Famed for being one of Iceland’s most beautiful hikes, the views from the Fimmvörðuháls trail are majestic, making it a must for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. On this two day hiking tour, we start by the powerful Skógafoss Waterfall and make our way into the Highlands and all the way to Thorsmork. We cross the Fimmvorduhals Pass between Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers to see the volcano craters called Magni and Móði. Hiking down to Thorsmork, we are greeted with amazing views of the valley where we will enjoy a well-deserved barbeque dinner.
- Fimmvorduhals Volcano
- Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
- Thorsmork Valley
- Beautiful Waterfalls
- Magni and Móði Craters
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Small Group Experience
- Myrdalsjokull Glacier
- Highlands of Iceland
Included: Transportation, guided trekking tour with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, accommodation in mountain huts and meals from lunch on day 1 until lunch on day 2.
What to bring:
- Warm clothing
- Waterproof and breathable outerwear
- Good hiking boots are essential
- Headwear, gloves and scarf.
- Day backpack and water bottle
Our adventure begins at the magnificent Skogafoss Waterfall, which cascades down the craggy cliffs into the sea below, as we descend down its right side, we will be rewarded with stunning vistas of around twenty other, smaller falls: a veritable forest of roaring, gushing water. Then as we begin to ascend into the famous Icelandic Highlands, we will encounter a landscape strewn with mighty mountains and imperious volcanoes. Soon our journey will take us to the foot of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, a surreal landscape of brilliant white snow, jet black lava rock and green moss.
Goðahraun, Iceland’s newest lava field will soon hone into view: formed during the notorious eruption of 2010, it is a mystical place just waiting to be explored. Then on to the Morinsheiði heath, scarred by the eruption, by many new volcanic craters, the most famous of which Magni and Móði, still radiate heat. As the day continues we will climb mountains and experience endless majestic panoramas each one more jaw-dropping than the last. These views come from new and different terrains, with the mountain ridges known as Kattarhryggir and Heljarkambur, being particular highlights.
The Fimmvörðuháls trail is the gift that keeps on giving as we arrive at the emerald green Thorsmork Valley, famed for its iconic beauty and ancient history, which will be the place that we rest for the night. Your friendly guides will teach you a little about the area’s history as you enjoy an old-fashioned Icelandic BBQ and gaze at the gleaming stars, unpolluted by any city lights.
When we wake up early the next day, we will have a vast array of amazing options: from Valahnúkur, Útigönguhöfði, the canyon Strákagil and the Elf church, we will explore the wonderful Highland world, before returning to Reykjavik in the afternoon, tired and spellbound by the incredible sights that we have seen.
Day 1 - Skógar - Þórsmörk
The trek begins on the eastern side of the world-famous Skogafoss Waterfall, as we ascend the 400 steps that lead to it viewing point. Once at the top we will rest for a moment to enjoy the stunning vistas of the roaring water, angry and white as it cascades across the flat cliff edge. Then it’s on to the mountain road on Skógaheiði, which will take you past a vast array of smaller waterfalls: a forest of roaring water, rushing down to the ground below. This awesome sight will send shivers down your spine and is an amazing place to snap a photo, or simply stand and meditate for a while.
Once we have reached its summit (around 500m), we will start to cross the icy glacial rivers, which were traditionally done on foot, luckily they have now been bridged, meaning you no longer have to get wet! By now we will be high enough to be surrounded by a blanket of crispy, white snow, which rarely melts even during the summer months.
We continue to climb on as we aim for the notorious eruption site of 2010, where the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption first began. As we arrive at the unique Goðahraun lava field, one of the most recent lava fields in the world, you will be setting foot in a place that few have been before: an alien wilderness, just waiting to divulge its secrets. We will make for the famous craters of Magni and Móði, so named because they were the sons of the Norse god Thor, to explore their multi-colored interiors.
Day 2 - Þórsmörk – Reykjavík
As day breaks and the morning chorus begins, you will open your eyes to the wonderful Thorsmork Valley, where we will have a hearty Icelandic breakfast. Then we will have a quick discussion about the places that people in the group want to see: perhaps we will decide to climb the many mountains that populate the area and gaze at the beautiful surroundings from their summit; maybe deep dark underground canyons are more to your taste or a mixture of the two. In consultation with our expert guides, the group will decide upon a route that best captures what everyone wants to do and then set out to experience the treasures that this stunning area has to offer.
Popular choices are the Valahnúkur known for its panoramic views of the surrounding area and Útgönguhöfði rising about 540m into the sky and grazing the clouds with its mighty peak. However, we are flexible and will try to accommodate all your whims and desires, safety permitting. Then after a day of exploration and beauty, we will head back to Reykjavik, tired but our desire for adventure sated and enjoy the spectacular scenery as our noble super-jeep fords the rivers and bumps down the rough roads. The perfect trip from start to finish and perfect for experienced climbers and beginners alike.