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Snæfellsjökull Glacier Hike in West Iceland

At A Glance

Details
Price: 

34.990 ISK

Departures: 

8 - 8:30 Sun & Thur*

Season: 

June 10th - September 1st*

Departs From: 

Pick up from you accommodation or guesthouse in Reykjavik.

Duration: 

5-7 hrs hiking, 12 hrs total

Minimum Age: 

16

Elevation: 
1446 m

A great hike to the top Iceland’s most famous glacier and volcano. The glacier has crevasses so a mountain guide and the right equipment are essential. The route down offers great skiing in the spring.

The Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland. This famous volcano rises up 1450 meters from the middle of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and is clearly visible more than a 100 km away. Many have written poems about its grandeur and shining white coat of ice and snow. The most famous literature about Snæfellsjökull is undoubtedly Jules’s Vernes novel “Journey to the center of the Earth” where the entrance to the center was through a caldera at the top of Snæfellsjökull.

Everything about this trip is an amazing adventure; even the drive to the start of the hike offers breathtaking views only surpassed by the vistas from the slopes and the peak. On clear days the entire Westfjord peninsula is visible, beyond the North Atlantic ocean you can catch a glimpse of the shores of Greenland, and the peninsula itself with its amazing mountains and beaches are sights not soon to be forgotten. This is one of the very best glacier hikes in the world!

*If you would like to participate in this trip during the off-season there is a 4 person minimum.  Please contact us to be added to a waiting list and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please Note: We work with another company to offer this trip and although this tour is not operated by Glacier Guides we offer it on our website because we feel that the company follows the same safety and quality standards that we ourselves find so important.

 

What to Bring

If you do not have some of the "Essentials" listed below, please let us know so that we can work something  out.  In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.  We can also rent you hiking boots, waterproof gear, and backpacks. 

Essentials

  • Thermal underwear (shirt and long johns) synthetic or wool
  • Light Sweater,wool or fleece
  • Light and thin quick drying pants. Wind resistant
  • Waterproof breathable jacket
  • Waterproof breathable pants
  • Thin gloves, synthetic or wool
  • Mittens, thick ones, synthetic or wool
  • Hat or Balaclava
  • Socks, synthetic or wool
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking boots. The boots should be high enough to provide good ankle support (no sneakers please!)
  • Backpack 30-50 liters
  • Sunprotection
  • Sunglasses with sufficient UV-protection. The glasses have to cover the eyes. (on our high alpine trips it is possible to get "snow-blindness" from not wearing sunglasses)

Food and drink

*You must bring enough food to keep you going for a long a day. We recommend sandwiches, energy bars, dry fruits and chocolate bars, although this is up to your personal taste, just remember you need lots of energy! We do not recommend bringing fuel bottles and camp stoves as we normally take many short breaks to eat a sandwich or some chocolate instead of a long break.

  • Water or drinks: 3 liters total
  • Food: sandwiches, energy bars and some sweets
  • Hot drinks: It is good idea to bring hot chocolate or tea in a thermos to give you some extra energy

Optional equipment

  • Camera
  • Walking poles
  • Thermal pad to sit on

Why Cotten Kills?
When cotton gets wet, it stops insulating because all of the air pockets in the fabric fill up with water. When you hike, you perspire,  and any cotton clothing touching your skin will absorb your sweat like a sponge. If the air is colder than your body temperature , you’ll feel cold because your cotton clothing is saturated and no longer providing any insulation.
Layering with "wicking" fabrics such as wool, fleece or polyester is an effective clothing strategy for hiking, because wicking fabrics move water away from your skin and up through your layers one after another, enabling the fabric near your skin to trap insulating air and retain your body’s warmth. This is essential for Icelandic conditions

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