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Thorsmork

The Valley of Thor

Thorsmork is situated in the South Highlands of Iceland between the mountain glaciers of Tindfjallajökull and the world famous Eyjafjallajökull, with Mýrdalsjökul at the rear end of the valley. Þórsmörk is named after the Norse God, Þór, and the real heart of it is the area between the rivers Krossá, Þrönga and Markarfljót. Birch forests, shrubs, moss and vegetation thrive in the sheltered valley of Þórsmörk. This lush green area contrasts dramatically against the starkly beautiful high glacier and mountain scenery which is all around it.

Thorsmork Valley

Thorsmork hiking offers many exciting possibilities. This is serious trekking country! There are many trail paths of various lengths. Wonderful hiking and trekking tours are available. Those who walk the Laugavegur trail from south to north begin their journey at Þórsmörk.
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There is a magnificent volcano hike to Fimmvörðuháls and the Eyjafjallajökul area. Volcano hiking does not get much better than this! The first eruption in 2010 at Fimmvörðuháls created two new craters, Magni and Móði, named after the sons of Þór, meaning brave and strong. How special is that? These are just a couple of the glittering highlights of our Þórsmörk Volcano Hike Tour. An opportunity to hike 14 km, gaining an elevation of around 800 meters, you will rise above the valley of the thunder god!

This hike should not be missed. Along the way, you will be mesmerized by the most extraordinary geological wonders and some of the most dramatic and spectacular volcanic mountain scenery and glacier views in the world.

The Básar Hut and camping area both provide accommodation in the area – please note accommodation at the hut MUST be booked in advance.

Where is Thorsmork located?

Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) is located in a remote area of the southern highlands 151 km from Reykjavík and 101 km from Selfoss. The journey is a little more challenging than these distances imply. The road becomes very rough and the quite powerful Krossá river has to be crossed. A 4 x 4 vehicle with river crossing insurance cover is therefore essential. Other attractions in the area include Seljalandsfoss waterfall (30.2 km), Skógafoss waterfall (59.2 km) and the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails which actually begin in Þórsmörk.