Day 5: Ţórsmörk to Fimmvörđuháls

Ţórsmörk is officially the end point of the Laugavegur trail, but I added two extra days to my hike to walk between Ţórsmörk and Skogar. This was probably the most scenic part of my whole trip to Iceland, so I'm glad I did it. The first leg took me up over the mountain pass to Fimmvörđuháls hut, past the volcano that erupted in 2010 which disrupted air traffic in Europe.

When you're in Iceland, you start to appreciate that nothing in our world is constant. We tend to think of our landscape as being stable, but of course it is always changing. Usually the changes are slow, over many lifetimes, but in Iceland the pace is so much faster. River keeps moving on us, what shall we do? Let's build a bridge on wheels!

The first part of the hike takes you up through the lush vegetation of Ţórsmörk valley. This is just about the only place in Iceland where you will see trees growing.

Once you get into the mountains you start to encounter snow.

This is the new mountain that arose out of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Still steaming today.

Day 6: Fimmvörđuháls to Skogar

The final day of hiking leads from the mountains to the sea, as you follow the Skógá river the whole way down. The river produces an incredible number of waterfalls, probably around 30 in total. I did the same hike on my 2006 trip (as a single day hike) and loved it.

Fimmvörđuháls hut in the morning:

You can see the sea in the distance..

Looking out from the top of one of the waterfalls!

The Waterfalls of Skogar

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