Snæfellsjökull National Park

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Snæfellsjökull is a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in western Iceland. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Sometimes it may be seen from the city of Reykjavík over Faxa Bay, at a distance of 120 km.

The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.

Getting there

Reykjavik is where most international flights land in Iceland. You should generally always consider renting a car for exploring Iceland. The same is true for visiting the national park. The drive from Reykjavik is around 3 hours and you can decide whether you want to do a day trip or extend your visit to the park.

When to visit

There is something to do in all seasons in the national park. The volcano is stunning in both summer and the colder seasons.


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Park size

170 km²

Park founded


Map of Snæfellsjökull National Park

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Mountains in Snæfellsjökull National Park

This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.

Wildlife in Snæfellsjökull National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Mushroom hunting in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Iceland is not popular for foraging in general. Much of the land is barren in the colder seasons and it's not a popular place for mushroom hunting. The same goes for the national park.

Camping rules in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Wild camping is not permitted in the national parks on Iceland. It is permitted on public lands if you hike to permitted areas with a tent. Make sure you check the land is public before pitching a tent and stay clear of national park land.

Bears in Snæfellsjökull National Park

Bears in Snæfellsjökull National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.