I know my imagination is limited, but I have no idea how this day could ever be topped. The Thorsmork-to-Skogar hike was the final part of a tough and breathtaking 87km 3-day trek throughout Iceland’s volcanoes Rémi and I undertook.
The first day had got us through the indescribable Landamannalaugar and the single most beautiful sights I have ever seen. The second day had been a long and terribly exhausting walk through black sand deserts with constant rain to end up in a cute camp called Thorsmork.
In the early morning of the third and final day, my whole body was deeply hurt by the two previous days. My legs were sore, my shoulders were painful, my hips didn’t want to carry weights and you don’t want to see my feet… I was deeply doubting my capacity to finish the trek. Plus, after an hour or so, we lost the track.
But, then began an absolutely incredible hike up the mountains and volcanoes. All of sudden, I got miraculously empowered by the sheer awesomeness of the landscapes.
Surrounded by steep cliffs, weird plateaus, large valleys, green grass, black lava and blue glaciers, I felt unstoppable! I was transcended!
Around noon was the high point of the day in every possible sense! We walked through the lava flows of the 1-year-old eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull!
The lava was still red and smoking! Unbelievable!
This spectacular scenery was where we decided to have lunch to end a legendary morning!
Then came the truly hard part of this hiking day. As we were running out of water and food, the fog took over. In a desert landscape with no visibility and a poorly marked track, all my pains rushed back to my body. At some point, the mere effort of putting one foot ahead of the other was extremely painful! Yet, while I was probably walking around 1km/h, somehow, I seemed to be outpacing Rémi! And this unbearable suffering went on for over three hours…
Until, suddenly, far in the horizon, out of nowhere, we saw houses in the plain! This was Skogar! We got there! We had made it!
We took a final break to stare at the dramatic waterfalls the path was ending near to, while savoring the wonderful feeling of the accomplishment of a truly tough but extraordinary trek!
As we were peacefully sitting here, the numerous fellow awesome trekkers we had been hiking with all along were arriving one by one. They all had their fists raised, while I was rocked by the melodious sound of the phrase: What a day! What a day…
The Thorsmork to Skogar hike is number 1 in my top 10 touristic visits.
You can see more amazing pictures of this hike in my Science4All article on the geological wonders of Iceland! Also, if you don’t want to hurt your body as much as we did, note that this trek can be done in up to 6 days, as recommended in many guides…