Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail
Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail
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Luke Funke
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Around every bend there was another beautiful scene. We only did about 5km in from Skogafoss, but saw 5-7 different waterfalls. Clearly marked section of the trail, relatively flat after the initial stair climb to the top of Skogafoss.

Looking forward to coming back and doing the entire hike!
Written October 1, 2021
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WildernessCoffee
Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland25 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Solo
Fimmvörðuháls is the fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull, between Skógar and the fabled valley of Þórsmörk. It's truly out of this world, full of big mountains, glaciers with volcanoes underneath, huge river valleys and gorges. On the top of the pass you can see the giant lava flows and new craters from the 2010 eruption.

The route is about 25 kilometres, but you can also stay overnight at the Fimmvörðuháls hut between mid-June and the end of August. Going up from the Þórsmörk side is a bit more challenging than from Skógar. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to do either walk up & back down from Skógar or Þórsmörk, or continue down to the other side.

The track starts at the bottom of Skógafoss, one of the most famous and iconic waterfalls of Iceland. It's worth staying in Skógar the night before, so you can explore the waterfall at leisure without the usual crowds during daytime. A staircase leads up to the ridge above Skógafoss, and from there the track gradually slopes up the mountain along the Skóga river, filled with countless other waterfalls and crumbly gorges.

It's also a good option to stay in Þórsmörk for a couple of days. You'll be in the middle of the spectacular valley, with several walking tracks going off in all directions. If the weather turns out to be no good to take on the long haul up to Fimmvörðuháls, there are plenty of other walks you can do.

I've done this walk in both directions, and made a detailed description of the different options. You can find it if you search for 'Fimmvörðuháls - The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull' on my blog Wilderness Coffee & Natural High. It includes lots of pictures, and an unexpected grand encore over the frigthfully steep - but incredibly beautiful Útigönguhöfði mountain... ;-)
Written March 24, 2018
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Michelle G
Houston, TX59 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Couples
We hiked A LOT during our 9 day drive around the country but no hike was as beautiful, inspiring, and fun as this one.

We did not hike the entire trail, but if you are in decent shape, this is an easy day hike. We were concerned with all the drama of how to get back to the start so we instead walked about a mile or so past the bridge and once we felt like we had enough, turned back and walked back to Skogafoss. (I did lots of research since I had FOMO about missing out and read that the first half of the hike was the most beautiful and the second half was more monotone) The landscape was absolutely beautiful and even though the hike was mostly uphill, we barely noticed. We were too focused on the waterfalls, mountains, sheep, and glaciers. What a beautiful day.

We did get lucky with the weather. It was partially cloudy and not very windy. A girl we ran into the day before said the weather was so bad she had to turn around.

If you can, make this hike happen! I’m still dreaming about it. I’d go back to Iceland just to do this again.
Written August 27, 2019
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Nina G.
Boston, MA70 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Friends
My two friends and I hiked the Fimmvorduháls over the course of two days, staying in the Utivist hut about half way through. Words cannot even express how special this trail is. The terrain drastically changes before your eyes, catapulting you from a fantasy world of greenery and waterfalls into a barren volcanic wasteland. But don’t mistake wasteland for a lack of beauty! The volcanic “ashtray” portion of the hike was my favorite stretch, taking us between two glaciers and through the eruption site of Eyafjallajökull. I will warn, however, this hike is not for the faint of heart, nor for those who are physically unfit. I recommend completing a few hikes before this one - it is hard! We were happy to have stayed overnight half way through.

There is a lot of talk about how to actually start the hike if you have a rental car. Here’s a tip: park your car at Seljalandsfoss, a few km away from Skogar. Here, you can park for free in a little lot slightly down the road from the waterfall itself. From Seljalandsfoss, we booked a bus to Skogar with Sterna travel, where we began our hike. For the end of the hike, we took a bus from Thorsmork Basàr to Seljalandsfoss (the busses DO NOT go from Thorsmork to Skogar, don’t ask me why). It was great to get dropped at our car after the hike, rather than taking another bus back to Skogar.
Written August 19, 2019
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sotms
New York City, NY279 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Friends
After 9 days of making a circle around Iceland, this trail easily gets on my top 5 Iceland attractions list (maybe even top 3).

It starts right on to of Skogafoss waterfall and proceeds with non stop scenery of mountains, waterfalls, cliffs, and of course sheep that's somehow manages to cling to almost vertical hillsides.

The stairs leading to the top can be a little strenuous , but very doable, but once on top, it is mostly a flat terrain. the thing that makes walking difficult, is a desire to stop every 20 feet for a picture.
Written October 12, 2017
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,044 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Couples
No visit to Skogafoss is complete without getting up here and walk along this most wonderful trail. For us not only the more amazing attraction than the Skogafoss itself, not for us this was the most stunning and magical place we've seen in our time in Iceland. It's just out of this world. The valley, the mountains, the river running along it. Right beside the walking/hiking track. Non-stop stunning views and landscapes. And lots of more incredible waterfalls along the way.

