The Crown from all sides - Bike tour
The Crown from all sides - Bike tour
Two days bike tour around the crown Snæfellsjökull
Like other crowns Snæfellsjökull is surrounded by precious adornments, though mainly made and crafted by nature itself. On this tour you will experience lava, caves, valleys and hollows, rocks and stones in many different colours and shapes. You will also learn how the community has coped with this environment through the ages, sometimes caring and nurturing and in other times harsh and punishing, brutal and violent. On this tour you will be treated with care, delicious dinner and a refreshing theatre show straight from the frying pan.
Day 1 – 28 km
At 8:30 am we start to prepare our trip at the GW-base camp and the Community House at Arnarstapi. We adjust the bikes, fill up the water bottles and check the safety issues. That means we have to get acquainted with the giant and our protector Báður Snæfellsás.
We departure at 9:00 am and go upward, along the hill Stapafell to the lava field Krifhraun and the area Cheek of Hell. We test the sound within the Singing Cave. We are not in a hurry so we follow the many curves on the gravel road up to 500 m elevation where we get a new type of landscape and colours. After we have reached the highest point (680m), possibly with some snow, the slopes leading down to Ólafsvík are nice and not so steep.
During our brake in Ólafsvík, which is a typical wealthy Icelandic fishing town, we eat lunch, visit the harbour, the fish market and maritime museum, local folk museum and handcraft centre and even their nice swimming pool.
After Ólafsvík we have only 6 km left to Rif where we spend the evening and the night. There we meet Kári, the main attraction for the day; the manager, actor, electrician and dish washer at the Freezer. Here you will enjoy his hospitality and his award winning theatre shows. You will also be served a delicious fish and/or vegan meal from Maggy’s outdoor kitchen.
Day 2 – 42 km
After breakfast we start with bird watching on a marvellous pond at Rif, with special attention on the eider duck. Is is an interesting case of a successful and eco-friendly interaction between nature and humans. We follow the hiking trail to Hellissandur, another fishing village and further to Gufuskálar, an old camp from the cold war. In this area there are many older remains, whose origins we actually don't know for sure, like Stonehenge in England.
We now follow the road in the national park between craters and lavas, hopefully with a good view of the glacier and the largest volcano, the crown Snæfellsjökull. There are many places worth a visit along the coast which are loaded with history from the ages, all the way to Arnarstap. The most popular is Saxhóll crater, Berudalur which is formed like a big amphitheatre, Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík an old seasonal fishing camp, engraved in to the lava-field. Further on we have the Water cave, the lighthouse at Malarrif, the huge rock columns or giants Lóndrangar and the bird cliff Svalþúfa.
When we get to the hamlet Hellnar you have the option to use the bike further on the road or to leave the bikes at Hellnar and hike for one hour on the popular trail from there to Arnarstapi harbour. There you see the most astounding sculptures and arches that the big waves have carved out of the lava-fields along the coast.
Dates and prices
June - August 58.000 ISK - Starting from Arnarstapi on Thursdays and Sundays because those days we get the Jules Verne Theatre Show
May and September 10% discount
Special dates can be requested by groups larger than 8 people and they get a 10% discount if they book three months in advance. Give us a call or send us an e-mail if your group are fewer than 8 people.
Group size: 6 -12
Bicycle and helmet
Dinner and breakfast at the Freezer
Theatre show with Kári
Hostel accommodation at the Freezer with bed linen included
English and Scandinavian speaking Icelandic guide.
Meeting and starting
From Go West base camp at Arnarstapi at 8:30 am