On both trips (as for Askja in the Myvatn area) you need high clearnce 4 WD because you have to cross dangerous rivers. This is not possible with ‘normal’ 4 WD.
Huge multicoloured mounatains that you think the painter just finished the work. The colourful rhyolite mountains here really look like a watercolour painting.The peaks are made of ryholite – a mineral-filled lkava that cooled very slowly causing the pigments. On the other side, there is the view of the lava fields. There are so many lava fields in the area and the ruggedness of it all really feels like you’re on another planet.
We walked a path that passed through green, yellow, red, blue mountains. It was a rainbow on earth. Ok, now you don’t believe me, but look at the photos and you will.
Named after the god Thor (por) this is a hiker’s paradise. Thorsmork is a mountain range nestled between major glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The ridge, named “Thor’s Valley” in Icelandic, is a dramatic landscape of towering peaks, glacier rivers, and black deserts. Craggy mountains and ice-topped peaks slope down to lush birch forests and mossy gulches. To get there you need a high clearensce 4 WD because you have to cross the dangerous Krossa river. Thath why I took a one day trip by bus.
Valahnukur is essentially an ancient volcanic ash mountain located in the heart of Thorsmork. Once you hike to the top, you are standing at the very peak of the small mountain and have incredible 360-degree views of Thorsmork and even all the way into nearby Landmannalaugar.