Experience southern Iceland’s incredible scenery, including Thorsmork National Park, on this day trip from Reykjavik. With an expert guide, drive across the heath-covered Hellisheioi plateau, and visit the picture-postcard waterfall of Seljalandsfoss. Walk behind the cascade and then continue to the Stakkholtsgja canyon, a fairy tale-like gorge with a high waterfall. Lastly, explore Thorsmork National Park, a craggy valley of vast glaciers, mountains and gullies. Drive across gushing rivers, follow the trails and absorb this untouched wilderness as your guide explains its formation and constant evolution.
Thorsmork and South Coast Day Trip from Reykjavik
Depart your Reykjavik hotel by air-conditioned coach in the morning and venture south through barren countryside to the Hellisheioi plateau in southwest Iceland.
Take in the views over the wide-open heathlands of the plateau and drive through the small towns of Selfoss, Hella and Hvollsvollur. Mak a stop in one of the towns to buy a snack lunch (own expense), and then continue to the picturesque waterfall of Seljalandsfoss.
Hop out of your coach here and drink in the views over this beautiful waterfall, where the waters gush over an ancient sea cliff, leaving space to walk behind the cascade. If you wish, follow the path behind the fall for stupendous views and take snaps of the tumbling waters.
After crossing the Steinholts River, leave the coach and take a walk in the stunning Stakkholtsgja, a rocky canyon of otherworldy cliffs and streams crowned by a fairy tale-like waterfall.
From here, head into Thorsmork National Park, whose name translates as 'Thor's Woods' – an untouched volcanic valley framed by mountains, rivers and the three glaciers of Myrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull.
Learn how the area was a fjord some 12,000 years ago, and marvel at the remarkable scenery: a canvas of gullies, birch forests and icy rivers enclosed by steep mountains that can only usually be reached by heavy-duty vehicles. As you enter, drive across rivers formed by the glacial melt-offs — on some days the waters are little more than streams, while on others, they form rushing torrents.
Then, take time to explore this strange and beautiful wilderness. Behold the remote jagged mountain ridges, glaciers and winding gullies, and make your way to vantage points to take in sweeping panoramas of the valley.
After exploring Thorsmork, drive back to Reykjavik where your trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.