Fimmvörðuháls Hike

Duration:
10 – 14 hours

Availability:
Jun. – Sep.

Difficulty:
Challenging

Pickup:
No

Min. age:
13 years

Region:
South

Explore the vibrant colors of the Central Highlands on foot during this hiking tour along the famous Fimmvörðuháls hiking route. This collection of majestic landscapes is the reward that Iceland has to offer those intrepid travelers who dare to set out on this demanding hike. This tour is a surefire way to get as close as possible to nature, making it perfect for both the passionate hikers as well as the nature lovers looking experience the many facets of Icelandic nature.

Why you’ll love this tour

  • View over the amazing highlands of Iceland
  • Discover the Thorsmork Nature Reserve area
  • Explore stunning moss-covered lava formations rarely seen outside Iceland
  • Enjoy the guide’s informative overview of the area’s history and geology
  •  Many of our guests have told us that this unique day tour is one of the most beautiful experiences of their entire Iceland vacation.

What’s included?

Activities and gear

  • Guided hiking tour
  • All necessary safety equipment

Transportation

  • Pick-up in Hvolsvöllur / Hella area

Staff & experts

  • English speaking local expert guide

Meals

  • Meals not included

Highlights

  • Thorsmork Nature Reserve
  • Magni and Móði volcanic craters
  • Myrdalsjokull glacier
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Tour itinerary

The Fimmvörðuháls Trail runs between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers in South Iceland, passing through the verdant valley of Thórsmörk, whose name means the “Valley of Thor”. This is one of the most popular mountain trails in the country. For 13.6 mi. (22 km), Fimmvörðuháls winds past a number of marvelous landscapes that are better seen than described. A range of different landscapes will open before your eyes on the trail. This is why Iceland has been called the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Since birth, Iceland has been full of contrasts, as it was forged by the forces of glaciers and volcanoes.

Plan for an early morning start to make the most of the day. Don’t assume that this trail is easy. It will be challenging, strenuous, and thrilling. There will be a change in altitude of 3280 ft. (1000 m), which can be quite a climb for those not used to hiking.

The meeting point is at Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Fimmvörduháls trail will take you up through “Waterfall Way”, where 26 waterfalls await you, up to the site of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption that made the news as the volcanic eruption shut down air traffic in Europe for a couple of days. This world-famous trail also passes through a harsh mountain pass, deep canyons, and the sumptuous Thórsmörk valley.

It can be overwhelming to stand in front of that superb landscape and witness the strength, beauty, and variety of nature lying naked before you, but it is also completely invigorating. The sensation of achievement at the end of the trail can’t be underestimated! Don’t pass up this chance to climb into the clouds and see firsthand some of the most gorgeous views that South Iceland has to offer. Check for tour availability by choosing a date. We would love to have this adventure with you.

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Important notes

The following is important information applicable to our hiking tours. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we are here to make your tour exceptional!

Difficulty:
Only for people in good physical shape. This tour is not recommended for people with back, knee or other health issues.

Operation:
This tour is operated by our trusted partner.

Booking:
Our day tours are very popular and we have many days when all available seats are booked out. Please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. You can book this tour online using the booking form or just call our office. We typically respond to phone calls from 8:00 AM to 17:00 PM GMT – if you do not reach us, please send an email and we will reply your message as soon as possible.

Prices:
All prices are per vehicle. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.

Tour itinerary changes:
At all times your safety is our first priority. You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland. For this reason, the tour itinerary may be subject to change the sights without notice or the tour might be canceled due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the timing changes, we will need your valid mobile phone number to contact you and inform you of the time change. Please don’t forget to fill out your phone number on the booking form. If the tour is canceled, you can choose to receive a full refund or to reschedule your tour for another day. We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.

What to bring:
Since the weather is unpredictable, always bring comfortable outdoor clothes, warm layers, with waterproof and windproof outer-layers. Jeans are not suitable clothing; waterproof jacket and shoes and a warm sweater are highly recommended. It’s best to wear waterproof boots. Bring some snack or packed lunch. Bring your personal daily medications if required.

Medical conditions:
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

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39.900 ISK
All prices are per person.

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