Hike to The Summit of Snaefellsjokull Glacier | The Sustainable Adventure

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Arnarstapi, Iceland
10 hours
English, Icelandic, Norwegian
Mar. - Oct.
Minimum age
12 years old


Breathe in the crisp mountain air on top of the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, on this exciting glacier hiking tour. Those visiting the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula and want a fun but demanding excursion, should not let this opportunity pass them by.

Snæfellsjökull is a small glacier that covers a 700,000-year-old volcano on the western point of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You don't have to worry about the volcano though; it last erupted around 1,750 years ago. The glacier gained some international fame when it was featured in Jules Verne's classic sci-fi novel, "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". In the story, it was the entrance to the character's subterranean journey.

On this tour, you'll meet your guides at the small hamlet of Arnarstapi on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  Arnarstapi, or Stapi, happens to be the same location the protagonist of the Jules Verne novel stopped before their ascend to the Snæfellsjökull glacier. 

Once there, your guides will tell you more about the glacier. They have an incredible understanding of the area, and with a wealth of training, they will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip. You'll be given all safety gear and crampons before you board a vehicle heading to the glacier.

You will be driven up to the snow layer of the glacier where you'll hike the rest of the way. There is no better way to experience Icelandic mountains than with a hike, and once you are at the summit, you will feel an overwhelming sense of achievement as look over the area and feel the crisp mountain air in your lungs.

The guides will bring with them all kinds of fun stuff for sliding back down the mountain, which you are welcome to try. Once at the bottom, you'll hop back into the vehicle and return to Arnarstapi.

Come along on a fun-filled and exciting glacier hike on top of the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier volcano. Check availability by choosing a date.

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All required glacier gear which includes Climbing harness, Crampons, Ice axe, Hiking sticks and Safety line.
Certified Wilderness/Glacier guides
Contribution to Icelandic forestry and landcare through The Kolviður Fund / Forest fund to offset CO2 footprint.
Tour prices include 11% VAT
Short drive to glacier trail start


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Sturdy hiking boots
Appropriate warm clothing, wet weather clothing
A packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water

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Please be aware that the price per person is different for groups of over 5 people, there is also a different price for teenagers and the price increases if you want to be picked up in Reykjavik.

The tour length differs per season. In the winter the tour lasts between 10-12 hours and in the middle of summer, the tour is 7-8 hours long.

The weather in Iceland is always unpredictable so we reserve the right to postpone or cancel any tours due to weather or any other factors outside our control. If this occurs then you will get a full refund.

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