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Narrow path in the snow...

Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland. 26.06.2011.

 

Hiking Fimmvörðuháls is not just like another walk in the parc.... ;)

 

Read about the eruption here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fimmv%C3%B6r%C3%B0uh%C3%A1ls

 

About this hike:

 

I try to hike every time I come home to Iceland in the summertime. This time I hiked with my friend Bolli Pétur who is a priest in North-Iceland. We hiked the famous route Fimmvörðuháls which starts in Skógar and ends in Þórsmörk (you can also do it the other way round).

 

We decided to do it in two days instead of the usual one day and stayed in a hut between the glaciers (Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull). The hut, Fimmvörðuskáli, lies only few hundreds meters away from a recent eruption in Fimmvörðuháls and on one site you have Eyjafjallajökull which recently erupted and on the other site you have Mýrdalsjökull with the infamous volcano Katla which is predicted to erupt very soon. I admit that I didn´t sleep much that night..... ;)

 

You can see the route explained in this picture of mine: www.flickr.com/photos/sigfus/6225915030/

 

About Fimmvörðuháls:

 

Fimmvörðuháls is the area between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull in southern Iceland. The route between Skógar and Thórsmörk goes through this pass and is one of the most popular walking routes in Iceland, despite being 22km long and involving 1000m of climbing. At Fimmvörðuháls there is a modern comfortable mountain hut owned by Útivist, one of the Icelandic hiking associations. Also nearby there is an older, less equipped hut called Baldvinsskáli. The route from Skógar is particularly beautiful as numerous waterfalls are passed along the way. The route is only accessible between mid-June and late-August. On the night of 16 May 1970, three travellers died on the mountain pass in a snowstorm.

 

Read more here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fimmv%C3%B6r%C3%B0uh%C3%A1ls

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Taken on June 26, 2011