Destination of the day is Þórsmörk – English spelling Thorsmork, the “Woods of
Thor the Thundergod”. It's where the Icelanders traditionally go themselves to get
away from it all. Guarding Þórsmörk nature reserve from unwanted traffic are several
streams and glacial rivers cutting the rough track. Crossing requires caution. And
specially modified vehicles of course. First highlight of the day is the powerfully
beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a good 60 meters of constant rush. Conditions
permitting, how about a walk around it – yes, you can go behind Seljalandsfoss.
Soon after the road starts disintegrating and nature takes over your senses.
Bordering Þórsmörk nature reserve to the south is the famously ash-spewing volcano
Eyjafjallajökull, topped by glacial ice and snow. Amongst numerous places of interest
on our route is the Gígjökull glacier lagoon which is actually off the maps now. In
2010 it disappeared under volcanic rubble in a catastrophic flood of glacial melt and
debris, caused by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Where we go in the Þórsmörk Nature
Reserve depends from day to day on weather and other conditions, but canyons,
woodlands and caves are ideal settings for short walks.
Private Jeep with driver guide