2 Day Volcano Trek from Skogarfoss to Thorsmork

Summer 1 x per week 2 days your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik Challenging Min 15 years old

An exciting two-day trekking tour from Skógar to Thorsmork. We start our adventure by the stunning Skógafoss Waterfall. We make our way up the right side of the waterfall and towards the Fimmvorduhals Pass. The trail towards Fimmvörduhals is steep and challenging but extremely rewarding. Along the way, we are met by amazing views of waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, fields of lava and much much more.

After viewing the craters named Magni and Modi, formed by the 2010 volcano eruption, we head further down towards Thorsmork. The landscapes and scenery on the way are absolutely breathtaking. We end the day with a nice traditional Icelandic lamb barbecue, well-deserved after a long day of hiking. We spend the night in a mountain hut in Thorsmork.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will get picked up in the morning from you pick up point and we drive from Reykjavik heading east along the south coast. Our destination is Skógar which is a historic area in Iceland and also the home to the amazing Skógarfoss waterfall. This is where we will set off on our epic journey ahead going over the Fimmvörðuháls pass. The trail takes you along the waterfalls origin up into the highlands.

The glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull which famously erupted in 2010 will be close, along with lava fields and volcanic craters. During the hike, we will go across the eruption site of 2010 on the Fimmvörðuháls trail where two new volcanic craters formed. They are called Magni and Móði and still today you can feel the heat in the ground by digging only a little in the ash. It’s a truly remarkable experience. The lava field they are located in, Goðahraun, also formed in the eruption and throughout the day you will encounter signs from the eruption.

This is as high we will go and soon we will start to descend. But first two mountain ridges have to be crossed. The first one is called Heljar kambur meaning Hell’s ridge but the name is truly more scary than the ridge itself. Nature has scraped off the ridge and chains have been put up to assist. Next up is the even more famous Kattahryggur meaning Cat’s spine. On this ridge, you will have heavenly views over the canyon Strákagil and into Básar where we will be staying the night.

Take time to enjoy the scenery from the Morinsheiði which are truly amazing.

When the trail is coming to an end a surprisingly green and fertile landscape will appear, the name of the place is Þórsmörk the valley of Thor.

Here you will stay the night in the charming cabin, Básar. Your guide will make the most delicious Icelandic lamb barbeque and we will all sit down for a wonderful dinner, share our experience of the day and talk about the adventure day ahead the morning after.

Day 2

We start by having breaking in Thorsmork before hiking in the surrounding mountains in the valley and experiencing some amazing views.

The green birch forest in Þórsmörk is colorful and the scenery is simply stunning. Other options we have inside the valley for the day would be to visit the  Strákagil Canyon or explore the magical Elf Church which stands tall across from Langidalur or

After a day of hiking and exploring Thorsmork we will make our way back to Reykjavik.

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Tour highlights

  • Skógarfoss Waterfall
  • Amazing views of contrasting landscape
  • Thorsmork valley
  • Traditional Icelandic Dinner

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik
  • Guided hiking tour on Fimmvorduhals hiking trail
  • Traditional Icelandic Dinner
  • Accommodation in a mountain hut
  • Breakfast on the second day

Good to know

Please bring good hiking gear and clothe, with some extra warm clothe to change into ones you arrive in Thorsmork.

Please note that pick up from hotels/guesthouses starts up to 30 minutes before scheduled departure time.

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