On Bike from Laki to Landmannalaugar
On Bike from Laki to Landmannalaugar– Iceland –6 days / 5 nights, Reykjavik - Lava fields of Laki - Craters of Laki - Volcanic fissure of Eldgja - Lake Alftavatn - Reykjadalur valleySix-day biking the less traveled trails of Iceland's hinterlands with well equipped support vehicle. The combination of the Laki volcanic region and highlights of the southern highlands, the "Fjallabak", take this tour through variable landscapes. Visit natural treasures like the Laki craters; traverse the Eldhraun lava field to the heart of the Fjallabak mountain area. Continue to Landmannalaugar hot spring area and dip in the natural warm pool.
|Operation||June 22 - August 31, 2015|
|Departure||June 22 - June 27
July 13 - July 18
August 10 - August 15
August 31 - September 5
|Price||From $1,795 per person in double room|
|Included||Guide for 6 days
Transportation to and from Reykjavik
4x4 support car and driver
Meals for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6)
5 nights in sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts
|Not Included||International airfare
Bike, helmet and gloves
Personal items / personal insurance
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Minimum 2 persons biking together
Physical difficulty: Demanding
Biking: 4 - 6 days
Technical difficulty: 2
|Tour Options||Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the tour|
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Day 1 LAVA FIELDS OF LAKI (L, D) The lush green lava fields of Laki
The participants are picked up at their accommodation by the support vehicle that takes them to the Central Bus Station. The participants and guide take the public bus to the starting point of the biking section. (Only with smaller groups can we transport the whole group in the support car. Whether your bike should be left on its travel packing or reassembled also depends on the size of the group. We will let you know the details by e-mail before departure).
After getting the bikes from their support vehicle we set off on the quiet mountain road. The surroundings are green, small streams trickling down the hillsides in many different waterfalls can be enjoyed on the left hand side and the moss covered lava field on the right. The terrain is easy and gently rising. Middle of the way we take a short detour to visit the waterfalls of the massive Hverfisfljot river. The short track to the waterfall is rocky and technically difficult and might require some walking during the most difficult parts. However the impressive waterfalls are well worth the extra effort. Accommodations at the Miklafell hut, an old but cozy shepherds hut. Cold water only.
Biking: ~ 25 km / Accent: ~ 400 m
Day 2 THE CRATERS OF LAKI (B, L, D) Winding through the craters of Laki
We leave the Miklafell hut behind and bike up through the open highlands north of the Miklafell mountain. The trail is gently climbing with great scenery over to the giant Vatnajökull glacier. After lunch break in the open the landscape changes as the track winds through the rolling hills of the craters of Laki. One of the craters has a beautiful lake where we can take a break, stretch our legs and enjoy the magnificent landscape on display. The last part of the day is gently down sloping where the track leads through the extensive lava field of the Laki eruption. Accommodation at the Leidolfsfell hut an old and very primitive shepherds hut, cold water only.
Biking: ~ 60 km / Accent: ~ 700 m
Day 3 VOLCANIC CANYON ELDGJA (B, L, D) Around a gigantic vocalic fissure Eldgja
The third morning is quite adventurous. We have a large river to cross, following an old track that can hardly been seen. There is a short pass through wetland before a technical descent to the Skaftardalur farm where we cross the Skafta river heading north to the "Fjallabak" highlands.
The last part of the day the biking is very interesting; to enjoy it fully it may be an option for some to accept a lift with the support vehicle for the 20 km middle section of the day. Gathering the group together at the mouth of the Eldgja fissure we cycle through this gigantic volcanic fissure and take a 220 m climb to the viewpoint on the northern side before heading down the track around the lake Blautulon and the long downhill run to the Skælingar hut. A great ride to end the day. Skælingar hut is beautifully situated in the middle of spectacular lava sculptures. An old shepherds hut that was reconstructed few years ago in its original style. It is basic but cozy, cold water only.
Biking: ~ 65 km / Accent: ~ 1200 m
Day 4 MÆLIFELLSSANDUR (B, L, D) Traversing the moonlike Mælifellssandur
We follow a pleasant track along the Skafta river. There are two rivers to cross on this track closed to motorized traffic so we can't hop onto the support car over the rivers. It requires good balance to bike over the rivers and it may be an option to take river crossing shoes along. We are still riding along the gigantic volcanic fissure of Eldgja. The fissure erupted in 934, shortly after the first Vikings did settle in Iceland. The fissure stretches 60 km from SW - NE reaching south to the Myrdalsjökull glacier. The view along the track makes the long climb worth wile. During the fast descent down to Alftavatnskrokar, somebody might notice sign post presenting a mountain name "Moraudavatnshnjukar". The name is so long that the sign requires to pillars to support the signpost.
The river Sydri-Ofæra is crossed on a natural stone bridge and we follow a well compact mud track through the green valley. After a low mountain pass we have to cross the Holmsa River, the only river on the tour that we recommend you to take a ride on the support vehicle. The Mælifellstindur mountain is a perfect green cone jutting out from the black sand of the desert of Mælifellssandur We pass the mountain on the left and enter the Myrdalssandur with the glacier dominating the view on our left. Usually the sandy tracks are compact and the bikes run easily across this moonlike landscape. Accommodation in the well equipped Hvanngil mountain hut and everyone will be thankful for the warm showers.
Biking: ~ 65 km / Accent: ~ 900 m
Day 5 MOUNTAINS AND HOT SPRINGS (B, L, D) Colorful mountains and hot springs
This is really a scenic day so make sure to bring your camera. Rolling hills take us to Lake Alftavatn. After a scenic ridge we have the first of the three crossings of the Markarfljot River. In the small valley under the Laufafell Mountain there is small mountain lake. The road up the valley crosses the stream running from the lake several times and the path goes up the stream for a short while. After the second crossing of the Markarfljot River we have several steep slopes to climb in to the Reykjadalur valley. The name Reykjadalur means "Smoky valley" and the name itself is evident seeing the steam rising from several hot springs in this colorful valley. After all the climbing of the day the steep descent passes too fast and from there we only have a short flat ride to the mountain hut Landmannahellir where we stay the night. Accommodations in a comfortable mountain hut, warm showers.
Biking: ~ 65 km / Accent: ~ 1100 m (a difficult day where it is possible to get the assistance from the support vehicle on some of the steepest climbs).
Day 6 LANDMANNALAUGAR - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Landmannalaugar, warm bath and return to Reykjavik
Today there is only a short biking section in the morning before arriving at Landmannalaugar, the colorful thermal valley of the highlands. After a nice relaxing bath in the warm natural pool we have lunch before heading back to Reykjavik with the public bus, arriving in Reykjavik around dinner time.
Biking: ~ 20 km / Accent: ~ 500 m