Icelandic Tourist Board
TREK 22 - Three Day Trekking Tour to the hidden valley in the Icelandic backwoods. Enjoy hiking in one of the most stunning places in Iceland, Thorsmork nature reserve.
- Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork Valley)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals Pass)
- Magni and Móði (e. Magni and Modi)
- Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
We will pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavík between 7:00 and 7:30 am. If you don't want pickup meet us at 7:30 am at BSI bus station on Vatnsmýrarvegi 10, 101 Reykjavík.
- Guiding Service
- All meals
- Pick up between 7:00 and 7:30
Mountain hut (shared rooms)
Trekking behind the mountains is a great choice for those who enjoy trekking in dramatic and enchanting surroundings. The tour takes you to Thorsmork, a fertile nature oasis at the foot of the grand Eyjafjallajokull volcano and Myrdalsjokull glacier, a truly unique valley that is an all time favorite among locals. For thousands of years glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this spectacular valley, creating a very dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. You will spend the nights in a charming mountain hut inside the Arctic birch forest with a view of the mountains and glaciers. The valley takes its name from the Norse Thunder god Thor who is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. So it came as no surprise that the two new craters which were formed in Eyjafjallajokull’s eruption in 2010 were named Magni and Modi since they are Thor’s sons according to the mythology. But that’s not the only magical thing about the place. Thorsmork is also known for being a home to many elves and we will get a chance to see an elf church on one of the hikes.
The three-day trekking is an unbelievable gorgeous experience. Filled with adventures at every corner and amazing discoveries. You get a chance to hike up to Valahnukur mountain and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top, hike the Fimmvorduhals trail between two glaciers and visit the newborn twin craters Magni and Modi, see a lava “waterfall”, some impressive sandstone formations and walk along the astonishing canyon, Strakagil.
The trek gives you the opportunity to explore one of Iceland’s true treasures and we can’t wait to take you there!
Day 1: REYKJAVIK-THORSMORK VALLEY
We pick you up at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik between 7:00 and 7:30 am. You can also meet us at BSI at 7:30 am. BSI is the main bus station, located at Vatnsmyrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavik. We drive along the beautiful South shore of Iceland to our first stop which is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind it as the water falls off the cliff. We will continue our trip to Thorsmork over unbridged rivers stopping by the impressive Gigjokull, a glacial tongue at the back of Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Once in Thorsmork, there is a lot to see and we will spend the day exploring this unique place. We will walk on many interesting paths around the valley. From Basar we will head to Langidalur crossing a bridge on wheels, specially constructed to make possible the crisscrossing of the strong glacial river Krossa, which can change its stretch several times each year. We will hike on Valahnukur mountain with a beautiful overview of the valley and a part of the Laugavegur trail. Once we are down we keep exploring the area and we will come across a hidden cave with a beautiful waterfall. Our next stop will be Husadalur Valley where we take a short break and go back passing by a legendary Snorrariki cave, that requires a short climb to get into for those who dare. In the evening, your guide will prepare a nice meal followed by a tasty dessert.
(L, r, D) Driving: 3-3,5 hrs. Total Distance: 0-10 km (0-6 mi) Walking time: 0-6 hrs Ascent: 220 m (721´)
Day 2: THORSMORK - HIKE TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS
On the second day, we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the famous Fimmvorduhals Pass located between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two twins volcanoes that emerged after the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in 2010, Magni and Modi named after the sons of Thor. On the way, we pass by a "waterfall" of lava formed as a consequence of the same eruption. This is a perfect place to appreciate effects of steady geodynamic activity of the earth and how Iceland is still being constructed. The route is about 16 km and offers fantastic and breathtaking views over Eyjafjallajokull Glacier and Volcano, Myrdalsjokull Glacier with its Katla Volcano underneath and Thorsmork Valley. Along the way, we will see impressive sandstone formations and walk through the Arctic birch forest, that is very typical for this area. We return to the hut in the late afternoon to relax and enjoy the traditional barbecued Icelandic lamb meat.
(B, L, r, D) Driving: 0 hrs. Total Distance: 16 km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 1000 m (3280 ')
Day 3: THORSMORK-REYKJAVIK
After breakfast in the hut we go for a half day hike in the valley and explore yet another beautiful route. Walking along the glacial river you will be amazed by the astonishing glamor of Strákagil Canyon. Surrounded by huge rocks, mountains and beautiful nature, this is a perfect trail to boost your energy and get some inspiration before going back to the city and civilization. We will look for a naturally carved shelter cave and a magic stone arch. In the afternoon, we leave Thorsmork and return to Reykjavik around dinner time (19:30).
(B, L) Distance: 0-7 km (0-4 mi) Walking time: 0-4 hrs Driving: 3-3,5 hrs
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner)
Outside of Reykjavik, we offer these pick-up places en-route to Thorsmork:
8:35 from Hveragerði * N1 gas station
8:50 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:25 from Hella- Bus Terminal
10:00 from Hvolsvöllur N1 gas station
10:30 from Seljalandsfoss
* Stop only if passengers
- Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof
- Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar
- Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
- Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
- Gloves, wool or synthetic, preferable waterproof
- Hiking socks
- Warm hat and/or balaclava
- River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers
- Backpack for daily use
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow. A light sleeping with no specific temperature rating will be sufficient
- Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong)
- Water bottle
- Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
- Pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
- DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED ANY
- Hiking poles
- Camera, batteries, memory card
- Headlamp for trips in late season, after august 10th.
- Earplugs/Sleep mask