Snaefellsjökull Glacier

Snaefellsjökull Glacier

In the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is Snaefellsjökull, the glacier that inspired Jules Verne to write one of his most famous books: Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

The Snaefellsjökkul glacier takes up a huge part of the western Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Its sheer size, its incredible wildlife and its volcanic activity have made it one of the most famous landscapes in Iceland. At over 4,700 feet (1,446 metres) in height, it can sometimes be seen across Faxa Bay from Reykjavik.

Although it's hard to imagine it, seeing it covered with ice and snow, Snaefellsjökull is one of the most volcanically active places on earth. So much so that the Snaefellsjökull glacier and its landscapes inspired the French writer Jules Verne to begin his Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

How to visit Snaefellsjökull?

To visit the summit of the Snaefellsjökull glacier, where the ice-covered crater is located, you must be accompanied by a local guide. In the towns near the Snaefellsjökull National Park there are many companies that offer guided hiking routes on the Snaefellsjökull glacier. Departures depend on the weather, since during the winter it is impossible to reach its highest levels.