Iceland:

Westfjords Bike


Eight nights; nine days. A challenging bicycle tour on paved and gravel roads through the rugged coastline and glacial interior of the Snaefellsness peninsula, then north into the heart of the majestic Westfjords.






Itinerary


Start: Reykjavik, BSI bus terminal, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to make alternate arrangements if necessary.


Finish: Reykjavik, 17:00, day nine.


Day 1

Introductions; 16km

Meet in Reykjavík for a two hour transfer to the golden sandy beaches near Langaholt. After bike fittings, warm up with a short, flat ride along the beautiful southern coast of Snaæfellsnes on the way to your luxurious lodging in Búðir. D (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts.)

Hotel Búdir, Budavegur

Day 2

Búdir to Hellissandur; 54km

Cycle along the arable southern coast of Snæfellsnes and through the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Stop at a café in Hellnar for refreshments and enjoy the views of the Valasnos, a freestanding rock extending east of the bay. We recommend an enroute visit to one of Iceland's most peculiar caves, Vatnshellir, an 8000 year old lava tube reaching over 200 meters. Continue through the coastal lava fields of the national park, around the tip of the peninsula to the town of Hellissandur. From here, take a short van transfer to the top of the glacier nearby. If time permits, enjoy a stroll through the Maritime Museum in the “Fishermen's Garden” before dining at Hotel Hellissandur, a local favourite. BD
Hotel Hellissandur, Hellissandur

Day 3

Hellissandur to Stykkishólmur; 74km

Ride the rugged north coast of Snæfellsnes, past Kirkjufell and through the Berserkjahraun lava fields into Stykkishólmur, known as “the town of a thousand islands”. Be sure to visit the array of special attractions such as the local folk museum (a timber built Norwegian house), the certified health-promoting town swimming pool, the Volcano Museum, the Library of Water, and the many art galleries and restaurants. B
Hotel Stykkisholmur, Stykkishólmur

Day 4

Ferry & Hiking on Nature Reserve Flatey.

Enjoy a more relaxing day today, starting with a stroll down the street to the Flatey Island ferry for a two hour scenic ferry ride through the Breiðafjörður Bay. Be sure to have your binoculars and camera handy for possible whale sightings! Midway through the bay, disembark on the beautifully historic and storied island town of Flatey, where you can explore and dine in local style.  Flatey boasts Iceland's oldest and smallest library (circa 1864), the Flatey church (circa 1926) with its interior paintings of island life scenes, and of course sheep and puffins on the outskirts of town. Wave farewell to the island folk as you board the ferry for the return ride before a transfer to the historic fishing town of Patreksfjördur. Savour a soak in a community hot pool, then an evening meal of fresh seafood, and comfortable lodging. BLD

Fosshotel Westfjords, Patreksfjörður

Day 5

Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs; 60km with options to extend.

After breakfast, cycle from your hotel to Látrabjarg, the westernmost point in Iceland and a world famous natural attraction. Europe's largest bird cliff at 14km long and up to 441m high, it is home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills, and hosts up to 40% of the world population of certain species. Ambitious riders may opt to cycle back to their lodging, while the support vehicle will transfer tired adventurers. BL

Same lodging

Day 6

Patreksfjörður to Flókalundur; 60km

This day of exploration will be an exciting mix of paved and un-paved winding coastal roads and climbs with scenic downhill sections. Enjoy the remote cycling over some of Iceland's most ruggedly beautiful fjords before reaching your resting place for the evening at Flókalundur. The town was named after Hrafna (Raven)-Flóki, who is credited with christening the country “Iceland”. Legend has it that Flóki arrived from Norway and endured a hard first winter, during which he lost many animals. In the spring, he hiked to a mountain top and, after seeing that the surrounding fjords were still filled with ice, decided he could not bear to stay in such a cold and inhospitable land of ice. BLD

Hótel Flókalundur, Flókalundur

Day 7

Flókalundur to Þingeyri; 69km

Begin today’s route over an inland pass with the desolate moon-like surface of the high lands. Your efforts will be well-rewarded as an epic descent reveals breathtaking ocean views. Marvel at the largest waterfall in the Westfjords, the Dynjandi, a perfect place to rest and have a snack. Watch for seals along the uniquely beautiful (and aptly named) Seal Bay before cycling past the famous Icelandic independence leader Jón Sigurðsson's childhood home in Hrafnseyri, where there is now a museum and charming coffee shop offering soup, bread, coffee and homemade treats. End the day travelling over the renowned “Westfjords Alps”, to the historically rich town of Þingeyri. You may decide to pop into the Café Simbahöllin (specializing in Belgian waffles), visit the oldest functioning mechanic workshop in Iceland (circa 1913), or take a dip in the pool before an independent dinner. BL

