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Thorsmork - Trekking Behind the Mountains

Trekking in Thorsmork nature reserve

Enjoy hiking in one of the most stunning places in Iceland, Thorsmork nature reserve.

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Trekking in Þórsmörk is a terrific choice for all hiking enthusiasts. Þórsmörk Nature reserve is located in a magnificent environment, surrounded by glaciers, the area offers numerous possibilities when it comes to hiking.

  • Availability
    May 4th - August 17th
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
    14:1
  • Price from
    79.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)
Gígjökull glacier
Eyjafjallajökull glacier
Strákagil
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Included
Guiding service
Transport
3 days of hiking
All meals

This tour is available with pick up from Reykjavík.
Pick up time: 07:00 – 07:30.

Outside of Reykjavik, we offer these pick-up places en-route to Þórsmörk:
8:35 from Hveragerði * N1 gas station
8:50 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:25 from Hella- Bus Terminal
10:00 from Hvoslvollur N1 gas station
10:30 from Seljandsfoss

* Stop only if passengers

We will be spending the nights surrounded by birch forest in a cozy hut at Básar. The first day we will spend in Thorsmörk where we will be hiking to Mt. Valahnúkur and exploring Langidalur and Húsadalur. On the second day, we head out early for a hike up to Fimmvörðuháls pass, located between Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Amongst the highlights of this day are Magni and Móði volcanos that were formed in the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. The third day will be spent in and around Strákagil canyon. You will also have time to stroll around the are on your own before we head back to Reykjavik.

Meals included in tour: L, r, D on day one, B, L,r, D on day two and B, L on day three.

Remember to bring: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind- and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Backpack, 20-30 litres. Sleeping bag (can be rented) and travel pillow. Liner if you rent the sleeping bag. EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIALPRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.

 

Day 1: REYKJAVIK - THORSMORK

We pick you up at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík between 7:00 and 7:30 am. You can also meet us at BSI at 7:30 am. BSI is the main bus station on Vatnsmýrarvegi Street 10, 101 Reykjavík, it’s very easy to access.
We drive along the beautiful South shore of Iceland to our first stop which is the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind it as the water falls of the cliffs. We will continue our trip to Thorsmork over un-bridged rivers stopping by an impressive Gigjokull, the glacial tongue at the back of Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Once in Thorsmork, there is a lot to see and we will spend the day exploring this unique place. We will walk on many interesting and accessible paths that go around the valley. From Básar, we will head to Langidalur crossing a bridge on wheels, specially constructed to make possible the crisscrossing of the glacial strong river Krossá, which can change its stretch during the seasons of the year. We will hike on Valahnjúkur mountain with a beautiful overview of the valley and Laugavegur Trek. Downhill exploring the area we will discover an amazing and hidden in the rocks a Song cave with its waterfall. Our next stop will be Húsadalur Valley where we take a short break and go back passing by a legendary Snorraríki’s cave, that requires a short climb to get into for those who dare. In the evening, your guide will prepare a nice meal followed by a tasty dessert.
Driving: 3-3,5 hrs. total Distance: 0-10 km (0-6mi) Walking time: 0-6 hrs Ascent: 220m (721´).

Day Highlights
Þórsmörk valley
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Mt. Valahnúkur
Krossá river
Song cave
Snorraríki cave
Included
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Hut Accomodation

Day 2: THORSMORK - HIKE TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

On the second day, we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the famous Fimmvörðuháls Pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We will walk up to the two twins volcanos emerged after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010, Magni and Móði the sons of Thor. On the way, we pass by a ‘waterfall’ of lava formed as a consequence of the same volcano eruption. Here, it’s a perfect place to appreciate effects of steady geodynamic activity of the earth and how Iceland is still being constructed. This is about 16 km route with fantastic and breathtaking views over Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, Mýrdalsjökull glacier with its Katla Volcano underneath and Þórsmörk valley. Along the way we see impressive sandstone formations and walk through the Arctic birch forests, unique for this south part of Iceland. We return to the hut in the late afternoon to relax and enjoy the traditional barbecued Icelandic lamb meat.
Driving: 0 hrs. total Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 1000 m (3280 ‘).

Day Highlights
Fimmvörðuháls pass
Glacier views
Eyjafjallajökull glacier
Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Magni and Móði volcanic craters
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Hut Accomodation

Day 3: THORSMORK - REYKJAVIK

After breakfast in the hut we go for a half day hike in the valley and explore an another beautiful route. Walking along the glacial river you will be amazed by the astonishing glamour of Strákagil Canyon. Surrounded by huge rocks, mountains and beautiful nature is a perfect trail to boost your energy and get some inspiration before going back to the city and civilization. We will look for a naturally carved shelter cave and a magic stone arch. In the afternoon, we leave Thorsmork and return to Reykjavík around dinner time (19:30). There you will be dropped off at the BSI main bus station.
Distance: 0-7 km (0-4mi) Walking time: 0-4 hrs Driving: 3-3,5 hrs.

Day Highlights
Strákagil canyon
Natural caves
Þórsmörk valley
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Hut Accomodation

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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