Guided hikt to the top of the Snæfellsjökull Volcano and historic glacier in West-Iceland
Height: 1446 m.
Lava field, volcanic rock, snow and glacier. 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.
Average ascend time: 3-5 hours. Total average trip time: 5-7 hours of hiking. 12 hours with transportation from Reykjavík and back.
Height gain: ~1100 meters
Trip difficulty 3+ out of 5 possible
See Trip Difficulty Rating here.
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…!
Guaranteed departures: Sundays and Thursdays from the 10th of June to the 1st of September for minimum of 2 persons. Other days depending on availability with a minimum of 4 persons.
29.990 ISK per person with transportation from Reykjavík including a packed lunch and fish soup after the tour.
Included: transfer from Reykjavík and back, Guiding and all necessary glacial gear and packed lunch.
Available: from the 10th of June to the 15th of September (depending of weather and snow conditions).
Distance from Reykjavik: ca. 180 km / 112 miles
Duration of trip: 5-7 hours of hiking. 12 hours with transfer.
Age limit: 16 years.
Minimum: 2 persons on selected days otherwise 4 persons. Maximum: 60 persons.
Bring with you: warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves and good hiking shoes.
For further information on what to bring please refer to our Equipment list.
Trip starts at approx 08:00 AM if leaving from Reykjavik, 10:30 from the base of the mountain.
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors out side our control.
All hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Glacier Guides do not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.