Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Snæfellsjökull Glacier
 
Snæfellsjökull Glacier is situated on top of a stratovolcano and it´s top peak is 1446m (4745 ft. The most recent eruption occurred over 1900 years ago. The Glacier is located at the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula that divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays, Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður. It can often can be seen from Reykjavik located about 120 kilometers across Faxaflói Bay. Snæfellsjökull is one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland and is constantly getting smaller due to rapid melting caused by global warming. The glacier is in the middle of Snæfellsjökul National Park and there are several towns and villages scattered around the coast at the foot of the glacier.

Nearby attractions

Ólafsvík, Hellissandur and Rif are the largest and are all fishing towns. There are numerous places of interest close to the glacier. Djúpalónssandur Beach is a beautiful cove with a black sand beach and interesting rock formations. Þúfubjarg is a spectacular cliff on the coast and a nesting colony of many species of seabirds, including Puffins. Arnarstapi is a fishing hamlet with a small harbor, located in beautiful surroundings with spectacular coastal scenery and rich bird life in summer. A great number of Arctic Terns nest every summer at Arnarstapi after flying the longest migration route of any bird species in the world, - all the way from Antarctica, about half way around the globe. Close to Arnarstapi is Hellnar, a small fishing hamlet with picturesque rock formation on the coast. There is an interesting hiking trail between Arnarstapi and Hellnar. The trail is about 2,5 kilometers and offers spectacular rock formations and beautiful coastal scenery.

The Journey to the Center of the Earth

About 150 years ago, the famous French novelist Jules Verne wrote and published „The Journey to the Center of the Earth“. The journey started through the crater of Snæfellsjökull and into the center of the Earth.