a.m. in summer and 8 a.m. in winter