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Fimmvörðuháls (Blue Trail) to Laugavegur Trail

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Rangárþing eystra, Southern, Iceland

Fimmvörðuháls (Blue Trail) to Laugavegur Trail is a 50.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rangárþing eystra, Southern, Iceland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August.

Length 50.6 mi Elevation gain 11,610 ft Route type Point to Point

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Waypoints (11)

This hike has three sections. The first is about 7.5km to a hut/ bathroom. There are 20+ waterfalls along the way and stunning views. It is a steady climb along mostly dirt. Section two begins at the hut and goes about another 10km. This section is more like a moon landscape... lava fields and glacier with no vegetation, lots of dust and rocks. The third section is the descent into Thorsmark (8km) and has more stunning views of both glaciers and wide open vistas of the mountain ranges. There are some challenging descents - one with a very narrow ledge (8-18") and a chain, another with very steep and loose gravel, and finally a narrow ledge (24") with 100 foot drops on both sides. There is camping (tent and camper) on both trail sides, but Thorsmark side is accessible only by 4x4. There is a small shop there and a knowledgeable attendant. Getting out of Thorsmark back to Skogafoss requires a bus which comes about 4 times a day but costs about $90 per person and requires a transfer. This also may lead to an overnight stay if you catch the last bus at 630pm. There is also a cabin at about the 10km mark. It has mattresses on the floor, but helps break the hike up if you are not ready for the long trek.

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Reviews (14)
Photos (20)
Recordings (6)
Completed (32)
Paweł Klechamer
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Hiking

probably the best hike You could do in your life but prepare Yourself well!

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Michael Shelley
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Hiking

An inspiring trail -- in six days we experienced rain, sleet, hail, fog, wind, cold, sun, warmth PLUS saw austere empty landscapes, serene lakes surrounded by craggy mountains, heavy storm clouds moving down valleys, multicolored barren hills, glaciers, ice caves, steam vents and bubbling paint pots, still cooling red-black hills extruded from a volcano, wind swept snow fields, ravines with waterfall after waterfall, and a couple of knife edge paths and truly scary ledges.

Kyle Stokien
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Stunning views! Only went to the hut but great for a challenging day hike.

Matt Clark
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Completed August 12th and 13th there and back. Amazing hike - one of the best I have ever done! We completed the full distance to Thorsmark. Both of us are younger (mid 20s and late 30s) and finished in a little under 9 hours - book stated 12-14. We didn't have trekking poles, wish we did. Bring clothing for cold weather, it snowed on us in mid-August on the glacier. Water is only available in the first 7km. We also had 40+ mph winds on day 1 and it was brutal - so be prepared for unexpected weather. It has three sections. The first is about 7.5km to a hut/ bathroom. There are 20+ waterfalls along the way and stunning views. It is a steady climb along mostly dirt. Section two begins at the hut and goes about another 10km. This section is more like a moon landscape... lava fields and glacier with no vegetation, lots of dust and rocks. The third section is the descent into Thorsmark (8km) and has more stunning views of both glaciers and wide open vistas of the mountain ranges. There are some challenging descents - one with a very narrow ledge (8-18") and a chain, another with very steep and loose gravel, and finally a narrow ledge (24") with 100 foot drops on both sides. There is camping (tent and camper) on both trail sides, but Thorsmark side is accessible only by 4x4. There is a small shop there and a knowledgeable attendant. Getting out of Thorsmark back to Skogafoss requires a bus which comes about 4 times a day but costs about $90 per person and requires a transfer. This also may lead to an overnight stay if you catch the last bus at 630pm. There is also a cabin at about the 10km mark. It has mattresses on the floor, but helps break the hike up if you are not ready for the long trek. We decided to hike the red trail back - a lot less traveled (5 people total) but the trail is a lot less marked. We did some general direction travel and is was very rocky with less views. Still a good way to catch a few more waterfalls you won't get on the blue.

Meg R.
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Hiking

Amazing multi-day hike in a unique landscape!

David Huddleston
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Backpacking

Awesome week in Iceland. Definitely one of the best trails in the world.

Bryan Welton
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Hiking
First to Review

Breathtaking scenery, like no other place on the planet. Plenty of fresh water along the way. Fog and rain can obscure the markers at times, but the markers are very well outlined.

Kyle Stokien
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Valentijn Bouchaut
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Jānis Peisenieks
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Sami Abdou
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Shannon L.
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Christopher Dwyer
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David Gillentine
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