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Fimmvörðuháls day hike

    Tour Operator: Southcoast Adventure     12 hours     Travel method: Jeep / 4x4     Region: South

The hike through Fimmvörðuháls, from Skógar to Þórsmörk, is one of Iceland´s best known hiking routes. We will start our day at the 60 m high Skógarfoss waterfall, where we begin our 25 kilometer hike towards Þórsmörk. The trail winds along Skógá River and its many waterfalls, and up between the two Glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. There we will experience the recent lava flow from the 2010 eruption on Fimmvörðuháls and hike on the two volcanic craters – Móði and Magni. From there we will start our decent towards Þórsmörk, where the view can be spectacular. If we are lucky we can see Volcanos, Glaciers, the Highlands and Glacier valleys. Our hike takes us through rough Icelandic landscape and beautiful nature.

Down in Þórsmörk valley is where we will meet up with our Super-Jeep guide and we start heading from Þórsmörk. On the drive back to Skógar, we will see Gígjökull Glacier where most of the flooding from Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption came down and the vast floodplain of Markarfljóts River. Before we get to Skógar we will make a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall before our last goodbye to Þórsmörk.*

*Note: depending on condition’s, the tour might be operated from Þórsmörk to Skógar. 

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Difficulty: Demanding

What is included

Guiding service and lunch.

Important information

Gore-Tex shell or equally waterproof jackets and pants, hiking pants (NO jeans), warm jacket and suitable first layer and socks (NO cotton). Gloves, hats and extra pair of clothing if needed.

Bring appropriate hiking shoes for trekking in rough terrain and snow.


Weather: We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors outside our control. The weather can change rapidly on the Fimmvörðuháls route so make sure that you are well prepared for all weather conditions. We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors outside our control.

Food: This will be a long day, so make sure that you bring with you enough food for lunch, dinner and in-between meals like energy bars, for the 10 – 12 hour hike. You are also required to take minimum of 1 ltr. of water for the hike. There is almost no fresh water on the hike and few other options of refilling water.

  Meeting Point Information

Meeting point is at Hamragarðar Camping (Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, next to Seljalandsfoss)
63°37'15.9"N 19°59'22.7"W

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