3-Day Fimmvörðuháls Trek in Huts - Part 2

The ancient Fimmvörðuháls trail was named as one of the Best Hikes in the World by National Geographic. Explore formations from recent volcano activity, lava fields and Þórs lush green valley (Þórsmörk) on this 3-day trek in stunning Icelandic nature. You might even catch a glimpse of a mythical creature along the way.

The itinerary was fantastic, and the guide did a great job.

- Kristi, USA -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut without luggage transport

Difficulty:

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Adult: 89900

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What's included: Guiding, transport accommodation including sleeping bags and full board

Departures: Fridays from June - August

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 6 to 16 participants

Language: English

Walking per day: 4-5 hours

Note: This tour can be booked for private groups upon request

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The fantastic galcier view
    • The steaming lava and new craters
    • Impressive waterfalls and canyons

    Hike over Iceland's most recent Lava

    This complete crossing over Fimmvörðuháls is probably the best known hike in Iceland, along with the Laugavegur trek. This popular trail marks the sighting of the first phase of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Since then, the 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.

    • Total walking distance: 22 km. (13,6 miles)
    • Altitude: 150-1100 m. (490-3600 feet)
    • Maximum Ascent: 1000 m. (3280 feet)
    • Minimum age: 14 years old 

    Included : Experiened and qualified guide for 3 days, public transport to and from Reykjavík, food from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3, mountain hut accommodation including sleeping bags.

    • 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 travellers from the group.
    • You can add a pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning/end of the tour for 5.000 ISK.

    Tour code: IMG35

    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 Environmental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact. 

  • Tour 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’)

    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.

  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

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    • 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. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
    • Gloves
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat. 

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 cu in)
    • 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. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need ot carry a sleeping bag).
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Earplugs
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Camera, spare batteries.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG31 (Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk), IMG35 (Þórsmörk – Skógar) and IMG36 (Landmannalaugar – Skógar)

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this trek? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.

    There is no sleeping bag needed for IMG35


    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    Yes, it is possible. The prices pr. sleeping bag are as follows.

    • IMG31 and IMG36 – Landmannalaugar Þórsmörk: 7.900 ISK
    • Please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

    • The rooms are dormitories and have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.

    Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

    • Yes, it is possible in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5) – it costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash. The electricity is powerd by solarsells 


    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

    • It is usually possible to charge batteries and phones in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5). This also costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash. On rainy days there is sometimes not enough power to charge the phones because solar cells are used to generate power. 


    Do the huts have running water?

    • Yes, all the huts have running water except the hut on Fimmvörðuháls – there we melt snow for water.


    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian, vegna and gluten free dietary requirements for extra charge of 1.500 ISK per day


    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is inside the BSI bus terminall located in city centre of Reykjavik. 
    • A representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides will be inside the terminal standing next to a sign that says „Meeting Point“. Please approach the representative and let him know you have arrived.
    • Meeting time is at 7:15 am.
    • We offer the service of picking passengers up from their accommodation in the greater Reykjavík area and driving them to the meeting point – the BSI Bus terminal.
    • If you have arranged a pick up through our company, you will be picked up from your accommodation between 6:45 and 07:00 am.


    River crossing


    Participants will need to cross rivers . The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases we will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases we will need to take our shoes and socks off, put on river crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Your guide will provide you with advice on river crossing as welll as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers as well as crossing with a partner.

    River crossing shoes – what type?

    • The most important thing when choosing shoes for crossing the rivers is to have shoes with good grip since the bottom of the rivers can be very slippery and/or rocky.
    • We recommend passengers to bring either an old pair of sneakers or a pair of sturdy sandals for crossing the rivers. The sneakers don’t dry easily though and can be a heavy addition to your backpack.


    Note:
    The rivers can be very cold so bring warm socks such as neoprene socks.

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 3 days, food for 3 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear 
    • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek, transportation to and from meeting point 

    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.


    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the trek?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance with breakfast and dinner from passengers.


    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 500 ISK pr. bag pr. day.


    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, every single one. 

    How much is the pick-up and drop off option?

    • The price is 5.000 ISK total
    • If you have arranged for a pick-up, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík or the Reykjavík area between 7:00 and 7:15 am.


    General info

    • The tour ends at the BSI bus terminall in Reykjavík around 7:15 pm.
    • The tour starts at the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavík at 7:20 am.
    • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 14 years.
    • Jeans are an absolute no-no in highland tours in Iceland! We also recommend that participants do not wear cotton. See the equipment list for more information.


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is

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