Magnificent 14-Hour Midnight Sun Hiking Tour of Fimmvorduhals Pass in Summer from Hvolsvollur
Witness the mysterious beauty of Iceland’s midnight sun through a hiking tour in the world-renowned Fimmvorduhals pass. If you’re visiting Iceland in the summer, take advantage of the long daylight hours with this breathtaking small group tour while surrounded by the nature of the Highlands.
The hiking tour starts in the town of Hvolsvollur, 70 miles (112 kilometers) from Reykjavik. You’ll either meet your tour guide in the operator’s base camp or be picked up from your accommodation early in the evening. From there, the tour will bring you to Thorsmork valley, where you’ll begin a great hiking adventure.
This small group tour is ideal for adventurous people wanting to see more of the stunning Icelandic Highlands. The adventure involves more than nine hours of hiking, so it’s not for the faint of heart. But the picturesque landscapes along the way are well worth the effort.
Once you reach the base in Thorsmork, your guide will take your party up the mountain to your destination. The guide for this summer tour is an Icelandic expert full of interesting local knowledge about flora and fauna, as well as local legends and the history of the place. You’ll enjoy their anecdotes as you hike through the nature of Iceland.
The Fimmvorduhals pass sits between two massive ice caps, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. It’s one of the most geographically diverse hikes in the world, where you’ll see glaciers, waterfalls, a volcano, and several unique landscapes.
In particular, the Icelandic hiking trail passes some famous volcanic sites created when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010. You’ll pass over the two massive craters it formed, Magni and Modi, named after the two sons of the Norse god Thor.
The Fimmvorduhals hike is approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) long, and you will gain over 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in elevation. Once you reach the peak, a panoramic view of steep hills, mountains, and lava fields will welcome you. It’s a view like no other, so take the time to take it in and take some photos.
The trail is only traversable in the summer, just in time for the Icelandic midnight sun. The sun doesn’t fully set during this time, so Iceland doesn’t get fully dark even at night. For this reason, hiking on the long trails of the Highlands is possible.
The hiking tour starts to descend as you follow the path of the Skoga river. Along the way, you’ll see many scenic views like waterfalls and blooming wildflowers. This mighty river also feeds the cascading waters of the famous Skogafoss waterfall.
The midnight sun Fimmvorduhals hike ends in the town of Skogar, where a vehicle is waiting for you to return to Hvolsvollur.
Explore the beauty of the Icelandic Highlands in a different light with this 14-hour midnight sun hiking tour of the Fimmvorduhals pass. Check availability now by choosing a date.
What to bring
Good to know
- Minimum age to join the tour is 13.
- The minimum number of tour participants is eight.
- The hike is a bit long and at a high elevation, so hikers are expected to have excellent health and prior hiking experience.