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Snæfellsjökull

Practical information on Snæfellsjökull

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
124 km from Borgarnes by car
When to go
Between May and October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Snæfellsjökull

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

A glacier that became world famous thanks to Jules Verne, who began his "Journey to the centre of the Earth" here.

My suggestion:
You won't be able to take your eyes off this glacier during your visit to Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
My review

The Snaefellsjökull is a glacier located at the extremity of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, but when the weather is clear it is also visible from Reykjavik! 

The first time I visited the peninsula in September, I literally did not see the Snaefellsjökull! Thick fog prevented us from admiring its slender shape and characteristic little peak at the summit.

I have made up for it since then and have been able to admire it from all angles. A track allows you to approach the glacier but it is reserved for 4x4s and my little Suzuki Swift couldn't have taken me there. Maybe some other time, I hope. 

Even though I have done good deal of hiking on the peninsula, mainly along the coast, I still haven't managed to do the 5-hour climb to the glacier Maybe you'll be luckier! In any case, give yourself at least a day to visit the surroundings, the ideal being to spend at least 2 days in the national park.  

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