Snæfellsjökull (1.446 m)
Snæfellsjökull is the smallest glacier in Iceland, but one of our most famous volcanoes. Its main claim to fame is being featured as the entrance to Earth’s center in the book „Journey to the Center of the Earth“ by Jules Verne.
Some people also consider Snæfellsjökull to be an enormous source of energy and it is often visited by those with an interest in the spiritual and supernatural. An Icelandic politician once had a dream about aliens coming to meet us on the top of Snæfellsjökull, famously attracting people from all over the world to witness this. The aliens still haven’t shown up, but if they did, this glacier would be a fitting place for them to land!
Last eruption: Around 261 A.D
How to get there: Drive about 190 kilometers to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. From Reykjavík take highway no. 1 through the town Borgarnes and then you turn left off onto road 54. After a while on that road you will find the road leading you up to the mountain on the right hand side, signposted all the way up to a parking lot.
Hiking: Once you get to the carpark you should be able to make your way up to the top in 3-5 hours, the hike taking 5-7 hours in total. This glacier is unusually dense so unlike other glaciers in Iceland it should be safe to walk on it unsupervised.
The mountain is included in the Snæfellsjökull National Park (Icelandic: Þjóðgarðurinn Snæfellsjökull)