The fabled valley of Þórsmörk is the stuff of fairytales, so beautiful that it almost seems unreal. It’s full of folded valleys and convoluted gorges, glaciers with volcanoes underneath and bizarrely shaped mountains. You have to see it for yourself to believe it’s real. These spectacular hikes are a great way to do so.
The Fimmvörðuháls walking route between Skógar and Þórsmörk, the easy way and the hard way. Hike the fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull into the fabled valley of Þórsmörk, full of big mountains, glaciers with volcanoes underneath, huge river valleys and gorges. And: how not to get lost on Útigönguhöfði mountain.
This is at the intimidating steaming heaps of the Fimmvörðuháls fissure lava flow in 2014. I had to brave howling winds in order to even stay upright, while holding a relic lava rock that was coughed up by the mighty Eyjafjallajökull himself.