Snaefellsjokull Glacier Summit Hike - GG12

Where Jules Verne's book Journey to the Centre of the Earth begins

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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: 7-12 hrs

Pick-up: Summer: 9 a.m.
Winter: 8 a.m.

Available: Mar - Oct

Age limit: 12 years

Difficulty: Challenging

Meeting point:

GoWest hut in Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, map with directions to Arnarstapi meeting point. See also map below.


Guided glacier hike with a local guide, transport to Snæfellsjökull trail start (short drive), and all specialized glacier gear including a harness, crampons, ice axe, hiking sticks and a safety line.


Meals so please bring with a packed lunch to last the whole day. 

Bring with you:

Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, head wear, gloves, food, snacks and water. Good hiking boots are essential on this tour.


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22 000 per adult

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West Iceland in the Winter destination of 2019

Tour Description

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!

Walking on a slumbering giant!

Walking on a slumbering giant!

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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, your experienced guide 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 snowier and icy it will become until we reach the top of the glacier standing a whopping 1446m above sea level.

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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.

Please note that the priced stated is per person for a minimum of 3 participants. If we do not get at least 3 participants on the tour, it will be priced as a privately guided tour which amounts to the total price of 3 participants (see booking engine for price). We will refund the amount if we do not get the minimum amount of participants and you do not want a private tour.

snaefellsjokull glacier walking

The view from Snaefellsjokull Glacier is quite something...

Descending from the peak

Descending from the peak

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