Snæfell

Highlands East, Iceland
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Mt. Snæfell, 1,833 meter high, is the highest mountain in Iceland that is not enclosed by a glacier and boasts a majestic, untamed landscape in the eastern part of Iceland. The mountain, which is part of a volcanic centre, has magnificent rhyolite formations. In the vicinity of Mt. Snæfell, there is a good chance of spotting herds of reindeer over the late summer months. There are about 30 hiking trails on top and around Snæfell and the area is very popular with locals, both during the winter and summer months, when they enjoy exploring this beautiful area on specialised vehicles or snowscooters. From the summit, you can see the great vastness of Vatnajökull glacier, the black plains and the grandeur of the Icelandic highlands all around.

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Accessibility

The campsite and the parking lot lie on a 14-kilometre-long gravel road that leads from F910 to the mountain. You might have to cross small rivers and streams. The road is closed during winter months and usually opens at the beginning of June. There is a moderately difficult path from the parking lot to the summit.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Good phone coverage
Generally good phone coverage without any major interruptions
Guide recommended
Guidance is suggested, but not required

Services nearby

The nearest hospital is in Norðfjörður, 160 km away. Egilsstaðir is the capital of the region and there you have all your basic services and more
Accommodation
More than 50 km away
Gas station
More than 50 km away
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
More than 50 km away
Shopping
More than 50 km away

Permits

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You need a three-way permit.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
This area and the mountain are a nature reserve and part of a National Park of Vatnajökull.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a campsite close to the mountain, only 1.5 kilometers from the parking lot closest to the mountain. This would be the perfect place for base camp as the campsite has basic facilities and there is also a mountain hut at this location. Phone coverage is good. Close to the mountain is a medium small gravel lot that could be used as tech base or offloading area

Risk factors

The mountain may or may not be an active volcano. The slopes are steep, and the area is vast and prone to fogging up with little or no warning.

Visitors

This location is a popular outdoor area for locals and tourists.

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