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8 - 8:30 Sun & Thur*
June 10th - September 1st*
Pick up from you accommodation or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
5-7 hrs hiking, 12 hrs total
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.
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.
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.
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
If you are unable to find your question here please view our general FAQ's page or Contact Us
Our trips in Skaftafell all depart from the Glacier Guides booking office which is located on the parking lot of Skaftafell National Park. We not not offer any pick up services in the area unfortunately.
If you are booking our tours departing from Reykjavík and are unable to find your accommodation on the list when you are completing the online booking, please contact us and we will help you to select the nearest pick up point.
Yes, we do! Please contact us via the Special Request Form and we will send you a quote for a private tour.
If you are looking for a private departure on any of our scheduled tours please contact us and let's see what we can do for you. If you are looking for a private, off the normal menu, tour please fill out our Special Request Form so we can give you as accurate an estimate as possible.
Some of our tours have a required minimum of participants in order for us to operate them. Please contact us and we will do our best to find you an already confirmed departure or put you on a waiting list for the one you wish to join.
You can get to Skaftafell either by car or by bus. Check out our Vatnajökull Voyager trip departing from Reykjavík to Skaftafell, making it all the way to the Glacier Lagoon and back to Reykjavík in a day. Further details on the location and how to get to Skaftafell can be found on our "Getting Here" page.
No, we do not give refunds if it is raining.
It is the high annual rainfall in the glacier region (6-8 meters per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain, these magnificent glaciers would not be here. We can rent you the best in rain protection including waterproof jackets and trousers. However, if we at any point feel that conditions are not safe on the glacier we will contact you and reschedule the trip and in the case of cancellation, we will refund you the trip.
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