The town's name comes from Snekke, a type of Viking ship, long and narrow like a worm or snake. Snekkersten is only a couple of kilometres north of Espergærde, separated by Egebæksvang Forest. Drive along Strandvejen (coast road) to Copenhagen and you will pass through Snekkersten.
The town is a neighbourhood in Elsinore (Helsingør) and originally started as two fishing villages in Snekkersten and Skotterup. It is mainly made up of low buildings, especially villas and terrace houses. During the World War II German occupation of Denmark, Snekkersten became one of the main towns used to illegally transport refugees to Sweden, because of its proximity to the Swedish coast.