Snaefellsjokull Glacier - Glacier Hiking Adventure- GG12
Where Jules Verne's book Journey to the Centre of the Earth begins
This tour offers a more challenging hike for experienced hikers: rewarding you with majestic views from Snæfellsjökull glacier, one of Iceland’s largest volcanos. You can choose whether to meet us on location or be collected from Reykjavik, but whatever you choose, you’re in for one of the most amazing climbs of your life!
Duration: From Reykjavik: ~12 hours
Meet on location: ~6 hours
Group maximum: 8 per guide
Age limit: 16 years
Reykjavik pickup: 08:00 - 08:30
Meet on location: 11:00 AM
Available: Apr - Aug
Meeting point: Restaurant Snofells (64.7664219,-23.6329116), at 11am
Included: Guided glacier hike, certified glacier guide, specialized glacier gear
Excluded: Meals. Bring with you packed lunch for the whole day.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, head wear, and gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential on this tour. Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants can be rented beforehand if you contact us or book these rental items directly online.
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Snæfellsjökull glacier has long been associated with the supernatural: local legends claim that people can feel an energy emanating from the glacier. Snæfellsjökull, is also etched into popular culture, with Jules Verne using it as the setting for his famous book “Journey to the centre of the Earth”. Locals have gone as far to claim that it was once used as a landing spot for visitors from outer space. Unfortunately we cannot promise any extra-terrestrial activity on this tour, but we do guarantee a profound experience of an otherworldly nature. Who knows maybe the local legends are true: come to Snæfellsjökull glacier and find out for yourself!
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Snæfellsjökull glacier is often described as the king of Icelandic mountains, because it is the tallest one in the country. It actually lies on top of an active volcano and you will clearly see how volcanic activity has helped the landscape change and develop over time. Underneath the summit of Snæfellsjökull lies a massive volcanic crater, which is filled with icy crags and majestic rock formations. The impressive surroundings and wonderful views from the top of Snæfellsjökull, make it well worth the climb. It is the perfect illustration of Iceland’s nickname, the land of fire and ice with a massive icy glacier on top of a powerful active volcano and is an experience not to be missed. Some even consider it to be one of the largest spiritual sources in the world and references to it are littered across Icelandic mythology. Come to Snæfellsjökull, we promise that you will understand what all the fuss is about!
We will begin our challenging hike at Arnarstapi, a small fishing village which lies on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. From there our super jeep will take you up the stunningly beautiful Jökulháls pass, where you will begin your climb to the summit on foot. The beginning of the hike will be the volcanic section of the tour, where we will clamber over lava fields and stunning volcanic rock formations. But, the higher we get the more snowy and icy it will become until we reach the top of the glacier standing a whopping 1446m above sea level.
This tour is available with pick up from Reykjavík (+5000 ISK). Please be sure to add pick up to your booking if you are not planning to meet us on location for this tour.
If you have added pick up in your booking, please be ready at your Reykjavík accommodation at 8 am. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Meet on location:
If you want to meet us at Snæfellsnes (Snaefellesnes), then please be ready at Arnastapi (Restaurant and Bar Snofells) at 11:00 am.
Your challenging glacier hiking adventure starts from Arnarstapi, a small fishing village on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. From there our vehicle takes you up to Jökulháls pass where you will start your hike towards the summit. The first part of the hike is over lava and volcanic rocks but as we come higher up on the glacier, snow and ice become dominant so you will put your crampons on and aim for the top of the glacier, at 1446m.
The hike itself is about 7-8 KM long and it takes about 3-5 hours, depending on the conditions and weather each time.
Disclaimer All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.