The Coastal Circle - 3 days

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The Coastal Circle - 3 days

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A conservation area, particularly remarkable, varied and lush because of:

  • Biodiversity, geological origin and landscape.

  • Thriving cultural life for centuries, influenced by dangers and wealth of the sea.

  • The Sagas, history and literary tradition.

  • The people who still live there are warm and friendly.

Physical difficulty level: 2,5  (Scale 1-5)

This is where you will connect with the roots of Icelandic culture for 3 days from a boat, bike and bus.

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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 a mail if you are under 10 in a group.

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

Optional

  • Guest house accommodation in Stykkisholmur.
  • Buss transport to Stykkisholmur.

Not Included

  • Horse rental

Itinerary

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Day 1 - We start our tour at 1:00 pm. outside Stykkisholmur swimming pool and we walk down to the harbour. On the way we stop at the Volcano Museum  where we get enlightening information about the area we are going to visit. We use most often the rib boats from Iceland Ocean Tours to get us to the other side of the fjord with gentle care through the flourishing wildlife on the countless islands and skerries. Like traditional ore boats they are quite easy to handle at low waters. When we have got to Fellsströnd, to a new and scenic landscape, you will get your bicycles and we will have a quiet and gentle landing at Vogur Country Lodge where we will stay for the night.

Day 2 - Departure at 09:00 am. We ride through Klofningur (meaning a gap) where we get a fantastic view of the islands and peninsula of Snæfellsnes. Standing there can give a same feeling (helped by imagination) as you were standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower, Tower of London, Holmenkollen... looking over a centre of cultural life some hundred years ago. We continue cycling the coast to the farms Ballará, Reynikelda, Á and Skarð where we stop for a visit. We continue to Nýp to pay a visit to the farm family there, the couple Sumarliði (a historian-scholar) and Þóra (a pottery-professor). We will also stop by Ytri-Fagridalur and have delicious lunch and a good chat with the organic certified farmers; Halla and Guðmundur. The last leap for the day is to Laugar, a central place for the story in Laxdæla and still a hot and popular pool for visitors as it was in the saga days. We will stay there for the night. - Distance 65 km. (Remember you can jump on the car following us if you get tired of cycling.)

Day 3 - The main theme for the day are the ideas and thoughts the Dales has generated and have manifest itself in the Icelandic Sagas, lyrics and folklore. In this track it is fun to pick out chapters from Laxdæla and Sturlunga often characterized by fiery love or bloody hate. We visit a fairy cathedral and we look up fairy people and their recommendations. After we have looked up Hvammur, the birthplace of Snorri Sturluson we head from this tip of the toe of the booth (see the fjord) by bus to Reykholt, the residence of this big poet and chieftain. On the way further to Reykjavik, as time permits, we will stop by Deildartunguhver (the highest-flow hot spring in Europe) and the Whaling Station in Hvalfjörður. - We are back in Reykjavik at approximately 6 pm.


 Some extras... 

If you start from Reykjavik you have at least three options. 1) You take the ordinary bus to Stykkisholmur. 2) If you are a group of at least 10 people we can arrange a shuttle transport to Stykkisholmur at the time of your convenience. 3) You rent a car. 

We have various options for one more day at Fellsströnd if you like. We can continue biking around or we can rent horses to get along the beautiful salmon river, Flekkudale River, and up on the hill Ytrafellsmúli were you will get a beautiful panorama over the fjord (the boot).  A hike could be the best option, 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 Iceland Ocean Tours. Time of departure can vary from one day to another because of variation in the tides.

You can take one or two more nights in Stykkisholmur and enjoy the European Destination of Excellence. See videos. - We can offer you day-tours in the vicinity and Snæfellsnes. See our day-tours.

Bus back to Reykjavik form Stykkisholmur at 7:40 am. Sundays at 03:15 pm.