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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
- Country Visited
- 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.
All prices listed are per person.
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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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Practical Information - Iceland tours & treks
For all our tours bring warm clothing, thick sweaters and a waterproof shell, and wear good shoes. For those who need, we can provide clothing, just ask when you book the tour or the guide before the tour starts. All specific gear such as crampons and ice axes for glacier walking and helmets for caving is always provided.
The Icelandic climate is rough and very variable and so is the terrain. We therefore reserve the right to alter and modify the program at any time during the trip to assure the safety of our clients and staff. Our well trained guides will do their very best to assure you a safe and pleasant journey.
Boots and Clothing:
- Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with 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.
- Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
- Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
- 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.
- Sleeping bag – for camping tours we recommend a 3 season sleeping bag and a inflatable thermarest.
- 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.
- Walking pole(s).
- 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.
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of the equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/