Top three reasons to hike through Thórsmörk
The last section of Laugavegur, one of the world’s best treks
Volcanic landscapes, lush forests, and spots only locals know about
Stay in a hut scenically located in the heart of Thórsmörk
Get thunderstruck by arresting vistas of Thórsmörk over 4 days on this hut-based adventure. Named after the hammer-wielding Norse god and nestled between three glaciers, this valley is Icelanders’ favorite hiking destination—and for a good reason. Once you cross the unbridged rivers, you will have reached a remote fantasyland where jagged basalt peaks are veiled in impossibly green moss and electric blue rivulets form braided streams at the bottom of awe-inspiring mountain passes. You’ll get to wander about lava fields before peaking into hidden caves and smell the sulfur near steaming craters while learning about Iceland’s mythology and geological history. Join your expert guide and get an in-depth, yet fuss-free experience of Thórsmörk—one of the best places to hike in Iceland.
June through August
Reykjavik, Iceland is less than 2 hours away
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Hiking Tour of Thórsmörk and Beyond
Thórsmörk is known for being the final and arguably most scenic section of the famous Laugavegur Trek. This adventure gives you a more in-depth experience of the famous valley, as well as nearby areas famous for volcanic activity—most notably Fimmvörðuháls. Every day, you will get to explore the different locations with epic natural phenomena and return to your hut conveniently located in the heart of Thórsmörk to enjoy freshly prepared meals.
Day 1: Reykjavík to Thórsmörk
Your journey starts with boarding the highland bus from BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik which will take you to the glacial valley of Thórsmörk. En route, your group will pass by the picturesque villages of Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur and finally get to the Langidalur hut, your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Your hiking starts after lunch with crossing the bridge over the Krossá river before visiting Tröllakirkja (“Troll church”)—a unique rock formation with a small cave underneath it. Later, you will choose with your guide to hike either into the spectacular Hvannárgil canyon or up to Mt. Réttarfel, which offers great views of the surrounding landscapes. After your hiking expedition, your group will return to the hut in time to prepare dinner.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Hiking: 5-8 km/3-5 miles, active walking time: 3-4 hrs
Ascent/descent: 400 m/1,310 ft
Day 2: Fimmvörðuháls
On Day 2, you will explore the areas which remind you of the ever-continuing volcanic activity in Iceland. Climb up the hills leading you to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges surrounded by sprawling views over the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to the Morinsheiði heath. Reaching the end of the Morinsheiði plateau, enjoy the views of the petrified lava that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in 2010. You will also go to another lava field and the two craters—Magni and Móði—which were formed before the main eruption from the Eyjafjallajökull crater. Head back to Thórsmörk with the views of the glaciers surrounding the valley. After dinner, get a good night’s sleep at Langidalur Hut.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Hiking: 18 km/11 miles, active walking time: 6-7 hrs
Ascent/descent: 1,000 m/3,280 ft
Day 3: Thórsmörk Tindfjöll Circle
On Day 3, you will walk the scenic trail offering great views over Goðaland, the glaciers, and the inner part of Thórsmörk. Afterwards, your group will climb Mt Rjúpnafell before heading down following the sinuous Krossá river, bringing you back to the hut for a barbeque party with your guide and fellow hikers!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Hiking: 14-16 km/8.5-10 miles, active walking time: 4-7 hrs
Ascent/descent: 450 m/1,480 ft
Day 4: Back to Reykjavik
After spending the morning in Thórsmörk, you will climb up the mountain of Valahnúkur to get the last chance to relish the dramatic views over the surrounding landscapes. From there, your group will descend to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) and to Húsadalur. Head back to Langidalur and board the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. You’re expected to arrive in Reykjavik at 19:20. Say goodbye to your group and to Iceland, or continue touring on your own!
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Hiking: 5-6 km/3-3.7 miles, active walking time: 3 hrs
Ascent/descent: 200 m/650 ft
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Covid measures in 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 Iceland, please refer to these official COVID-19 guidelines for traveling to and from Iceland.
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What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 4 days of hiking
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Bus transportation to and from Thórsmörk (from Reykjavik)
- Accommodation in the mountain hut
What’s not included:
- Transportation to and from Reykjavik
- Personal hiking equipment
- Showers in the hut (payable on site)
- Sleeping bag
It’s possible to rent a sleeping bag from your guide for $50 per person. Let your guide know in advance if you need to rent anything!
How fit do I need to be?
To participate in this guided hiking adventure in Thórsmörk, you should have previous hiking experience and a fairly good level of fitness. You should be prepared to hike for 3 to 7 hours a day (depending on the day) and walk between 5 and 18 km with 200-1,000 m of ascent/descent per day in sometimes challenging and exposed terrain. You don’t need previous experience of multi-day hikes but you should be familiar with full-day mountain hikes. Keep in mind that your guide will assess your group’s fitness level and make adjustments when necessary, as well as make sure to take more breaks if hikes get too strenuous—all while taking you to the most spectacular places Thórsmörk has to offer.
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)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering (weather is very unpredictable in Iceland!)
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Sleeping bag
- 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.
What is the accommodation like?
You will spend your three nights in Thórsmörk in a simple and authentic mountain hut, where you will also prepare great meals from fresh ingredients provided by your guide. You will sleep in dormitory-style rooms in sleeping bags. If you don’t have a sleeping bag or don’t plan on bringing one, you can rent it from your guide for an additional fee. Let your guide know in advance if you want to rent a sleeping bag. Shower is available in the hut for an additional fee payable on site.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventure, the maximum number of participants is 16.
- It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
- The cost is per person and does not decrease as the group grows.
Hiking in Thórsmörk can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors as young as 14 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Registration for an adventure with your guide requires a 50% deposit. The balance of program fees will generally be due 90 days prior to the starting date of the program. It is your responsibility to adhere to the fee payment schedule. Late payment will result in cancellation of program reservations and forfeiture of all fees paid.
After the invoice has been issued, the price is guaranteed against any surcharge, unless an increase is due to government laws or currency changes. Your guide will absorb an amount equivalent to 5% of the package price. Amounts that exceed the 5% will be charged and clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund if the surcharge exceeds 10%.
All cancellations must be made by letter or e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s). If clients formally cancel their participation:
- 15% of the tour price is non-refundable
- 50% of tour price is refunded if canceled 30-59 days prior to departure
- 25% of tour price is refunded if canceled 16-29 days prior to departure
- 0% of tour price is refunded if canceled 15 days prior to departure.
Icelandic Mountain Guides reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or canceled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff.
No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Icelandic Mountain Guides does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the starting point of this tour in Reykjavík, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport. From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Reykjavík.
You will meet your guide at the BSI central bus terminal in Reykjavík where you will take a bus to Thorsmork which leaves at 6.30am on Day 1.