9 hour Day Tour to Seljalandsfoss & Þórsmörk
Step right up for this tour of one of the most beautiful, untouched wilds of Iceland: Thorsmörk. Your tour guides will pick you up at your accommodation in a comfortably appointed superjeep at 9 AM and take you to this popular hiker’s retreat.
The first stop of the day will bring you to Seljalandsfoss, a gorgeous waterfall nestled in the cliffs of rolling farmland, nourished by the river which meanders away from the falls. At 40 m (131 ft) high, it is one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland, and it is a particularly unique spot because you can take the rocky path which wends behind the falls. It is a new perspective to look out on the green-and-black terrain of Iceland through the clear, misty water.
You’ll also pause at Gigjökull, a glacial tongue of Eyjafjallajökull, the glacier which made headlines in 2010 with the power of its eruption. It lies draped over the mountainous outcroppings of the valley like a fluffy white blanket.
Then, you’ll go to Stakkholtsgjá, a canyon located near the entrance to Thorsmork. It has a narrow riverbed and ends in a beautiful waterfall.
Finally, after driving over several deep, swift glacial rivers, you’ll enter the Thorsmork area. This rift valley, named after the Norse god of thunder and rain, Thor, is located in southern Iceland between two glaciers, Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. There are many trails to explore here, from those that cross the glaciers to multi-day hiking trails such as Laugavegur, which takes hikers all the way to Landmannalaugar in southwest Iceland. Here, you’ll have time to take in the gorgeous surroundings as you hike in the area, with stops available at the visitor’s huts at Básar and Húsadalur. These huts are airy and well-kept, providing a charming spot to stop and chat with other hikers you meet along the way!
After a refreshing walk around the countryside, you’ll be driven back to the city in time to decide where to have dinner and what you might want to do for the evening. Should it be a movie? A show? A gallery? The choice is yours!
Don't miss this invigorating day trip to the beautiful valley of Thorsmork! Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Jun. - Oct.
- Duration: 9 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English, Icelandic
Nestled between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindfjallajökull is Þórsmörk (Thor's Valley), a nature reserve in the southern Icelandic highlands. Þórsmörk is one of Iceland's most popular hiking destinations.
Strictly speaking, Þórsmörk is a valley and a mountain range between the Krossá, Þröngá, and Markarfljót rivers. Locals, however, often use the name "Þórsmörk" when referring to a much larger region that is composed of the area between Þórsmörk proper, and the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano.
Landscapes and Geology
Contrasting vistas of lush oases and roaring glacier rivers cutting through black desert expanses not only make Þórsmörk unique to Iceland but to the entire world. Parts of the valley are rich with moss, fern, and Birchwood, while jagged mountain ridges and ice-capped peaks crown the horizon.
The valley's climate is warmer and calmer than usual in south Iceland, which often causes Þórsmörk's mountains to be cloaked in a veil of mist that materialises when the warm valley air ascends and mixes with the descending cold breath of the glaciers above.
Þórsmörk's surrounding hills, slopes and mountains are beset with small valleys and gullies that make for some of Iceland's most astonishing hiking routes. Experienced hikers, therefore, have a wealth of trails to trek, varying in distances and difficulty. In fact, Þórsmörk offers two of the most popular trails in Iceland, the Fimmvörðuháls and the Laugavegur.
Fimmvörðuháls is a 30km trail that takes you into the hills beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and to the volcanic craters Magni and Móði, which are still steaming from the eruption of 2010. The 55 km Laugavegur path takes you from Þórsmörk to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area which is home to an incredible wealth of hot springs and rhyolite mountains of vibrant colours.
Accommodation and How to get there
During winter (October 16th - April 30th) the road into Þórsmörk is impassable. In summer (May 1st - October 15th) a special 4x4 mountain bus runs three times per day from the BSÍ bus terminal in central Reykjavík. Once there you have the choice setting up base in a small hut, a private room, a dormitory or in Þórsmörk's campsite. Please note that the huts, private rooms and dormitories must be booked well in advance.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Gigjokull is one of two glacier outlets from the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the other being Steinholtsjokull.
The 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption was close to the head of Gigjokull. Gigjokull empties out of the summit crater area at 1600 meters (5249 feet), flows across the ice cap to 1500 meters (4921 feet) and then descends in an icefall down 200 meters (656 ft). Water flowing from Gigjokull enters the Markarfljot river and eruptions in the area have caused great glacier bursts, 2010 being the latest example.
Stakkholtsgja is an up to 100 meters deep and 2 kilometers long canyon in South Iceland.
The canyon is located near the entrance to Thorsmork. It has a narrow riverbed and ends in a beautiful waterfall.
Starting time : 09:15
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