Thorsmork and Eyjafjallajokull Superjeep Tour

towards the Eyjafjallajokull volcano

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On this adventure our journey will take us eastwards towards the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which, in good weather, should be visible as we cross the Hellisheidi mountain road, a short 15-20 minutes into our trip.

Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss Falls, where visitors can view one of Iceland’s most renowned waterfalls. Its scenic narrow drop of 60 meters into a glacial lagoon gives visitors a unique sight. More adventurous visitors (which we are) can venture behind the falls for an even more breath-taking view from behind the water drop. Our journey into Thorsmork will have us stopping at two or three secret sites, which will give you plenty of time to stretch and take pictures.Our superjeep takes you through creeks and rivers as we travel along the edge of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. We will also have a closer look at another glacier which flows out of Eyjafjallajokull, called Gigjokull. While in Thorsmork we will have lunch, a bit of relaxation and for the energetic crowd there are plenty of short hikes in the area.

Nauthúsagil

Our journey into Thorsmork will have us stopping at two or three secret sites which will give you plenty of time to stretch and take pictures. One of the most unique stops is without doubt Nauhúsagil, a narrow ravine in the mountain side of foothills of Eyjafjallajökull. As we negotiate our way into the ravine, the walls get progressively taller as the crevice gets narrower. The end of the ravine greets us with a fairy-tale like waterfall which can only be described as majestic; well worth the short hike, even though your hiking boots may get wet.

Gígjökull Glacier

Our superjeep takes you through creeks and rivers as we travel along the edge of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. We will also have a closer look at another glacier which flows out of Eyjafjallajokull, called Gigjokull.

When Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, there was a considerable amount of melting which took place as heat from the erupting volcano underneath the ice cap made it's way to the surface. This caused a massive flood which inevitably needed to find it's way down to the plains along the path of least resistance.  In this case, the path was down on top of Gígjökull Glacier. The flood caused even further melting as the glacier melt made it's way to the Markárfljót River at the bottom consequently reducing the size of an already receding Gígjökull by a significant amount.

Thorsmörk

While in Thorsmork we will have lunch, a bit of relaxation and for the more energetic crowds there are plenty of short hikes in the area.

Conditions allowing (after early December and in clear weather) we may choose to traverse up to the top of Eyjafjallajokull, Europe’s most notorious volcano. During its most recent eruption in 2010 when it spewed ash into the atmosphere consequently halting international air traffic for weeks on end. Today, all is hopefully forgiven as we negotiate our way to the top for astounding panoramic views of the area.

Seljalandsfoss

Our last stop is at Seljalandsfoss Falls, where visitors can view one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. Its scenic narrow drop of 60 meters into a glacial lagoon gives visitors a unique sight. More adventurous visitors (which we are) can venture behind the falls for an even more breath-taking view from behind the water drop.

$ 278 10 Hours , Very easy

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