From striking glacial formations to richly green valleys, Thorsmork offers some of the best views in all of Iceland. On this convenient day trip, you'll get the chance to hike in some of the region's most-visited — and most beautiful — nature reserves.

Highlights

  • Ride in a modified Super Jeep across rivers and mountain landscapes
  • Hike along a famous mountain ridge trail guided by local experts
  • Encounter Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull, two of Iceland's most iconic glaciers
  • Take in stunning views of the volcanic valleys below

Overview

Named after Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) rightfully deserves its name. A valley and mountain ridge surrounded by the Mýrdalsjökull, Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull ice caps, Thorsmork's volcanic landscape is truly a sight like no other. Forested green hillsides contrast with black rocky soil, and the surrounding climate is much milder than the colder conditions in the south of Iceland. For these reasons and more, Thorsmork is a popular destination for hikers of all experience levels. On this day tour, breathe in the fresh, invigorating mountain air while you trek through miles of rugged terrain to find amazing panoramic views. The itinerary is of moderate difficulty, so while previous hiking experience is recommended, anyone who is in good physical shape and looking for an adventure is sure to enjoy their time in Thorsmork!

Detailed Itinerary

Thorsmork
A canyon between the between Tindfjallajokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers

Start off your day by heading to the meeting point near the towns of Hvolsvöllur and Hella. A modified, all-terrain Super Jeep will pick you up and drive past scenic hills to the Langidalur campsite, where the Tindfjoll circuit starts. Trek past the lush valley of Slyppugil until you get to the base, and continue onto the expanse of the Tindfjoll canyon. After taking in the dramatic view, continue to hike until you reach the Troll church. 

Take a quick lunch break and enjoy a picnic before packing back up and continuing along the Tindfjoll circuit, stopping at the Stangarhöfði viewpoint. Then, it's time for the last stretch of the hike—a descent down a ridge that leads to an unforgettable view over the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Eyjafjallajökull's frequent eruptions have impacted the surrounding area, creating a stark yet beautiful landscape of glacial formations and jagged slopes. Return to the Jeep, and drive back to the tour's starting point. Along the way, you may also have time to stop by other famous scenic locations, including Gígjökull, an outlet glacier that was recently flooded during Eyjafjallajökull's recent eruption in 2010.

Hiking distance: 5 miles 
Tour duration: 7-8 hours

Map

Map of Hiking Thorsmork  - Day Tour
Map of Hiking Thorsmork - Day Tour