From Reykjavík

Snæfellsjökull Glacier 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.

Tour code: IMG19

Hike to the Summit of Snæfellsjökull Glacier

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 glacier hike.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty

    Demanding

    Demanding

    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.

  • AVAILABILITY

    May - Aug

  • DURATION

    6 - 8 hrs

  • Meeting Point

    Arnarstapi Center and Snjófell Restaurant

  • Group Size

    2 to 8 per guide

  • Active

    6 - 8 hrs

  • 16

    Minimum age

    16 yrs

  • Language

    English

  • Pickup

    Pick up from Reykjavík available as an extra

Customer Reviews

We hiked the Snæfellsjökull Glacier with Icelandic Mountain Guides in early June. It was the highlight of our 11-day Iceland adventure. There were only 2 of us on the tour (my partner and me) and neither of us had used crampons or climbed with ropes before. Conditions were challenging because of the weather which was very cold, windy and with very poor visibility. An authentic Iceland experience! Our guide, Villi, was awesome: enthusiastic, knowledgeable, encouraging and meticulous in explaining safety requirements. We felt we were in the best of hands and would highly recommend Icelandic Mountain Guides.
Travellr99, Australia2017-07-11

Tour Highlights

Snæfellsjökull glacier

View from the top

Hiking up

On the road

Included

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

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Hiking boots

Practical Information