The mountain pass Jokulhals touches the eastern edge of the Snaefell’s Glacier on the Snaefell’s Peninsula. A road across it, which is only passable during summer, connects the hamlet Arnarstapi and the fishing village Olafsvik. Hikers also use it for a 4-5 hours’ walk across and those who want to climb or drive in snowmobiles or on snow scooters to the top of the glacier, drive up from either village.
In 1937 pumice mining started near the edge of the glacier and an open pipeline was built all the way down to the small harbour at Arnarstapi. The pumice was floated down with water and ground down by the harbour before it was shipped to Reykjavik or directly abroad.
Photo Credit: Visit West Iceland