Breathtaking 12-Hour Midnight Sun Glacier Hiking Tour from Arnarstapi

Glacier hiking to the summit of Snaefellsjokull under the midnight sun is the perfect tour for adventure-seekers.
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Arnarstapi, Iceland
12 hours
Minimum age
18 years old


Experience the magical midnight sun over Iceland as you traverse the Snaefellsjokull glacier on this glacier hike from Arnarstapi. Travelers seeking a unique and adrenaline-filled experience during the constant daylight of Icelandic summers should book this tour today.

Iceland is a land of extremes, from the weather to the daylight hours. It is well known that wintertime in Iceland means almost constant darkness near the winter solstice, but people often forget it is the opposite in summer!

The near-constant daylight around the summer solstice creates the midnight sun. As the name suggests, this is the phenomenon of the sun shining brightly even at midnight. 

The extended daylight hours mean that summer visitors have even more time to explore and enjoy the beauty of Iceland. Take advantage of this time with an evening hike at the Snaefellsjokull glacier in West Iceland.

This tour begins in the late afternoon when you meet your guide in Arnarstapi, a small village on the outskirts of the Snaefellsjokull glacier. It will take you about an hour to get outfitted with the proper equipment and go through the hike's safety brief. 

After everyone has been outfitted, your guide will drive you to the hike's starting point. You will hike until you reach the glacial slopes, at which point you will take a lunch break to give yourself plenty of energy for the rest of the hike.

On the glacier, you will walk in a single-file line for around two hours to reach the top. During this time, you can take in the incredible views, ice formations, and immense size of the glacier. 

When you reach the top, prepare to be amazed by the views. If conditions allow, your guide may allow the group to an even higher peak with the help of an ice ax. 

Typically, the best light of the midnight sun lasts from around 23:30 until 01:00, giving you plenty of time to take photographs and enjoy the beauty of Snaefellsjokull bathed in sunlight. After a magical experience at the glacier's peak, you will start the descent and return to the car by around 03:00.

Hiking at the Snaefellsjokull glacier is an incredible experience, but guests must be adequately prepared for this excursion. The minimum age for participants is 18, and all guests must be physically healthy and have a good fitness level.

Appropriate clothing is crucial for glacier hiking, and you should plan to wear warm, waterproof layers and sturdy hiking boots. No cotton clothing is allowed, as it holds moisture and can become dangerous during a glacier hike. 

Adventurous travelers seeking a unique and exciting experience in Iceland should book this midnight sun Snaefellsjokull glacier hiking tour today. Check availability now by choosing a date.  

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English-speaking, experienced guide
Transfer from Arnarstapi to glacier trailhead
Glacier gear and safety equipment
Small group tour (maximum of 18)
Light snacks and beverages


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Wind and waterproof clothing with thermal layers (non-cotton material)
Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
Winter gloves, hat, and scarf
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Snacks and water (at least 2L)

Good to know

Transportation to the meeting location in Arnarstapi is not included. Please ensure you have transportation.

This tour is weather-dependent and may be altered or canceled depending on the weather conditions.

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