Named after the Norse god Thor, the mountain-ridge Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) is a beautiful Nature Reserve and a “must see” during your stay in Iceland. Situated in the south of Iceland, it is a favorite among hikers as it offers good access to endless hiking trails in beautiful volcanic landscapes, for example the famous 53-km long Laugavegur up to Landmannalaugar (600 m above sea level), with views over the three glaciers Eyjafjallajökull (famous for the eruption in 2010), Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull. Fun fact: Landmannalaugar means “the People’s Pools”, and is so called because of the many geothermal hotsprings that can be found in the area. The soil in this region is especially rich in sulfur and other minerals, causing a plethora of beautiful colors in the the mountains.
The name “Thórsmörk” properly refers only to the mountain ridge between the rivers Krossá, Þröngá and Markarfljót, but sometimes also describes the wider region between Thórsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull. The valley is closed in between glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull being at the rear end of the valley, and therefore has a warmer climate than the rest of south Iceland. In the summer, you will see plenty of green vegetation consisting of moss, fern, birchwood and other small shrubs.
Some of beautiful stops along Laugavegur are Hrafntinnusker (Obsidian Reef), where the elevation increases to 470m, and Álftavatn (Swan Lake).
Þórsmörk truly is an experience of a lifetime. You will see the true Iceland during a day among glaciers, glacial rivers and volcanoes.
Duration: 8-10 hours.
Remember to bring your camera, warm clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes. Meals not included, lunch stops and shorter breaks will take place.
Vík in Mýrdal
Cape of Dyrhólaey