Land of Lava - HB73

Tour type: Bike tour from hut to hut

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 230.000

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What's included: Guide, Food for 5 days, luggage transport and sleeping bag accommodation

Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: Mountain huts and farmers cottages

Meeting point: Starts and ends at Lake Mývatn

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Language: English

Note: Possible to book transfer from Akureyri to Mývatn at 8:15 on monday morning for extra charge of ISK 9500 pr. person.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Gjástykki volcanic region
    • Lake Mývatn
    • Rock formations of Jökulsá

    Mountain bike adventure in the North East

    This mountain bike adventure takes you through the magnificent landscapes of the north east. On the tour we travel through some of Iceland´s best hidden treasures. We will see Namaskarð geothermal area and the volcano Krafla and the colorful formations of Gjástykki volcanic region, the Ásbyrgi canyon and the beautiful area of the National Park of Jökulsá where we will hike to the magnificent Hljóðaklettar or Echo Cliffs. On the last day we will explore Lake Mývatn where in addition to geological wonders we will also see the birdlife the area is known for. On this tour you get both best scenery and less used trails so you can enjoy the pure nature while you ride through the wide open spaces. All luggage is transported. Sleeping bag accommodation in farmers cottages and mountain hut.

    Physical difficulty: Moderate to challenging
    Biking: 5 days
    Technical difficulty: 2
    Total distance: 205 kilometers (127 miles)

    Included: Guide for 5 days, luggage transport, food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5), sleeping bag accommodation in farmers cottages and mountain hut.

    Not included: Sleeping bag, mountain bike, helmet

    Please note: This tour starts and ends at Lake Mývatn. Possible to book transfer from Akureyri to Mývatn at 8:15 on monday morning for extra charge of ISK 9500 pr. person. Mountain bike and helmet can be rentet at Mývatn, please contact incoming@mountainguides.is for further information.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Meeting at Lake Myvatn, Hverir hotsprings, Krafla volcano, Gjastykki lava field, Oxarfjord.
    Group meeting at our partners office at 10 a.m. Bike and helmet fitting. When everyone is set we depart from the driving to the hotsprings of Hverir. After a short break exploring bubbling mudpits and fumaroles we continue along the valley of Hlidardalur to the geothermal powerplant of Krafla, learning about the volcanic activity of the area. We drive then to the crater of Víti, where our cycling starts. For the next hour we have the ascent of the day as well as great view over the lava landscape of Gjastykki. The route then descents to the rough landscape of Gjastykki. After a lunch break we continue on mud packed trails through the rolling hills down to the fjord of Oxarfjord where we find our guesthouse for the next two nights.
    Total distance: 43 km biking – rough trails, mud packet trails, asphalt.
    Accummulated ascent: 502m Accumulated descent: 778m

    NOTE: tour starts/ends by lake Myvatn. Possible to book transfer from Akureyri to Mývatn at 8:15 on monday morning for extra charge of ISK 6000 pr. person.

    Day 2: Asbyrgi Canyon, hiking tour through the National Park to the Echo Cliffs, biking through rolling hills to the fissure of continental boundaries.
    After finishing breakfast we cycle along the road to Asbyrgi Canyon for an exploration of this amazing formation. Here we leave the bikes and start our hike through the National Park of Jolulsa to the Echo Cliffs - Hljodaklettar formations. Our assistance vehicle will transport the bikes while we hike, to Vesturdalur where we meet again. After lunch we get back on the bikes for a fun riding down the green hills to the fissure of the continental boundaries. From here we have an easy ride home to the guesthouse. 
    Total distance: 51 km biking - 38 km biking on asphalt and mud packet trails, 13km hiking on trails. 
    Accummulated ascent: 487m Accumulated descent: 572m 

    Day 3: Up up up the hills, lush green vegetation of the Blaskogaheidi, Þeistareykir geothermal area.
    After breakfast we say goodbye to the guesthouse and start the day cycling along the paved road to the west. After few kilometers we leave the road starting our journey up the heath of Blaskogaheidi. The trail goes through bushes and rocks up to the cliff of Beinaklettur, where the mouth of the valley between the mountains opens up for us. The trail along mountain Ketilfjall is a fun riding to the hotspring area of Þeistareykir where we find the primitive mountain hut to sleep in for the night. Tonight we will enjoy a typical mountain feast, far away from civilization.
    Distance: 32 km biking – asphalt, mud packet trails
    Accummulated ascent: 415m  Accumulated descent: 78m

