This Fimmvorduhals Hiking tour takes you on one of the most beautiful hikes in the world!
If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience in Iceland, you might be looking for this Fimmvorduhals Hiking Tour. This 25 km hiking tour will take the thrill and adrenaline rush to a new level. Fimmvorduhals Hike is one of the most popular hikes in Iceland, among tourists and locals. This is a hike that every Icelander dream about and some of us even do it once every summer. The Fimmvorduhals Hiking Tour will take you hiking from Skogafoss waterfall in South Iceland to Þórsmörk Nature Reserve in the highlands of Iceland. You will be hiking up Skogafoss and see numerous of other small and large waterfalls on the way. The hike will take you between two volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields and so much more. Fimmvorduhals pass is known for its short but difficult to conquer pathway, the magnificent views that await you and the radiating thrill.
If this is something that excites you, then get ready to experience this one day hike with us.
The Fimmvorduhals Hiking trail will take you between two glaciers and volcanoes. The trail will take you in the middle of the famous Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier volcanoes. Fimmvorduahls covers the area that lies between Thorsmork and Skogar and is one of the most hiked trails in Iceland. Many people complete this hike as an extension of the Laugavegur hike which ends at Thorsmork. Thorsmork is the valley of the Norse god of thunder, Thor. Although, there are some hikers on the trail of Laugavegur who chose not to travel on the Fimmvorduhals because it is much more challenging than the prior one that they have just finished. This makes Fimmvorduhals a popular but challenging and slightly less traveled route in comparison to the Laugavegur route rendering it more exciting and mystical.
The name Fimmvorduhals
The name Fimmvordu can be broken down into two words; Fimm – meaning five, and vörður – meaning cairns. Icelanders used to mark paths by piling rocks in these cairns. This is how they could tell that they were going in the right direction when walking between farms. They always put a new rock into the cairn every time they pass to say thank you to the others that helped us as well as to help the ones that will hike after us, by making the cairn even more visible. The name Fimmvorduhals tells you about the 5 cairns you need to keep an eye out for to ensure you’re also headed in the right direction.
On this tour you will be exploring some fresh new grounds in Iceland as well as following in the footsteps of the Vikings that created the cairns. The reason for the new grounds is that in 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption started and created two new volcanic craters named Magni and Móði. We will see the craters when hiking this route.
Itinerary of the Fimmvorduhals Hiking Tour
Form volcanic glaciers to beautiful rivers and deep, lush green valleys, this hiking tour will be one of the most exhilarating experiences that you have in Iceland.
When joining this tour, you can choose if you want to have a pickup (standard rate) or meet us at Skógafoss. The hike will start from Skógafoss in South Iceland. It is a great option for those who have a car and are on a road trip in South Iceland but want to add some great hiking to their itinerary. You can also choose to get a pickup in Reykjavik, Selfoss or at a few hotels in the Hella area.
The hike itself will last for around 9-12 hours depending on the pace that the group travels at.
We will begin the Fimmvorduhals Hiking tour at Skogafoss waterfall and Skogá river. We will start with walking to see Skógafoss waterfall from above. As we hike higher up, we will pass numerous of other waterfalls along the way. The scenery on this part of the route is simply out of this world. On the way to Þórsmörk we will also pass ashy fields, lava fields, historic sites, glaciers, volcanoes and a fertile young earth.
We will take a break to rest and enjoy some packed lunch. If the weather is not good, we can take this break at the cabin of Travel association of Iceland to warm up before we continue the hike.
After the rest we will pass across Goðahraun lava field that formed in the eruption in 2010 as well as visit the two new volcanic craters that formed from the same eruption – Magni and Móði. We will finish the trek by hiking downhill to Þórsmörkk – a fairly steep pass called the Catspine. The pass will lead us to Þórsmörk.
It is possible to choose an overnight stay in Þórsmörk when booking the tour. If you are traveling in a group of 5 people or less, you can also book this tour as a private tour. This means that you will have a private hiking guide with you the whole time.
- Knowledgeable and experienced hiking guide.
- Guided Fimmvorduhals Hike.
- Pick up and drop off service (in standard rate)
- Accommodation (in overnight rate)
- Dinner and breakfast (in overnight rate)
What to bring
- Hiking boots
- Comfortable warm clothing (not cotton).
- Waterproof clothes
- Snacks and water
- Packed Lunch – also possible to purchase when booking tour.
- Dress according to weather
- Warm clothes
- Water bottle & snacks
Good to know
- Hiking distance: 25 km
- Elevation: 1000m
- Duration of hike: usually 8-10 hour but it depends on the weather and skills of the group.
- Difficulty of Hike: Challenging
- This tour is great for solo travelers as well as groups since there is no minimum passengers on this tour.
- It is possible to book this tour as a private tour for 5 people or less.
- You can choose to meet the guide at Skogafoss or get a pick up from Reykjavik, Selfoss or Hella. See availability for pick up locations in the booking engine.