Snæfellsjökull

  • Snæfellsjökull is irrefutably the best know glacier in Iceland.
    Snæfellsjökull is irrefutably the best know glacier in Iceland.

Snæfellsjökull is irrefutably the best know glacier in Iceland. Located on the western part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula it found its way into world literature in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth in 1864. In the novel a German professor, Otto Lidenbrock travels through the volcanic tubes towards the centre of the Earth. It is quite an adventure where he encounters prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before surfacing again in Italy. Ever since, Snæfellsjökull has inspired countless authors, poets and artists. There is something otherworldly about this beautiful and accessible glacier. So, it may coma as no big surprise that Snæfellsjökull is considered to be one of the World's seven largest spiritual centres.

Snæfellsjökull is an active stratovolcano, It is made up of a number of eruptions, the last one occurring 1800 years ago with lava flowing down the slopes, forming the peninsula's extraordinary landscape. The glacier on top has been gradually diminishing during the last decades and is only about 11 square kilometers today. But, its pristine beauty has by no means diminished. Neither has its inherent energy. It still conveys the combination of ice and fire at its most extreme.

Snæfellsjökull is accessible during most seasons of the year, and a number of tour companies in Iceland will take you to the summit to experience the full energy – and breathtaking scenery.