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"Thorsmork" Iceland Things to Do Tip by isolina_it

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Þórsmörk (Thor’s woods), is a natural reserve, shielded on three sides by glaciers and mountains and surrounded by natural boundaries like ice caps and glacial rivers. For these reasons, it has also been difficult to reach; limiting access to heavy-duty mountain vehicles. A multitude of small gullies and valleys, clad with low birch-trees, create seemingly endless possibilities for enjoying nature, where today more than 170 plant species can be found, plus many different species of moss and lichen.

Þórsmörk is a narrow valley situated between three glaciers: Mýrdalsjökull, Eyafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull. Þósmörk was a fjord some 12,000 years ago, which your guide will explain. The outlet glaciers tumble and crawl down into the gullies, some of them ending in spectacular glacial lagoons. Their melt-off rivers all have to be crossed on the way into Þórsmörk and sometimes they can be challenging; changing in a matter of a couple of hours from innocent streams to thunderous torrents.

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  • Written Jul 31, 2005
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