Added by Danny McGee
It is said JRR Tolkien was hiking this pass when he was inspired to write The Lord of The Rings. And only a few hundred meters into the hike you will see why. As you hike upwards, stunning waterfalls reveal themselves behind ever bend and jagged volcanic cliffs blanketed in moss skirt the sides of the trail. It is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Iceland.
You can start on either side of the pass whether it is Thórsmörk or Skógar, each way is just as visually stunning as the other. The trail winds up past numerous waterfalls and picture perfect landscapes. Signs and cairns will direct you in the right direction. At the top there are two mountain huts that you can hunker down in and warm up, use the kitchen, buy assorted food items and they even offer beds if you get reservations in advance. The trail gets very technical at some points and requires holding onto chains that are anchored into the rock to prevent a fall. The route is only accessible from mid-June to late-August. The trek is 14 miles one way and takes close to 12 hours to complete when moving at a decent pace. It is hands down the most beautiful hike I've ever had the opportunity experience and offers an amazing sample of the wild, untamed beauty that Iceland has to offer.
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