Iceland: Snaefellsjökull, the entrance to the centre of the earth

On the last day of our Iceland roadtrip in 2012 -the one with the proposal!- we went to Snaefellsnes, my favourite part. Snaefellsnesjökull, the volcano-glacier, only reveals its beauty on sunny days and hell yeah, we were unlucky. The glacier  was in the clouds the whole day. Yet, we decided to take the trip to the top of the glacier.

Jules Verne used Snaefellsnesjökull as a setting in his book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The protagonists German professor Otto Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans find the entrance of a passage that leads to the centre of the earth on top of Snaefellsnesjökull. What would we find?

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Giggling all the way to the top

One thing  was sure: we took the best decision of the whole trip. as we paid 2000 ISK for a ride to the starting point from which the snow cat mobile would leave for the top, as our car had trouble driving uphill. The guy at the desk said: “Any car can do it, it’s not steep”.

But the first part uphill, there were two women giggling in the back of the 4WD jeep: “No no not steep hihihihi”. The road got worse and we saw we would never have made it with our own car. I’d even recommend a 4WD there.

Misty mountain

The trip to the glacier with the snowcat mobile worried me as mist got thicker and thicker. I thought it would be a waste of money. But then a miracle happened: a few meters from the top the sun was shining!

We bought our tickets with Snjófell in Arnarstappi, but their website is currently not up-to-date.

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On Snaefellsnesjökull
On Snaefellsnesjökull
Our little tank
Our little tank




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