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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

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

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

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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 favourite 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. 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.

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.

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful 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 dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended 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 reflecting 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 and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your 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 every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

What if it is raining?

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking using this link. Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.

What type of weather can I expect? What should I wear?

First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!

The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.

Can I wear jeans and sneakers?

No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. It’s a long day of hiking so jeans and sneakers will quickly uncomfortable. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

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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