Thorsmork, Iceland, is one of those places that looks too good to be true – and then you see it and realize that it totally lives up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful areas in Iceland!

With bright green mountains, volcanic glaciers, raw rugged nature, and braided glacier rivers, it looks like something straight out of a dream.

Þórsmörk in Icelandic translates into “valley of Thor,” a nature reserve located in the Highlands, nestled between three glaciers.

The first time I went to Thorsmork, I spent three days and two nights hiking through the breathtaking landscapes, camping, and relaxing in the hot springs. I felt like I had only gotten a taste of what the valley had to offer, and desperately wanted to go back!

While Thorsmork is an absolute must-see, getting there can be a little complicated, and enjoying a trip here does require a bit of advanced preparation.

Therefore, I wanted to cover transportation options, where to stay, amazing hikes, and things to do in the area – everything you’ll need to know to be fully prepared for your trip.

Grab your hiking gear and let’s get into it!

Is Visiting Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) Worth It?

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Oh, where do I begin?! I’ve traveled to Thorsmork several times and it’s breathtaking. 

If you’re a nature lover, it’s a must! Let’s take a look at why I think this is a bucket-list-worthy destination.

Accessibility: The Highlands are notoriously tricky to get to because of the road conditions and remoteness. However, Thorsmork is the most accessible Highland destination. It’s situated directly off the Ring Road (one of the most popular routes in the country). It’s a must-add to your itinerary, especially if you are traveling this route.

Hiking: If you’re planning a Thorsmork hike, the possibilities here are endless, drawing outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. Bumping into Chris Hemsworth in Thor’s Valley isn’t guaranteed (although, one can dream 😉), but conquering those challenging hikes will make you feel like somewhat of a superhero!

Natural Beauty: The towering mountains, stunning glaciers, and the braided rivers of the Highlands make it one of the most scenic areas of the country and, in my opinion, a must-add to your itinerary.

Photography: The stunning views make for incredible photo opportunities. 

Hidden Gems: If you’re out hunting for hidden gems, this is the place to find them. The Highlands are still relatively untouched, so it’s possible to find places that many tourists haven’t discovered yet. 

If you’re thinkingabout adding Thorsmork to your Iceland itinerary, do it! I cannot recommend this incredible place enough.

Best Time of Year to Visit 

The best time of year to visit the Thorsmork Valley is from mid-June until the end of August, depending on the weather conditions.

Access to Thorsmork in winter is closed off to passenger travel if you want to drive yourself there. 

However, some of the tour companies DO operate there during the winter so it doesn’t mean that it’s completely closed off, just that you can’t drive yourself.

I would highly recommend checking with Midgard Adventure if you’re planning a winter trip to Iceland. We did a tour with them one winter and it was incredibly beautiful. 

It’s important to check out before heading out for the day. This website informs you of the road conditions and closures, as well as weather conditions for the day. It’s literally a lifesaver and a must-use resource, especially when traveling the F-roads.

If you’re keen on experiencing the magic of Iceland in the winter check out this post👇

➡️ READ: Iceland in Winter: Must-See Attractions, Driving, Weather, Packing And MORE

Where is Thorsmork Located?

This beautiful area is located in the Icelandic Highlands, one of the most remote parts of the country. 

If you’re driving, it’s 80 miles (128km) from Reykjavík and it’ll take you just under two hours to get there. 

The Thorsmork valley, Iceland, extends roughly 93 miles (150 km) between three glaciers, namely Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. 

How To Get to Thorsmork, Iceland

There are a few different ways to get to Thorsmork, let’s take a look at the options.

Drive Yourself

The roads that lead into the Highlands are F-roads, which means that only 4×4 vehicles are allowed to make the journey. 

F-roads are bumpy, unpaved, and difficult to drive. On top of that, there are river crossings, so you need a special vehicle with 4WD capabilities.

Take the F249 past Seljalandsfoss where it’ll turn into a gravel road and that’ll bring you to Thorsmork.

If you’re renting a vehicle and planning to forge the river yourself, I suggest Blue Car Rental. They’re a local company known for exceptional customer service, and their prices already include insurance. Their vehicles are specially equipped to handle the rough terrain, and if you use my link, you’ll receive my exclusive VIP discount!

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I wrote a post all about the F-roads where I go through how to tackle these roads if you’re driving yourself, what to expect, and the vehicle you need.👇

➡️ READ: F-Roads In Iceland: Everything You Need To Know For Safe Driving

Hire A Vehicle

There are a couple of different ways you can hire a vehicle. 

Firstly, you could hire private transport or an excursion that will specifically take you to Thorsmork.

Thorsmork super jeep tours and mountain buses drive into Thorsmork daily from May – October. This is convenient for those who don’t have a 4WD vehicle but still want to visit the area.

