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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.
yjafjallajökull glacier is located by the south coast of Iceland. Under the glacier ice slumbers the volcano that erupted in 2010. The glacier is about 80 km2 and 1666 m high. The horseshoe shape caldera on top is about 2.5 km wide and opens up to the north where the outlet glacier Gígjökull flows down to the lowlands.
During the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 a big flood (glacier burst) came down from the crater flooding the area north of the glacier. The varied area around the glacier has a lot of rivers and ravines where we can find some of Iceland most beautiful waterfalls, like Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. From the glacier we will experience a great panorama over the lowlands around and to Vestmannaeyjar islands south of the coast.
Landmannalaugar is a region east of the volcano Hekla. It is on the north east rim of the great caldera of the Torfajökull glacier. the caldera covers an area of about 120 km2 and is thus the largest one in Iceland. The area has a lot of terrific geological elements, like lava fields, geothermal springs, multi-coloured mountains – the latter offer a wide spectrum of colours, like light brown, yellow, green and black and grey.
On the road to Landmannalaugar we will drive through the raw and magnificent landscape created by the volcano Hekla and Torfajökull volcano. Landmannalaugar offers a great selection of short and long hiking trails where you can enjoy the unique landscape and even have a bath in the hot spring stream. It truly is an eldorado for landscape photographers.
Hekla is a volcano located in south Iceland. It is 1491 m high and one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. Hekla has erupted over 20 times in recorded history, and about every 10 years since 1970. The last eruption was in the year 2000. During the Middle ages, Europeans call the volcano the Gateway to Hell. The volcano Hekla is part of a volcanic ridge about 40 km long.
To the north east it stretches to the central volcano Torfajökull and Bárðarbunga volcano. The active part of the ridge is an about 5.5 km long fissure on the south part of the ridge. For the last thousands of years Hekla has produced about 5 km3 of tephra and a round 8 km3 of lava. The area around the volcano has many lavafields and tephra covered areas. It is absolutely fantastic to drive around the area and enjoy the lunar landscape.
Laki volcano and the volcanic eruption of Skaftáreldar
Lakagígar, the Laki craters, were formed in a great volcanic eruption (Skaftáreldar) that started in June 1783. The total length of the volcanic fissure is about 25 km and it is a part of the central volcano Grímsvötn that is located in the centre of the Vatnajökull glacier.
The lava flow was about 14.5 km3, covering about 600 km2 of land. It is one of the biggest effusive eruptions since the last ice age that finished about 11000 years ago. The lava came out of at least 100 craters. The landscape in the area is phenomenal with endless lava fields and a spectacular view to the Vatnajökull glacier. It is an inviting area for a jeep tour and some short hiking, perfect for photography.
Fjallabak mountain road
Fjallabak mountain road goes through the region north of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland. Driving this adventurous mountain road is a good day tour. Where we drive through a volcanic landscape formed after volcano activity in the central volcanos of Katla (Eldgjá eruption), Bárðarbunga, Torfajökull glacier and Hekla.
The region offers lot of different landscapes with its typical black lava sands, colourful and green moss covered mountains, rivers, hot springs, lava fields and craters. This region is perfect if you want to explore the other-worldly highlands of Iceland and the best they have to offer.
One of Iceland’s most splendid waterfalls, Skógafoss tumbles 60 metres from the cliffs by Skógar. The Skógá river flows from springs below the Eyjafjöll mountains and the west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
Although spring-fed, in the spring thaw the Skógá river carries large quantities of silt, turning the water brownish. Before cascading off the cliffs at Skógafoss, the river flows through the Skógárgil gorge, which more than twenty waterfalls, large and small, each with its own charm.
Seljalandsfoss in the Seljalandsá river cascades 62 metres off the cliff edge. Upstream the river flows through Tröllagil (Troll Gorge) to Tröllagilsmýri (Troll Gorge Marsh), a lovely hollow with flourishing vegetation, before tumbling down over a series of waterfalls, and finally off the cliff edge at Seljalandsfoss.
In addition to the main cascade at Seljalandsfoss, smaller streams tumble off the cliff at its western side. Seljalandsfoss stands in a lovely location, surrounded by cliffs and green slopes. It is a landmark visible from far away as a white streak against the dark cliff face. A footpath leads behind the waterfall (don’t forget your raincoat!).
Ófærufoss waterfall and volcanic fissure Eldgjá
Ófærufoss waterfall is on of Iceland most beautiful waterfalls, located in the gigantic volcanic fissure Eldgjá, east of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The Eldgjá is about 50 km long volcanic fissure that opened up in an enormous effusive eruption around the year 934. The lava stretches over 18.5 km3. It is one of the biggest effusive eruptions on earth since the last glacial period that finished for about 11000 years ago. The landscape in and around the giant fissure is spectacular and very raw. This area is good for doing super-jeep tours and short or long hiking tours.
Tindfjallajökull glacier is a small glacier close to the south coast of Iceland on the north site of the valley Þórsmörk. The glacier is about 1400 m high. Tindfjallajökull is a central volcano with a big caldera that was formed in a volcanic eruption about 55 thousand years ago, when the roof of the magma chamber collapsed. The area offers a gorgeous view and some good hiking trails. There are also a lot of jeep trails and driving there gives you a good taste of the beautiful landscape there.