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Sæl Kristbjörg,

langar að þakka kærlega fyrir mig í ferðinni í gær! Skemmti mér svo innilega vel og er mjög ánægð!

Kær kveðja,

Dana - June 2012

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Driver Guided Super Jeep Safari & Þórsmörk Volcano Hike Day Tour in Iceland

Combination Tour: Driver guided super jeep safari to the mighty "Valley of Thor" and volcano hike up to the site of the first of two world famous volcano eruptions in 2010. All year super jeep day tour from Reykjavik, Iceland.

This trip is rated as Challenging with 3 out of 5 possible.



The day starts with a two hours drive from Reykjavik to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. On the way we will drive through the so called "Settlement Lava Field", past the Geothermal Power Station Hellisheiðarvirkjun, Selfoss (the largest village on the South Shore) and typical Icelandic farms with Icelandic livestock roaming around the farmlands. Our first stop is at the magical Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you get a chance to view the world from the back of a 62 meter high waterfall!

Our off road adventure is about to begin as we head North from Seljalandsfoss waterfall and into Þórsmörk valley. The valley is named after the mighty thundergod Thor and as we drive into the valley the reason becomes obvious. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering above the Eyjafjöll mountain range on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót on the other. It might be hard for you to enjoy this amazing scenery as your adrenalin will be pumping since we will be crossing glacial rivers on our specially modified 4x4 super jeep. Shortly we will take a brake from our super jeep action to admire the otherworldly destruction site at Gígjökull glacier lagoon. The second volcano eruption in 2010 melted massive amounts of Eyjafjallajökull glacier cap which came flooding down Gigjökull glacier tongue. Ice bergs and loose rocks scraped everything in their way which resulted in Gigjökull glacier lagoon and it´s surroundings looking like a war zone.

We need to drive a little further for the highlight of our adventurous day - the volcano hike! Our hike starts close to Basar mountain hut and after roughly 800 meters of ascend we reach a surreal volcano crater with 360° of jaw dropping views. You will see the rumoured Icelandic highlands at it´s best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys, glacier made canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured. But the view is not all we are sweating for, what makes this tour so unique is our path that lies through one of the newest lava fields in the world -which is still warm!

The hike takes 4-5 hours and it is challenging. Good hiking shoes are essential as well as good physical condition.

Þórsmörk Volcano Hike Details:

Guaranteed departures :  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 15th of May to 15th of September for minimum 2 person.   (snow conditions and weather permitting).

Please note: This tour is not operated from October 16th through April 14th due to harsh winter conditions and lack of daylight. 


Pick up from Reykjavík : Between 8:00-8:30 

Minimum: 2 persons.
Duration: 10 - 12 hours.
Including: Reykjavik pick up, driver guided super jeep tour, a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, volcano hiking, glacier gear (if needed) and packed lunch.
You need to bring: A waterproof jacket and pants, warm clothes, gloves, a hat and good hiking shoes. If you let us know in advance you can rent hiking shoes, waterproof pants and a jacket.
Age limit: 14 years old.

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Disclaimer: All glacier and super jeep trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants may have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.