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| Snaefellsjokull from the southeast
(photographer unknown)   <click to enlarge>

Snæfellsjökull
    4751 ft (1448 m) .
Location: Western Iceland,
75 miles (120 km) NW of Reykjavik
Lat / Long: 64.8° N, 23.8° W
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Dormant, last eruption about 200 AD
First Ascent: Eggert Olafsson and Bjarni Palsson, 1757
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: over 4600 ft (1400 m)



Snaefellsjokull is one of the more popular and accessible volcanoes in Iceland, located beside the Atlantic at the western tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula northwest of the capital of Reykjavik. With a history of climbing dating back over two centuries, Snaefellsjokull makes an easy ascent and descent on skis throughout the winter and spring, although the summit pinnacle apparently requires some moderate ice climbing. However, the weather in this part of Iceland is typically even stormier than in the rest of the country, since it is exposed directly to the prevailing gales from the west and southwest.



More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Snaefellsjokull (1:100,000 scale)
    <click to enlarge>




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