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Snæfellsnes National Park

Journey to the Center of the Earth on a Snæfellsjökull National Park tour! Home to the entrance of Jules Verne’s fictional passage to the center of our world, a Snæfellsjökull trip promises all the action and adventure of a sci-fi novel. A massive dormant volcano, naturally carbonated springs, and alien landscapes make for a surreal experience. Whether you’re cruising around comfortably on a guided sightseeing tour of Snæfellsjökull or strapping on your ice cleats to reach summit, you are guaranteed to leave with lasting images of this beautiful and treacherous Icelandic peninsula. So, throw on your winter clothes, have a small nip of the Brennivín to keep yourself warm, and get back to nature. It’s what to do in Snæfellsjökull National Park!

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Our tips for Snæfellsnes National Park

  • Layer up. The average temperature in July is a balmy 52° Fahrenheit. And, that’s the hottest month of the year in Iceland!
  • Seek help. If you plan on getting away from the beaten path, it is much safer and probably more enjoyable to employ a guide for your Snæfellsjökull trip, especially if you wish to summit Snæfellsjökull.
  • Access denied. Stay on the road! Off-roading is strictly forbidden in Iceland, due to the fragile nature of its ecosystem, and carries heavy fines and possible imprisonment.

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Best time to visit
Without question, the best time for your Snæfellsjökull National Park vacation is in July and August. These two months see the warmest temperatures, the least amount of rain, and the most daylight. It’s perfect for trekking. However, if you’d like to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, then come February to March or September to October, especially during the spring and fall equinoxes. Winter is abysmal; so, bring your thermals if you find yourself in Iceland during this time.
Getting there
Almost every foreign visitor on a Snæfellsjökull National Park tour flies into Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport. From there, it’s about a 3 hour drive in a rental car. Take Highway 1 North to Highway 54 (Snæfellsnesvegur) to the Útnesvegur and turn off on Highway F570. If driving in Iceland sounds too daunting, you may wish to take a guided bus tour to Snæfellsjökull National Park so you can learn about your surroundings as you go. Taxis and public buses are to be avoided. Both are very expensive and a one-way public bus trip will take about 5 hours.
Money saving tips
Travelling on a budget? No problem! One of the best ways to save money in Iceland is to cook your own food. Entrance to Snæfellsjökull National Park is free, but Icelandic restaurants will break the bank. You can save a significant amount by purchasing bread, eggs, milk, and veggies towards the beginning of your Snæfellsjökull trip, allowing you to use that money elsewhere.
Did you know?
Quick Trivia – Impress your friends by rattling off these Snæfellsjökull National Park factoids.
  • Snæfellsjökull is just one of about 130 volcanoes in Iceland; however, only a few are currently active.
  • Sönghellir (Cave of Song) at Snæfellsjökull National Park is the most famous of several so-called “singing caves”.
  • Snæfellsjökull is approximately 700,000-years-old and hasn’t erupted since 200 A.D, give or take 150 years.
  • In the summer of 2012, Snæfellsjökull’s summit lacked ice for the first time in known history.

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