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. Included is 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 and transfer of luggage.
Moderate to challenging.
Pick up from accommodation in Reykjavík from 7:40 to 8:00. From the Reykjavik Central Bus Station we take the regular bus 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 end enjoy the picturesque scenery. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
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. As we gain height there are increasing chances of snow patches and we might even have the opportunity to walk on snow for some time before arriving at the conveniently situated hut at Fimmvörðuháls, between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.
Note: Because of difficult access to the hut for vehicles, passengers will have to carry their gear from the transport vehicle to the hut, and back the next morning, approx. 30 min. walk each way.
Distance: 12-14 km (7-9 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Ascent: 900 m (2953’)
After a night between the two glaciers we head down to Skógar. At the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath past 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 Central bus Station at 19:00, where the trip ends.
Distance: 12-13km (7-8 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 1000 m (3280’)
*All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger.
Participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour and the tour ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík.
(i) The Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk trek can be combines 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.