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Eruption Close to Popular Walking Path Fimmvörduháls

For the many tourists who know Iceland it is interesting that the eruption is close to many popular sights in Iceland.


The map shows the location of the eruption on the right between the two glaciers. Reykjavík on the left.

Many tourists to Iceland come to Skógar with its beautiful folk museum and the spectacular Skógafoss. Both are a must when you take the southern path on Highway 1 in Iceland.


Skógar Folk Museum. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

Others go to Thórsmörk, a fabulous oasis in between the mountains and glaciers. Not so many, but still quite a few take the walk over Fimmvörduháls. Icelanders have flocked from Skógar to Thórsmörk on midsummer night in June. It is a marvelous path. When you walk up from Skógar you see a unique row of waterfalls in Skógaá, the river with the magical Skógafoss.


Skógafoss. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

Close to the top there are two huts, one rather Spartan owned by Ferdafélag Íslands, the other and more luxurious is own by Útivist, both travelling clubs in Iceland. Usually you would be in snow at this level. In this place you can see the glaciers on each side, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.


Mýrdalsjökull. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

Both are active volcanoes. Mýrdalsjökull last erupted in 1918, causing gigantic floods and damage in Vík, a south shore village. Eyjafjallajökull has not erupted since 1821. Previous eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull were in 920 and 1612.


Eyjafjallajökull. Fimmvörduháls on the right. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review

The trip down to Thórsmörk would take you past the current eruption. First you walk the bare mountain for an hour or longer, but then you would see the magic of Thórsmörk with its unusual formations and amazing vegetation. This secluded part of Iceland has always been a thrill for young and old and many tourists, Icelandic and foreign, try to go there as often as they can, some many times each year.


Walking over Fimmvörduháls. Photo: Örvar Atli

Útivist travel club has a big hut in Thórsmörk at the end of the Fimmvörduháls path and the wardens said that for some strange reasons they were the only ones who were at the hut this weekend. “But we are witnessing a world sensation,” warden Brynjólfur Sigurbjörnsson said to mbl.is.

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