Thórsmörk, also known as Þórsmörk in Icelandic, is a stunning and renowned mountain ridge located in the southern region of Iceland. The name Thórsmörk is derived from Norse mythology, specifically from the god of thunder, Thor (Þór), emphasizing the area’s majestic and awe-inspiring natural beauty. This destination is celebrated for its dramatic landscapes and is a favorite among hikers and nature enthusiasts.
Thórsmörk is renowned as one of the premier hiking destinations in Iceland. The area offers a plenty of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging treks. Popular hiking routes take adventurers through breathtaking canyons, along glacier-fed rivers, and into verdant valleys, offering a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Iceland’s pristine wilderness.
Visitors to Thórsmörk are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding glaciers, mountains, and volcanoes. On a clear day, it is possible to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Eyjafjallajökull, known for its eruption in 2010.
While Thórsmörk is a remote and rugged destination, there are facilities and accommodations available for visitors, including campsites and huts. These amenities provide a comfortable base for hikers and nature enthusiasts exploring the area.
In summary, Thórsmörk is a remarkable natural wonder in Iceland, offering a stunning and diverse landscape that beckons outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and nature lovers from around the world. Its association with Norse mythology, combined with its striking scenery, makes it a must-visit destination for those exploring the beauty of Iceland.
Stakkholtsgjá is a captivating natural feature located within Thórsmörk, adding to the allure of this already stunning hiking destination in Iceland. This remarkable canyon stretches for approximately 2 kilometers (about 1.24 miles) and can plunge to depths of up to 100 meters (approximately 328 feet), making it a mesmerizing and integral part of the Thórsmörk experience.
One of the main draws of Stakkholtsgjá is its breathtaking scenery. As hikers progress through the canyon, they are surrounded by towering, steep rock walls that create a sense of being in a hidden world. The narrowness of the canyon can also result in some unique lighting effects and create an almost mystical atmosphere.
Ice Climbing on Sólheimajökull – 4 hours
Your adventure begins with meeting one of our glacier guides. They’ll equip you with all the necessary gear, including crampons, an ice axe, helmet, and harness, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the day.
After a brief and scenic 20-minute walk to the glacier’s edge, you’ll gear up with crampons and venture onto the glacier itself. Spend a thrilling 2.5 hours on the ice, where you’ll not only walk on glacier but also engage in ice climbing. Our expert guides will teach you all the necessary skills, making this adventure accessible to everyone. No previous experience is required . Feel the exhilaration as you conquer the ice, and discover a new skill.
What makes our glacier walk truly exceptional is our commitment to a small group experience. With no more than six participants, you’ll enjoy a personalized adventure and have the time to interact with your guide
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Sólheimajökull Glacier hike – 3 hours
Join us on Sólheimajökull for a memorable glacier walk.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our expert glacier guide who will equip you with all the necessary gear for your glacier walk. We provide crampons, an ice axe, helmet, and a harness to ensure your safety throughout the trip. The walk towards the glacier takes around 20 minutes, after which you will gear up and step on ice for an 1-1,5 hour walk on crampons.
Your glacier guide will be with you every step of the way, sharing fascinating stories and insights about the glacier’s formation, history, and the forces of nature that shape this incredible landscape. With a group size limited to just 12 participants, you’ll have opportunities to capture stunning photographs of this surreal environment. From shimmering blue ice formations to panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness, every moment is a postcard-worthy memory waiting to be captured.
Safety First: Your safety is our top priority. Our experienced guides will ensure you’re well-prepared and safe throughout the journey.
Educational Experience: Learn about the glacier’s formation, its connection to Iceland’s volcanic history, and the importance of preserving these natural wonders.
Small Group Experience: Enjoy a trip with a maximum of 12 participants, allowing for personalized attention from your guide.
Stunning Photo Opportunities: Capture stunning images of one of Iceland’s most iconic glaciers, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
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Where to buy Icelandic Lopapeysa?
Lopapeysa is typically hand-knitted using Icelandic wool, which is known for its exceptional warmth and insulation. The sweaters are usually patterned with a circular yoke design, featuring various motifs inspired by nature, folklore, or traditional patterns. The yoke is the part of the sweater that covers the shoulders and upper chest.
The wool used in lopapeysa is known for its water-repellent properties and breathability, making it suitable for outdoor activities and keeping the wearer warm even when wet.
Question – how to become the owner of the original lopapeysa and not pay a fortune for it? Here is a short, subjective list of where to find an Icelandic sweater:
The handknitting association of Iceland. It used to be a mecca for Erasmus students hungry for discounts. A place where you can buy wool and templates to make your own sweater, as well as ready-made products. They are quite expensive, but we are sure that they are handmade from Icelandic wool.
Puffin stores. These gift shops are everywhere and have the same assortment. What do you know about sweaters? They are not handmade and some are not even Icelandic wool. You also need to check if they were made in Iceland. The prices are not that high.
Internet shops. Eatsy is probably the most popular, mainly due to the lowest prices on the market for a made-to-measure sweater. By entering the website, you choose a pattern, enter your sizes, wait some time and … you have it 🙂
Kolaportid (flea market) and the Red Cross. The first has stands with both new (of course – more expensive) and used items. You can find sweaters there for as much as 10,000 kr. The Red Cross will have used sweaters at a lower price and we are also aware that the proceeds will go to charity.
