Snaefellsjokull Summit Hike
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Known as the gateway to the center of our Earth, the Snæfellsjökull Glacier is a mystical place, featured in folklore and novels, and has inspired artists throughout the centuries.
We begin our tour in the town of Arnarstapi, meeting in our Adventure cabin where we prepare the hiking and glacier equipment and review security.
We will take a little time to visit the Bardur Snæfells statue, where we will tell stories of the history and folklore of the area and get to know each other before starting our walk. After that we will drive a short distance to the start of the trail (a distance that depends on the snow cover on Snæfell Mountain) and from there we start our hike.
Then we will walk through a volcanic landscape, shaped by fire and ice until we reach the beginning of the glacier walk. Before stepping on the glacier, we will put on our glacier gear, along with crampons and a safety rope, go back through the ice safety and walk towards the ice.
We will hike, tied together, to the top of the glacier, enjoying incredible views and spectacular landscapes.
Upon reaching the top of the glacier, we will have some time to eat something and visit the incredible ice structures at the top, you will enjoy the incredible views over the entire Snæfellsness peninsula, the Westfjords and the city of Reykjavik.
We will take the most spectacular way back and after leaving the ice we can slide and sled through the last section until our transport back to Arnarstapi.
Glaciers are almost living creatures; growing, moving and now shrinking. We highly value our nature and by taking an eco tour you are not only getting an amazing experience but you are also supporting a sustainable change in Icelandic tourism so that glaciers, nature and the wonders of countries can be shared with all generations to come. To neutralize our carbon footprint, we keep our vehicle use to a minimum and a percentage of your trip fare is contributed to the Icelandic Kolvidur carbon fund to assist in the reforestation of Iceland. With the Gold Award from the Icelandic Environmental Authority (Vakinn) and the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, we pride ourselves on offering the best experience with minimal environmental impact.
What is included
- All required glacier gear which includes Climbing harness, Crampons, Ice axe, Hiking sticks, Safety line.
- Guided in English and Scandinavian.
- Short drive to Snæfellsjökull trail start
What do I need to bring
- Sturdy hiking boots (can be rented at 1.500 ISK but please ask us when you book to ensure we have your size!)
- Appropriate warm clothing and wet weather clothing
- Food and water
Good to know
- Meeting time: 09:00
- Duration: 7 - 8 hours
- Difficulty: demanding
- Meeting location: The Go West Cabin, Arnarstapi (directly opposite the Arnarstapi Centre Hotel)