The distance between
and Thorsmork (Basar) is about 23 km. Hikers en route across The
Fimmvorduhals Pass to Skogar can divide the leg by staying overnight in
the hut in the pass after a 5 hour walk and continue for five hours the
next day down to Skogar or visa versa.
All kinds of weather
conditions can be expected when crossing over to the south coast and sometimes the
markers are hidden by the snow patches.
In 1970 a few hikers died of
hypothermia up there.
A very popular hiking trail between Thorsmork
and Landmannalaugar for
those who decide to continue on the well-marked route.
On March 20th 2010 (spring equinox), shortly
before midnight, a half a kilometre long fissure opened up and an
eruption started just to the west of the hiking trail in mountain pass
Fimmvorduhals. Earthquakes and tremours had been monitored since
the summer of 2009, and the authorities were well prepared for the
measures to be taken in case of an eruption. People were
temporarily evacuated from the area and roads were closed. They
were opened again in the afternoon. Scientists say, that this
erution probably will count among the small ones. Lava started
flowing across the hiking trail, down into the Hrunagil gorge on the
22nd, melting snow and causing temporary swelling of river Krossa.
On March 31st, a NW-SE eruptive fissure opened up a bit
further northwest of the original crater, which remained active.
Molten lava flowed from the new fissure down into the Hvannargil gorge
further north and added to the lava volume. The police and the
rescue corps present decided to evacuate the eruption area. In the
evening, it was decided to evacuate the Godaland and Thorsmork areas as
well and close access to them for the time being. The whole
mountain was unstable, and noone knew what would and could happen next. Those who visit the area have to
be aware of the
risk involved and be prepared for the worst.
April 13th - 14th 2010. No emission of lava
from the fissure of March 31st. Eruption pause or end.
line showing hiking trail between Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and
Fimmvorduhals to Skogar
For further information,
click on the places of the map below!
Fimmvorduhals and Thorsmork