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Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike

Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike
The Snæfellsjökull glacier can be seen across much of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and crowns the mountain on its very tip.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula has a wealth of sites outside of the beloved Snæfellsjökull National Park.
Snæfellsjökull glacier has two peaks; at the summer solstice, the shadow of one is said to point to a cave leading into the centre of the earth...
The midnight sun casts a purple glow onto the white snow of Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Snæfellsjökull is a more challenging glacier to hike than many of those found in South Iceland.
Ascend to the top of the world by hiking to the twin peaks of Snæfellsjökull glacier, in a National Park of the same name.

Hike the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier on this incredible day tour. If you are eager for adventure, amazing scenery, and do not shy away from a challenge, then this is the trip for you.

You will either be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning and will make your way north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, or meet your friendly guides on site. The landscapes of the peninsula start with rolling countryside, but this 90 km long peninsula is known as a ‘microcosm of Iceland’ for a good reason; as you can expect to see dramatic mountains, a beautiful coastline, stretches of lava and waterfalls. 

Snæfellsjökull is titled ‘the crown jewel of the peninsula’, however, and as soon as you catch sight of it, it is clear why. An enormous, cone-shaped volcano with two distinct peaks, capped with ice the year-round, it dominates the horizon. It is little wonder why it has inspired artists throughout history; most famously, Jules Verne used it as the setting for his epic novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

Once you reach the edge of the glacier that tops this mighty volcano, you will learn about how to safely ascend it, then take your gear, namely a helmet, a pair of crampons, and an ice axe. Once you and your group are ready, you will start to ascend the ice.

All glaciers have an ancient, otherworldly beauty, with their deep crevasses, fascinating ridges, and unique sculptures. Snæfellsjökull, however, is special in the sense that the views from atop it are amongst the best you can get in the country.

After a challenging ascent, on a clear day, you will be rewarded enormously. You will be able to see from the West Fjords in the North all the way to the Reykjanes Peninsula in the South, across leagues of ocean. Ensure you bring your camera with you, to enshrine these unbelievable sights forever. 

After you have marvelled over the beautiful ice and the fantastic views, you will enjoy the descent back, still admiring the landscapes around you. Your return journey will likely be spent in awe at what you have seen, and pride at completing the challenge of scaling this great, famous volcano.

Do not miss your chance to ascend Snæfellsjökull and attain the incredible views from its peaks. Book now to reserve your spot. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Breiðafjörður, Snæfellsjökull, Snæfellsnes, Hellnar, Borgarnes, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Lóndrangar
Pickup information:
    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    • Glacier equipment

    • Professional Guide

    • Pickup from Reykjavík (can be added during the booking process)

    • Lunch

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothing

    • Rain gear

    • Hiking boots

    • Food (energy bars are advised)

    • Water bottle

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    Free cancellation
    Free pickup
    No credit card fees
    No booking fees