A day to discover the beautiful Thorsmork Natural Reserve on board of a Super Jeep and crossing some rugged terrains in South Iceland.
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) valley was named after the Norse god Thor (Þór). Its situated in the south, between the glaciers Tindafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland, Many different tours are possible, from hiking on the glaciers to trekking (i.e., Laugavegur up to Landmannalaugar) or smaller excursions, such as to the canyon Stakkholtsgjá with its waterfall or five small day treks, to the summits of surrounding peaks, with rewarding views, even in bad weather.
Þórsmörk is famous for having a great variety of natural features. It has been protected since 1921, in the care of the Forestry Service. In the protected valley there is green vegetation of moss, fern and birch wood.
The river Krossá winds between the mountains, a very cold river coming down from the glaciers. Due to Þórsmörk‘s close proximity to many volcanoes, e.g. the mighty Katla that rests under Myrdalsjökull, the landscape has been molded and affected by eruptions and floods. During the spring 2010 the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull (the one that stopped all flights in Europe for some time) much of the area was covered in thick layer of volcanic ash. The fragile nature of Þórsmörk needed several months to return to normal.