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Drive from Reykjavik to Krisuvik hot springs, ride the south coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Selfoss
Leaving Reyjkavik we transfer to Krisuvik, an active geothermal area known for its hot springs. Here we saddle up and start to ride the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula, on the south west of the island. Our route takes us through ruggedly beautiful landscape, with lava fields dominating the view before giving way to long black beaches of volcanic sand towards the town of Selfoss. We stop at the beach in Eyrarbakki and transfer the short distance to Selfoss where there should be time for a soak in the swimming pool. We then transfer the final 10km to our accommodation just outside the town.
Drive to Seljalandsfosss Waterfall at the foothills of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Ride to Skogafoss Waterfall and on Solheimajokull Glacier; overnight at farmhouse.
Our day begins with a transfer to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at the foothills of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Here we have our first sighting of the volcano that brought the world to a standstill with its infamous ash cloud. With this dramatic backdrop we continue our journey along the coastal road, flanked on one side by the North Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the waterfalls and mountainous landscape of southern Iceland. This road leads us to the Skogafoss Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland at 25 metres wide and 60 metres high. From here we pedal to the Solheimajokull Glacier, an outlet from the Myrdalskokull ice cap that runs down almost the entire way to the sea. We see this up close as we continue as far as possible to the tongue of the glacier before heading off to our farm accommodation.
Ride along south coast to Vik past sandy plains of glacial silt, to the Skafta glacial river; transfer to Fjallabak area and mountain hut.
Today we make further progress along the dramatic south coast towards the southernmost town in Iceland, Vik. Ahead of us lie the vast sandy plains formed by gravel and silt from glacial rivers over millenia. It is this process that is slowly extending the land out into the sea. We finish our ride at the glacial Skafta River before transferring inland to the Fjallabak area and our mountain hut accommodation.
Transfer to Eldgja through the spectacular Fjallabak region; ride down the Thjorsardalur valley, stopping en route at traditional 'sod' farmhouse.
Iceland holds a host of natural wonders, and our morning drive to Eldja takes us through the some spectacular surroundings, as we wind through mountain passes and through canyons. This is quite a long drive however we make a number of stops. Our first is at Eldgja, a 40km long eruptive fissure that was created during one of the largest fissural eruptions in history. We pass through the colourful region of Landmannalaugar, who owe their bright hues to the metamorphic colours of geothermal alteration. Once out of the Fjallabak region we mount our bikes again and begin down the Thjorsardalur Valley, stopping on the way at Stong and Thjodveldisbaerinn, a replica of a sod farmhouse from the 11th century. From here we continue along the Thorsa River and down to the small settlement of Laugaras.
Ride through farmland up to Gullfoss Waterfall and on to Geysir and Laugarvatn.
Farmland stretches before us as we begin our day's ride, leading us all the way to the Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most popular sites in Iceland. From here we forge ahead to Geysir, an area that needs little introduction. The plumes of hot water are a sight worth seeing, as they can extend up to 20 metres or more into the air. Our final destination is the village of Laugarvatn, on the lake of the same name.
Drive to Thingvellir N.P.; ride western side of Lake Thingvallavatn, across Mt Hengill and down to Reykjavik, stopping to visit thermal pools on the way.
The Thingvellir is one of, if not the most important sites in Icelandic history. It was here that the first assembly was formed in 930. Today it is a national park, formed to protect the parliament area and the natural wonders around it. We cycle along the western side of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland and alongside the Mt Hengill volcano. We wind our way across the mountains before starting our descent towards Reykjavik. We stop on the way at the thermal pools in Laugardalur for a well deserved soak.