The cheapest option is to make your own sweater. Where can you buy wool? The previously mentioned Icelandic Wool Association is one of the places with the largest selection in Reykjavik. Together with wool, you can find ready-made patterns and choose your favorite. And where to learn to knit? I recommend youtube.com and ready-made workshops. However, the best teacher is always grandma 🙂
Last but not least: Us 🙂 Paulina is always happy to prepare something beautiful and tailor made for you
Þórsmörk jeep tour
Our adventure begins in Reykjavik. We’ll pick you up from your hotel or a designated bus stop in downtown Reykjavik, making it convenient for you to join us for this epic day. We will cross rivers, setting the stage for the adventure ahead. The rugged landscape unfolds before your eyes, preparing you for a day of natural wonder.
Our first major stop is the mountain hut at Langidalur. Here, you’ll have a chance to rest and recharge before we embark on our exhilarating hike. We will climb to Valahnukur, a mountain renowned for its breathtaking panoramic views. At the summit, we’ll savor a delicious lunch while surrounded by the stunning vistas of Þórsmörk valley. This is a moment of tranquility and awe that you won’t soon forget. After our descent, we’ll explore the enchanting Sönghellir, the Singing Cave, and the famous Snorrariki cave, immersing ourselves in the history and mystique of this remarkable area.
After that, we head to the stunning Stakkholtsgja canyon. A short walk awaits you, complete with river crossings, some of which you can do barefoot or with river shoes. This journey culminates with the breathtaking sight of a magnificent waterfall.
On our way back to Reykjavik, we’ll make a stop at the famous Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that plunges 60 meters and originates from the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. You’ll have the unique opportunity to venture into a small cave behind the waterfall, capturing incredible photos to remember this day by.
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Custom Golden Circle
Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its importance to Icelandic history, culture and geology. It sits in a rift valley where the two tectonic plates can be seen drifting apart. In 930 it was the founding place of Iceland’s parliament, the worlds oldest still running parliament.
A Waterfall running down the river Hvítá from the glacier Langjökull.
A geothermal area with several hot springs, with one of them being Geysir, from which the english word “geyser” comes from. A magnificent sight, although not very active so the geyser Strokkur is the main attraction erupting about every five minutes.
Gljufrasteinn – Laxness Museum. The museum is an old house that used to be the workplace of Halldór Laxness – Iceland’s only Nobel Prize laureate, for which he received for literature in 1955. Place hasn’t changed since Laxness and his family lived there for over 50 years and it was recently opened to the public.
Who doesn’t like ice cream? Take an example from Icelanders who love them equally in the summer or winter. Efstidalur is a farm on the way from Laugarvatn to Geysir. While you enjoy the local ice cream made from fresh milk you can watch the cows and small adorable calves, as the barn is separated from the store with a window.
One of the land owners next to Geysir decided to make tourists lives easier and prepared a parking lot where you can pet an Icelandic horse. You can also buy some horse candy in a booth next to the fence for 200 kronas (cash) and feed these charming animals.
Faxi is a waterfall hidden from the main road. After visiting Gullfoss it is not as impressive, but it’s a nice short stop before continuing the Golden Circle.
Kerið is a beautiful crater lake, created when volcanic eruption occurred in the Grímsnes area. The eruption drained the magma chamber causing the cone to collapse into the mountain. The crater is approximately 55 meters deep, 170 meters wide and 270 meters across.
The (not so) Secret Lagoon is a geothermal area located next to the small town Flúðir. It’s the oldest natural swimming pool in Iceland, opened in 1891. The water in the main swimming area is 36°-40°C (96°-104°F) and is surrounded by numerous boiling hot springs. A perfect place to chill after a tiring day.
Friðheimar is a farm close to Reykholt that specializes in growing tomatoes in an eco-friendly greenhouses. It is said that Friðheimar holds up to 18% of the Icelandic tomato market. Greenhouses are open for visitors and the restaurant inside offers a delicious tomato soup. Friðheimar also offers visits to the staples and Icelandic horse shows.
Didn’t have enough of hot springs? Reykjadalur is a valley located above the town Hveragerði. A hiking trail that takes one hour through beautiful mountains and geothermal areas leads to a hot river. The hot geothermal water mixes with a cold mountain spring and gives the perfect temperature for a hot dip in the natural beautiful surroundings.
Hellisheiðivirkjun is the biggest geothermal power plant in Iceland producing over 303 MW of electricity. The power plant is placed on the active volcano Hengill that erupts every four to five thousand years. There are 50 boreholes around the whole area (not all working at once), going down to about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) into the crust. At this depth rocks heat up the water and the pressure keeps water in a liquid state with temperatures above 100°C. That water, brought up to the surface turns into the steam and sources the turbines that start to spin. Right now Hellisheiðivirkjun is sourcing an aluminum processing factory in Hafnarfjörður.
