Magical Snaefellsjokull (Snæfellsjökull)

Magical Snaefellsjokull (Snæfellsjökull)

Snaefellsjokull, the glacier at the tip of the peninsula, covers the summit of a 1446m stratovolcano. 

The volcano has formed from numerous eruptions during the last 800,000 years, with a 200m deep ice-filled crater crowning the summit.

The last eruption around 1600 years ago was a powerful one, spreading ash over the northern half of Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the West Fjords. 

Lava flowed down the southern slopes of the mountain, forming the Háahraun lava field.

The mountain and its surrounds are protected within Snaefellsjokull National Park.  To find out more about the area, stop at the Visitor Centre in Hellnar.  

Some people believe that Snaefellsjokull is one of the world’s seven most potent energy sources. Whatever you believe, the shapely (though not quite perfect) cone will hold your gaze. 

Snaefellsjokull was made famous by Jules Verne’s novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, but it is said that the writer never actually visited Iceland.

In spring and early summer, snowcat trips will haul you almost to the summit of the volcano – pick a calm, clear day and enjoy breathtaking views.