Best of Thorsmork

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Thorsmork
Set in the wilderness interior of southern Iceland, Thorsmork is a protected nature reserve that’s famed for its hiking trails. Snowcapped mountains, verdant valleys, icy rivers and chiseled gorges set the stage for short and long hikes in this dramatic region. Getting to Thorsmork is an adventure in itself, and only accessible by four-wheel drive (either small jeep or on specially outfitted buses), with several wild river crossings along the way. Though you can come for the day from Reykjavik, it’s worth spending the night to maximize your time in the so-called “Valley of Thor.” 

This hiker’s paradise has some of Iceland’s most scenic trails. Wherever you hike, you won’t lack for extraordinary scenery. Along the 3-hour loop of Valahnúkur Circle, you’ll take in glaciers, canyons and panoramic overlooks with views all the way to the ocean. If you’re planning to spend a few days here, you can either pitch a tent at a campsite or overnight in one of the mountain huts. For big adventures, you can reach Thorsmork on foot by hiking the Fimmvörðuháls trail from the south coast (one to two days), or tackling the four-day Lauvagegut hut-to-hut hike, which starts in Landmannalaugar.
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Thorsmork Essentials

Geothermal vents in the highlands
Map of Guide to Thorsmork - "Thor's Valley", Home to Some of Iceland's Most Striking Landscapes
Guide to Thorsmork - "Thor's Valley", Home to Some of Iceland's Most Striking Landscapes

Thorsmork is a mountain range nestled between major glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The ridge, named “Thor’s Valley” in Icelandic, is a dramatic landscape of towering peaks, glacier rivers, and black deserts. Craggy mountains and ice-topped peaks slope down to lush birch forests and mossy gulches. Luckily for visitors, it’s also home to some Iceland’s most beautiful hiking routes.

Hiking in Landmannalaugar
Best Hiking Experiences in Iceland

As cliche as it sounds, Iceland is truly a hiker's paradise. Large swaths of the country (like Thórsmörk Valley and Landmannalaugar) are simply devoted to hiking. You can enjoy everything from multi-day hut-to-hut treks to short and scenic day hikes to colorful mountains, waterfalls, or glaciers. You can even hike atop active volcanic areas, such as Reykjadalur Valley and Geldingadalir Volcano.

Thorsmork Itineraries

Taking in the view above Slyppugil
Map of Hiking Thorsmork - Day Tour
Hiking Thorsmork - Day Tour

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.

Thor and Odinn crossing Krossá river
Map of Thorsmork Super Jeep Adventure  - Day Tour
Thorsmork Super Jeep Adventure - Day Tour

Drive through rivers, canyons, and highlands to explore one of Iceland's most iconic natural destinations. From imposing glaciers to lush hills, Thorsmork's varied landscape is a sight to behold, and this day-long tour will give you the full experience.

Map of Hiking in Thorsmork - 2 Days
Hiking in Thorsmork - 2 Days

Explore Thorsmork, the valley of the mighty Thor. Cross rugged terrain in a Super Jeep and hike in the remote wilderness of southern Iceland on this 2-day itinerary. Discover ice-capped volcanoes, deep canyons, and stunning black sand beaches — all while breathing in the fresh mountain air on this adventure tour.

Get lost In Thorsmork
Hiking Þórsmörk, Fimmvörðuháls &  Þríhyrningur - 3 Days

Follow the Þórsmörk, Fimmvörðuháls, and Þríhyrningur hiking and biking routes through stunning valleys, along exposed ridges, and across gravelly rivers. Trek next to the powerful Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused international air traffic mayhem when it erupted in 2010. Visit the isolated Troll Church, a speck of white architecture in a landscape of fire and ice. These day hikes are designed to take you through incredible scenery and give you a varied experience of Iceland's dramatic landscape.

Reynisfjara Beach, along Iceland's South Coast
Map of Iceland Highlights: South Coast, Westman Islands, & Thorsmork - 7 Days
Iceland Highlights: South Coast, Westman Islands, & Thorsmork - 7 Days

Visit several scenic areas on this weeklong trip to Iceland. Encounter stunning waterfalls, geothermal areas, black-sand beaches, glaciers and more in the Golden Circle and South Coast. Venture to local gem, the Westman Islands, to enjoy the historic beach tours (there’s an active puffin colony in the summer months). Then, embark on an incredible hiking journey through the valleys and peaks of Thorsmork, before returning to Reykjavik for some enjoyment in the capital city.

