Hop on our mountain bus to “Þórsmörk”, the hikers’ paradise that is hidden between glaciers. Our first stop is by Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk in to a cave behind the waterfall. In Þórsmörk you will find many short and long hiking trails that are very popular amongst the native hikers. The hiking trails are well marked and considered to be easy so people in general good health can enjoy the hike. We stop at three destinations in Þórsmörk: “Stakkholtsgjá” canyon, “Básar” and at the Volcano huts and restaurant in “Húsadalur” and you can hike e.g. between any two of them. You will have roughly six hours in Þórsmörk to explore – on your own. We recommend that you bring a lunch pack with you. The road to Þórsmörk is an F-marked road so you need a 4×4 vehicle and special driving skills to pass unbridged rivers. Option to embark the bus in “Selfoss”, “Hella” or Hvolsvöllur where it is ideal to park rental cars for free. Please note that this is a self-guided tour.
We depart on a transfer bus for a day in Þórsmörk at 7:30 am from Harpa concert hall in downtown Reykjavik. We drive along the south coast and stop briefly in four villages to pick up passengers. In Hella we transfer over to the mountain bus that so that we may drive safely across the two glacier rivers we need to cross to get into Þórsmörk. We make a stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can walk behind. After driving in rough barren landscape Þórsmörk is a vegetated oasis nestled between two glaciers. It is the end of the popular hiking trail Laugavegur and the start point of the trail Fimmvörðuháls. You can choose between three destinations in Þórsmörk; Stakkholtsgjá canyon, Básar or Húsadalur and have 6 hours in Þórsmörk to explore. Hiking maps are sold on the bus. You can hop off the bus by the magnificent Stakkholtsgjá canyon. The canyon is almost 2 km long and to reach the end of it you need to wade a small river. It takes approximately 1,5 hours to walk into the canyon and back. From Stakkholtsgjá it is a 60 minutes’ walk to Básar. If you hop off the bus at Básar you can take an hour walk to Langidalur and from there a little longer than an hour to Húsadalur over Valahnjúkur. The highlands are a nature reserve and you must take all your garbage with you to bins at the huts. There is a restaurant in Húsadalur but that is the only place in Þórsmörk where you can buy refreshments. We make a stop at a service station in Hvolsvöllur where you can buy snacks and there is a sales hut at Seljalandsfoss. At Húsadalur there is also a sauna and a small pool so if you want to buy access to that remember to bring a bathing suit and a towel. We leave again from Húsadalur at 6 pm and arrival back in Reykjavik is between 10:30-11:00 pm.