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Snæfellsjökull

Snæfelsness volcano hike.

Snæfellsbær
12 hours
Moderate

Starting at 59.900 ISK

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One of the most popular glacier hikes in Iceland.

If you are just starting hiking and want to try out  a day of mountaineering this is the tour for you.

Starting from Reykjavík the drive to Snæfellsnes takes about 3hours with a few stops on the way. First stop is in Borgarnes at a gas station ( WC brake ) it’s also good to grab a coffee or some snacks if you need. From Borgarnes to Gerðuberg is a 40minutes drive with nice view on the way.

Gerðuberg is an beautiful basalt columns. From Gerðuberg to Ölkeldu is a 30minutes drive. Ölkelda is mineral spring with carbonated water. Mineral springsare said to have healing powers, so feel free to take a sip. The farm house is named Ölkeldna which means mineral spring in Icelandic. Our next stop is Snæfellsjökull which is 40 minutes from Ölkelda to the glacier parking lot.

At the parking lot we are going to prep you with the right gear for the hike. This hike takes from 4 to 6 hours, approach to the glacier takes 40-60min. When we get to the edge of the glacier, we’ll put on the glacier gear; crampons, harness and ropes. It takes about 3-4hours to go from the base to the summit. The summit of Snæfellsjökull is at 1446m above sea level. Usually we stop in 1418meters, but we can go to the true summit 1446m, but it is a steep slope on top of rock and ice peak.

Lunch brake on the summit is nice to enjoy the view while you eat something, on a clear day the view of the peninsula is stunning, but of course we can’t promise a clear day. After the lunch we have to start the descent from the summit and back to the car, that will take us about 3 hours.

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What's included?

Glacier gear:

Crampons

Harness

Ice axe

Ropes

Carabiners

Glacier guide 

Exclusions

Transport 

food 

boots 

hiking poles 

What do I need to bring?

waterproof jacket and pants

Warm Clothes

gloves & hat

hiking boots

drinks,

camera

sunglasses

lunce and snacks

You can rent boots, hiking poles, rain gear , gloves and hats from us :)

Itinerary

Day 1: Snæfellsjökull

Try out glacier hiking / mountaineering on one of the most famous glaciers in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull is a perfect place to hike if you want a few people around you. Starting from Reykjavík the drive to Snæfellsnes takes about 3 hours with a few stops on the way.

First stop is in Borgarnes at a gas station (WC break) it’s also good to grab a coffee or some snacks if you need. From Borgarnes to Gerðuberg is a 40-minute drive with a nice view on the way. Gerðuberg are beautiful basalt columns. From Gerðuberg to Ölkeldu is a 30 minutes’ drive. Ölkelda is a mineral spring with carbonated water. Mineral springs are said to have healing powers, so feel free to take a sip. The farmhouse is named Ölkelda which means mineral spring in Icelandic. Our next stop is Snæfellsjökull which is 40 minutes from Ölkelda to the glacier parking lot.

At the parking lot we are going to prepare you with the right gear for the hike. The hike takes from 6 to 8 hours in total, approaching the glacier takes 40-60 min. When we get to the edge of the glacier, we’ll put on the glacier gear, crampons, harness, and ropes. The summit of Snæfellsjökull is at 1446m above sea level. Usually we stop in 1418 meters, but we can go to the true summit 1446m, but it is a steep slope on top of rock and ice peak.
Lunch break on the summit is nice to enjoy the view while you eat something, on a clear day the view of the peninsula is stunning, but of course we can’t promise a clear day. After lunch we must start the descent from the summit and go back to the car.

The Snæfellsnes is a peninsula situated to the west of Borgarfjörður in western Iceland. It has been named Iceland in Miniature because many national sights can be found in the area, including the Snæfellsjökull, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland. With its height of 1446m, it is the highest mountain on the peninsula and has a glacier at its peak. The volcano can be seen on clear days from Reykjavík, about 120km. The mountain is also known as the setting of the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by the French author Jules Verne. The area surrounding Snæfellsjökull has been designated one of the four National Parks by the government of Iceland. The peninsula is one of the main settings in the Laxdœla saga and it was, according to this saga, the birthplace of the first West Norse member of the Varangian Guard, Bolli Bollasson. Other historical people who lived in the area according to the saga include Guðrún Ósvífurdóttir Bolli Þorleiksson and Sorri Goði. Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in western Iceland the name of the mountain is Snæfell, but it is normally called “Snæfellsjökull” to distinguish it from two other mountains with this name. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Sometimes it may be seen from the city

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