Land of Lava
Land of Lava– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Lake Myvatn - Krafla Volcano - Asbyrgi Canyon - Jökulsa - Blaskogaheidi - Bondholl - Hverfjall Crater - Myvatn Nature BathsThis mountain bike adventure takes you through the magnificent landscapes of Iceland's north east. Travel through best hidden treasures; from Lake Myvatn to the Namaskard geothermal area and Krafla volcano. See the colorful formations of Gjastykki volcanic region, the Asbyrgi canyon and the beautiful Jökulsa National Park where we hike to the magnificent Hljodaklettar or Echo Cliffs. Sleeping bag accommodation in farmers' cottages and mountain hut.
|Operation||June 29 - August 24, 2015|
|Departure||June 29 - July 3
July 13 - July 17
August 10 - August 14
August 24 - August 28
|Price||$1,595 per person|
|Included||Guide for 5 days
Meals for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5)
Sleeping bag accommodation in farmers cottages/mountain hut
|Not Included||International airfare and airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Physical difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Biking: 5 days
Technical difficulty: 2
Total distance: 205 kilometers (127 miles)
This tour starts and ends at Lake Myvatn. Possible to book transfer from Akureyri to Myvatn at 8:15 on Monday morning for extra charge of approx. $55 per person.
Mountain bike and helmet can be rented at Myvatn, please contact us for further information.
|Tour Options||Pre and post nights in Reykjavik
Flight to Akureyri
Transfer Akureyri to Myvatn
Equipment list for Bike tours
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Day 1 LAKE MYVATN - KRAFLA VOLCANO - OXARFJORD Meeting at Lake Myvatn, Hverir hotsprings, Krafla volcano, Gjastykki lava field, Oxarfjord.
Group meeting at our partners office at 10:00. 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 Viti, 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
Day 2 ASBYRGI CANYON - NATIONAL PARK - ECHO CLIFFS (B, L, D) 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 Jökulsa National Park 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 BLASKOKGAHEIDI - THEISTAREYKIR (B, L, D) Up the hills, lush green vegetation of the Blaskogaheidi, Theistareykir 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 Theistareykir 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 BONDHOLL - LITLA VITI - MYVATN NATURE BATHS (B, L, D) 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 Viti, 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 Nature Bath 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 LAKE MYVATN - HOFDI PENINSULA - DIMMUBORGIR (B, L) Easy cycling around Lake Myvatn, discovering pseudocraters, the dark castles, Hofdi peninsula, Hverfjall crater and Myvatn Nature Baths.
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 14:00.
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)