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Snæfellsjökull Summit Hike: Conquer the Iconic Glacier

This is a thrilling one-day hike to the summit of Snæfellsjökull glacier, the crown jewel of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This challenging journey rewards hikers with breathtaking views, fascinating geological formations, and the triumphant feeling of conquering one of Iceland's most picturesque glaciers.

Snæfellsjökull, a dormant stratovolcano and glacier, stands majestically at 1,446 meters above sea level and last erupted in 250 AD. This iconic glacier, set in a landscape that inspired Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” is steeped in history, mystique, and allure. As you ascend its slopes, you'll be enveloped by panoramic vistas stretching from the Reykjanes Peninsula in the south to the West Fjords in the north.

The journey to Snæfellsjökull begins with a scenic drive through the diverse landscapes of Snæfellsnes National Park. Here, you’ll encounter everything from black sand beaches and mossy lava fields to rare wildlife, hidden waterfalls, and mysterious caves, offering a glimpse into the varied beauty of Iceland.

The hike itself, predominantly over a snow-covered glacier, is both challenging and rewarding. As you make your way to the summit, you'll experience the geological wonders of this unique region. Standing atop the glacial volcano, the breathtaking views will leave you with a sense of awe and accomplishment.

This day tour is a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and geological exploration, ticking all the boxes for an unforgettable experience in Iceland’s great outdoors.

Difficulty
Demanding
Duration
12 hours
Minimum age
16

TourID: IMG19

Activity provider: Icelandic Mountain Guides by Icelandia

Need to know

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

  • Flexible Cancellation
  • No Booking Fees

Tour itinerary

Snæfellsjökull Summit Hike

What’s included and what to bring on this tour

It’s important to always be prepared for your next adventure in Iceland. See our list of what’s included, and what you should bring or add to your trip

See full equipment list

Included

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

Not included

  • Rain gear (optional extra)
  • Hiking boots (optional extra)
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Tour highlights

Snæfellsjökull
Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Arnarstapi
Kirkjufell
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