Four Wheel It Out To Þórsmörk Nature Reserve For Hiking & A Whole Lotta Serenity

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I was told by a few Icelanders that Thorsmork was the most beautiful place in Iceland and yet this definition of beauty needs to be put into perspective by what most moves you and what you connect to in the world. Northern Iceland transformed me in a way that is hard to describe despite the fact that at every turn in Iceland regardless of what part of the country I was in, I was moved by its beauty and often brought to tears by its natural wonders. Thorsmork aka Þórsmörk in Icelandic, should be on your list if you have the time to explore the country and can get your paws on a four wheel drive. Because you’ll have to cross some rivers and trek across some fairly complicated and rough roads to get there, you’ll need a four wheel drive – I’d recommend getting a jeep if you can find one. The Þórsmörk Nature Reserve is a truly special place, where beauty and serenity lie at its core.

Check out the Volcano Huts in the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. Many people come here for the endless hiking trails and stay for a few days, while others come for a short stop and a nice picnic.  You can choose between short and easy or the longer and more demanding trails. The most popular trails in Þórsmörk are well marked and they have maps in English which provide information about the trails and give you a little insight into the volcanic landscapes of Þórsmörk and its history.

There are also endless trails to explore for experienced hikers and mountain runners. The Volcano Huts are located in between the two most famous hiking trails in Iceland, the Laugavegur Hiking Trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk and the Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trail from Skógar to Þórsmörk via the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.
The Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail connects Skógar on the south coast of Iceland to the Þórsmork area. The 30 kilometers long trail leads you up the hills beneath the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and volcano, up and over the Fimmvörðuháls mountain ridge and past the new volcanic craters that were formed in the latest volcanic eruption in 2010. The trail is steep and can prove difficult for any man due to the unpredictable weather and difficult terrain. You can also join a guided trek over the Fimmvörðuháls trail if you don’t wish to do it alone.

The Laugavegur Hiking Trail stretches 55 kilometres across the southern Icelandic highlands and connects the two nature reserves, Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. Most people cross the Laugavegur Hiking trail in 3 – 5 days, starting in Landmannalaugar and ending their trip in Þórsmörk although you can choose shorter parts of the trek/trail if you wish. Accommodation is offered in six mountain huts and on camping grounds along the trail.

 

To give you an idea of where it is in the country (hint, it is not in the north), take a look at the map below.

Photo credit 1: commons.wikimedia.org  and photo 2: danny.oz.au.
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