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Hidden from the rest of the world by encircling glaciers and mountain wilderness, Þórsmörk covers a highland valley north of Eyjafjallajökull, watered by a host of multistreamed glacial rivers that flow west off Mýrdalsjökull’s heights and down into the Markarfljót. Green-sloped, covered in dwarf willow, birch and wildflowers, with icy peaks rising above, this is one of Iceland’s most beautiful spots and, through the summer months, it’s a magnet for everyone from hard-core hikers coming to tackle the numerous trails to equally energetic partygoers here to unwind in a bucolic setting.

Þórsmörk is laid out west–east along the 7km-long Krossá river valley, the river splitting the reserve into two distinct sections: the area to the north is Þórsmörk proper, while south is Goðaland. Aside from local hiking routes described below, Þórsmörk sits at the southern terminus of the multi-day Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar, and at the northern end of the nine-hour trail up over Fimmvörðuháls to the Ringroad at Skógar, via still-steaming lava from the 2010 eruption under Eyjafjallajökull.

 

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