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3 days - Lightweight backpacking tour from hut to hut
This hike over Fimmvörðuháls is probably the best known in Iceland, along with the Laugavegur trek. This popular trail marks the sighting of the first phase of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Since then, the Fimmvörðuháls hike has become a real hot spot showcasing spectacular nature and exciting geological features. The trail goes from the nature reserve of Þórsmörk, up between the two glaciers, then travels over the newly batch of formed lava.
From there, we travel pass the two popular craters Magni and Móði before descending to the lowlands on the southern side. Afterward, we are finally greeted by the great Skógarfoss waterfall with the Atlantic coast residing in a short distance. This astonishing diversity makes this short trek another favorite in Iceland. Accommodation in mountain huts.
- Iceland's specatacular nature and exciting geological features
- Nature reserve of Þórsmörk
- Craters Magni and Móði
- Fimmvörðuháls lava fields
- Skógarfoss waterfall
- Day 1
- Reykjavik to Þórsmörk, start trek
- Day 2
- Þórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls
- Day 3
- Fimmvörðuháls - Skógar - Reykjavík
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland tours
- Country Visited
- Iceland tours
- 3 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 16
On foot and local bus to start of trek.
Guide for 3 days, transportation to and from Reykjavík, food for 3 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3), mountain hut fees, sleeping bags and cooking gear.
Note about the mountain huts: All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.
Sleeping bag linen is not included. You will need to carry a lightweight backpack with your personal gear.
Day 1 - Reykjavik to Þórsmörk, start trek
From the Reykjavik Central Bus Station we take the regular bus to the Þórsmörk - a beautiful valley behind the glaciers in the south highlands. We arrive in Þórsmörk around noon and after lunch we’ll have the opportunity to explore this natural wonder and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Day 2 - Þórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls
Leaving Þórsmörk we cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here.
We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath. A the end of the Morinsheiði plateu we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater.
We cross the brand new lava just at the foot of the magnificent red craters, through places where the lava is almost glowing warm inside the fissures and cracks on its surface. After crossing safely the lava we get a view to the lava and the craters from a hill on the other side, before crossing the néves of the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, to get to the hut between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.
Day 3 - Fimmvörðuháls - Skógar - Reykjavík
After a night between the two glaciers we head down to Skógar. At the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath an old hut that does not offer much shelter any more. We come to the Skógaá River and follow the river exploring its many hidden gorges, and waterfalls all the way to the famous Skógarfoss waterfall. The river and its surroundings offer great scenery. The coast seems to be within arm´s reach and you can almost feel the surf on your cheeks. Arriving at Skógafoss, we hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík.
Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at 19:00, where the trip ends.
Please note: The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ) at 07:15am.
Minimum age: 14 years old
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