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In valley of Thor in Iceland, the harder the better

Sitting on top of the world... or at least top of Thorsmork Iceland. Sheltered valley surrounded by magnificent nature and glacier to boot. PIC Canadien Veggie

Sitting on top of the world… or at least top of Thorsmork Iceland. Sheltered valley surrounded by magnificent nature and glacier to boot. PIC Canadien Veggie

Ever since the first modern Icelander had the idea of getting drunk out of his mind in pure nature the Thorsmork Nature Reserve has been tremendously popular. Indeed, it was here where people came for decades explicitly to party and then party some more.

Mind you, this is long before anyone but the weirdest peoples had an interest in walking or trekking and roughly the only serious concern here was finding a decent spot to puke, relieve oneself or have sex. We suspect quite a handful of locals were originally made around here and how infinitely better place than any bedroom.

We suspect quite a handful of locals were originally made around here

For this reason Thorsmork, which roughly translates as Thor´s valley or Thor´s prairie, should in normal circumstances be a pretty downtrodden place after years of partying on the premises but it is not and not because of people taking extra care. No. Thorsmork area is still a marvel for the simple reason you cannot get there very easily.

You see, to get to Thorsmork you have to cross some heavy and dangerous glacial rivers and you only do that by bus or other large vehicles or on foot. Regular bus trips from Reykjavik are available in summertime and from other places en-route like Selfoss or Hvolsvollur.

Apart from camping here accommodation can be hard to find. A limited number of cabins are available for rent here but these are popular as iPad 7 and even booked years in advance. Get in touch with team Total Iceland if there is interest and we will assist if possible.

As for things to do in Thorsmork. Well, let us put it this way: if you have eyeballs to see and a mind to appreciate you will never want to leave this place…. even if there is no sex.



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One thought on “In valley of Thor in Iceland, the harder the better

  1. Michael Gordon

    I hiked to Thorsmork from Landmannalaug back in 1986 or so and what an incredible sight it was, one of the few places with real trees. Up high on a hilltop near the lodge is a “hringsja” or view-dial. It’s a sundial but also has the names of mountains, rivers and any other visible feature pointed out.

    Glacier rivers rise every day like a tide. In the early morning they will seem easy to cross but the sun melts ice and so during the day the rivers rise considerably. Big all-wheel drive buses can cross it but don’t try it in your SUV. A friend of mine made that mistake and was very lucky to get out alive.


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