The Thorsmork-Reykjavík buses depart from Reykjavík, or it’s possible to hop on at different locations along the way. The three major bus companies that make these trips possible are Trex, and Reykjavik Excursions. They all make multiple trips per day, so check their websites to reserve a ticket.

These buses are specially fitted with big tires so that they can make the river crossings with no problem. The timetables will differ depending on the company you’re using.

You can purchase your ticket in advance to make sure that everything is sorted out before you even embark on the bus from Reykjavík to Thorsmork.

Hike Into Thorsmork, Iceland

Two long treks end directly in Thorsmork: Fimmvörðuháls and Laugavegur. 

Fimmvörðuháls: This is a  Thorsmork day hike. An 8-10 hour trek that runs between Skogafoss and Thorsmork. Just be forewarned, the weather can often be unpredictable, so come prepared!  

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Laugavegur:  This multiple-day hike runs between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. The trek is incredibly scenic but NOT the easiest way to get there!

READ MORE ➡️ Landmannalaugar: What You Need To Know For An Epic Highlands Adventure


If you’re looking to turn this into an overnight or multi-night experience, with hiking or camping in between, it’s totally possible.


There are several base camps set up in Thorsmork and the most popular one is Básar – especially with the locals.

Therefore, booking in advance is crucial to ensure you get a spot.

Básar is also the place where the Fimmvörðuháls hike ends.

You can do tent camping, RV camping, and bunk accommodation as well. 


Landscape View of the Langidalur Basecamp in the Highlands in Iceland | Iceland with a View

Another option is called Langidalur, which offers plenty of areas for tent camping.

You’ll also find a hut that provides bunk accommodation for 73 people.

And, if you like cooking, they have a spacious kitchen area for making meals indoors!

Volcano Huts: Húsadalur

The volcano huts in Thorsmork, Iceland are located in the Húsadalur valley in the middle of the nature reserve. 

This is where the Laugavegur trek officially ends and is a very popular place to stay, especially in the summer months. 

We have stayed at the Volcano Huts and loved our time there. 

You can camp, stay in a multi-person dorm, or rent a private hut. 

They’re also the only base camp with a full restaurant on-site serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a packed lunch option for your hikes, just make sure to arrange this in advance. 

Dining options in this area are VERY limited, so proper planning is crucial!

To reach the Volcano Huts, you’ll need to cross a deep and swiftly flowing glacial river, Krossá, the most dangerous river crossing in the country. It’s NOT possible to do this without a specially modified vehicle.  

If you’re traveling with a hired vehicle, you’ll need to park it at the small lot before reaching the river and take the footbridge to get across or contact the Volcano Huts to pick you up.

It’s important to remember that the Krossá River should NEVER be attempted under any circumstances.

For those heading to the Volcano Huts, I highly recommend arranging for them to pick you up just before reaching the Krossá River.

This is the only accommodation in Thorsmork Valley that offers additional services and amenities. These include a small playground for the kids, a restaurant and bar, a sauna and even a geothermal pool.

With easy access to the best hiking trails in the valley, and extra amenities it’s a great place to stay!

Things To Do in Thorsmork

Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) is a hiker’s PARADISE. 

And while hiking might be the most popular reason to visit this gorgeous area, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy during your stay.

Take A Super Jeep Tour

One of the best ways to explore Thorsmork is by taking a Super Jeep tour. These tours are designed to take you to some of the most beautiful and scenic locations in the area, which may be difficult to access on your own.

Super jeep tours typically last between six to eight hours and are led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the local area and landscape.

Taking a super jeep tour allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views while your guide navigates the challenging terrain, including river crossings. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of Thorsmork without the stress of driving yourself!

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Yep, you guessed it, the number one reason why people come here is because of the amazing hiking opportunities. Let’s take a look at some of the trails.

Valahnukur: This is a short loop that starts and ends at Volcano Huts, with breathtaking views over the Thorsmork Valley. This hike can easily be done in 1.5-2 hours. The nice thing is that you can also add this to either of the routes below.

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Tindfjöll circle: You can do this trail as well, it just depends on how much time you have.  This was the second route we did and loved it. The loop takes about 5-6 hours where you hike further into the valley bringing you up close and personal to the glaciers. I can highly recommend this hike. This was my favorite part of the weekend and the views were unbelievable! 

Fimmvörðuháls:  I completed this 30 km route with some good friends. A very popular trek that begins at Skógafoss and ends in Thorsmork. This hike is advanced and not for inexperienced hikers, it also requires advanced planning as camping and/or transportation logistics need to be organized well in advance. We loved every minute of this hike and I highly recommend it for experienced hikers! 

