Women’s Thorsmork Hiking Tour

Thorsmork | Iceland
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Top three reasons to go hiking in Thorsmork

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    The trails are memorable, rewarding, and appropriate for all age groups

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    Enjoy daily hikes in Iceland’s mysterious caves and breathtaking mountains

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    Indulge in local delicacies and deep stretch sessions in your cozy mountain hut

Winding through three major glaciers, Laugavegur’s Thorsmork trails take you through dramatic landscapes and some of Iceland’s most scenic and versatile treks. Thorsmork, known as the end-point of Iceland’s legendary Laugavegur trek, abounds with mossy gulches, cooling lava falls, and Iceland’s signature black deserts, enveloped from all directions by bright green mountains and craggy peaks. The landscape variety lends itself to some captivating hikes—one minute you’re visiting a craggy cave while marveling at cooling lava falls, the next you’re crossing a braided glacier stream surrounded by mossy greenery. And while the scenery may be rugged, the hikes certainly aren’t—the island’s trail network is rich and well-developed, meaning women of all ages and fitness levels can experience the joy that is hiking Iceland’s Laugavegur trek. Dedicate three days to exploring Iceland and come out a one experience richer and more confident woman.

Season

June through September

Nearest city

Reykjavik, Iceland, is 4 hours away from Thorsmork

Duration

3 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Laugavegur’s Thorsmork Hiking Tour

3 days

Awaken your confidence and rekindle your adventurous spirit with a three-day guided hike in Laugavegur’s Thorsmork for women of all ages. Enjoy daily guided hikes in Iceland’s otherworldly wilderness on appropriate hiking trails carefully selected by your experienced local guide. And when the sun sets, retreat to your beautiful mountain hut for some deep stretch sessions and indulge in Iceland’s traditional delicacies!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Valahnukur Mountain

Meet your guide at the BSI bus station in downtown Reykjavik and take the highland bus to Thorsmork, famous for being the final point of Iceland’s Laugavegur hiking trip. Arrive at Basar, your cozy mountain hut, and 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 a deep stretch session.
Elevation: 300 meters (980 feet)
Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)
Duration: 4 hours

Basar Hut in Iceland

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, technical parts, 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 deep stretches.
Elevation: 500 meters (1,640 feet)
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Duration: 5-6 hours

A river valley in Thorsmörk

Day 3: Rettarfell and the return home

After breakfast and some well-deserved morning stretches, pack your bags and get
ready to leave with the highland bus at 15:00. 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 are thirsty for more adventures in Iceland, make sure to explore the hiking trips on offer.

Hiker relaxing on a cliff in Thorsmörk
Reviews

Reviews (5)

Aveen Evers about Vikingwomen on 57hours

You can tour and see a country and scenic beauty. But you appreciate it it on a whole new level when you get down into it on a hike. FIFA couldn’t have been more helpful and considerate. She was also very knowledgeable about the trails and gave us lots of insight into Iceland’s geography and ow people live.

Jacqueline Buttnor about Vikingwomen on 57hours

It was everything I could hope for. The only thing I wasn’t ready for were some of the tougher sections in relation to heights. But…I still made it. Thanks to Fifa and a few of the other ladies in our outstanding group.  Fifa was exceptiinal.I had a really tough time with the heights on day 2 and she was there every step of the way. I can’t 8magine a better guide to have for a tough hike.

Madelon about Viking Women Tours on Guide’s website

Saga guided us through beautiful Iceland. I was impressed by Iceland, but also impressed by Saga!
Very engaging lady with many talents: from the active walk guide and cool driver to the relaxing meditation mentor, with beautiful storytelling about the history and culture of Iceland. Takk fyrir Saga!

Stephanie R. about Viking Women Tours on Guide’s website

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!

Julianne N. about Viking Women Tours on Guide’s website

I traveled to Iceland last year and Saga was our guide. She was the absolute best. We did the Golden Circle, the cave, the glacier, the hot tubs (a couple), and so much more. She’s an excellent guide as well as a great cook. She fixed us lamb stew and many other delicious meals. She is enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and her.

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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’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local 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 deep strech sessions

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Reykjavik
    • Accommodations before and after the trip
    • Trip insurance

How fit do I need to be?

While you will be hiking for 2-6 hours a day, your guide will choose relatively easy trails. The changes in elevation won’t be that significant, and the steeper sections of the tour will be well-marked and accessible, often with man-made steps. However, there might be some scrambling up rock walls and crossing narrow paths on sheer mountain sides. If you have a fear of heights, talk to our experts and see if this tour is appropriate for you. It might be a challenge, but the experience of conquering your fears will definitely be worth the effort!

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
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • 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 6 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 women of all ages.

If you plan to hike with anyone under 18 years old, contact us to make arrangements.

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 the 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.

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