Private 12-Hour Glacier Hiking Tour of Snaefellsjokull with Transfer from Reykjavik

Hikers on the Snaefellsjokull glacier take a photo of the amazing scenery.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
12 hours
Mar. - Aug.
Minimum age
14 years old


Discover the beauty of the Snaefellsjokull glacier in West Iceland with this spectacular private glacier hiking tour departing from Reykjavik. Adventurous travelers who want to experience a glacier hike and enjoy unforgettable views of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula should book this tour today.

The adventure begins in Reykjavik, where your expert local guide will collect you. You’ll drive out of the city to Borgarnes, where you’ll have a few minutes to use the restroom and purchase snacks for the rest of the day. 

You’ll continue to the Gerduberg basalt columns for a photo stop. These hexagonal columns look like they have been carved by hand, but they were shaped naturally by rapidly cooling lava.

Next, your guide will stop at the Olkelda spring, a natural mineral spring where you can fill your water bottles before the hike. The final stretch of the drive will take you to the parking lot for the Snaefellsjokull glacier hike.

It takes 45 minutes to one hour of walking to reach the start of the glacier. When you arrive, the guide will provide everything you need for a glacier hike, including crampons, a harness, an ice axe, and ropes. After a quick safety briefing, you’ll be ready to go.

Hiking on the Snaefellsjokull glacier is an incredible experience. Breathtaking panoramas will surround you, and your guide can tell you about the geological makeup of the area as you climb the mountain.

The peak of Snaefellsjokull is almost 4,750 feet (1,446 meters) above sea level. You can climb to the very top if you like, but the last 100 feet (30 meters) is a challenging slope of rock and ice. Most visitors stop at about 4,650 feet (1,418 meters).

The view from here is magnificent, making it a stunning place to stop for lunch. You’ll have time to rest and refuel as you admire your surroundings. On a clear day, you can see the whole of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and you might even be able to see Reykjavik.

After lunch, it’s time to start the descent. The round-trip hike takes six to eight hours, depending on how fast you want to walk. Since this is a private tour, you can set your own pace without worrying about rushing or slowing down other travelers.

When you’ve reached the parking lot, you’ll take another scenic drive through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to return to your accommodation in Reykjavik. 

Don’t miss your chance to climb the Snaefellsjokull mountain with this fantastic private glacier hiking tour. Check availability now by choosing a date. 

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Expert, English-speaking guide
Safety gear for the glacier hike including harness, ice axe, ropes, crampons, and carabiners
Transfer from Reykjavik to Snaefellsjokull with sightseeing stops along the way


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy hiking shoes
Gloves and a hat
Packed lunch and snacks
Refillable water bottle
Fully charged camera

Good to know

The weather in Iceland can change very quickly, so dress appropriately with lots of layers. If the weather conditions make it too dangerous for this tour to go ahead, the provider will try to rearrange it. If you're unable to go, you'll receive a refund.

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