Þórsmörk - Skógar
*Three day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut*
This tour can also start in Þórsmörk, see below (i)
Along with the Laugavegur trek, the hike over Fimmvörðuháls is probably the best known in Iceland. The trail takes us from the nature reserve of Þórsmörk over a mountain pass that lies between two glaciers, down to the lowlands on the other side. Once there we are greeted by the great Skógarfoss waterfall and the Atlantic coast is not far away. This astonishing diversity makes this his short trek another Iceland favorite. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts.
Day 1: Reykjavík - Þórsmörk
From the Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall we take the regular bus at 7:30 am to the Þórsmörk- a beautiful valley behind the glaciers in the south highlands. We arrive in Þórsmörk around noon and after lunch we’ll have the opportunity to explore this natural wonder and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Day 2: Þórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls
Leaving Þórsmörk we cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath. A the end of the Morinsheiði plateu we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. We cross the brand new lava just at the foot of the magnificent red craters, through places were the lava is almost glowing warm inside the fissures and cracks on its surface. After crossing safely the lava we get a view to the lava and the craters from a hill on the other side, before crossing the néves of the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, to get to the hut between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.
Distance:12-14 km (7-9 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Ascent: 900 m (2953’)
Day 3: Fimmvörðuháls - Skógar - Reykjavík
After a night between the two glaciers we head down to Skógar. At the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath an old hut that does not offer much shelter any more. We come to the Skógaá River and follow the river exploring its many hidden gorges, and waterfalls all the way to the famous Skógafoss waterfall. The river and its surroundings offer great scenery. The coast seems to be within arm´s reach and you can almost feel the surf on your cheeks. Arriving at Skógafoss, we hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall at 6:10 pm, where the trip ends.
Distance:12-13km (7-8 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 1000 m (3280’)
Note: There is no access for vehicles all the way to the hut on Fimmvörðuháls. Dry food and sleeping bags/blankets have been stored in the huts so we need to carry sleeping bag liner, toiletries, extra clothing and a little bit of fresh food. Both huts are heated, Þórsmörk hut has electricity and showers. They have dormitory with twin bunk beds, paricipants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.
(i) The Landmannalaugar - Þórsmörk trek can be combined with Þórsmörk - Skógar. This gives the ardent hiker a chance to enjoy an unbelievable seven day trek from Landmannalaugar to Skógar, a truly memorable hike through diverse landscape full of contrasts.