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Snæfellsjökull glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Snæfellsjökull glacier

Snæfellsjökull glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Snæfellsjökull glacier

Snæfellsjökull glacier
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Snæfellsjökull glacier

Snæfellsjökull Glacier Hike w/o pick-up - IMG19b

Hike up to the summit of Snæfellsjökull Glacier




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Adult: 37900

Departures: May 15th to August 15th: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Duration: 6 - 8 hrs hiking

Meeting point: Arnarstapi Center and Snjófell Restuarant, at 10:40.

Minimum Age: 16 years

Group size: Minimum of 2 persons

We provide: Glacier equipment, Guiding service.

You bring: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, food, drinks and energy bars. See equipment list for more information.

Note: Your guide will meet you at Arnarstapi Center and Snjófell Restaurant


  • Tour Description

    On this tour, you hike to the summit of Snæfellsnesjökull, the crowning jewel of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is one of the most picturesque glacier in Iceland, and hides a dormant 700.000-year-old stratovolcano which rises 1.446 m above sea level and last erupted in 250AD. Most famous for providing the setting for Jules Verne ‘s classic subterranean epic, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” the area is rich with history and mystique. Standing on top of the glacial volcano, you have amazing panoramic views that extend from the Reykjanes Peninsula in the south to the West Fjords in the North. The drive to the starting point of the hike takes you through Snæfellsnes National Park. It is a microcosms of Iceland as a whole with black sand beaches, mossy lava fields, rare wildlife and hidden waterfalls and caves. This tour checks all the boxes, amazing views, geological wonders and a challenging glacier hike.

    Total Distance: 7-8 km (4,5-5 mi)
    Elevation: 750 m (2450 ft))

    Please note: This is the same tour as Snæfellsjökull Glacier Hike - the only difference being that this tour is without pickup. Driving from Reykjavík to the cafe at Arnarstapi and back takes approx. 3-4 hours.

    Meet on location: Please be by the cafe in Arnarstapi at 10:40. You and your backpack need to be ready to start the hike no later than 11:00.
    GPS: 64°45.997´N, 23°38.014´W (ISN93: 279.717, 482.059).

  • Equipment List

    Equipment list and further information: 
    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

    Food: Pack food for a long day. A mixture of sweets and chocolate and a few (3 – 5) sandwiches is ideal. Water should be carried so that it is always accessible. Camelback type hydration system are ideal or water-bottles that can be hung from the back pack or climbing harness. Water should ideally be mixed with a thin mix of a rehydrating energy drink. We will make a service stop on the way.

    Shoes: Hiking shoes appropriate for hiking and trekking in rough terrains and
    Snow (hiking boots can be rented if booked in advance). 
    Please contact for rentals

    Clothing: Goretex shell or equally waterproof jacket and pants, hiking pants
    (Not jeans), warm sweater and suitable first layer (Not cotton), hat and gloves
    and extra pair of dry clothing may come in good hand after the tour.

    Other gear: Backpack - Around 30 liters in capacity, beanie, sunglasses, small thermal mat for lunch break, ski-goggles for ascents in the edge of seasons.

    Weather: Can change rapidly in the Glacial area of Snæfellsjökull route so 
    make sure that you are well prepared no matter the current weather or 
    weather forecast.

    Fitness level: The hike is Challenging with elevation gain around 750 m (2.459 ft) and total
    distance of 7-8km (4,38 mi) that we cover in about 6-8 hours.

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