Snæfellsjökull (Snæfell Glacier) National Park was established on June 28, 2001. The Park's purpose is to protect and conserve the areas unique landscape, indigenous plant and animal life as well as important historical relics. At the same time, the Park is meant to allow visitors easier as well as improved opportunities to get to know the area.
The main attraction of the Snæfellsjökull national park is Snæfellsjökull glacier that dominates the surroundings and it is the only national park in Iceland that stretches to the coast. Mount Snæfellsjökull is an active volcano which has moulded the landscape with moss covered lava fields, craters, caves, sea cliffs full of birds and black sand beaches.
National parks are amongst Iceland's finest assets and everyone is free to explore them. Park Rangers operate in the area during the summer months, providing information as well as monitoring and tending the area. Visitors are encouraged to contact Park Rangers for assistance or information about the area.
We welcome you to explore this area, please help us conserve its ecology, its remarkable geological features and its tranquillity. Do not drive off roads, disturb geological formations or wildlife, or light fires. And please take your litter with you.
Please keep to marked trails. Vehicles and bicycles are restricted to roads and tracks. Horse trekking is allowed only on marked bridle paths. Riders are requested to contact a Park Ranger. There are no campsites in the National Park.
The Park’s phone numbers are 436 6860 and 591-2000 (fax: 436 6861). Its email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and its website is at www.ust.is.
Getting there from South via Reykjavík:
Head up north on road number 1 and pass by the town of Mosfellsbær. Continue on road 1 and enter the Hvalfjordur tunnel (There is a fee of 1000 ikr. for using the tunnel and its payed on the north side), enter a roundabout and take the first right towards the town of Borgarnes. Drive into Borgarnes until you come to a T junction where you take a right turn (Akureyri) and continue on road 1 until you enter a roundabout by the town borders where you will take the second exit on road 54 (Stykkishólmur). Continue until there is a left turn to road 574 (Arnarstapi Hellnar) which goes through the park. One should always check the road conditions and weather before traveling in Iceland.
Getting there from North via Akureyri:
Drive ring road 1. west to the bottom of Hrútafjörður. From there take a right turn to the north on road 61 until there is a turn to road 59 (Laxárdalsheiði). Then head south (left) to road 60 drive it until there is a right turn to road 54 (Stykkishólmur). Continue driving west until you arrive at the park. Note that road 59 is a gravel road and it can be closed during winter since it is a mountain pass. One should always check the road conditions and weather before traveling in Iceland.