Snæfellsjökull Glacier (What To See - West)

Snæfellsjökull Glacier (What To See - West)
Snæfellsjökull is one of Icelands most majestic glacier, with a strato-volcano beneath it´s icecap. It is located at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is a long penisula that divides the west coast of the country int two large Bays, Breiðafjörður and Faxaflói. The glacier is 1,446 meters high and offers phenomenal views from the top on bright, clear days. On beautiful sunny days, you have a great view over the vast Breiðafjörður Bay, all the way as far as Látrabjarg Cliff in the West fjords but Látrabjarg is the largest bird cliff in Europe and a home to millions of nesting seabirds in summer. Látrabjarg Cliff is about 14 kilometers long and about 450 meters high. To the South you look over Faxaflói Bay and all the way to the Reykjavík, capital on Iceland. Snæfellsjökull is a popular destination for glacier hikers, snowmobilers, and skiers. For those not familiar with the glacier, a guide is strongly recommended for hiking trips. Daily tours to the top of the glacier are available by either snowmobile or snow cat when conditions allow.

Nearby attractions

Surrounding Snæfellsjökull are numerous places of interest. Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful beach at the foot of Snæfellsjökull, located near the tip of the peninsula. Hellnar is an old and small fishing willage, also located at the foot of the glacier with beautiful rock formations and a rich birdlife in summer. Arnarstapi is also a small fishing hamlet, with a dramatic coast, located close to Hellnar with a large nesting colony of Arctic Terns in summer. In Jules Vernes classic novel „Journey to the center of the earth“ from 1864, Snæfellsjökull Glacier served as the entrance for the magical world depicted in the book. Many people believe the glacier is one of the most powerful sites in the world, where one can feel and even draw energy from the glacier itself as you draw closer to it.

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