    Day 4: Mountain pass of Bondholl, the magnificent crater of Litla Viti, fissures and black lava crossing.
    We start the day by hiking up to the pass of Bondholl, from here the trail goes between the mountains to the magnificent crater of Litla Víti, a 75 meter vertical drop into the ground. After a short break we continue to the split boundary of the continental plates. Here we cycle along the rift valley filled with black lava since the eruption in 1984. After lunch break we must cross over the pitch black lava field and here we get a chance to cycle on the amazing lava trail. In the afternoon we get the great view of lake Myvatn as we find our way down through the rolling hills back to civilization where we find our accommodation. Tonight we enjoy a relaxing bath in the Myvatn Naturebath to ease our muscles after great days of cycling – transfer both ways.
    Distance: 43 km biking - mud packet trails, rough trails, up/down hills.
    Accummulated ascent: 626m  Accumulated descent: 616m

    Day 5: Easy cycling around lake Myvatn, discovering pseudocraters, the dark castles, Hofdi peninsula, Hverfjall crater and Myvatn Naturebaths.
    Heading out after breakfast we cycle on the coastline of lake Myvatn to the peninsula of Hofdi, known for birdlife and beautiful formations. From here we go to Dimmuborgir, the “dark castles”, where we take a walk through the lava formations looking for the trolls around. After lunch we cycle on to the well known crater of Hverfjall, climbing to the crater rim for the beautiful view of the entire region of Myvatn. Return to our partners office around 2 p.m.
    Total distance: 35 km biking - 28 km biking on asphalt and gravel, 7km hiking on trails
    Accummulated ascent: 192m  Accumulated descent: 192 m (includes ascent/descent on foot up and down from Hverfjall mountain)

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  • Equipment List

    Bike Tours 



    - Equipment list for Bike Tours

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Bike clothing:

    • Buff or light hat that fits under the helmet. 
    • Wind and waterproof bike jacket – ideally with a hood, e.g. Gore-Tex. 
    • Long and short sleeve layers of wool or synthetics in variable thickness for different weather conditions. 
    • Light puffy jacket or vest for breaks and stops. 
    • Bike pants with a good pad, shorts/bibs/long-pants for variable weather conditions.
    • Wind and waterproof pants cut for cycling. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
    • Bike shoes / light hiking boots.
    • Socks for riding – few pairs light and heavy.
    • Neoprene over shoes / Gore-Tex bike socks or Seal-Skin socks. 
    • Bike gloves, thin and thick. 
    • Ideally have a change of clothes for variable conditions, thick and thin. 

    Day pack:

    • Back pack for cycling (20L +).
    • Water bottle or camel bag.
    • Sandals or neoprene boots for wading rivers.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Camera with spare batteries.
    • Toilet paper.
    • A small first-aid kit.
    • Energy bars. 
    • Repair tools.
    • Derailleur hanger / drop out – fitting your frame. 
    • Spare tube fitting your wheel size.
    • Tube repair kit. 
    • Quick-link for your chain size.

    Other gear:

    • Bike fitting the tour – can be rented.
    • Biking Helmet. 
    • Sunglasses / protective glasses.
    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this tour since all the huts are heated.
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Spare bike clothing (see above). 
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Bathing gear (depends on tour). 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, earplugs etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Pen knife / leatherman. 
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits. 
    • Knee protection is required in “All Mountain”/Enduro tours and elbow and spine protection should be considered.
    • Mudguards front/back. 
    • SPD or similar – we suggest bringing your own pedals.

    Recommended tools and spare parts:

    For those that bring their own bike only. 

    • Small multi tool.
    • Small pump.
    • Spare tube.
    • Tire levers.
    • Puncture repair kit.
    • Chain link extractor.
    • Brake blocks/disc pads for your bike.
    • Spare derailleur hanger; frame specific (“drop-out”).
    • Chain lube; wet and dry conditions. 
    • Brush and a rag for cleaning drive train. 
    • Any tools needed for packing your bike.

    
Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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