Hiking trail from Skogar to Thorsmork
The Fimmvorduhals hike from Skogar to Thorsmorkis one of Iceland’s most popular hiking routes. The trail takes us up from Skogar , along Skoga River and its many waterfalls and up between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. There we will discover the recently formed lava and the new craters, Magni and Modi. The fresh lava is still steaming under the surface and the heat of the lava can still be felt. Heading down from the craters to the magnificent Thorsmork glacier valley we continue to enjoy more geological features as well as some amazing views over the highlands of Iceland and the surrounding glaciers. In Thorsmork we enjoy the fairytale landscape that surrounds the valley before we head back to Skogar on the bus.
Equipment list and further information:
Food: This is a long day so make sure you bring enough food for lunch, dinner and in-between meals like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits for example. A 1 ltr. water bottle is also mandatory but energy drinks are optional. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared
Shoes: Hiking shoes appropriate for hiking and trekking in rough terrains and snow.
Clothing: Goretex shell or equally waterproof jacket and pants, hiking pants (not jeans), warm sweater and suitable first layer (not cotton), hat and gloves.
Weather: The weather can change rapidly on the Fimmvörðuháls route so make sure that you are well prepared for any weather and don’t rely on the current weather or the forecast.
Fitness level: The hike is demanding with elevation gain over 1000 m (3280 ft) and total distance of 25 km (15.5 mi) that we cover in about 8 – 10 hours.
If 10 hours / 25 km sounds like too much, perhaps the Volcano hike from Thorsmork would suit you better:
Duration: 17 hours (from Reykjavík) | 8-10 hours hiking
Operation: June 16th – August 31st, select days only
Pick up time: 07:00 (Reykjavik Excursions bus)*
Included: Coach transfer, Guiding services, all necessary technical glacier equipment (if needed)
Bring with you: Warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, lunch, dinner, drinks and energy bars
*Super jeeps and coaches are not allowed in the city center, so we may have to ask you to walk a short distance from your hotel.
Good to know before the tour:
Age limit for this tour is 16 years.
Follow the equipment list carefully
You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland, and your Fimmvorðuhals hiking tour might be cancelled with short notice due to weather. Your safety is our number one priority!
This tour can change depending on weather conditions, so this tour needs to be flexible. We are concerned about your safety.
Get ready for the action and don’t forget your camera!