The Fimmvorduhals Trek has been one of Icelander’s favourite treks for many centuries.
Fimm means five and vordur mean cairns. Icelanders used to mark paths by piling rocks in these so-called cairns. This is how they could know that they were going the right way. The name Fimmvorduhals tells you about the 5 cairns you need to be on the lookout for so you know the way. You will walk the path of the Viking but also encounter some fresh grounds as Fimmvorduhals is also where the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption started creating two new volcanic craters named Magni and Modi.
You will set off from Skogar having the famous Skogafoss waterfall on our left side and numerous other waterfalls as we hike along the stream. The scenery is outstanding, glaciers, ashy fields, lava fields, historic sites, and fertile grounds. This trek ice sure to stay in your memory a lifetime.
We will hike in the foothills of Myradalsjokull glacier, go across Goðahraun which formed in the eruption in 2010 and visit two new volcanic craters that formed in the same eruption. They are called Magni and Modi after the sons of the pagan thunder god Þor e. Thor.
This is very fitting as the trail ends in Þorsmork, which is named after the famous of the thunder god. This fertile oasis is a paradise and where we will stay over the night inside the charming huts of Basar. During the evening the group will feast on a gourmet Icelandic lamb barbecue and reflect together on our challenging but the amazing day that we have had.
The morning after we meet for breakfast before heading off to explore the stunning grounds of Þorsmork valley. Our options for the day are the magical hiking grounds found in the valley such as hiking up the amazing Valahnukur mountain or around the Elf Church, some even decide to go as far as into the Strakagil canyon. The day is up to us and the adventures that await us!
What to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants when you book your tour. Please note, we do not rent gear from locations, it must be booked in advance.
- Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
- All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
- Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
- Experienced guides