Snaefellsjokull Glacier

Snaefellsjokull Glacier

Explore Iceland: explore Snaefellsjokull Glacier

 

Snaefellsjokull Glacier, in the far west of the Snaefellsnes Peninsular, is a massive ice sheet covering an active volcano. Snaefell translates as ‘snow mountain’ hence the names Snaefellsjokull and Snaefellsnes. It became known to the rest of the world when Jules Vern described it in his book “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” as the starting point of the journey.

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World famous or not, the lava fields that have escaped from Snaefellsjokull are apparent all over the western tip of the peninsular, and there are stunning views from the entire road that encloses it. If you want to get more up close and personal, you can join a snowmobile tour from Arnastapi, a quaint town on Snaefellsnes’s southern coastline. Not only can it be summited but it can be entered. If you can afford to lose a small fortune, tour agents will lower you down into the magma chamber, some 200m, making this the first tour of it’s kind (not available in winter).

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Prue Sinclair is a twenty-eight year old Aussie who for the past seven years has been exploring the furthermost reaches of the World. Living anywhere but her homeland, she now resides somewhere in the UK where she writes about the adventures of her Ultimate British Road Trip. Her message is simple: You can get anywhere on any budget, you just need to think outside the box. You can trust she’s finding her way to somewhere lesser-known and writing a ‘How To’ guide.

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