From Reykjavík

Snæfellsjökull Summit Hike

Take on this challenging one day hike to the top of Snæfellsjökull and be handsomely rewarded with stunning views, geological formations and the knowledge that you summited the crowning jewel of the famous Snæfellsness Peninsula. This tour is only available as a private tour.

Tour code: IMG19 / IMGP19

Snæfellsjökull Summit Hike

Hike to the Summit of Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Note: This tour is only available as a private tour. Price is per booking for groups of 1-8 passengers.

The Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the most picturesque glaciers in Iceland. It hides a dormant 700,000-year-old stratovolcano which rises 1.446 m above sea level and it last erupted in 250 AD. Hike to the summit of this glacier in one day and enjoy the surroundings that famously provided the setting for Jules Verne’s classic subterranean epic, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. This area is rich with history, mystique and charm. Standing on top of the glacial volcano, you will 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 microcosm of Iceland’s diverse landscape with its black sand beaches, mossy lava fields, rare wildlife, hidden waterfalls and caves. This day tour checks all the boxes: amazing views, geological wonders and a challenging hike which mostly is done on snow covered glacier .

Tour Overview

  • Group size

    1 to 8 per guide

  • Active

    6 - 7 hrs

  • Language


  • Pickup

    Pick up from Reykjavík included

  • Difficulty



    Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • Duration

    12 hrs

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Transport from Reykjavík
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Snæfellsjökull Summit Hike


Day Tour

Hike  To The Summit Of Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Following your pickup by an expert driver guide in downtown Reykjavík, you will be driven along the picturesque route to Snæfellsnes peninsula. As you get closer to the Snæfellsjökull glacier, you will witness why nature lovers flock to this area.

At the base of the glacier, you will get a safety briefing from your expert mountaineering guide and the necessary gear for the hike.

The hike up this snowy mountain is quite challenging, but the views at the summit are the ultimate reward.

After descending the mountain, you can relax on the drive back to Reykjavík.

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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

Unfortunately due to the nature of glaciers we cannot offer hikes to the top of these glaciers outside the hiking season. The season can vary according to weather conditions that year but is usually from April-August

In the booking process you can add transfer from Reykjavík at an extra cost, and choose your pick up location.

For your own well being 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. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared!

  • Hiking Boots – Appropriate for hiking on rough terrain and snow. 
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Long Johns (early season – April / beginning of May). 
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece (2nd layer).
  • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).
  • Pants – light and fast drying – e.g. soft-shell. 
  • Jacket with a good hood – Waterproof and breathable. 
  • Rain pants – Waterproof and breathable material.
  • Gloves.
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Warm hat– Wool or synthetic.
  • Backpack – 30-40 litres.
  • Sunglasses – rated for glacier travel.
  • Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more. 
  • Walking Pole(s).
  • Sun/rain hat or a baseball cap for sun protection.
  • Ski-goggles for ascents to the end of April.
  • Camera.
  • Lunch – Sandwiches, biscuits, power-bars etc.
  • Water – 1 Litres of water and/or sport drink.

Pack food for a long day. A mixture of sweets and chocolate and a few (3 – 5) sandwiches is ideal. A 1 ltr. water bottle is also mandatory but energy drinks are optional. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared!