Join an experienced guide for a stunning hike through Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. Rise above the Valley of the Thunder God, Thor, for a stunning view of towering volcanoes, hanging glaciers, and roaring rivers! You’ll also experience an exciting ride in a super jeep across Iceland’s often rugged terrain, able to tackle small rocks with ease and cross rivers to get you to and from the start of your hike.
This guided tour in Thorsmork valley is truly something to behold, featuring many of Iceland’s most stunning natural landscapes. Thorsmork, or Þórsmörk, is ideal for the whole family and a real hiker’s dream. Shoot gorgeous photos or simply take in the unusual landscapes around you, from rolling mountain ridges and moss-covered lava fields to forests and waterfalls. Situated among 3 of Iceland's biggest ice caps, Mýrdalsjökull, Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull, you’ll feel right out in the thick of the country’s natural landscapes. Where could be a better setting for a gorgeous day hiking tour?
You’ll get the chance to view much of the untouched scenery in the secluded heart of the country, from a starting point only accessible via F Roads through the Icelandic highlands - though inside the super jeep, you’ll feel invincible!
Experience all this and more under the care of our expert guides, who will know the area like the back of their hand. Whether on or off the jeep, you’ll be in the best of hands-on this tour while making memories that will last a lifetime.
Thorsmork, a beautiful valley surrounded by glaciers and mountains, is the setting for today’s day tour. Your hiking adventure starts at the meeting point in Hvolsvöllur town, situated around 100 km East of Reykjavik on the southern coast.
You’ll be collected from the meeting point in a thrilling super jeep, ready to handle the roads of the Icelandic highlands to bring you to the hike’s starting point. Your expert jeep driver will then drive towards Thorsmork Valley, where the day’s hiking tour will take place. There will also be one of our knowledgeable and friendly local guides on board, ready to point out any interesting points, tell stories and answer any questions from curious minds!
On your journey, we will be passing the Gígjökull glacier, where you will see some of the effects of the Eyjafjallajökull outlet glacier from where a major glacial flood grandly cascaded during the 2010 eruption. This is a great opportunity to see something seen by so few in person.
Once in the heart of Thorsmork Valley, you will start your hike, a hugely popular hiking route among locals in Iceland. The glacier view along with the surrounding mountains and vibrant colors make this hike truly outstanding. The hike length is around 8-10 km in total (approximately 3-4 hours) with an elevation gain of around 400 meters, so bear this in mind when considering your fitness level.
The Thorsmork hiking tour should not be missed by any outdoor enthusiasts visiting Iceland. Get physically active while you enjoy one of the most scenic places you will ever come across. In Thorsmork, every season has its charm, giving you a great opportunity to visit again and again. A super Jeep seats 5 – 16 persons so our tours are always a small group experience, allowing you the space to relax and plenty of time to ask our expert guides as many questions as you wish.
The meeting point for this day hiking tour is the Midgard Basecamp located in Hvolsvöllur. The meeting time is at 9:00 am or 10:00 am depending on the season, more accurate information will be sent after booking the tour.)
The meeting point for this day hiking tour is the Midgard Basecamp located in Hvolsvöllur.
The meeting time is at 9:00 am or 10:00 am depending on the season, more accurate information will be sent after booking the tour.
Please note that the conditions in Thorsmork can be hard at times. We expect participants to be dressed accordingly and have good hiking shoes with them. We do recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness – you will need to be able to walk ...)
Thorsmork volcano hike
Reviewed on August 15, 2021 by EJL72 Review from Tripadvisor
Really enjoyed this. Our guide, Pedro, was easily the best guide (our of three) that we were lucky enough to have on our excursions from Reykjavik. We were picked up in a "super jeep" which was fun in itself as it waded through rivers and over rocks to the start of the hike. Pedro was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the geology of what we saw as we walked up to the crater of Eyjafjallajökull - unfortunately it was very misty at the top but still very atmospheric and the scenery lower down was spectacular! Warning - it is quite a tough hike and hiking poles were very useful.
Reviewed on October 09, 2019 by Chuck Weikel From our post-trip system
Fantastic hike, worth every cent.
Reviewed on October 06, 2019 by Abby C From our post-trip system
Incredibly worth it!
Reviewed on September 17, 2019 by Elliot Leah From our post-trip system
Þórsmörk Volcano Hike
Reviewed on August 10, 2019 by Daniel Kein From our post-trip system
How do you describe the perfect day hike? Well, if there is one then this is it! The Þórsmörk Volcano Hike has everything you could want in a day hike, great scenery, engaging throughout, lots of variety, a knowledgeable guide and the perfect 7 mile length so that you don't have to rush through it. While I enjoyed the whole hike immensely, the Cat's Spine was the best part.
Great Guided Hike But an Exercise in How to Self Fuel
Reviewed on July 10, 2019 by Katie Saunders From our post-trip system
I loved my tour of Thorsmork, which was a challenging hike through the valley. The tour guide was thoughtful and was very attune to everyone's needs, allowing more guidance for those that needed it and less for more experienced hikers. There aren't many details about the hike and day itself leading up to the moment you are picked up on the day of the hike. This actually lead to more excitement and enjoyment for the day. The only piece I wish I knew how to plan more for is the food! I went to a grocery I found online to fuel for the hike, but some guidance on where to show and types of full offered would be helpful. The standard energy I find in the States was not readily available in Iceland. Additionally, the trip gets you back to Reykjavik around 10pm, and on a weekday all of the kitchen close around that time. How's a girl to eat after a 6mile hike. Luckily I found a spot right before close, but some guidance would've been appreciated and reduced some stress felt throughout the day.
Þórsmörk one day hike
Reviewed on July 10, 2019 by Caroline Medino From our post-trip system
This hike was a lot of fun! It was a little challenging at times but Marcel was an excellent guide - I always felt safe which is great since I am not the biggest fan of heights. If you are contemplating this hike, you should definitely do it! One of my favorite hikes in Iceland. The sights were amazing! I recommend the hiking poles as they were quite helpful in going downhill. 5/5 would recommend this tour!
Reviewed on May 29, 2019 by Janet From our post-trip system
The tour guides were amazing and accommodated everyone regardless of their fitness level. Maria and Eddie were both very positive and enthusiastic with the tour group which made it a fun experience.
Tour Guides are wonderful
Reviewed on August 02, 2018 by Sanja Van Huet From our post-trip system
I recently did two tours with Arctic Adventures, the Black and Blue and the Thorsmork Volcano Hike. On both trips the guides were wonderful, knowledgable and really lovely people who really enjoyed their work (especially Yiannis our mountaineer). The tours were always going to be amazing (if a bit challenging) but the expertise and assistance by the guides made any small worries disappear. Highly recommended.
Þórsmörk Volcano Hike was amazing!
Reviewed on July 12, 2018 by Danny Rotstein From our post-trip system
Much more difficult than we originally anticipated but very gratifying. Not a hike for someone who isn't in shape, far from leisurely. The hike is about 16km (10 miles) round trip and was even snowy at the top we went in July! By far the coolest hike I have been on, the views and terrain were absolutely incredible. It was the highlight of our trip. Make sure to bring a lot of water, you will need it! I highly recommend this hike for anyone considering it!
An amazing hike !
Reviewed on June 09, 2018 by Wanner Laura From our post-trip system
It was definitly one of the most beautifull hike of my life ! If you love natural landscape and hiking, I stongly recommend this tour ! Just be advised that the hike is really not easy, but if you are in a good shape it is worth it !
Most amazing day!!
Reviewed on May 29, 2018 by Lynne From our post-trip system
I only had one free day in Reykjavic as I was visiting for a conference, and I'm SO happy I chose this tour. Our guide and bus driver were both so fun and knowledgeable, and even though conditions were too precarious to summit, they took us to another amazing spot close by. I even met a girl on the tour who had already done it twice before.. she comes back every time she visits! If you're on the fence, book it. You'll be very happy you did.
A Great Hike! Thorsmork Volcano Hike
Reviewed on August 08, 2017 by Ana M Review from Tripadvisor
Our driver and guide were fantastic. Clemmy knew so much about Iceland - the land and people - it was a fantastic learning experience. The hike was awesome. Even though the weather did not allow for us to see the view of the glaciers, our guide and Clemmy were able to adjust the tour to accommodate some other views and sites. The super jeep was awesome!
Incredible Thorsmork Volcano hike !
Reviewed on July 03, 2017 by Arno M Review from Tripadvisor
The decked out Monster Mercedes Super Van was a 'head turner' to say the least and was chauffeured by Clemence the Icelandic encyclopedia.
The drive to Thorsmork was just an appetizer for the main event and we soon found out that the lift and monster tires are not just for looks!
Francesco was our guide and did an amazing job making everyone feel comfortable no matter their experience level. I'm an avid hiker originally from British Columbia and would say the difficulty of this hike is about moderate to challenging. Since you are climbing up a mountain range you do have to be in somewhat good physical shape.
In no words can I describe the hike, again I've experienced some landscapes in the past but this is literally out of this world. I was constantly in awe.
This is something you have to experience for yourself. Photos never do it justice.
This is well worth the investment because I tried to drive to this place with a large 4x4 SUV and had to turn around about 5kms before the trail head. There are plenty of (deep) river crossings that require plenty of clearance and a snorkel... I felt a lot safer in the hands of the Arctic Adventures Experts!
One of the best hikes I've ever done.
Must do if your up for a workout of the eyes and legs!
Ps. I love how Clemence reminded everyone to help preserve this place so that many other generations can experience the raw beauty of Iceland. Respect the power of nature!
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.