Þórsmörk Reserve or literally translated "Thor's Forest", is named after Thor god of Thunder in Norse mythology and son of Odin, father of the gods. The day of the week Thursday also derives from his name.
Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) Reserve is located on the ring road about 150 kilometers southeast of the capital Reykjavik and is considered one of the pearls of South Iceland.
Thorsmork Valley is located between the Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull glaciers surrounded by natural boundaries of mountains, glaciers and rivers. Due to its unique location and the fact that it is protected on all sides, the valley has a relatively warm climate compared to that of the region. The warm climate there has contributed to a large variety of approximately 170 species of plants and trees that grow in the valley.
The entrance to the valley is an impressive path that passes behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and a dirt road that runs between the glacier and the impressive mountain ranges that lead to the hidden Thorsmork Valley. The Reserve offers a variety of easy hiking trails and a popular 4-day hike. Visitors have a unique opportunity to see nature at its best with breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and also Thor's Lake Þórslaug, so don't forget to bring a swimsuit.
Route F249 connects to Route 1 a few miles east of Hvolsvöllur near Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Please note that the journey involves crossing several rivers, including the turbulent Krossá River. You can also reach Thorsmork independently with high 4X 4 vehicles such as Toyota Land Cruiser or day trips. Overnight accommodation is available in chalets or tents parks.