Hótel Sandafell, Þingeyri

Day 8

Þingeyri to Ísafjörður; 49km

This final day of your cycling sojourn in Iceland will be a shorter one as you cool down your muscles and take some time to explore the bustling fishing town of Ísafjörður, one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and the capital of the Westfjords. You will have the option to pedal through the stunning 9km  Vestfirðir mountain tunnel, a marvel of engineering and a sample of the many mountain tunnels in Iceland. Once arriving in Ísafjörður, you will have free time to visit the Maritime Museum where you can learn about the rich history of the local fishing and trade industry, explore the local folk museum, containing the oldest house in Iceland, built in 1734,  drop in to the unique library, or catch a current movie (Icelandic subtitles) with the locals in the balcony seats at the coolest and smallest old fashioned movie theatre. End the day with world class dining at the Við Póllinn restaurant,  then stroll down the village streets to your hotel, dreaming of all you have seen, smelled and tasted this past week. BLD

Hotel Edda Isafjordur, or Hotel Isafjordur, Ísafjörður

Day 9

Farewell Ride; Up to 40km

If you are catching the ~40 minute direct flight from Air Iceland Connect, enjoy a relaxed morning in Ísafjörður before your flight at around noon.
Those opting for the transfer back to Reykjavík will enjoy a final stretch of cycling along flat and stunning coastal roads to Suðavík. Pay a quick visit to the Suðavík Arctic fox museum (hopefully there will be an adorable resident rescue fox kit to see up close). If time and preferences allow, stop in Hólmavík to view the notable “Necropants” at the Icelandic Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery. Make sure to watch for the sub-arctic wildlife and scenery during the drive back to Reykjavik. B





Description




Note about the route:

A challenging supported bicycle tour on paved and gravel roads through the rugged coastline and glacial interior of the Snaefellsness peninsula, then north into the heart of the majestic Westfjords.

Iceland was chosen as one of the world's top ten destinations by National Geographic and Lonely Planet. Before your trip, meet Karl, our Icelandic guide, here.





The land and sea of the Snaeffellsnes peninsula are filled with tales of a bygone era. Explore sites such as Berserkjahraun, a 4000 year old lava field, whose name originated from Icelandic folklore; in the Eyrbyggja Saga, a long-standing feud between Snorri Goði and Arnkel Goði was responsible for the creation of the path through the spectacular field.

The fascinating culture is surpassed only by the landscape. Winding coastlines, moss-covered lava fields, massive basalt-column cliffs, migratory bird communities, glacial mountain ranges, gushing waterfalls, and geothermal heated pools create an other-worldly experience. You will breath the fresh ocean air, feel the bright northern sun on your skin; you and your bicycle will be one strong, beautiful, and capable machine rolling down these country roads. Fully immerse yourself in the local hospitality, traditions, history, and of course, the freshest and finest local cuisine: Skyr (Icelandic yogurt), Hangikjot (smoked lamb), Klenat (pastry), cheeses, incredible unique ice cream, reindeer meat, and abundant seafood. Bring your sense of adventure, appetite, and camera for this experience of a lifetime.


 





Maps & Elevations




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Day # Daily distance
1
  Introductions; 16 km
2
54 km
3
74 km
4
  Ferry & Hiking
5
60 km +
6
60 km
7
69 km
8
49 km
9
  Up to 40 km




Learn more

There is no shortage of adventure awaiting you in Iceland. Call us to discuss options best suited to you.

Join our Dramatic North Bike tour or West Iceland Walking Adventure for a well rounded active Iceland holiday.

Some extend their trip by a day to include hiking the glacier at Snæfellsnes, others just add a night or two for exploring Reykjavik.

Fill a day with a visit to nearby Inside the Volcano.

Go to the Volcanoe House down by the docks to see the volcano documentary.

Iceland Air links North America, Iceland, and Europe, making it easy to add a visit to over 20 destinations in Europe, before or after your adventure.


A nicely narrated introduction to Iceland:




Costs

US 4895 C 5895

(per person, Includes 9 days, 8 nights, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, entry fees, luggage handling, all transfers, and bilingual guide, taxes)

US 4575 C 5495

Single Occupancy

US 1295 C 1495

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 195 C 245

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.