Aptly named after the Norse god of strength and storms, this mountain range is frequently featured in “most stunning landscapes on the planet” lists. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that Thórsmörk is one of the top hiking spots in Iceland, nestled between the Mýrdalsjökull, Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. A wilderness retreat dear to the heart of many Icelanders, Thor’s Woods are nuzzled between three glaciers and contain canyons, still-warm volcano craters, mighty waterfalls, moss-covered caves and spectacular valleys crisscrossed by the Krossá River. This glacial valley truly is a hiker’s paradise!
Visitors thinking of visiting Thórsmörk should prepare accordingly, for this is one of Iceland’s most remote locations, and amenities are few and far between. Proper hiking boots, warm clothing and an acute common sense are required to hike this extremely rugged region that is characterized by harsh conditions and unpredictable weather. Luckily, there is a large number of marked trails to help visitors stay on track and safe.
Compact cars and regular rental vehicles are not allowed in to Thórsmörk–only 4x4 and specially equipped vehicles such as Jeeps can access F-roads that lead to the Icelandic highlands. Thórsmörk is located 3 hours south-east of Reykjavik (157 kilometers) and can be accessed via route 1, and then via multiple hiking trails. Many day trips to Thórsmörk are available between June and September.