Tindfjöll Circle Trail
Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk) is a designated nature preserve in southern Iceland that covers the area surrounded by the three glaciers Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull, and Tindfjallajökull. This sheltered valley is one of the most green places in Iceland. Tourists and locals alike come here to hike and camp.
The Tindfjöll Circle hiking trail, shown in orange on the map, will give you stunning views over the entire valley and surrounding glacier-capped mountains. On a clear day, you will also be able to see the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar in the distance to the north. Every step of this trail is picture-worthy.
Hiking trail maps are available for purchase at any of the three Thórsmörk mountain huts. The orange trail markers for Tindfjöll Circle start at Langidalur hut. If you are coming from the Volcano huts you will need to follow the blue route to the trailhead which will add approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) each way. Taking the orange route clockwise, you will start by ascending Slyppugil Ridge. From there you will hug the north side of the Tindfjöll mountains. This part of the trail is challenging because the path is narrow and the drop-offs are steep. When the trail turns back to the south, you will walk out onto a wide plateau. The trail is flat for a section before taking you upwards again to Stangarháls Ridge. From the top of Stangarháls Ridge you will have the most spectacular panoramic views over the valley below. This is a good place to stop for some water and snacks while you admire the view. Finally, you will make a steep descent to the river bed and follow it back to Langidalur hut.
If you are looking for a challenge, you can take a detour off of the main loop up to the summit of Tröllakirkja, shown in purple on the map. This will add approximately 4 miles (2 miles each way) and about 1200ft of elevation gain to the hike.
Click on the camera icons on the map below to see pictures along the route.
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Lauren works a regular 9-5 day job, but traveling and sharing her experiences is her passion. She prefers nature to the cities and her favorite vacations are ones that involve hiking in the mountains.