If you want to check it out, I wrote a post about it here👇

➡️ READ: Ultimate Guide To The Fimmvorduhals Hike In Iceland

Laugavegur: The Laugavegur trek is perhaps the most widely known hike in Iceland. Starting in Landmannalaugar and ending at the Volcano Huts in Thorsmork, this trail offers unbeatable scenery. Some people choose to combine two treks by adding the Fimmvörðuháls hike after they complete Laugavegur.

If you’re looking for hiking options, I recommend checking with one of the base camps located in Thorsmork. They can show you the routes, how long it takes, and the difficulty level.


Picture of Jeannie on the Bridge to See Seljalandsfoss Up Close, One of the Waterfalls You Get to See in Thorsmork | Iceland with a View
Picture of Jeannie in Front of Nauthusagil, One of the Waterfalls You Get to See in the Highlands in Iceland | Iceland with a View

Seljalandsfoss is just a short 40-minute drive away, this is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland and you can actually walk behind it!  Nauthúsagil waterfall is truly a hidden gem roughly 15 minutes away from Thorsmork.

Gljúfrabúi and Skógafoss waterfalls are also very close by.

If you’re interested in visiting the best waterfalls in Iceland, be sure to check out this post👇

➡️ READ: Chasing Waterfalls in Iceland: Discover The Top 10 Breathtaking Waterfalls In Iceland

Extra Tips on What to Bring

You’re going to be out in the middle of nowhere, so you can’t just quickly pop into the shops and get what you need. Luckily, I’ve been there and done that, so these are my recommendations for what you’ll have to bring with you.

Layers: At one point I was wearing full rain gear, and the next I was down to my tank top. So, make sure that you have warmer layers that you can throw on if the weather changes suddenly.

Waterproof outerwear: Moisture-wicking hiking gear is a must because conditions change rapidly in Thorsmork.  Waterproof outerwear from head to toe is necessary, especially considering its location between mountains and glaciers, where unpredictable weather patterns can result in frequent rain.

Hiking boots: Sturdy boots are essential for all the rugged terrain in the Highlands. 

Backpack: a small backpack will suffice for day trips out of the base, but make sure it’s comfortable!

Waterproof cover: I highly recommend a cover for your pack – if it rains, you don’t want to get your gear wet!

Walking poles: At the risk of sounding older than my actual age, sometimes it’s nice to have something to hold onto! Especially on uneven terrain over multiple hours. Swallow your pride and just get the poles!

Food and snacks:  Hiking these crazy terrains makes ya hungry! I’m always craving salt when I hike, so I make sure to bring trail mix along with sandwiches, fruit leather, gel packs, etc. Like I said, unless you’re staying at the Volcano Huts which is where they provide food, you’re going to want to bring your own food.

Water bottle: I recommend bringing a full-sized reusable water bottle because. There are so many fresh glacier streams where you can just fill up water right at the source. 

Extra battery: The cold Icelandic weather really zaps your batteries! Bring extra battery packs for your phone and camera – you don’t want to miss out on any picture-perfect moments! 

Small first aid kit: Hopefully you don’t need to use it but bring one just in case. Remember you’re in the wilderness, far away from any hospitals. Bring bandaids, vaseline, and pain medicine. All that hiking might create friction, it’s better to be safe than sorry! 

Pro Tip: When you’re hiking these long trails, you might not get the best cell phone service. I recommend using the 112 app (112 is also Iceland’s emergency number, FYI!). Their app allows you to report an accident or emergency as well as share your location. 

Another useful website and app to consider is Safetravel. With this app, you can input your travel plan. In the event of an emergency, both your emergency contact person and the Icelandic search and rescue will be notified.

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Iceland Highlands Guide

When it comes to the Icelandic Highlands, the scenery is pretty much unbeatable!

But let’s be honest, planning a trip here can be REALLY challenging.

Knowing where to fuel up, where to stay out in the wilderness, plus navigating the rough terrain add a few more obstacles into the mix.

What’s worse is that there’s hardly any decent information out there about the Highlands. 

That’s why I decided to check out these places for myself and create my very own 👉 Highlands Travel Guide.

It’s packed with insider tips and personal experiences that’ll help make planning your adventure a piece of cake!

In it, you’ll find a guided itinerary covering everything from major attractions to hidden gems, hot springs to hiking trails, and even the best places to refuel and grab groceries. 

You’ll also get access to an interactive Google map, with pinned locations for easy navigation. 

Need tips on tackling those F-Roads, river crossings, and more? I’ve got you.

This travel guide is packed with all the information you need to turn those Highlands challenges into unforgettable experiences!

Don’t travel to the Highlands without this.

Take the guesswork out of planning to Iceland’s most difficult area to travel to. This Travel Guide will help you plan an unforgettable Highlands trip from start to finish. 

  • Travel Guidebook
  • Digital Map of Locations
  • Money-saving discounts

Happy Planning,

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