Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) is a big, impressive valley surrounded by three glaciers: the famous Eyjafjallajökull in the south, Mýrdalsjökull in the east and to the north Tindfjallajökull. The terrain in the valley with its impressive gullies and canyons carved out by glacier ice and glacier rivers is spectacular. Because of its location the valley is sheltered from southern winds.
The valley is lushly covered with trees, grass and moss. If you like to do some hiking then Þórsmörk is great to do that, there are lots of different hiking trails, f.e. Mt. Valahnjúkur, Sönghellir cave, Langidalur valley, Stakkholtsgjá ravine and many others. For driving into the valley we will have to cross a lot of unbridged glacier rivers.
Fimmvörðuháls - Móði and Magni volcanos
Fimmvörðuháls (1100 m) is a mountain ridge between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull (1666 m) and Mýrdalsjökull (1510 m). The hiking trail over Fimmvörðuháls is one of the most popular ones in Iceland. The terrain on the rigde is very raw, built up by volcanic activity and carved down by the glacier ice. Before the main volcanic eruption in the crater of Eyjafjallajökull started in 2010, a smaller one happened on Fimmvörðuháls.
There we got two new mountains named Móði and Magni (the sons of thunder god Þór). We can still feel the heat on the ground when walking on the new lava. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on the new warm volcano enjoying a breath-taking look over the stunning landscape with Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and the valley Þórsmörk. There is also a possibility to walk from Fimmvörðuháls down to the great valley of Þórsmörk.
Mýrdalsjökull glacier and volcano Katla
Mýrdalsjökull is the fourth largest and southernmost glacier in Iceland. This glacier is situated in the second largest caldera of the country (110 km2). The average thickness of the glacier amounts to 250 m but in some parts reaches up to 750 m.
The glacier spreads over 600 square kilometers, which corresponds to 130 km3 of ice. Goðabunga is the highest peak with 1515 meters above sea level, followed by Hábunga with 1505 meters. Both are snow-covered hilltops so their height could be quite changeable depending on snow-thickness. The outlet glacier Sólheimajökull flows southwards down a narrow and deep valley to about 100 m above sea level.