- Discover Þórsmörk, or Thor's Valley, and explore its impressive geology
- Navigate the Magni, Móði, and Eyjafjallajökull craters on foot
- Hike through the Fimmvörðuháls pass for close observation of lava formations
- Follow the Skógaá River all the way to the epic Skógafoss waterfall
- Stay in remote mountain huts
This complete crossing over Fimmvörðuháls is one of the most famous hikes in Iceland, along with the Laugavegur trek. Its popular trail takes you past the site of the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Fimmvörðuháls has since become a major trekking destination in Iceland, showcasing exciting geological features and spectacular nature.
The trail winds its way from the nature reserve of Þórsmörk to Skógar, traveling over a newly hardened batch of lava. There is no access for vehicles all the way to the hut on Fimmvörðuháls, so you'll be trekking where the crowds cannot go. Accommodations in mountain huts only serve to highlight the remoteness of this beautiful area.
|Day 1||Reykjavík - Þórsmörk||Þórsmörk hut|
|Day 2||Þórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls||Fimmvörðuháls hut|
|Day 3||Fimmvörðuháls - Skógar - Reykjavík||Reykjavik (self-arranged)|
Day 1: Reykjavík to Þórsmörk
You'll begin early in Reykjavik, hitching a ride on a regular public bus in the morning to the beautiful Þórsmörk, or Thor's Valley, tucked behind glaciers in the southern highlands. You'll arrive in Þórsmörk around noon and enjoy lunch together. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this natural wonder. A unique area, Þórsmörk is beloved among Icelanders for its widely contrasting geological elements, including glacial rivers, snow-capped mountain ranges, and lush valleys covered with moss and ferns. After you've had your fill of the picturesque scenery, you'll spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Day 2: Þórsmörk to Fimmvörðuháls via Eyjafjallajökull and More
You'll start the day by crossing the river Krossá on a footbridge to enter the magical landscapes of Goðalönd, or the land of the gods. Nestled at the foot of two glaciers, this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses fit for gods and humans alike. You'll continue up the hills, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with impressive views towards of Útigönguhöfði mountain and up to Morinsheiði heath.
You'll reach the end of the Morinsheiði plateau and arrive at the two craters Magni and Móði, which erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. You'll have many opportunities to observe and photograph lava up close and to take note of its many contours and colors: green and yellow from sulfur, red craters where the lava still glows warmly just below the cracks at its surface. At day's end, you'll make your way up the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls to reach the hut between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, where you'll spend the night.
Hiking Distance: 7-9 miles
Hiking Duration: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar, Return to Reykjavík by Bus
You'll start the day by heading down to Skógar, on a path that takes you over a desolate heath and past an old hut. You'll trace the path of the Skógaá River as it flows towards the famous Skógafoss waterfall, exploring its many hidden gorges and waterfalls along the way. After taking in the glory that is Skógafoss, you'll return on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík, arriving at the city's BSI bus terminal in time for you to check into your hotel, go out for a celebratory meal, and reminisce about a journey you'll remember for years to come.
Hiking Distance: 7-8 miles
Hiking Duration: 6-7 hours