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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!

Pick-up from Reykjavík available as well as a meet on location option. Remember to pack lunch for the whole day.

  • Availability

    May 26th - August 15th

  • Duration

    12 hours, 7 hours if you meet us on location

  • Level

    Challenging

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    16 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik / Snaefellesnes

  • Price from

    28.425 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsjokull glacier)
Challenging Glacier Hike
Included
A Certified Glacier Guide
Glacier Equipment
Pick-up in Reykjavik Available

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. We can not guarantee any extraterrestrial activity on this tour, but a great hike in adventurous surroundings is sure to be a powerful experience for all participates.

This tour is available with pick up from Reykjavík (+5000 ISK). Please be sure to add pick up to your booking if you are not planning to meet us on location for this tour.

Pick-up: If you have added pick up in your booking, please be ready at your selected pick-up point in Reykjavik at 08:00 am. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Meet on location: If you want to meet us at Snæfellsnes (Snaefellesnes), then please be ready at Arnastapi (Restaurant and Bar Snofells) at 11:00 am.

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 3-5 hours, depending on the conditions and weather each time.

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, head wear, and gloves. Sturdy hiking boots are essential on this tour. Hiking boots, waterproof jacket, and pants can be rented beforehand if you contact us or book these rental items directly online.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.



Please note

In the booking process you are able to add pick up for this tour, as well as renting hiking poles.

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?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

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 Elding, 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.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

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 routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

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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If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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