Snæfellsjökull Glacier & National Park

Discover the Snæfellsnes peninsula’s national park, home to a glacier-topped volcano and more.

Snæfellsnes peninsula
Snæfellsjökull seen from a beach
The Malarrif lighthouse in Snæfellsjökull National Park
The Snæfellsjökull glacier at sunset
Snæfellsjökull seen from a beach
The Malarrif lighthouse in Snæfellsjökull National Park
Best time to visit
All year
Every day
Charging station
At Hellnar

Soak up breathtaking views of Snæfellsjökull glacier from all around the national park 

If you’re traveling Iceland’s Ring Road or exploring West Iceland, you won’t want to miss a detour to Snæfellsjökull National Park. Located at the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the national park was established in 2001 and gets its name from the glacier.

It’s not just a glacier that you’ll find here though. In fact, the mountain that the icecap sits on is actually a stratovolcano. Also called Snæfellsjökull, the volcano is around 700,000 years old and hasn’t erupted for 1,800 years.

Fun fact: Snæfellsjökull is one of the volcanoes that inspired Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

What to see and do near Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Of all the ways you can experience glaciers in Iceland, guided glacier hiking is one of the best. Joining an expert-led excursion on Snæfellsjökull glacier lets you get up close to the ice while learning from a knowledgeable guide.

For more mind-blowing scenes, you could take a guided tour of Vatnshellir cave where you’ll head into an 8,000-year-old lava tube. Here, you’ll discover colorful lava formations and vast underground caverns.  

You’ll also want to check out the rock formations at Djúpalónssandur beach. The towering pillars dotted across the black sand beach are the eroded remains of ancient lava fields.

Just 8 km (5 mi) to the east, you’ll come to the visitor center at Malarrif, where you can ask the park rangers for recommended walks. 

One they’re bound to mention is the clifftop path between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. This is a stunning section of the coastline made up of countless basalt columns and defined by its rugged sea stacks and rock bridges.

Other attractions near Snæfellsjökull Glacier & National Park

Gatklettur rock arch at Arnarstapi


Discover breathtaking coastal walks from this fishing village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

9 km (6 mi)

The black sand of the Djúpalónssandur beach


Walk across polished pebbles on this rugged black sand beach.

23 km (14 mi)

A man standing below Kirkjufellsfoss


See one of the most famous mountains in Iceland for yourself.

33 km (21 mi)

A kittiwake flying above cliffs in the Breiðafjörður bay

Breiðafjörður bay

Surrounded by rugged peaks and studded with islands, discover Iceland’s second-largest bay.

98 km (61 mi)