The Snaefell glacier (1446m) has an area of about 7 km². It covers a cone shaped volcano, which has been dormant for about 1800 years. In its slopes and around it are several lava fields from the Holocene period. Some of them have run into the sea and reinforced the westernmost part of the Snaefell Peninsula against the pounding surf. The crater on top of the mountain is about 200 m deep, filled with ice and surrounding it are iced cliffs. This glacier is easy to climb, but one has to be careful because of crevasses. The Snaefellsjokull National Park was officially established on the 28th of June 2001.
This glacier became world famous through Jules Verne’s novel “The Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. People living in the vicinity of the glacier claim it to be one of earth’s few energy sources and visitors from all over congregate there for a few days every summer to accumulate the energy radiation and meditate. The firm Snjofell hf. in Arnarstapi offers snow scooter- and snowmobile tours, deep sea fishing and bird watching.