Fimmvorduhals | Three-Day Trek in Huts

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Tour starts
BSI Bus Terminal at 06:30
Duration
3 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Moderate
Available
Jun. - Sep.
Minimum age:
14 years old

Explore the Icelandic highlands on this trek over the mountains on the famed Laugavegur track. This stunning, yet challenging trek on the Fimmvörðuháls trail will lead you between glaciers, through newly formed lava fields, and spectacular landscapes. This tour is the perfect opportunity to take in all the most dramatic scenery the Icelandic Highlands has to offer in only three days.

Your first day will be in the beautiful nature reserve Þórsmörk. A unique and lush green refuge in the harsh and desolate Highlands, Þórsmörk is a hiker's paradise with endless hiking trails and viewpoints. Your experienced and certified mountain guide will lead you through some of Þórsmörk's highlights in day one. 

On your second day, you will hike up to Magni and Móði, the craters formed in the 2010 eruption of Fimmvörðuháls. You will hike through a lava field that, only a few years ago, was still steaming hot from the eruption. The trail up to the lava field takes you through Goðaland, the Land of the Gods. It's a breathtaking journey through steep canyons and mountain ridges with fairy tale views in all directions. Finally, you will spend the night in the Fimmvörðuskáli hut, a small but cosy mountain hut with amazing panoramic views.

The final day takes you down from the Fimmvörðuháls ridge to Skógar, where you will take the bus back to Reykjavík. You will walk, for the most part, along the Skógá river, which is renowned for its countless waterfalls, each more stunning than the last. Actually, there are twenty-seven waterfalls visible from the trail.

The hike ends with the stunning and powerful Skógafoss, which cascades off what used to be the coastline of Iceland. It is more than 15 meters wide and has a 60 m drop. Accommodation in mountain huts dormitory style with sleeping bags included. 

Do not miss out on this exciting and diverse trek, book your tour now by selecting a date!

Included

Experienced and qualified guide
Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
Transport at the beginning and end of trek
Sleeping bag
Breakfast (2), Lunch (3), Dinner (2)

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing

Attractions

Þórsmörk
Skógafoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Fimmvörðuháls
Magni
Móði
Skógar

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A birds-eye-view of glacier rivers cutting through the Highlands of Iceland.

Reykjavik to Þórsmork

Your three-day hiking adventure begins with you leaving Reykjavík from BSI Bus Terminal on a specialized highland bus and head towards the beautiful Þórsmörk valley. On the way, you will pass through the pastoral countryside of the South Coast, with rolling fields and grazing sheep, broken up by tall mountains and impressive waterfalls. You then turn towards the highland area, where the bus will have to cross rivers to reach the Þórsmörk Natural Mountain Reserve.

You will arrive in Þórsmörk at around noon, meet your guide and the rest of your group, have lunch and set up camp in a charming mountain hut before exploring the area further. Closed off between massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, Þórsmörk is sheltered from the harsh climates that make the surrounding volcanic desert uninhabitable.

In contrast, Þórsmörk has its own vibrantly green and lush microclimate and is a truly unique oasis in the desert. There are countless hiking options from your base in Þórsmörk, with caves, canyons and green birch forests to explore, and for the rest of the day, your guide will show you some of the more interesting viewpoints in the valley.

Day 2
One of many geothermal hot spots in the Highlands of Iceland.

Þorsmork - Fimmvorðuhals

Your second day begins with a river-crossing, you leave Þórsmörk by crossing the river Krossá on a footbridge. You then enter Goðaland - Land of the Gods - an aptly named area with its divine rock formations and steep ridges. You continue up the hills, heading for the Fimmvörðuháls ridge, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with beautiful views over the valley.

When you have ascended out of the valley, the scenery takes a dramatic change. You leave the green canyons behind and enter a lunar-like lava landscape, decorated with red, green and yellow sulfur. You have reached the lava field that was created in the 2010 eruption of Fimmvörðuháls.

Contrary to popular belief, the lava field is not a result of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull eruption, but from a smaller eruption few weeks earlier that served as an ignition for Eyjafjallajökull. The craters from this eruption are called Móði and Magni, and you can walk right up to their peaks.

After crossing the lava, you arrive at the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, which connects the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. On top of the ridge, you will find your accommodation for the night, the mountain hut Fimmvörðuskáli. It's small but very charming and on a clear day you get one-of-a-kind panoramic views over the glaciers, the highlands, and down to the shore.

You will walk for approx. 6-7 hours, covering 12-14 km (7-9 mi) with an ascent of 900 m (2953 ft).

Day 3
An aerial view of the Highlands of Iceland.

Fimmvorduhals - Skogar - Reykjavik

This is your final day, and today you will head down to Skógar. After a hearty breakfast, you start trekking through the volcanic landscape towards Skógá river canyon. After crossing the river on a footbridge, you then follow the canyon all the way down to the coastline. Here, the landscape undergoes yet another start change, from a desolate volcanic rock to the lush green river canyon.

On your way, you will pass twenty-seven waterfalls! It's tempting to stop at each and every waterfall to take in the views, but rest assured, the next one will be just as impressive. The final waterfall you will encounter, Skógafoss, is also the biggest, and many consider their all-time favourite waterfall in Iceland. It is 25 meters wide, with a drop of more than 60 meters, and on a sunny day, you can often see beautiful rainbows in the drizzle it produces.

After taking in the scenery of Skógafoss, and having reflected on your three-day adventure, you hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík. You will arrive in Reykjavík at BSÍ bus terminal at 7:20 PM, where your tour ends.

You will walk for approx. 6-7 hours, covering 12-13 km (7-8 mi) with a descent of 1000 m (3280 ft)

What to bring

Boots and Clothing:
Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
Gloves – Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness. 
Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
Other gear:
A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  
River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
Light Sleeping bag
Towel – light weight and packable. 
Sunglasses & sun protection. 
Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
Prescription medication and other personal health items.
Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
Earplugs
Optional gear:
Walking pole(s) - recommended.
Gaiters
Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
Pen knife. 
Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
Slippers for indoor use. 
Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

Good to know

The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ), meeting time is at 7:15 am.

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