Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike

On this tour, you hike to the summit of Snaefellsnesjokull, the crowning jewel of Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This tour checks all the boxes, amazing views, geological wonders and a challenging glacier hike.
Available: June - Aug
Difficulty: Demanding
Duration: 13 hours*
Minimum Age: 16
Pick Up: Pick-up possible (ISK 5.000)
Price: ISK 37.900

Tour Highlights

✅ Hike to the summit of Snaefellsnesjokull Glacier
✅ One of the most picturesque glacier in Iceland
✅ Stand on top of the glacial volcano
✅ 7-8 km (4,5-5 mi) total distance / Elevation 750m (2450ft)
✅ Amazing panoramic views that extend from the Reykjanes Peninsula in the south to the West Fjords in the North
✅ Glacier equipment & guiding service included
✅ Pick-up from Reykjavik available for extra ISK 5.000

Tour Details

Departures: May 15th to August 15th: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Duration*: 6 – 8 hrs hiking / 13 hours total
Meeting point: Arnarstapi Center and Snjófell Restuarant, at 10:40 (View on Google Maps) – GPS: 64°45.997´N, 23°38.014´W (ISN93: 279.717, 482.059).
Minimum Age: 16 years
Group size: Minimum of 2 persons
Bring with you: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, food, drinks and energy bars. See equipment list for more information.
Total Distance: 7-8 km (4,5-5 mi)
Elevation: 750 m (2450 ft)

Tour Description

On this tour, you hike to the summit of Snæfellsnesjökull, the crowning jewel of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is one of the most picturesque glacier in Iceland and hides a dormant 700.000-year-old stratovolcano which rises 1.446 m above sea level and last erupted in 250AD. Most famous for providing the setting for Jules Verne ‘s classic subterranean epic, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” the area is rich with history and mystique.

Standing on top of the glacial volcano, you have amazing panoramic views that extend from the Reykjanes Peninsula in the south to the West Fjords in the North. The drive to the starting point of the hike takes you through Snæfellsnes National Park. It is a microcosm of Iceland as a whole with black sand beaches, mossy lava fields, rare wildlife and hidden waterfalls and caves. This tour checks all the boxes, amazing views, geological wonders and a challenging glacier hike.

Equipment list and further information:

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops, and bottoms! Also, respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

Food: Pack food for a long day. A mixture of sweets and chocolate and a few (3 – 5) sandwiches is ideal. Water should be carried so that it is always accessible. Camelback type hydration system is ideal or water-bottles that can be hung from the backpack or climbing harness. Water should ideally be mixed with a thin mix of a rehydrating energy drink. We will make a service stop on the way.

Shoes: Hiking shoes appropriate for hiking and trekking in rough terrains and Snow (hiking boots can be rented if booked in advance).

Clothing: Goretex shell or equally waterproof jacket and pants, hiking pants (not jeans), warm sweater and suitable first layer (Not cotton), hat and gloves and an extra pair of dry clothing may come in good hand after the tour.

Other gear: Backpack – Around 30 liters in capacity, beanie, sunglasses, small thermal mat for lunch break, ski-goggles for ascents in the edge of seasons.

Weather: Can change rapidly in the Glacial area of Snæfellsjökull route so make sure that you are well prepared no matter the current weather or weather forecast.

Fitness level: The hike is Challenging with elevation gain around 750 m (2.459 ft) and a total distance of 7-8km (4,38 mi) that we cover in about 6-8 hours.

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