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Northern Lights and Glacier Hike
Northern lights on Sólheimajökull glacier
In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head toward the glacier Sólheimajökull. It is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier already catches the travelers eye from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on harnesses and helmets and we will fit crampons to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature. This distance shows how much the glacier melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier at night, your guide will take you safely through crevasses, moulins and ice caves to the best place to spot aurora borealis. You will learn how to take good pictures of the northern lights. On our way back to Reykjavik will stop by Seljalandsfoss, a magnificent 60 meter tall waterfall that is sourced from the Eyjafjallajökull glacier.
The ice and fire
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards the amazing glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier catches the travelers eye already from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on a harness and a helmets and crampons will be fitted to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes while enjoying the beauty of nature. This distance shows you how much the glacier melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier, your guide will take you safely through deep crevasses, moulins, ice caves and other wonders of the glacier.
On our way to Reykjavík we will stop by the walking path to the hot river in Reykjadalur valley. After a short walk we will explore hot springs in the Hengill area. The colorful boiling, steamy ponds will contrast beautifully with green grass. A half an hour walk will take us to the hot river. We will find a perfect spot, where the cold mountain spring mixes with hot geothermal water, giving us the perfect temperature to soak in.
Reykjadalur hot spring field
Sulfur in Reykjadalur
Steam in Reykjadalur
Hot springs and the river in Reykjadalur
Dirt cones on Sólheimajökull
Ash on Sólheimajökull
South Coast and Glacier Hike
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel or designated bus stop downtown and we will head towards Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls on the South Coast. It is 15 meters wide and about 60 meters tall. There is a staircase on the right side of the waterfall that leads to the view platform on the top. At the top of the staircase is the trailhead for the Fimmvörðuháls hike, a beautiful 25 kilometers hike to Þórsmörk valley. An old Icelandic folk story says that the first settler in the area Þrosi Þórólfsson has hidden a treasure under the waterfall. Many volunteers tried to find it in the river, but all they could find was a ring from the chest. The ring was fitted to the church door in Skógar. After demolishing the church the ring has been moved to a display in Skógar Folk Museum.
Our next stop will be the amazing glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier fed by the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap – the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. The glacier catches the travelers eye already from the main road. Leaving the bus you will put on a harness and a helmet and crampons will be fitted to your shoes. Next you will walk along the path leading to the glacier for about 15 minutes to enjoy the areas natural beauty. This distance shows how much the glacier has melted since 1995, when the edge of Sólheimajökull was next to the parking lot. You will experience hiking on the glacier, your guide will take you safely through deep crevasses, moulins, ice caves and other wonders of the glacier.
After the hike we will head towards the Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara where also we will get some lunch. Reynisfjara is a sandy black beach close to close to the town of Vík. The beach was created during a volcanic flood called jökulhlaup after an eruption in the Katla volcano. One of the more popular sites on the beach is a large columnar basalt cave called Hálsnefshellir. On the eastern side of Reynisfjara out in the sea we can find the 66 meter tall Reynisdrangar rock pillars. Legend says they used to be trolls turned to stone with the first ray of sunshine.
Our last stop on the way back to Reykjavik will be Seljalandsfoss, a magnificent 60 meter tall waterfall that takes its origin from the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. A small cave behind the waterfall and the pathway leading through it gives you an opportunity to take amazing pictures. Just next to Seljalandsfoss is another waterfall called Gljúfrabúi – a waterfall hidden in a narrow canyon.
Seljalandsfoss side view
Seljalandsfoss from behind
Reynisfjara in winter
Skógafoss with rainbow
Ash on Sólheimajökull
Dirt cones on Sólheimajökull
Snæfellsnes – Iceland in a nutshell
During this tour we will leave Reykjavik and drive to the north. After a short breakfast stop we will head to Snæfellsnes, which means “snowy mountain peninsula”. Our first stop will be the line of amazing basalt columns at Gerðuberg. Next, will drive towards Rauðfeldsgjá. After a short hike we will go into a narrow canyon, mentioned in old Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss – a late saga of Icelanders. In this place we might get wet and we have to be careful on the slippery rocks. From there we will drive to Arnarstapi, where from the town center we will be welcomed by the statue of Bárður Snæfellsás – the protector of the Snæfellsjökull. The incredible coastline includes basalt columns, basalt caves and popular hollow cliff – Gatklettur. Leaving Arnarstapi, we will enter “Snæfellsjökull National Park” – the youngest national park in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull, thanks to Jules Verne, is one of the most famous Icelandic mountain, as “The Journey to the Centre of the Earth” begins inside. This glacier-covered volcano has been quiet for the last 1800 years, but it’s not considered dormant – in the past 10 000 years Snæfellsjökull has had three major eruptions. We will stop by the beautiful basalt columns Lóndrangar, where we will have an incredible view over the glacier and the sea. Our next stop will be a wonderful hike to the top of the volcanic crater Saxhóll, which gives us panoramic view around the magnificent lava fields. The last stop on our tour will be on the northern part of the peninsula, by the “Church Mountain” – Kirkjufell. This lonely narrow mountain in the middle of the fjord is the main destination for many photographers. From there we will head back to Reykjavik, where we will drop you off to you hotels or designated bus stops.