For centuries Kjalvegur was the main route between the southern and northern part of Iceland. The new Kjalvegur motorway remains the most popular route in the highlands. We will not be cycling along the new road but will instead take the old Kjalvegur, better known as the “Ancient Kjalvegur”. It is one of the best cycling routes in Iceland. This route is not for the faint of heart.
We start at Hveravellir and spend the night there after taking a bath in a natural hot pool outdoors. Hveravellir is a spectacular place with hot fumes rising out of the earth and smoking fumaroles, some full of mysteriously blue water. In the 17th century Hveravellir was for a while home to the most famous of Icelandic outlaws, Fjalla-Eyvindur and his spouse Halla, and the remains of their hut can still be seen.
From Hveravellir we will cycle along the Valley of Thieves (Þjófadalir) along the east-perimeter of Langjökull glacier. We will be able to get to glimpse of rumbling and muddy glacial rivers and some excellent views of the glacier as it winds its way down to the Hvítarvatn lagoon. We end the tour at Hvítárnes, by an old mountain-hut that is said to be haunted. Many travellers who has spent the night there has seen a distraught young woman appear in the dimly lit hallway. According to archaeological evidence there once was a small farm in Hvítarnes and it’s thought that the footpaths from the farm lay where the mountain-hut was build centuries later. Thankfully we do not have to stay in the Hvítarnes-hut because we will be picked up and driven to Reykjavik, stopping at two beautiful popular sites along our way. First we will visit the continent’s largest and most powerful waterfall, Gullfoss. This spectacular waterfall is located in the canyon of Hvítá river. On a sunny day, Gullfoss sparkles with countless rainbows. Then we will visit Geysir, hot springs that have exisited for over a thousand years. A stunning site is viewing the hot springs erupt, throwing steam into the air.
This route is 45 kilometers, cycled in one day. The terrain is very demanding, changing from grass to mud, volcanic sand and lava, with single-track trails being common.
Please note: in this trip bikers might have to walk short distances (few hundred meters each time) with their bikes where the terrain is most demanding (rough lava and soft sand).
To join the tour you need to be in good physical shape and it is necessary to have some experience of mountain biking.
Cycling along the Ancient Kjalvegur offers a unique experience of the Icelandic highlands and its nature. We recommend it to everyone who is up for the challenge!
All of our participants are supplied and fitted with bikes and safety helmets for your tour .
|Level||Trip difficulty 4 out of 5: Difficult|
|Departure||Guaranteed departure – min 4 participants Every Friday afternoon at 16:00 from 6th of july (2013)|
|Minimum||4 participants ( also available for fewer , contact for price)|
|Note||Bring warm clothing,rain gear,good shoes,bathing suit and towel,sleeping bag, warm gloves|
Our tours are operated from Bike Company office in downtown Reykjavik, the heart of our capital city. The house in Bankastræti 2 is one of the Reykjavik´s oldest buildings, built in the middle of the 19th century. We look forward to seeing you. It´s also possible to get pickup to your hotel
Included in this tour:
- Accommodation in hut /tent
- All meals
- Pickup to hotel
- All transport
- An experienced English speaking guide
- High quality mountain bike
- Sleeping bag
Guaranteed departures, minimum 4 participants. We also operate the tour for fewer persons. Contact us for price
From July 6st to Oct 1st every Friday afternoon at 16:00 (2013)
Confirmed dates :
Day 1 – Drive from Reykjavik to Hveravellir
- Depart Reykjavik at 16:00
- Arrive at Hveravellir at 19:00
- Dinner at Hveravellir and relaxing in geothermal pool
Day 2 – Old Kjalvegur and Gullfoss & Geysir
- Early morning departure for Old Kjalvegur
- Bike down to Hvítarvatn where the car waits for us
- Drive to Gullfoss & Geysir
- Drive to Thingvellir if we have the time
- Arrive in Reykjavik between 18-20