Top three reasons to go hiking in Thorsmork
Take part in an age-appropriate hike of Laugavegur’s Thorsmork ridge
Enjoy re-energizing and soothing yoga sessions in your off-time
Explore Iceland’s signature mossy fields, black deserts, and craggy peaks
Nestled between three spectacular glaciers, Thorsmork’s surrounding hills, slopes and mountains hide some of the most breathtaking and diverse hiking routes out there. The journey through the “Valley of Thor”, often traversed as part of Iceland’s famous Laugavegur trek, takes you across moss-covered mountains, deep-seated valleys, and beautiful glacial streams, capturing a perfect image of Iceland’s otherworldly wilderness. And while Thorsmork may seem rough and unapproachable, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The trails here are well-made and well-maintained, allowing people of all age groups and fitness levels to enjoy one of the most unique hiking spots in Iceland. Thorsmork is one of the most fertile valleys in the North—the perfect place to experience personal growth in your mature years.
June through September
Reykjavik, Iceland, is 4 hours away from
Beginner to advanced
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Laugavegur’s Thorsmork Hiking Tour
Head to the land of fire and ice for a three-day guided hike of Iceland’s Thorsmork adapted for adventurers above the age of 50. Experience majestic mountains, mossy meadows, and crystal clear lakes on mellow hiking trails carefully selected by your experienced local guide. And when you’ve had your fill of Iceland’s landscapes, head back to your classy mountain hut for a yoga session and some delicious local specialties.
Day 1: Valahnúkur Mountain
Meet your guide at the BSI bus station in downtown Reykjavik and take the bus to Thorsmork, famous for being the final point of the Laugavegur guided hike. Arrive at Basar, your cozy mountain hut, around 11:00. After lunch, get ready for the day’s hike to the top of Valahnukur Mountain! This relatively easy trail provides excellent panoramic views of Thorsmork and the neighboring areas—it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the ridge and see the other mountain huts and campsites. Afterward, descend to Husadalur and make your way to Langidalur, where you’ll get the opportunity to climb up to the famous Snorrariki cave. Follow the well-marked and accessible trail back to Basar and return just in time for dinner and an evening yoga session!
Elevation: 300 meters (980 feet)
Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)
Duration: 4 hours
Day 2: Tindfjallahringur
After a nutritious breakfast and some morning stretches, strap on your hiking boots and take on the very popular Tindfjallahringur trail. Tindfjallahringur, or the circle of Tindfjoll mountains, offers some postcard-worthy views. While it does have some steeper sections and narrow paths, the scenery is so good you’ll hardly notice, and the vistas you’ll experience make every bit of effort worthwhile. Return to Basar for dinner and some more evening yoga.
Elevation: 500 meters (1,640 feet)
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Day 3: Rettarfell and return home
After breakfast and some well-deserved morning stretches, pack your bags and get
ready to leave with the highland bus in the afternoon. However, before you say goodbye to this Icelandic paradise, enjoy a lovely farewell hike up the nearby Rettarfell mountain.
Elevation: 260 meters (850 feet)
Distance: 4 km (2.5 miles)
Duration: 2-3 hours
If you can’t get enough of adventuring in Iceland, choose one of the available guided hikes!
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Saga is a great guide and the Wellness tour to Thorsmork was fantastic. I will definitely travel with Viking Women again!!
My time in Iceland was truly life-changing and I have to give a special thanks to Saga for leading such a memorable experience! From her passion for her country, the culture, and adventure in nature, every moment was truly inspiring. Now when I think of “happy places” my favorite memories are our hike up Reykjadalur Valley to the hot river and our walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier that ended with a meditation underneath the sun and a rainbow! I will absolutely be back to explore even further with Viking Women.
My sister and I had an amazing time in Iceland! Saga was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide and shared great stories that brought the landscape and experiences to life. We were also shown great local spots for food and drinks. Would definitely recommend her to anyone traveling to Iceland. We can’t wait to get back!
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Things to know
Covid measures in Thorsmork, Iceland
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Thorsmork, Iceland, please refer to these official COVID-19 guidelines for traveling to and from Iceland.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced female hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Transportation to and from the trailhead
- Three days of hiking
- Accommodations in a cozy mountain hut for the duration of the trip
- All meals during the trip
- Evening yoga sessions
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Reykjavik
- Accommodations before and after the trip
- Trip insurance
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about this Thorsmork hiking tour is that it was created with people above the age of 50 in mind. While you will be hiking for 2-6 hours a day, your guide will choose relatively easy trails, enabling people of all age groups and fitness levels to enjoy Iceland’s wilderness! The changes in elevation won’t be that significant, and even the steeper sections of the tour will be well-marked and accessible, often with man-made steps. However, keep in mind that the weather in summer can be surprisingly warm and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking poles
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 16:1.
- The cost is per person and doesn’t change as your group grows.
- This tour requires a minimum of 8 people to run.
Hiking in Thorsmork can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- This tour was designed for hikers aged 50 or above.
Deposits and cancellation
The full trip cost will be due upon booking to secure your place. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and the trip amount will be refundable, minus cancellation fees stated below.
In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, your guide can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Please note the trips for 2022 and 2023 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of the trip not happening is very low.
In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:
- 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
- 70% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
- 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
- 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 16-29 days before departure
- 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled 15 days before departure.
All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Thorsmork, most people fly into Keflavik International Airport 45 minutes away from Reykjavik. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to Reykjavik.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavik or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.