Snæfellsjökull glacier, west Iceland
GPS POINTS N64° 49′ 0.641″ W23° 46′ 52.685″
Snæfellsjökull Glacier, west Iceland
Location: West Iceland
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There is something undeniably special about Snæfellsjökull glacier. This imposing mass of ice and snow has captured the imaginations of people for centuries, thanks to its unique location and fascinating history. The glacier sits at the foot of Mount Snæfell, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Iceland, and provides a stunning backdrop to the surrounding landscape.
Getting to Snæfellsjökull glacier is easy – it’s just a short drive from Reykjavik. Once you arrive, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore, making it the perfect place to spend a day or two in nature. The story behind Snæfellsjökull is just as fascinating as the landscape itself. The glacier is an active volcano, having been built up through numerous eruptions during the last 800,000 years. The glacier is said to be the gateway to another world, and has been a popular destination for writers and artists over the years. For example, the glacier plays big role as the Center of the Earth in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne.
Snæfellsjökull is a part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park which was established on June 28, 2001. The Park’s purpose is to protect and conserve the areas unique landscape, indigenous plant and animal life as well as important historical relics.
At Malarrif is the Visitor Center for Snaefellsjokull National Park. It´s fun to walk around the area and explore the nature, the beach and the lighthouse.
Whether you’re looking for a unique place to hike or simply want to learn more about Iceland’s rich history, Snæfellsjökull is well worth a visit. You’re sure to fall in love with this special place.