The Boot Circle - 4 days

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The Boot Circle - 4 days

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Exploring “The Boot” - a round trip on a bike and boat

The fjord Hvammsfjordur, shaped like a boot, and its surrounding area has hosted big events through history, both in national and international context. It was from here the warriors Eirik the Red and his son Leif the Lucky started their voyage towards the West.

Physical difficulty level: 3  (Scale 1-5) 

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Dates and prices:

  • Special dates can be requested by groups over 10 and they get 10% discount if they book three months in advance. Give us a call or send us mail if you are under 10 in a group.
  • June - August  122.000 iskr
  • May and September     - 20%

Group size: 10 - 20

Included:

  • Two English and Scandinavian speaking Icelandic guides.
  • Bicycle and helmet.
  • Luggage transport and a car following for safety while cycling.
  • Entrance to museums, swimming pools and hot tubs.
  • Accommodation and full catering (breakfast, lunch and dinner) throughout the round trip from Stykkisholmur to Reykjavik.
  • Contribution to Icelandic forestry and landcare trough The Kolviður Fund / Forests

What's Not Included:

  • Horse rental

Itinerary

Going West

The round trip

Day 1 (75 km):  The meeting point in Stykkishólmur is outside the swimming pool at 8:30 a.m. The day starts with a visit to the Volcano museum to settle us both in landscape and history. A short introduction to the coming days will be given. A mandatory stop is the holy hill Helgafell, just outside Stykkisholmur, where we connect to the good spirit of the Icelandic sagas and enjoy an excellent view over the historical site of Eyrbyggja saga.  Mainly we follow the country road and our food for thought for the day is “what can be gained from the history and the landscape”. For instance, there are no trees to be seen even though the place names indicate a woodland. Dinner will be served at Seljaland where we also stay for the night.

Day 2 (65 km): Breakfast will be served from 7:00 and we start at 8:00. We are now in the Dales, a farmland with several rivers rich with salmon. This area has many historical sites related to the Icelandic sagas, especially the Story of the Laxdales. We visit the farmers at Erpsstaðir and Eiríksstaðir and the museum of Eirik the Red. We travel through Búðardalur, a small village which is mainly a kind of service station for the farmers. We will have dinner at the small restaurant Leifsbúð, before we cycle on (20 km) to Laugar, a hotel with various bathing facilities. Laugar and its vicinity is an important historical place where people’s fortune has been woven and told for centuries.

Day 3 (45 km): Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am and we set out again at 8:00. We are now situated on the “toe” of the boot and will spend the day cycling up or out the arch, ankle and calve. In the next valley is another central legendary place, Hvammur. The famous poet and politician Snorri Sturlason was born here, and not just that.  Auður Djúpúðga (Aud the Deep-Minded) settled here after she fled from Scotland with her family, after her husband Olaf the White, King of Dublin, was killed. She is highly respected and regarded as a mother of the Dales. When up or out on the calve of the boot we get to a different landscape and vegetation. We now approach an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful and peaceful places of Iceland and will be warmly welcomed at Vogur, a new country hotel, "... for those looking for what Iceland is all about" says the host. - Groups travelling together can decide to stop the journey here after dinner. In that case we will arrange a bus transport back to Reykjavik.

Day 4 There are various options for the last day: We can continue biking around, for example  to the church of Dagverðarnes or to Klofningur, where a fantastic view of the islands and peninsula of Snæfellsnes awaits you. You can rent a horse and we will be guided along the beautiful salmon river Flekkudale River and up on the hill Ytrafellsmúli were you also will get an excellent panorama over the fjord (the boot).  A hike could be the best option for some, for instance along the shoreline and you can pass over (wade) the coves when the tide is low. That alone can be a really memorable experience. – The second half of the day is needed for crossing the fjord back to Stykkisholmur with the boats Ocean Safari, between the skerries and islands, at the top of the boot. We will need to take the tides into consideration so the time of departure can vary from one day to another. - This part of the round trip is an opportunity to get really close to wildlife and nature. The circle of spinning comes to a close in Stykkisholmur where we enjoy our final dinner at SJÁVARPAKKHÚSIÐ RESTAURANT.


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If you arrive at Keflavik Airport as a group and do so before 3 pm., we can pick you up at the airport. In Reykjavik (45 min.) you will be able to catch the scheduled buss to Stykkisholmur (2 1/2 hour) at 5:15 pm.  - If you arrive at Keflavik  before 01:00 pm we will have time for a short visit to the BLUE LAGOON on the way to Reykjavik. 

One or two more nights in Stykkisholmur to enjoy the  European Destination of Excellence. See also a video. - We can offer you day-tours in the vicinity and Snæfellsnes. Take a look at our day-tours.

Buss back to Reykjavik at 7:40 am. Sundays at 03:15 pm.