2 Day Fimmvorduhals Trek - From Skogar to Thorsmork | TR-SKTH
Hiking from Skógar to Þórsmörk & Þórsmörk Valley
The Fimmvorduhals trail, from Skogar to Thorsmork, should be on every hiker's bucket list. Experience amazing and breathtaking landscapes with numerous waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, volcano craters and an overall exciting and challenging hiking trail. Spend two days of your trip to Iceland exploring the absolute highlights of the Icelandic volcanic highlands.
- 2 days
- Total Distance
- 30 km / 18.6 mi
- Min. Age
- 15 years
- Mountain hut (shared rooms)
- 59 990
- Eyjafjallajokull glacier
- Myrdalsjokull glacier
- Numerous waterfalls
- Magni and Modi new volcanic craters
- Rugged and unique landscape
- Guided group tour with experienced guide
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Kattarhryggir e. Catspine
- Thorsmork Valley
- Small group experience
- Traditional Icelandic lamb BBQ
What Is Included?
- Guided trekking tour
- Meals from lunch on day 1 until lunch on day 2
- Luggage transport to Básar
One of Iceland’s most beautiful trails. The vista is otherworldly as we make our way across the famous Fimmvörðuháls trail from Skógar to Þórsmörk. The journey starts at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall as we make our way up the right side of the waterfall and follow the stream giving us a view of about twenty other stunning waterfalls. The first part of the trail is the steepest when we are reaching high up to the highlands, only to be greeted by glacier and volcano views. We are hiking in the foothills of Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the landscape surrounding it is just magical, snowy fields, lava terrain and moss.
Quickly, we will start to see the magical new lava field, Goðahraun, formed in the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. When making our way across the Morinsheiði heath we will see endless marks from the eruption, the highlight being the two new volcanic craters Magni and Móði which are still to this day warm if you only dig a little into the ash.
The day is filled with constants adventures and endless 360°mountain, glacier and volcano views. The terrain is never the same the exciting mountain ridges Kattarhryggir and Heljarkambur, which add a lot to the experience.
The Fimmvörðuháls trail takes you to the fertile Þórsmörk Valley where we will stay the night in a cozy mountain hut. There we will enjoy a local feast of Icelandic lamb BBQ. The next morning we have Þórsmörk as our playfields. This green oasis is known as a hiker's paradise and our options are endless. The surrounding mountains, Valahnúkur, Útigönguhöfði, the canyon Strákagil and the Elf church are amongst the options we have for this venture day ahead and we will make the most of it before heading back to Reykjavík in the afternoon.
Skógar - Þórsmörk
The hike starts east of the famous Skógafoss when we go up about 400 steps that have been made for people to enjoy the powerful fall. When we have made it up it's good to take a break to enjoy the of the waterfall from this perspective. The trail will take you up Skógaheiði a mountain road where numerous waterfalls will greet you. The steepest part of the trail is at the beginning of the trail, about 586 meters.
Now we are on to the river crossing part of the trail but luckily for us, these ice-cold glacier rivers have been bridged. At this part of the trail, you are very likely to have to hike in some snow, this is due to the height we are at this point. The snow rarely melts completely even during the warmest summer months.
At this point, we will add to the height a little bit to get up to the famous eruption site, where the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption started in 2010. First, we will get to Goðahraun lava field one of the newest lava fields in Iceland formed in the 2010 eruption. During this historic eruption, two new volcanic craters were formed and you will get a chance to visit them.
These craters which are still warm today got the names Magni and Móði which are the names of the pagan gods Thor sons. They are extremely colorful and interesting. Next up is the steep hill of Brattafönn and the stunning mountain ridge, Heljarkambur. This is for many the most challenging part of the trail but Mother Nature has sculptured the trail in recent years making it less steep.
Chains have also been placed along the ridge to help people get across. When we have made it across Heljarkambur we are on to Morinsheiði a pretty straight heath from now on. Quickly you will start to see over Þórsmörk. The fertile oasis is our final stop for the day as we make our way down through the birch forest. The views are like no other and this is a welcome sight after the rugged landscape behind. The second mountain ridge on the way to Þórsmörk is the famous Kattarhryggur e. Cat Spine.
The views from the ridge are heavenly as you see over both Strákagil canyon and Básar in Goðaland. When we start to descend it is good to remember to zig-zag to put less pressure on your knees. The night is spent in a mountain hut at Básar in Þórsmörk. There we will feast on an Icelandic BBQ and enjoy each other's company while reminiscing over today's beautiful adventures.
Meals included: lunch, refreshments & dinner.
Þórsmörk - Reykjavík
We wake up in the beautiful surroundings inside the valley of Thor and join for breakfast. The meal is a group effort. The adventures of the day all depend on the group's appetite. The surrounding mountains are perfect for one or multiple hikes and some like to explore canyons. Together we set up a plan for the day to make the absolute most of our time in this magical place. The mountain top views are otherworldly and the hikes are relatively easy.
The mountains are for example Valahnúkur is known for a 360°view of the mountains, glaciers and volcanoes surrounding the area and it’s rugged lava sculpture even though it’s only about 220 m tall. Another popular trail is Útgönguhöfði rising about 540 m up from the valley.
In the afternoon we start to make our way back to Reykjavík. We drive across a few rivers, only adding to the adventures. Alluring canyons all around and the magnificent landscapes are a real treat when driving out of the valley, the route really is a scenic one, enjoy the ride.
Meals included: breakfast & lunch.
- Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
- Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
- Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
- Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic
- Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
- Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
- Warm hat and/or balaclava
- HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
- Backpack about 30-50 L
- Sleeping bag
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- 1-2 L Water bottle (enough to last the day)
- Hiking poles (recommended)
We will pick you up at 7 a.m. at one of the pickup points (see at the booking widget)
Please note that the list of the pickup locations is different from the drop-off locations as we are not taking the same route back to the capital. After the hike, you'll take the highland bus (operated by Trex) back from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík.
We offer the following drop off locations:
- Hella Bus Station
- N1 gas station Hveragerði
- N1 gas station Hvolsvöllur
- N1 gas station Selfoss
- 10-11/Orkan gas station on Miklabraut (South by Kringlan)
- Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel, Sundlaugavegur
- Tourist Information Center at the City Hall - Vonarstræti
The accommodation is in a dormitory-style mountain hut with bunk beds or shared beds, a shared kitchen, and toilet. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Hot showers are located in a separate building are available for a small extra fee (500 ISK), customers will need some cash for it.