I really can't praise this path enough. Pictures don't do it justice enough. It's just breathtaking.

The stairs leading up to the trail can bit a bit wobbly when it's windy. But that shouldn't stop you. Up here it's less windy and there are a lot less visitors than at the fall. It was actually surprising that we only met a handful of people when we were walking along the trail that afternoon. Even though it being one of the most popular hiking trails.

Most of the trail is fairly flat and easy. Later on it gets a bit more muddy and narrow with some slippery sections. But with some solid footwear it's all no big deal. You could walk the whole path for miles and miles. It goes on up to 22 kilometers.

You just park down at the free Skogafoss carpark. So you got unlimited time to enjoy this trail.

One of the - if not THE - most rewarding trails we've ever hiked/walked along. An absolute must-see and do. Don't miss out on it.
Written November 26, 2023
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Mark M
Kirkland, WA1,097 contributions
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Sep 2019
I did the Laugavegur (Landmannalaguar) and Fimmvörðuháls hikes back to back with two nights at Thórsmörk to have a day to explore the popular area around Thórsmörk. On my full day in Thórsmörk the top of Fimmvörðuháls was closed, due to high winds and people were stuck in the huts at the top. It also caused poor visibility around Thórsmörk due to ash in the air. As a result several people had to stay an extra night at Thórsmörk and hike Fimmvörðuháls in one day. For most of them this was manageable as there was a late bus back to Reykjavik. I stuck to my initial plan and stayed at the Útivist's hut at the top of Fimmvörðuháls.

The climb up to Fimmvörðuháls Pass was the most tiring of all the days although neither hike was very technical. The scenery along Fimmvörðuháls is varied. When hiking out of Thórsmörk the views start with the river valley and back over the Laugavegur hike. As you climb higher you being to see glaciers. At the top you pass the craters Magni and Móðie created by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The hike from here gets easier although I had to deal with snow crossings, which did not require traction devices. As you cross over the pass you can see the rest of the trail and the ocean in the distance. The trail from here also brings the most boring one to two hour stretch of the hike as it is barren. Eventually you reach “Waterfall Way” with waterfall after waterfall, which are scenic. The trail also gets busier the closer you get to Skógafoss.

In terms of huts I would recommend Útivist at the top of the pass as it is off the main trail and less busy. It also sits at the top of a hill offering better views than Baldvinsskáli. Neither hut often running water. The friendly volunteer at the Útivist hut melted snow on the stove for everyone. They volunteers signed up for one week shifts. The hut was also fairly warm for sleeping at night, due to the stove.

General hut comments
The huts for both trails are much less spacious and comfortable than the ones on Tour du Mont Blanc or in Torres del Paine (Patagonia). The sleeping pads were 50cm (20in) wide and often shoulder to shoulder in bunk bed configuration. The ones on the Tour du Mont Blanc are at least 65cm (25in) wide. In Patagonia they were typical bunk beds (not shoulder to shoulder). The Ferðafélag Íslands huts assigned you to specific rooms of the hut, which appeared to be set before anyone arrived and therefore not flexible. Being a solo hiker that meant I ended up in larger rooms instead of smaller more private rooms that were given to small groups. If the huts were near mountain road they tended to have pay hot showers, flush toilets and dehydrated food for sale. All the huts had stove, pots and pans for cooking, as well as plates, bowls and utensils. You just need to bring food, sleeping bag/quilt, pillow, sleeping mask and ear plugs. You should book huts in advance. I booked in at the end of Janruary and could not get all the huts reserved ending up on a waiting list for many of them. I did manage to get all the huts booked after tour agencies released their unsold reservations.
Written August 2, 2020
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KeriHR
Ashern, Canada122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This hike should not be taken lightly. I am not in great shape but I am active for work and I did ok. I hiked this solo on June 21. This year was a quick melt and has been dry so not piles of snow up top. I did a lot of reading about this hike before I went and would recommend doing the same.

People have died on the hike so having proper gear - warm clothes (it was warm when I started and cold on the pass 2C and windy and rainy). Weather can be unpredictable and blow in quickly.

NOTE: the dude at the skogar info booth was useless. And they had NO maps. I tried to order one 3 weeks before but it didn't arrive. So pick one up in Vik or somewhere before hand.

The trail is extremely easy to follow although I could see how it bad foggy either or deep snow pack, it could affect the traversing of the glacier areas.

From Skogafoss (the falls) up to the bridge (8km) the hike is a steady incline and the path is decent but rocky in many spots and goes near the edge of the river from high up (so a little scary for flatlanders like myself). Make sure to fill you water at the bridge, just go a little upstream to access the water.

