Our next day was supposed to entail a 24 kilometer trek between Þórsmörk and Skogar, passing by the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Fimmvöruháls. We were to end the day’s hike and camp at Þórsmörk. However, due to dangerous weather conditions over the route, we had decided to spend one more night at Básar, and hike a different route for the day.
Though I was disappointed to have lost some mileage, I’d only gained in every other way. Afterall, I’d hiked the better part of the Þórsmörk hike (from the other direction) with Otti just before beginning the Laugavegur trek. Therefore, I’d seen much of it all already, and it was on a much more beautiful day. The change in plan gave me the opportunity to see something different.
While a few members of our group opted to relax at the camp, the rest of us enjoyed the day together.
The majority of our hike was steep, narrow path lined with pink and purple flowers, and vivid green foliage. We ate our lunch inside a cave (Trollskirkja – troll church) overlooking the valley and the glaciers.
The sun shone strong, but off in the distance, clouds loomed over the glaciers, giving the nature a power you can only appreciate all the more. Though the weather stayed gorgeous throughout our entire hike, we could see we would have been cold, wet and miserable on the passes into Skogar. I wonder if even the sturdiest of rain gear would have held up.