Fimmvörðuháls hike

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The Fimmvörðuháls Trek has been one of Icelander’s favorite treks for many centuries.
Fimm means five and vörður mean cairns. Icelanders used to mark paths by piling rocks in these so called cairns. This is how they could know that they were going the right way. The name Fimmvörðuháls tells you about the 5 cairns you need to be on the look out for so you know the way. You will walk the path of the Viking but also encounter some fresh grounds as Fimmvörðuháls is also where the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption started creating two new volcanic craters named Magni and Móði.

You will set off from Skógar having the famous Skógafoss waterfall on our left side and numerous other waterfalls as we hike along the stream. The scenery is outstanding, glaciers, ashy fields, lava fields, historic sites and fertile grounds. This trek ice sure to stay in your memory a lifetime.

We will hike in the foothills of Mýradalsjökull glacier, go across Goðahraun which formed in the eruption in 2010 and visit two new volcanic craters that formed in the same eruption. They are called Magni and Móði after the sons of the pagan thunder god Þór e. Thor.
This is very fitting as the trail ends in Þórsmörk, which is named after the famous of the thunder god. This fertile oasis is a paradise and where we will stay over the night inside the charming huts of Básar. During the evening the group will feast on a gourmet Icelandic lamb barbecue and reflect together on our challenging but amazing day that we have had.

The morning after we meet for breakfast before heading off to explore the stunning grounds of Þórsmörk valley. Our options for the day are the magical hiking grounds found in the valley such as hiking up the amazing Valahnúkur mountain or around the Elf Church, some even decide to go as far as into the Strákagil canyon. The day is up to us and the adventures that await us!

What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, it must be booked in advance.

Note: Pick-up starts 30 minute(s) before departure.

We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:

  • Bjarnabúð
  • Harpan concert and conference hall 

What´s Included


Knowledgeable and experienced guidePick up and drop off serviceAccommodationDinner and Breakfast

What to bring

What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, it must be booked in advance.

Itinerary

DAY 1
Fimmvörðuháls hike
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Fimmvörðuháls hike

The Fimmvörðuháls Trek has been one of Icelander’s favorite treks for many centuries.
Fimm means five and vörður mean cairns. Icelanders used to mark paths by piling rocks in these so called cairns. This is how they could know that they were going the right way. The name Fimmvörðuháls tells you about the 5 cairns you need to be on the look out for so you know the way. You will walk the path of the Viking but also encounter some fresh grounds as Fimmvörðuháls is also where the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption started creating two new volcanic craters named Magni and Móði.

You will set off from Skógar having the famous Skógafoss waterfall on our left side and numerous other waterfalls as we hike along the stream. The scenery is outstanding, glaciers, ashy fields, lava fields, historic sites and fertile grounds. This trek ice sure to stay in your memory a lifetime.

We will hike in the foothills of Mýradalsjökull glacier, go across Goðahraun which formed in the eruption in 2010 and visit two new volcanic craters that formed in the same eruption. They are called Magni and Móði after the sons of the pagan thunder god Þór e. Thor.
This is very fitting as the trail ends in Þórsmörk, which is named after the famous of the thunder god. During the evening the group will feast on a gourmet Icelandic lamb barbecue and reflect together on our challenging but amazing day that we have had. A bus then picks us up late evening, to ride us back to Reykjavík.