Þórsmörk Volcano Trails

Þórsmörk Volcano Trails

The number one hiking and outdoors destination for locals in Iceland

The Trails in Þórsmörk are some of the most beautiful and versatile hiking trails in Iceland. The trails can be done in one or more stages, from short and easy scenic excursions with panoramic views to the more challenging multi-day detailed explorations with Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk as basecamp. Þórsmörk Volcano Trail is ideal for both individuals and groups of all types.

Þórsmörk Nature Reserve Overview

Best hiking trails in Iceland

The Þórsmörk Nature Reserve has some of the most beautiful and versatile trails in Iceland and offers unrivalled views of the mountains, volcanoes, glaciers and valleys. The Þórsgata Trail sits right between the two iconic trails Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls and is an ideal extension for anyone planning to hike these two trails.

The trails in Þórsmörk are ideal for both hiking and for trail running with the Volcano Huts as basecamp. One of the most popular trail running competitions in Iceland, the Þórsgata Volcano Trail Run is staged on this trail.

We have set up 5 main trails which can all be done individually or as a 22-kilometre long trail. For those wanting to do a short panoramic walk as a part of a day tour into Þórsmörk, we recommend the Þórsmörk Panorama circle or the Þórsmörk Highlights circle which is slightly longer. For those planning to stay, we recommend doing the whole trail in one or more stages in anywhere between 2 - 5 days. The more time you spend on this trail, the more time you actually need as there are so many beautiful places worth exploring in Þórsmörk.

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Þórsgata Volcano Trail

22K of stunning views of Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull and Laugavegur Trail

Þórsgata Volcano Trail is a new 22-kilometre long trail circling around the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. The trail can be split into shorter stages with beautiful panoramic views or done all in the same session with a more detailed excursion of the area.

The Þórsgata Volcano Trail is one of the most beautiful and versatile trails in Iceland and offers unrivalled views of the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve and the neighbouring mountains, volcanoes, glaciers and valleys. The Þórsgata Trail sits right between the two iconic trails Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls and is an ideal extension for anyone planning to hike these two trails.

The trail is ideal for both hiking and for trail running with the Volcano Huts as basecamp. One of the most popular trail-running competitions in Iceland, the Þórsgata Volcano Trail Run is staged on parts of this trail.

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Þórsmörk Panorama

All the best views in 2 hours

A nice walk from the Volcano Huts to the top of Valahnúkur Mountain and back. This trail is relatively easy and gives a great panoramic view of Þórsmörk and neighbouring areas. The trail is well marked and accessible with man-made steps on its steepest parts.

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Þórsmörk Highlights

A closer look in 3 - 4 hours

Features all the best views of Þórsmörk and offers versatile terrain. The trail leads you along with parts of the Laugavegur Trail through the birch woods of the Húsadalur Valley and up to the foothills of the Tindfjöll Mountains. From there you can choose to descend into the Þórsmörk Valley by walking the Slyppugilshryggur Ridge or to take the path through the Slyppugil Canyon. At the bottom of the valley, you will soon find the Langidalur Hut where you can rest and fill up your water bottle. From there we highly recommend walking up and over the Valahnúkur Mountain for a lasting impression of Þórsmörk before descending back to the Volcano Huts. This trail is marked and accessible with the possibility to extend to other trails or cut short at convenient points.

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Þórsmörk Tindfjöll Circle

In-depth excursion in 4 - 5 hours

Offers beautiful views over the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve with challenging parts and access to some of the best viewpoints in Þórsmörk. You start by heading along the Þórsmörk Highlights circle and from the Tindfjöll Mountains you make your way to the Tindfjallaslétta plateau via meandering trails across the steep side of the mountains. As you make your way around the Tindfjöll Mountains along the flat plateau, the trail leads onto the Stangarháls Ridge, where you descend down a steep trail, all the way down to the Krossá riverbed. From the bottom of the valley, you can head back to the Volcano Huts with the option of extending the trek by one hour, over the Valahnúkur mountain or opt for an easy stroll through the Langidalur and Húsadalur woods over to the Volcano Huts. Most parts of the trail are well marked and it is fairly accessible while it is also challenging in parts due to steep sections.

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Merkurrani Plateau

Nice walk with all the views 2 - 3 hours

Merkurrani Plateau Trail leads you up to the foothills of the Valahnúkur Mountain and onto the Merkurrani plateau, a short distance from the Volcano Huts. From there you head South in the direction of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier to the very end of the plateau where you reach the steep Merkurrani Cliffs where the Krossá River has carved a sharp edge to the volcanic rock. Be careful as the steep rock appear suddenly at your feet. From the cliffs, you have a great view over the Krossá River, Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and the surrounding mountains of Þórsmörk. From here you head down to the black sands of the Markarfljót Riverbed where the contrasts of the volcanic ash and the green hills of Þórsmörk are very clear. On your way to the Volcano Huts, you should make time for a short stop at the Sóttarhellir Cave.

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Getting here is part of the adventure

Entering Þórsmörk and getting to the start of the trails requires you to cross multiple glacier rivers. The best and safest option is to park your car and hop on one of the daily 4x4 buses. It's all about the journey!

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Dining

The Volcano Huts restaurant & bar in Þórsmörk offers hearty meals, made from local produce. Information about the menu and our catering services here.

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Where to stay

Anything from camping and rustic mountain huts to luxurious glamping tents. View all the options and choose the one that fits you.

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Events in Þórsmörk

Find out how to host your event off the grid in spectacular nature or view our calendar of events; including the Volcano Trail Run, Bonfirenights, Way-Off-Venue and more.

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Groups

Find out how we can plan the perfect experience for your group in Þórsmörk.

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