Fimmvörðuháls Volcano Hike from Skógar
Tour name: GG5 Grímsey Island Adventure
Duration: 12 hours, 8 – 10 hours hiking
Age limit: 16 years
Physical rating: Demanding
Departure from Skógar (Icelandic Mountain Guides lodge)
The Fimmvörðuháls pass from Skógar to Þórsmörk is one of Iceland’s most popular hiking routes. The trail takes us up from Skógar, along Skógá River and its many waterfalls. We head up between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Mýrdalsjökull, to the recently formed lava and the new craters Magni and Móði. Here the fresh lava is still steaming under the surface and the heat of the lava can still be felt. Heading down from the craters to the magnificent Þórsmörk glacier valley, we continue to enjoy more geological features as well as some amazing views over the highlands of Iceland and the surrounding glaciers. After a great but demanding day we leave the fairytale landscape of Þórsmörk and head back to Skógar on the bus. Once in a lifetime experience for all hikers and nature enthusiasts!
Guiding services and transport back from Þórsmörk to Skógar.
What to bring
- Food: This is a long day so make sure you bring enough food for lunch, dinner and in-between meals like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits for example. A 1 ltr. water bottle is also mandatory but energy drinks are optional. There are NO shops on the way so make sure you come prepared.
- Shoes: Hiking shoes appropriate for hiking and trekking in rough terrains and snow.
- Clothing: Goretex shell or equally waterproof jacket and pants, hiking pants (not jeans), warm sweater and suitable first layer (not cotton), hat and gloves and extra pair of dry clothing may be appreciated after the tour.
Good to know
The hike is demanding with elevation gain over 1000 m (3280 ft) and total distance of 25 km (15.5 mi) that we cover in about 8 - 10 hours. The weather can change rapidly on the Fimmvörðuháls route so make sure that you are well prepared for any weather and don’t rely on the current weather or the forecast.