Thorsmork Hikes & The Golden Circle | 3-Day Tour

Thorsmork Hikes & The Golden Circle | 3-Day Tour
Hikers enjoying the sun in the mountain ridge valley Þórsmörk in South Iceland.
Þórsmörk nests between three glaciers in South Iceland, Múrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindfjallajökull.
Exploring a canyon in the mountain ridge valley of Þórsmörk, one of Iceland's most popular hiking destinations.
Spending two days hiking in Iceland's Þórsmörk allows travellers to locate hidden paths and reconnect with nature.
When visiting the nature of Iceland, a proper vehicle is essential to the travel experience.
The geyser Strokkur erupts powerfully at short and regular intervals, to the joy of visitors to the Golden Circle.

Join this three-day tour exploring some of Iceland’s most spectacular locations, visiting the mountain ridge Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and the famed Golden Circle route. If you want to engulf yourself in the natural landscapes of this volcanic island, this is the adventure to complete your travels. 

Your journey begins in either in Reykjavík or on the South Coast, where you will meet with your local guide and board a modified Super Jeep that will take you to the stunning mountain ridge Þórsmörk, named after the Norse God of thunder, Thor. 

You’ll spend the next two nights in the mountain hut Húsadalur, embarking on scenic hikes through this incredible area, nesting between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull, the latter of which is the infamous volcano that made headlines erupting in 2010. 

The third day of your excursion will consist of traversing the most popular sightseeing route in the whole country, the Golden Circle. Visit the spouting geysers in the geothermal valley Haukadalur, see the mighty cascade of Gullfoss Waterfall, and spend time in the continental rift valley Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Join this outdoor Iceland adventure and witness geothermal activity, beautiful landscapes, volcanoes, glaciers, fissure zones and waterfalls. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Þórsmörk, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Mýrdalsjökull, Gígjökull, Stakkholtsgjá, Skaftafell, Valahnúkur, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Departure on request.

The departure location is Gljúfrabúi waterfall. You can also choose to be picked up from your accommodations in the city of Reykjavík, or towns across the South Coast such as Hvolsvöllur, Hella, Selfoss and Vík. You decide on your departure time yourself.

Please note that you have not chosen a pickup location. If you want to be picked up, Please be sure to register a pickup location as soon as you can by modifying your booking via the 'edit' button in your electronic voucher.
If your tour is set for you to meet on location, please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pickup and drop-off in Reykjavík

  • Transportation to Þórsmörk in a Super Jeep

  • All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3

  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a mountain hut

  • Traditional Mountain BBQ

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear and gloves

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Snacks

  • Toiletries

  • Camera

  • Backpack

Good to know:

Please contact us to organise pick up/drop off service. Otherwise meeting point will be at Gljúfrabúi base.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - From Reykjavik to the South Coast & Thorsmork

A view over lava in Vatnajökull National Park to the mighty Vatnajökull glacier.

You'll be picked up at a time of your choosing. You can decide to be picked up from the city of Reykjavík or a town of the South Coast such as Hvolsvöllur, Hella, Selfoss or Vík. You can also decide to meet your friendly and local guide near the waterfall Gljúfrabúi on the South Coast. 

After you've met your guide, your adventure will begin. In a Super Jeep, which is a large and custom vehicle built to handle Iceland's rough terrain, you will be transported to the area of Þórsmörk.

Today will be a day spent mostly on the road. On your way to your accommodation, you will enjoy several scenic stops, to awe at the powers of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano and the outlet glacier Gígjökull. Once you arrive at your destination, you will make camp at the mountain hut in Húsadalur, where you will stay the next two nights. 

You will spend your first night in the well-equipped hut, gathering your strengths for the days ahead. 

Day 2 - Exploring the Valley of Thor

Þórsmörk is renowned for being luscious and verdant.

After waking up to the crisp mountain air and having a nutritious breakfast, you will spend the day more extensively exploring the nature of Þórsmörk, going on drives and hikes along the best trails of the area in the company of your knowledgeable guide. 

Þórsmörk is a stunning nature reserve and one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland. See the glacier river Krossá cut through lush landscapes of birch, fern and moss, in this beautiful valley named after the most worshipped god of the Vikings. 

You will spend another night at the mountain hut Húsadalur. 

Day 3 - Golden Circle & Back to Reykjavik

A stunning shot of Þingvellir National Park in autumn.

It’s time to bid farewell to the valley of the thunder god and visit the crown jewels of Iceland, the sights of the Golden Circle. First up is Þingvellir National Park, located directly above the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where visible cracks and gorges give the already incredible volcanic scenery an otherworldly appeal.   

Then, get ready to visit the geothermal valley Haukadalur, home to spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot vents. See Strokkur put on a regular display of boiling water erupting naturally from the ground, as high as 20 metres into the air, perfectly showcasing the powers at work beneath the Earth’s crust.

Your last stop will be one of the highlights of your trip, as you will visit the very namesake of the Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall, plunging over 30 metres down two tiers into a grand canyon below. The King all waterfalls in Iceland is indeed a sight to behold, and the viewing platforms enable you to feel the falls’ cascading power rumbling beneath your feet.   

After such an incredible sightseeing experience, you will return to Reykjavík City, no doubt still reeling from all the stunning natural sites you visited during the last days.  

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