After you cross the bridge, you travel on a crappy, rocky road for 4km (which feels like 10km) to the Baldvinsskáli hut. This is on the main (blue trail). You can also take a red trail which goes off onto rockier terrain. The Fimmvörðuháls hut is off the track and way up a higher hill. You would not stop at both huts unless you are crazy fit ;). When I stopped at the hut, there was not a soul there. I did pass one small group on my way there.

After the hut (which is warm, has tables and a outhouse), the glacier/snow walking starts. It wasn't bad for me, well, it wasn't as bad as what I read, and there is a lot of slipping and sliding and lots more uphill. I kinda hit a low point thru there with much cursing. But on one of the last snow crossings, I finally saw people and then I felt better. The weather also socked in on me after I left the hut and it is a bit intimidating up there all alone.

After most of the snow crossings, you come to the volcanic craters. I debated going up. It was recommended. But I was tired. Then I figured, F it, when will I be back, so I dropped my pack at the sign that explains the craters and headed up to the top. Totally worth it and not that far up (I was just tired from being at km 16ish). From there, you cross one more snow pack and then shortly round the bend and catch your first glimpse of the Thorsmork valley. I started to cry it was so beautiful. It just doesnt look real.

There is a steep descent into the start of the valley, followed by a sudden left turn (dammit, I thought it was an easy walk to the flat plain that you can see ahead). Nope, a scary short descent (with a crappy chain across the rocks) and then across a not as scary narrow area and then a scramble up a short cliffy section. Then the nice flat walk begins. Hooray. The plain is kinda rocky but a big relief after up, up and more up. And then scary down ;)

After the plain, the descent starts and continues all the way to Basar. There is only one scary section, near Basar, which actually is really scary, I kinda crawled across (again flatlander, don't like steep drops and crappy footing). The rest of the descent is mostly on the side of steep mountain but you wouldn't die if you fell. The last 6km to basar feels long and the downhill is hard on the toes.

At Basar, there are bathrooms. Yay!

I decided to go to Volcano huts because - hot springs. But it was not hot (cold) and had creepy bugs - big let down after 30km - volcano is another 5 km.

I took a GPS, checked in frequently. Set my way points for just in case and had zero problem following the trail. I had a day pack, plenty of food and water and did just fine. I'm 47 and not all that fit ( I walk 6km per day when I can after work). I can't jog a km if that tells you anything lol. This is a mentally challenging hike for those of us not super fit but for sure doable.

This hike is incredibly beautiful. Worth it. The pictures don't do it justice. I agree with everyone else, just do it. I am not an avid hiker, we live in flat Manitoba.

I think the main thing is to be prepared and not think this is a walk in the park. For avid hikers, I am certain it is an easy hike. I took 9.5hours with a 30 min lunch. So right in the range of 8-12 hrs that they talk about. Being on my own, I didn't stop much except to take a picture and keep moving. Walked in rain and snow from hut to the start of the valley. Proper gear (rain and pack cover were essential). Do you research and this hike is so worth it!

Written June 24, 2019
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michele c
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I hiked the Fimmdorvahuls in august from Posmork to Skogar after having walked the Laugavegur trail from Landmannalagur to Posmork. I slept in the Vulcano hut Posmork not a very good idea because i had to walk the first 6 kilometers from Volcano hut to Basar hut that i could have skipped if i had slept at Basar. The trek is 32 kilometers from Vulcano hut Posmork to Skogar, the most difficult part are the first 10 kilometers when you have to climb some very steepe trails, in the second leg you need to cross the glacier in the middle of the recent lava flow, here the contrast black and white is AMAZING. Be sure to follow the blue signals for all the time except when you begin to walk on the glacier: here you have to walk on the red conic crater signed red (it means difficult) than going straight on the glacier and follow the blue signals again. After having passed the Fimmvorduhals hut and the other small hut you take the very long and easy trail going straight to Skogar falls. One of the best hikes i have ever hiked. You need good boots, gloves, hat, wind jacket and a gps, the weather is unpredictable also during the same day.
I have started hiking at 6.30 a.m. and i have arrived at Skogar at 14.30
Written September 6, 2018
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J222_psu
Chicago, IL1,377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
The Fimmvorduhals Hiking Trail is an off the radar, hidden gem, that should be on any hikers list. Starting at Skogafoss, and working up river about 25 km, the hike exposes many different parts of Iceland and exposes you to several different environments and scenes. Start at Skogafoss Waterfall, climb the stairs and follow the trail path up the right side of the river. There are many, many waterfalls until you reach a bridge, which is a makeshift walkway over the river below. You head further inland and pass between glaciers and head towards the eruption site. Note the weather is very different up the hike trail then it is at Skogar so be very prepared. Take lots of water, food, and a gps device to ensure that you don’t get lost. Plan on about 10-12 hours round trip, including breaks and time to eat.
Written February 4, 2018
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