Hiking day tour in the Icelandic highlands
The Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail (24 - 30 km) between Skógar and Þórsmörk is one of the most beautiful trails in Iceland and offers a challenging trek in versatile terrain, with beautiful views over the South Coast of Iceland and the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. The trail leads you over the Fimmvörðuháls pass, between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps, then down the other side to Þórsmörk and traverses the new lava fields from the 2010 eruption at Eyjafjallajökull.
The trail leads from 50 m up and over 1. 000 m above sea level. The terrain and geographic location of the area make good conditions for severe weather on the mountain and hikers should be prepared for sudden weather changes with possibility of rain, snow and high winds at any time of the year. This trail is truly worth doing but can prove challenging for any hiker.
Pick up at meeting point (depends on the group size) at 7:30am
Arriwal at Skógar starting point around 10:00am where we will have a short meeting going over the safety instructions and providing other info before we start our hike.
Arrival at Þorsmork is around 6am-10am (depends on weather, experience and speed of the hikers)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Reykjavik area, pick up at your hotel or decided meeting point.
End location: After the hike we go from Þorsmork and you will be dropped off at your hotel or decided meeting point
Duration: 9 hours
We will go with a highland bus to our hiking point and go back with it also. For small groups (4 or less)we will travel by a comfortable 4WD.
Transportation to and from Reykjavik.
Guided trekking over the mountains of Fimmvorduhals.
Traditional hiking provisions (consists amongst other of Icelandic flatbread with smoked lamb, fish "jerky"and sandwiches)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 ISK - It is good to have around 5000 ISK for coffee or snacks in Þorsmork, but note that both debit and credit cards are accepted
You need to bring with you warm clothes and be prapaired for all kinds of weather (snow, rain, hail, strong winds, warm sunshine...)
You also need a good and comfortable hiking boots (it is best if you have walked in it before to avoid blisters)
And you will need a good backpack for the provisions and the clothes.
Bring waterbottle. You can refill it in rivers and creeks on the way.