This expedition will take you to the top of Snæfellsjökull Glacier, on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the wonderful scenery which inspired Jules Verne for his well-known masterpiece “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. From the top of the glacier, you can admire the beauty of Western Iceland and understand why the famous author chose this particularly mysterious and magnificent place for his science-fiction novel.
Duration: ~2.5 hours
Age limit: No age limit
- Snaefellsjokull Glacier Volcano
- Snowcat Tour
- Amazing Photo Opportunities
- View of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- View of Snaefellsjokull National Park
Meeting point: Litli-Kambur, 8 km East of Arnarstapi. GPS coordinates: 64°49’8”N 23°33’52”W.
Included: Guiding services, transport from the meeting point to the root of the mountain by bus (20 minutes).
Bring with you: Warm clothes and waterproof hiking shoes as you will have the opportunity to go out of the snowcat when you are on the summit.
Once arrived at the meeting point, we will take you on a short bus ride of 20 minutes to the root of the glacier. Then you will finally meet our snowcats, impressive truck-sized vehicles specially designed to drive on snow. The massive engines are optimized for use in sub-zero weather and cold conditions. The snowcats that are used for the tour are perfectly equipped so that everyone can enjoy the views of Snaefellsjökull National Park along the way to the top.
On your way to the peak of Snaefellsjökull Glacier, discover the universe of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by the French author Jules Verne. Indeed, Snaefellsjökull is the entrance of the subterranean journey in the world known novel. When the snowcat successfully made it to the summit, you will be able to go on the glacier during a short break to admire the amazing panoramic view. Don’t forget to take pictures of this unforgettable moment on top of a glacier. From there, you can see the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Snæfellsjökull National Park and if the visibility is clear, you can see up North to the Westfjords and South to Keflavík.
Located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the glacier is 1,446 meters (4,800 feet) above the sea level. Snæfellsjökull has been a prominent theme for authors and inspired renowned literature works such as “Christianity Under the Glacier” by the Nobel-Prize winning author Halldór Laxness and the famous “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne.
The glacier is an active volcano forming part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park, which was established on June 28, 2001. The park aims to protect and conserve its unique landscapes, ancient plants and wildlife as well as important historical relics. Many people believe that this mystic glacier is one of the seven main energy centers of the Earth.
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Disclaimer: This tour is operated by a trusted partner on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.