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)