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Your Trip to Thorsmork

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An Excursion to Thorsmork

About 20 km south of Landmannalaugar, the Thorsmork valley is an absolute must for hikers. Sheltered by the wind by the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers, the valley is a paradise known for its sun and balmy (when compared to the rest of Iceland) temperatures. A fascinating adventure that will take you through stunning landscapes!

Thorsmork, the Valley of the Gods

From autumn to the end of spring Thorsmork valley is practically inaccessible, unless you go in super-jeep! Very popular in the summer time, there are lots of beautiful walks around at the feet of the glaciers, where enchanting birch forests recall childhood fairy tales. Named Thorsmork, "the forests of Thor", this is one of Iceland's biggest forests.

You couldn't ask for a wider selection of hikes! Go off exploring Songhellir, the little "cave of songs": where, according to legend, one can hear dwarves singing when the wind picks up. Or you could climb the little mountain of Valahnukur where you'll have the best view over the entire valley!

Hiking Around Thorsmork

- DFrom the valley, follow the trail of the famous Laugavegur trek in the direction of Skogar. It climbs between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers (a 1000m change in altitude), and presents a unique occasion to walk on some of Iceland's newest land! After the spring 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjoll volcano, a vast lava flow totally covered the Fimmvorduhals zone, changing the landscape forever, or at least until the next eruption! This trail is 20 km long, and there are two mountain huts along the way. To get the most out of this hike, bring a detailed map, and if you can, get advice from a guide before setting off.

- On their tour of Thorsmork, more audacious travellers will get up close and personal to the volcano's crater to admire its incandescent depths where the temperature can reach nearly 800°C (1472 °F). On the way, you'll pass the Seljalandsfoss waterfall (route F249), and go through the zone that was flooded by Eyjafjöll's jokulhlaup.

Discover our trek from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork: Trek Thorsmork

Practical Information

- Thorsmork is accessible in a 4WD, we do not recommend going there in a car that only has 2WD, the trails are very rocky and you have to cross several shallow rivers. From Reykjavik and Selfoss, follow route 1, then, at Hvolsvollur take route 261. From Reykjavik, Selfoss or Hella, you can also reach it on bus number 9. Count on a 3 and a half hour drive from the capital (140km).

- You'll find lots of mountain huts in the region (Thorsmork, Fimmvoroduhals, Husadalur). If you plan on staying there in winter, we recommend booking early.

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Read more about Southern Iceland:  
Landmannalaugar | Hekla | The Westman Islands | Vatnajokull | Jokulsarlon | Thorsmork | Skaftafell | Skogar | Vik |

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