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Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike

Glacier Hiking Adventure

Summit Iceland's most iconic glacier, Snæfellsjökull, where Jules Verne's book "Journey to the Centre of the Earth” begins.

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A challenging hike for an experienced hiker to the top of one of the most impressive volcanoes in Iceland – Snæfellsjökull glacier. Sitting on its top gives you an epic view over the whole of Snæfellsnes peninsula that has been chosen as the most scenic destination in Europe. Hiking up this glacier volcano is an experience of a lifetime that no nature or hiking enthusiast visiting Iceland can skip!

Meet us at Arnarstapi, on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and remember to pack lunch for the whole day.

  • Availability

    May. - Oct.

  • Duration

    7-12 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Challenging

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Arnarstapi Snaefellsnes

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    22.000 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsjokull glacier)
Challenging Glacier Hike
Eco-friendly Tour Operator
Included
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Glacier Equipment
All Required Safety Equipment
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Snæfellsjökull glacier has for long been associated with mystery. The locals say that they can feel the energy from it at all times. Jules Verne used Snæfellsjökull as a setting in his famous book “Journey to the center of the earth” and at one time this exact place was said to be a landing place for visitors that were expected from outer space. Join us for a great hike in adventurous surroundings to the top of Snaefellsjokull Glacier, where you get an excellent view of the Westfjords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula along with the feeling of accomplishment as you reach the summit, a truly a powerful experience for all participates.

Your challenging glacier hiking adventure starts from Arnarstapi, a small fishing village on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. From there our vehicle takes you up to Jökulháls pass where you will start your hike towards the summit. The first part of the hike is over lava and volcanic rocks but as we come higher up on the glacier, snow and ice become dominant so you will put your crampons on and aim for the top of the glacier, at 1446m.

The hike itself is about 7-8 KM long and it takes about 7-12 hours, depending on the conditions, season and weather each time.


Meet on location

Meet us at the GoWest hut in Arnarstapi. In summer, the tour starts at 9 a.m. and in winter it starts at 8 a.m.

Pick-up

Pick-up in Reykjavik is available for groups of 6 or more people.


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, headwear, gloves, snacks and lunch. Sturdy hiking boots are essential on this tour.

Included:  All necessary glacier equipment will be provided, including a climbing harness, crampons, ice axe, hiking sticks and a safety line. 


Please note that the priced stated is per person for a minimum of 3 participants. If we do not get at least 3 participants on the tour, it will be priced as a privately guided tour which amounts to the total price of 3 participants (see booking engine for the price). We will refund the amount if we do not get the minimum amount of participants and you do not want a private tour.


Please note

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  


For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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