The fabled valley of Þórsmörk is the stuff of fairytales and epic sagas. Nestled behind Eyjafjallajökull in the land of the gods, this valley is so beautiful that it almost seems unreal. It’s full of folded valleys and convoluted gorges, glaciers with volcanoes underneath and bizarrely shaped mountains, sculpted by volcanic forces, intricate rivers and giant glacial floods coming out of Eyjafjallajökull and Katla (underneath Mýrdalsjökul). You have to see it for yourself to believe it’s real.
Stórhöfði is the southernmost point on the island of Heimaey and home to one of the biggest puffin breeding colonies in the world. The abundance of puffins in the summer months has people flocking to the island to see these striking birds with their brightly coloured beaks and funny aeronautical antics. You can spot puffins at various places around the island.
Hveradalir in the Kerlingarfjöll mountains is something out of this world. Breathtaking views unfold into a steaming valley padded with snow fields clinging to the slopes, and shapes and colours so magnificient that you wonder if it’s even real. It’s like you’ve stepped into a surrealistic painting.
An overview of the 7 best walking tracks around Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar. With its incredible density of spectacular sights and features, this stunning island just off the south coast is a must-see if you’re visiting Iceland.
The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull into the fabled valley of Þórsmörk, full of big mountains, glaciers with volcanoes underneath, huge river valleys and gorges. The Fimmvörðuháls walking route between Skógar and Þórsmörk, the easy way and the hard way. And: how not to get lost on Útigönguhöfði mountain.
The walking track to Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach in a sheltered cove behind the folded cliffs of Blátindur. It’s almost like Hawaii – but without the palm trees. It can be blissfully sheltered, and significantly warmer than the rest of the island. On the way you’ll pass by the little house on the giant plug.