Volcano Trek in Thórsmörk | Southern Highlands

Volcano Trek in Thórsmörk | Southern Highlands

Begin your journey at the mighty Skogafoss waterfall, the first in a long series of mindblowing views, spread on two days. Hike towards the Fimmvorduhals Pass, and marvel at the breathtaking waterfalls, volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, and wonders you thought were only in dreams. At the craters Magni and Modi, formed during the 2010 volcano eruption, feel the heat rising from the new lava under your feet. Soak up the view over Thorsmork valley, whose sheer beauty is a sight to behold, before you get treated to a well-deserved traditional barbecue in a mountain hut where you will spend the night. Available from 1 May to 31 August.

Operated by: Arctic Adventures

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  • Experience the land of ice and fire, literally, from glaciers to volcanoes
  • Start from the breathtaking waterfall Skogafoss
  • Get a unique view over the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and Myrdalsjokull
  • Dominate the iconic Valley of Thor
  • Enjoy the best lamb you have ever tried on a warm and friendly barbecue night


  • Guidance
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in a mountain hut for one night
  • Meals (dinner and breakfast)
  • Pick-up from Reykjavik
  • Drop off, back in Reykjavik


  • Possibility to rent hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants (must be booked in advance)

Bring with you

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm clothes
  • Good hiking shoes, waterproof
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves (wool or synthetic), preferably waterproof
  • Backpack
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries
  • Water bottle (1-2 L, enough to last a day)
  • Hiking poles (recommended)
  • Gaiters (recommended)
  • Camera


Day 1 | Drive from Reykjavík to mountain hut Básar

You are picked up in Reykjavik and embark on a scenic drive along the South coast to reach Skogafoss waterfall, the starting point of your adventure! A few glacial rivers crossings later, the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and the famous Eyjafjallajökull come into view, along with lava fields, old and new, still hot in certain locations. You cross two mountain ridges offering heavenly views over the canyon Strákagil before descending towards the mountain hut Básar where a barbecue awaits you.

Day 2 | Hiking day & a drive to Reykjavík

You wake up in Básar ready for a new day of hiking, on which you will enjoy the panoramic views and contrasts of the Thorsmork Valley, prominent mountains, and even encounter the so-called magical Elf Church. You end the hike by a refreshing walk through the vibrant colors of the birch forest, before you head back to Reykjavik.


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