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Snæfellsnes National Park Tours

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 tour of Snæfellsjökull National Park Iceland or strapping on your ice cleats to reach the summit, you are guaranteed to leave with lasting images of this beautiful and treacherous Icelandic peninsula.
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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! So, throw on your winter clothes, have a small nip of the Brennivín to keep yourself warm, and get back to nature.
  • 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! Due to the fragile nature of its ecosystem, off-roading is strictly forbidden in Iceland and carries heavy fines and possible imprisonment.
  • Northern Lights. If you’d like to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, come February to March or October, especially during the spring and fall equinoxes. Winter is abysmal; so, bring your thermals if you find yourself in Iceland during this time.

Good to know

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. The Vatnshellir Lava Cave is a 200-meter cave known for its unique lava formation. Scientists believe that it was created over 6,000 to 8,000 years ago.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Snæfellsjökull National Park?

    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 as well.

  • Q: How do I get 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 as they can get very expensive.

  • Q: What are the key attractions in Snæfellsjökull National Park?

    Snæfellsjökull Glacier is an active volcano that is clearly visible from the park. Another highlight of the region is Djúpalónssandur Beach covered by black stones and frozen lava formations. You can also hike up to Vatnshellir Lava Cave.

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