After pick up at your hotel in Reykjavik (pick up also available from Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur) this guided jeep tour travel south-east through the mountain pass and Hellisheiði plateau towards the town of Hveragerdi. A geothermal hot bed, the surrounding hills are full of active steam vents and the town is known for its greenhouses which are heated by hot water from volcanic hot springs. Soon you find yourselve further east in the town Selfoss, which was settled by Þórir Ásason. Ingólfur Arnarson, Iceland’s first known settler, was also said to have spent the winter of 873-74 “under mt.Ingólfsfell west of the Ölfusá river.” Next way-point is the charming town of Hella, situated on the banks of one of the best salmon rivers of the country. Now passing through the Saga Centre dedicated to Njál’s saga, you’ll soon learn that South Iceland is rich in saga history. Here the tour turns off the ring road towards Thorsmork You’ll get a brief glimpse of the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you explore on the way back. It is possible to walk up into the recess behind the thundering torrent of water. Named after the Norse god Thor, Thorsmörk richly deserves its reputation as the “Valley of the Gods” and areas near and dear to Icelander’s
Soon the road ends and the highland tracks begin, the super-jeeps make easy work of fording flowing rivers that would be impossible in a normal vehicle. A stop is made at the base of Gigjökull glacier before beginning a hike along trails and into river canyons in this idyllic park setting. You get time to explore the magnificent canyon of Stakkaholtsgjá. Thorsmork is the place where you can best appreciate the incredible mix of glaciers, rocks and wooded areas (the latter a bit of a rarity in Iceland!). Finally after a exciting and invigorating day, the tour will head back to the big city.
This tour is operated by DaytripFactory Partner.
Location: Pick up and drop off at your hotel /guest house.
Duration: 8-9 hours
Vehicle: Super jeep
What to bring: Warm clothing.
Departures: 8:00 am.
Food: Light lunch or snack can be bought during stops.
Available: Daily all year
Operator: DaytripFactory Partner