Icelandic Tourist Board
TREK 40 - Join us on a four day trekking tour filled with adventures, exploring the Golden Circle, Solheimajokull Glacier, Thorsmork Valley, Fimmvorduhals and Laugavegur trail. In the evenings we will go hunting for the Northern Lights, seen only in a few places in the world.
- Glacier hike
- Super Jeep ride into Thorsmork
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
- Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir national park and Geysir
Sólheimajökull (e. Solheimajokull glacier)
- Valahnúkur (e. Valahnukur mountain)
- We will pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik between 10:00 and 10:30. Please be ready and waiting by the entrance of your hotel at 10:00 a.m.
- Pick-up at your Reykjavik accommodation
- Transport into Thorsmork in a 4X4 Super Jeep
- Meals including a traditional Icelandic lamb soup at Gullfoss Café on the first day
- Guiding Service
- Hiking shoes, poles and sleeping bag (upon request)
- Glacier equipment such as crampons, ice axe and other glacier safety equipment
- Mountain hut in Thorsmork (shared room)
Let us take you on an unforgettable trekking trip to the most spectacular and breathtaking places in South Iceland. We will embark on a unique journey into the wilderness and go back home with a backpack filled with incredible memories. We will go hunting for (some of the most impressive natural phenomena such as) the Aurora Borealis, hiking on Solheimajokull glacier, super jeep-ing over rivers, snowshoeing in the wilderness of Iceland, trekking in Thorsmork valley, on Laugavegur and to Fimmvorduhals, the area of the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010. Thorsmork Valley is by many thought to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, full of mystical landscapes and natural magic. Thorsmork gets its name from the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, who is believed to have struck down his hammer and created the valley. When Eyjafjallajokull erupted right above the valley in 2010 it formed two new craters named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor according to Norse mythology. We will visit them along with the all the wonders of the valley, and who knows we might just meet up with some elves.
Day 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE - THORSMORK
We pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik in the morning between 10:00 and 10:30 am. Today we head to the picturesque Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and then continue on to the rest of the beautiful sights the Golden Circle has to offer. In the Geysir area we will see Strokkur, a geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes, and further along the road we have Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland's most astonishing waterfalls, falling 32 meters into a deep canyon. Here we stop at Gullfoss Restaurant for lunch and enjoy a delicious traditional Icelandic lamb soup. After a day of viewing beautiful Natural Attractions we will make our way to Thorsmork, where we spend the night in a charming and remote mountain hut. On the way to Thorsmork we drive through glacial rivers that can be crisscrossed only by specialized vehicles or 4x4 Super Jeeps as we like to call them. In the evening, after dinner, we will hunt for Northern Lights that might show up if the sky is clear (fingers crossed). If they do not it is still spectacular to be able to marvel at the sparkling sky and appreciate the most intense lights of shining stars far away from sources of light pollution. When we arrive at the mountain hut we will heat it up and go get some fresh water from the river that flows very close by. These remote settings add to the rural charm of Icelandic highlands and the hut makes for a cozy and specially inviting atmosphere on cold winter days. In the hut there is a spacious sleeping area with bunk beds and nice sitting area, kitchen and sleeping loft. The lavatories are situated in small outside installations located next to the main house.
(L, r, D). Driving: 4,5 hrs.total. Walking time: 0 hrs. total.
Day 2: FIMMVORDUHALS-EYJAFJALLAJOKULL ERUPTION AREA FROM 2010
After breakfast, we will set out on a must-do trek for all hike and nature lovers - up to Fimmvorduhals Volcano eruption area from 2010. This is one of Iceland’s most famous hiking trails offering spectacular sights never to be forgotten. We take off on our 6-8 hour hike going about 16 km in between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull and all the way to the recently erupted volcano where we explore lava from 2010. On our way we will get to experience the immense beauty of the truly unique valley of Thorsmork with its rugged nature and great contrasts. For thousands of years, glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this valley, creating dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. We will continue to hike through Iceland’s varied landscape, encompassing views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, brand new craters and lava, volcanoes and the most surreal beauty. In the afternoon we walk back into the Thorsmork valley, where we will stay overnight in our charming little lodge. After we have relaxed, and enjoyed a great dinner, we will go out to hunt for Northern Lights.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 16 km (10 mi). Walking time: 6-8 hrs. Ascent: 7-800 m (2296').
Day 3: LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL
Today we will explore a part of the beautiful, globally recognized trail of Laugavegur. We will start from Thorsmork, going through the rugged and powerful landscape decorated with small birch woods and silver lines of endless streams. This day’s schedule is a bit flexible due to the weather factor. Our options can be, Stakkholtsgja, a approximately 2 km long and 100-meter deep ravine filled with waterfalls and small rivers. This is one of the places in Iceland where you feel like you have left earth and gone to heaven. We could visit Mt. Rettarfell (530 m) or the green hills of Votupallar getting a breathtaking view over Hvannárgil canyon. Close to Rettarfell we have the famous elf church, a beautiful cliff that has a cave opening towards Langidalur (“The Long Valley”). Another option would be to hike the gorgeous Mt. Valahnukur. The view from the top is a 360-degree view of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and Icelandic nature as far as the eye can see. Any of these options will invite you upon a great discovery of Iceland’s true nature highlights and will leave you with visual memories to last a lifetime. In the evening we will invite you to a tasty barbecue dinner before heading off to the last Aurora Borealis hunt.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: About 12 km (7,5 mi). Walking time: About 4-5 hrs.
Day 4: SELJALANDSFOSS - SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER HIKE - REYKJAVIK
Today we will head back to Reykjavik. On the way, we will stop at Gigjokull glacier. Gigjokull drains north from the Eyjafjallajokull Ice cap, and is a 7.5-kilometer long glacier that empties out of the summit crater area at 1600 meters. Before the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, there was a glacial lagoon filling up the valley next to the glacier, but when the eruption started, a massive flood of meltwater and small icebergs from the volcanic crater ripped the glacier to shreds and flooded the area completely. Understandably this glacier has been in the limelight for many scientists and experts on the matter and is truly worth seeing. Next, we will stop briefly at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which cascades from ancient sea cliffs down approximately 60 meters to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. After our visit to the waterfall, we will advance towards Solheimajokull Glacier and try out ours skills in ice hiking with crampons and all necessary ice gear. Solheimajokull is a spectacular tongue of ice that flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Your experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use the crampons we provide you with and then take you for a 2 hour walk around the glacier. As you safely explore the ice formations, ridges and crevasses the guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the effects of global warming and how the glacier was formed*.
We will return to Reykjavik around 18:00 o’clock.
(B, L). Walking time: 2 hrs. total. Driving time: 3,5 hrs.total.
The entries in bold at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
*Our number one priority is safety and at times the weather in Iceland doesn’t allow for the itinerary to go according to plan. This can, for example, mean that the glacier hike on the first day might be done on a later day and sometimes we cannot reach the Fimmvorduhals top. When this occurs Trek Iceland provides the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
- Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots (free rental upon request)
- Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton). (It is good to have a warm middle and inner layer)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket with a hood
- Rain pants
- Gloves and mittens
- Hiking socks (at least 2-3 pairs)
- Warm hat, buff and/or balaclava
- Day backpack, appr. 20-30 litres
- Sleeping bag (free rental upon request)
- Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
- Travel pillow
- Towel, wash cloth and baby wipes
- Slippers for the lodge
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- Water bottle (1-2 L)
- Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
- DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES LIKE PAINKILLERS OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED
- Hiking poles (free rental upon request)
- Camera, batteries and memory card
- Portable charger/power bank