Þingvellir National Park
Map of Golden Circle, South Coast, & Thorsmork - 5 Days
Golden Circle, South Coast, & Thorsmork - 5 Days

This fast-paced Icelandic trip spans three regions—the Golden Circle, South Coast, and Thorsmork—and offers plenty to see over the course of five days. Explore Þingvellir National Park and snorkel in the Silfra Fissure in the Golden Circle. Then, view beautiful waterfalls, like Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, along with black-sand beaches in the South Coast. Next, take a bus to Thorsmork to embark on a day of hiking trails through the valley, and end in Reykjavik to discover the best of the capital city.

Map of The Laugavegur Trek - 8 Days
The Laugavegur Trek - 8 Days

Discover Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail on this eight-day adventure. Journey through an active geothermal world of lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and reach the enchanting, native forestry. Enjoy the wild and rare flora and fauna, typical Icelandic food, and hot springs. This back-to-basics camping trek follows a rhythm designed to maximize your connection to—and enjoyment of—this unique environment. Available as a guided or self-guided tour, luggage transport can be arranged if you prefer to trek with just a day pack.

Thórsmörk Valley
Map of Self-Drive Iceland: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Westman Islands, Thórsmörk & More - 9 Days
Self-Drive Iceland: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Westman Islands, Thórsmörk & More - 9 Days

In nine days, enjoy Iceland's best waterfalls, black-sand beaches, cliffs, fishing towns, and hiking in the highlands, along with a trip to a locals’ island hideaway. The itinerary includes minimal driving, scenic trails, and a nice balance of popular sights—like the Golden Circle, South Coast, and Thorsmork—and lesser-known gems—including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westman Islands. Explore several glaciers, soak in hot springs and warm lagoons, enjoy the highlights of the capital city, and more.

Hiker in an ice cave
Map of Hiking Iceland: Golden Circle & South Coast - 11 Days
Hiking Iceland: Golden Circle & South Coast - 11 Days

Eleven days of adventure await on this action-packed itinerary taking in a wealth of iconic Icelandic experiences and sites of the "Golden Circle," South Coast, and Highlands. Explore the Þórsmörk Valley by "Super Jeep," the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon by Zodiak, and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier by snowmobile. Plus, enjoy hikes through the geothermal wonders of the Reykjadalur Valley, the remote and rugged Kerlingarfjoll Mountains, plus the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon and Þakgil Valley.

Classic view of the famous Skogafoss waterfall
Map of Epic Iceland: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast, Westman Islands & Þórsmörk - 10 Days
Epic Iceland: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle, South Coast, Westman Islands & Þórsmörk - 10 Days

In just 10 days, discover the highlights of five distinct regions of Iceland. It's an efficient adventure that combines road trips, boat rides to offshore islands, hiking excursions, and glacier visits. You'll explore the rugged cliffs of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, trek in "Thor's Valley," hit the road down the famous Golden Circle, enjoy boat rides on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and much more.

Hiking near three of Iceland's biggest glaciers
Map of Iceland Remote Hiking Adventure - 10 Days
Iceland Remote Hiking Adventure - 10 Days

This active 10-day itinerary highlights two major hiking areas in Iceland: the southern highlands and the Westfjords. Start off with a bus trip to Thorsmork for a plethora of trails overlooking moss-covered mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers. Next, you'll fly to Isafjordur—a great base for activities in Hornstrandir, accessible only by boat and trail, where you'll take a 3-day trek with a local guide. Return to Reykjavik for a night on the town and a chance to soak your muscles in the Blue Lagoon.

Silfra Fissure at Þingvellir National Park
Map of South Coast & Laugavegur Trek - 10 Days
South Coast & Laugavegur Trek - 10 Days

Discover two sides of Iceland on this 10-day trip. Begin in the Golden Circle, home to Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates meet and go snorkeling in a fissure. Then, explore the waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and cliffs along the South Coast, followed by a day surrounded by stunning glaciers. Next, visit a few notable sites on the way back to Reykjavik, before hopping a bus to embark on the Laugavegur Trek for the next few days. Hike around the landscapes rich with volcanoes, mountains, scenic lakes, and deserts before reaching the iconic Thorsmork Valley. Return to the capital for one last night, and soak in the Blue Lagoon before departure.

Map of Ultimate Iceland: Nature, Hiking & Outdoor Adventures - 15 Days
Ultimate Iceland: Nature, Hiking & Outdoor Adventures - 15 Days

This 15-day Iceland adventure combines tours of natural wonders with enough outdoor excursions to keep you active each day of the trip. You'll be hiking up volcanoes, kayaking the Icelandic coast, riding ATVs on lava fields, climbing ice walls, soaring over gorges on zip lines, and much more. Round out this trip of a lifetime with whale watching, visiting waterfalls, and soaking in natural hot springs.