Thorsmork and South Coast Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Tour description provided by Viator

For those who want adventure - this is the tour for you! Tour over the plateau Hellisheioi and on to visit the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the falls. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Thorsmork, or 'Thor's Woods', a beauty spot surrounded by glaciers, mountains and glacial rivers - an unforgettable experience for nature lovers.

Begin this extraordinary tour by driving over the plateau Hellisheioi, through Selfoss, Hella and Hvollsvollur where you will make a short stop to purchase food and provisions for lunch. Visit the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss, and find you are able to walk behind the falls! Continue over the Steinholtsa River and walk into the narrow gorge of Stakkholtsgja, an unusual and breathtaking canyon.

The main attraction is Thorsmork, also known as 'Thor's Woods', a natural reserve shielded on three sides by glaciers, mountains and glacial rivers. For these reasons, Thor's Woods has often been difficult to reach, limiting access to heavy-duty mountain vehicles. There are a multitude of small gullies and valleys, clad with low birch-trees that create seemingly endless possibilities for the nature lover.

Thorsmork is a narrow valley situated between three glaciers named Myrdals, Eyjafjalla and Tindafjallajokull. Porsmork was a fjord some 12,000 years ago (as your guide will explain) and the outlet glaciers tumble and crawl down into the gullies, some of them ending in spectacular glacial lagoons. The glacial melt-off forms rivers, all have to be crossed on the way into Thorsmork. Some days the crossing is challenging - an innocent stream can change in a matter of hours to a thunderous torrent. Skilled drivers are very experienced in these driving conditions. This trip is truly unforgettable for the nature lover at the heart and ideal as an hiking trip.

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)