There is no ‘nicer’ adventure than taking a trip to Þórsmörk. It’s ‘nice’ because your destination is one of Iceland’s more pleasant and welcoming pearls of nature; but it is an adventure because getting there is an exciting trek.
Þórsmörk translates as the Forests of Thor (the Norse thunder god) – a name we think is amazingly appropriate. Visit it while on holidays in Iceland and we think you’ll agree too (although you sometimes have to take the word ‘forest’ with a pinch of salt in Iceland)…
It is not advisable to try getting to Þórsmörk on your own; and certainly not if you got a small front-wheel-drive hire car when booking your cheap flights to Iceland with WOW air. We will not be held responsible for cars lost to the river gods!
Experienced off-roaders with the appropriate equipment can get there without too much hassle though – and specially equipped off-road coaches visit Þórsmörk with tour groups most days. Crossing boulder fields and fording raging rivers is by no means your average guided coach tour though. So you should expect excitement.
Þórsmörk is one of many little microclimates to be found around Iceland. In this case, the surrounding mountains and glaciers provide impressive shelter from the blustery south coast of Iceland, meaning that the area is often warmer than its surroundings – especially warmer than the Eyjafjalljökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, you’ll be pleased to hear.
Once there the visitor is treated to a picturesque landscape of dense vegetation, small trees, burbling steams and chattering birds. It is a very pleasant place to spend a day, take a picnic, and go for a bit of an explore.
Volcano Huts runs a small restaurant, bar, campsite and various other accomm- odation options in the area if you want to stay overnight, and Þórsmörk is also in the heart of hiking country. This means that you could grab your equipment and head out to Þórsmörk with a scheduled coach and then let it drive off without you. You then stay the night in the huts and walk east the next morning to join the famous Fimmvörðuháls trail, which ends up at Skógar on the south coast. The options are endless.
However you choose to enjoy Þórsmörk, enjoy it you shall. So see you there!