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Backpacker Magazine – November 2013

Best Volcanic Hike: Fimmvörđuháls Trail, Iceland

by: BACKPACKER Editors

Photo by Stephen Matera
Photo by Stephen Matera
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Remember when volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland wreaked havoc on European air travel in 2010? It also shut down one of Iceland’s best trails. Now, thanks to a reroute, you can hike over the newly hardened lava and pass near two new craters, Magni and Móđi—as well as this wild gorge along the Skógá river, numerous waterfalls (including Skógafoss, a famous 200-footer at the end), and a trilogy’s worth of Middle Earth scenery. Extend the 14-mile hike from Ţórsmörk to Skógar another 34 miles by combining it with the Laugavegur trek. Bonus: Watch for fare sales to Europe’s westernmost country, and this DIY trek can be a bargain. Stay in huts or camp, no permit needed.
Info: visiticeland.com


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