Þórsmörk-Skógar

Þórsmörk nature reserve area on a summer day
  • Tour Overview
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  • Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Þórsmörk Nature Reserve
  • Fantastic Glacier view
  • Warm lava and craters
  • Impressive waterfalls and canyons

Description:

Fimmvörðuháls hike has become a real hot spot showcasing spectacular nature and exciting geological features. The trail goes from the nature reserve of Þórsmörk, up between the two glaciers, then travels over the newly batch of formed lava. From there, we travel pass the two popular craters Magni and Móði before descending to the lowlands on the southern side. Afterward, we are finally greeted by the great Skógarfoss waterfall with the Atlantic coast residing in a short distance. This astonishing diversity makes this short trek another favorite in Iceland. Accommodation in mountain huts. Due to this trail's popularity, there is potential for irrepairable damage to the nature that we all enjoy.  As environmental stewards in Iceland, we are taking a proactive approach to preserve the trail and the surrounding environment by allocating 1% of the tour price for each passenger to our Enviromental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact. 

Daily Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Reykjavík - Þórsmörk 
    From the Reykjavik BSI bus terminal we take the regular public bus at 08:00 am to the beautiful Þórsmörk 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 BSI bus terminal at 7:20 pm, where the trip ends.
    Distance:12-13km (7-8 mi)              Walking time: 6-7 hrs                              Descent: 1000 m (3280’)

Availability:

  • Summer
Duration: 3 Days

Difficulty:

  • Rated 2 to 3 out of 5 or Easy to Moderate

Pickup:

  • Yes (extra cost)

Meet on Location:

  • Yes (The tour starts and ends at BSI bus terminal, meeting time is at 07:15 am)

Minimum Age:

  • 16 years old

Ratio:

  • 6 to 16 participants
Price: ISK 99,900 for adults

Included:

  • Guide for 3 days
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavík
  • Food for 3 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3)
  • Mountain hut fees
  • Cooking gear
  • Sleeping bags

What to bring:

  • View recommended equipment list below

Equipment list:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer)
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Gloves, Socks – Wool or synthetic (two or three pairs), Warm hat
  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts (please avoid bringing a suitcase)
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day (25 – 40L), Water Container
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks
  • Light Sleeping bag, Towel, Sunglasses & sun protection
  • Casual clothes/change of clothes for wearing in the hut
  • Prescription medication and other personal health item
  • Walking pole(s), Gaiters, Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings
  • Pen knife, Earplugs, Sun/rain hat or caps
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries, Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc
  • Slippers for indoor use
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

Pickup times:

  • From 6:45 & 07:10 AM

Departures:

  • 07:15 AM

Operates:

  • The tour starts and ends at BSI bus terminal, meeting time is at 07:15 am.

Extra's:

  • Double room in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, w. shared facilities, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 34.900 ISK pr. person .
  • Double room in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 42.000 ISK pr. person.
  • Double room in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 42.000 ISK pr. person.
  • Single room in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, w. shared facilities, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 49.600 ISK .
  • Single room in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 65.000 ISK.
  • Pick up/drop off from/to guesthouse at the beginning/end of the tour - 5.000 ISK.

Good to know:

  • Accommodation/camping fees before and after the tour are not included in base price. 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 some fresh food.
  • About the mountain huts: Both huts are heated and Þórsmörk hut has showers. They have dormitory with single and twin bunk beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group. You can add pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning/end of the tour is for 5.000 ISK.
  • There is no access for vehicles all the way to the hut on Fimmvörðuháls. Dry food and sleeping bags/blankets are stored in the huts so we need to carry sleeping bag liner, toiletries, extra clothing and some fresh food. Both huts are heated, Þórsmörk hut has electricity and showers. They have dormitory with twin bunk beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
  • Total walking distance: 22 km. (13,6 miles)
  • Altitude: 150-1100 m. (490-3600 feet)
  • Maximum Ascent: 1000 m. (3280 feet)

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