Snæfellsjökull traverse


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Trail stats

6.99 mi
Elevation gain
4,751 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
2,864 ft
Max elevation
4,761 ft
45 5
Min elevation
250 ft
Trail type
One Way
5 hours 17 minutes
July 21, 2010
July 2010
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4,761 ft
250 ft
6.99 mi

near Ólafsvík, Vesturland (Ísland)

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Itinerary description

I've wanted to do this for a long time - and then I went ahead and did it :-)

We had been having a heat wave for days, the temperature hovered around 20°C and there was no wind. Luckily I had plenty of liquids because there is no water to be had until at an elevation of more than 1300 metres.

My route basically followed the skyline in the title photograph from left to right. for more photos visit my SmugMmug album, just click the title of this track above (sorry about the captions being in Icelandic!).

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PictographSummit Altitude 4,511 ft
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Antenna Shed

19-JUL-10 15:44:40 Just below the westernmost of the peaks, "Vesturþúfa", this antenna shed nestles on a little hill. You can walk all the way up there without ever stepping on snow!

PictographCar park Altitude 2,156 ft
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19-JUL-10 17:59:38 This marks the location of the summer road which crosses the peninsula east of the glacier. the images were taken just short of the raod and show, respectively, the view towrds the road and towards the glaicer.

PictographPanorama Altitude 3,333 ft

Glacier's Edge

19-JUL-10 17:24:15 This location marks the edge of the glaicer proper - though there are disconnected snow fields at lower elevations.

PictographSummit Altitude 4,751 ft
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Miðþúfa Peak

19-JUL-10 16:36:54

PictographCar park Altitude 213 ft
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19-JUL-10 12:41:44 This is where I started the hike, though the second image was made at the end after I hitched a ride back to my car.

PictographSummit Altitude 4,692 ft
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Vesturþúfa Peak

19-JUL-10 16:08:50

Comments  (4)

  • Photo of pakitin
    pakitin Aug 15, 2010

    Very nice pictures indeed!!
    I went to the top one week before, but as "sily tourist" on ice track :( I hope to reach the pick again next summer
    Greetings from Madrid

  • Photo of begopop
    begopop Oct 31, 2017

    If following your route, do we need ice axe or crampons? Is this a technical hike? The ice cracks in the pictures look dangerous. I was in Iceland 7 years ago and I may go again this summer. I will find many tourists, it seems... :-(
    But still an amazing country.

  • Photo of Leifur Hákonarson
    Leifur Hákonarson Nov 1, 2017

    The common way to explore glaciers is to go there in spring when crevasses are still filled with snow. This definitely requires full glacier equipment, i.e. crampons, ice axe and a line with at least four people.

    I used a different approach, I did this late enough in the season (late summer) to give confidence that all crevasses would be visible - I then simply stepped over them or avoided them. I think I was quite safe - but I obviously cannot guarantee anything.

    I would bring all the equipment (though a line and belts don't really make sense unless there are four or more people) and use it if needed. You can rent the gear in Reykjavik.

  • Photo of elius94
    elius94 Aug 2, 2020

    Hey! Thank you so much for sharing this track.
    Could you please tell us the current state of the road? Is it feasible with glacier equipment? If we want to do it in the next few days, is it safe? Thanks again.

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