Hiking & Trekking

Day Hike over Fimmvörðuháls

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This spectacular trail was named as one of the Best Hikes in the World by National Geographic. Take in the sights on this truly beautiful day tour.

Tour code: AG017

Day Hike over Fimmvörðuháls
Price from: 40.999  ISK

Hike an Awe-Inspiring Ancient Trail in the Icelandic Highlands

This fantastic hiking day tour takes you over the famous Fimmvörðuháls pass from Skógar to the Þórsmörk valley in the Icelandic Highlands. We start the day from the 60m high Skógafoss waterfall, where we follow the route up past "waterfall way", a series of 26 waterfalls adorning the hiking trail. As the route leads between the two glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, we get to experience the lava fields and volcanic craters of Móði and Magni, formed from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
After reaching the highest section of the hike, we continue with a decent into the valley of Þórsmörk, where we get to see breathtaking views of the highland mountains of Iceland, and Þórsmörk valleys lush greenery and birch forests.
You can add the option of the Highland Bus Pass to your booking, allowing you to join from Reykjavik.


Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Hvolsvöllur - N1 Gas Station

    Meeting point

    Departure from Reykjavik available as bookable extra

  • Group size

    6 - 14 participants

    Group size

    Please note we require a minimum of 6 people to confirm a departure, but you can book individually

  • Language


  • Walkin per day

    10 hours

  • Total Distance

    22km (14 mi)

  • Max Ascent

    1000 m (3280 ft)

  • Difficulty



    Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • Availability

    July - August

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • 12

    Minimum age:

    12 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Transport at the end of the trek

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Good shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Drinks and food

Optional Extras

  • Transfer from Reykjavik

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Day Hike over Fimmvörðuháls


Day Tour

Hike over Fimmvörðuháls Pass

After meeting your certified guide at Hvolsvöllur, we set off for the Fimmvörðuháls pass. Please make sure you have all necessary equipment for the hike.

Remember you are going up to 1000 meters so the weather is most likely different from the weather in the parking lot. 

Your guide will lead you over the Fimmvörðuháls pass into the Þórsmörk valley. Following the walk, you will be taken back to the original meeting point of the tour with the Highland Bus.

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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready, especially if you have a tight travel schedule or are travelling as a large group. It is easy to change or cancel bookings up to 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). 

Unfortunately this trip will only be offered as a scheduled tour during the summer months. Please email us ([email protected]) or contact Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG) (+354 587 9999) regarding alternative trips on other days or for groups.

This is available as a bookable extra during the checkout process.  Transfer from Reykjavik is available from the BSÍ Bus Terminal. Please email us ([email protected]) or contact IMG (+354 587 9999) if you have questions or want to add this service to an existing reservation.

The weather can be variable on this tour, so it is good to be prepared for varying conditions. Average temperature in Iceland during summer is around 13 degrees Celsius (55.4 Fahrenheit) so we do advise reviewing the equipment list before you go.

We also review the weather forecasts and would only cancel the tour if conditions are deemed unsafe.

Meeting location GPS points can be found on your voucher, as this can change between years.

For your own well being 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. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared! Note the weather in 750 meters can be very different from the weather in the parking lot at Sólheimajökull. More cold and wind can sometimes be expected.

  • Hiking Boots – Appropriate for hiking on rough terrain and snow. Preferably shoes that go above ankle
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic
  • Long Johns (late season – late August/September)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece (2nd layer)
  • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer)
  • Pants – light and fast drying – e.g. soft-shell
  • Jacket with a good hood – Waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants – Waterproof and breathable material
  • Gloves
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic
  • Warm hat– Wool or synthetic
  • Backpack – 25-35 litres, big enough to store extra clothing when not used, optional gear and food
  • Sunglasses – most sun glasses should work and make the walk more enjoyable on sunny days
  • Walking Pole(s)
  • Sun protection / face and lips. High SPF 30 or more
  • Sun/rain hat or a baseball cap for sun protection
  • Camera
  • Lunch – Sandwiches, biscuits, power-bars etc.
  • Water – 1 litre of water and/or sport drink. Water intake varies of course between people
  • Refillable water bottle recommended

A mixture of sweets, raisins, nuts, seeds and chocolate and a few (2 -3) sandwiches is ideal. A 1 litre water bottle is also mandatory but energy drinks are optional. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared!