Date: July 4
Leg: Raufarhöfn – Hraunhafnartangi – Rifstangi – Kopasker
Info: Starting at The Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn. Gravel all the way up to Hraunhafnartangi. Some hours hike to the northernmost lighthouse and back. Continue on gravel until Rifstangi where a muddy trail takes over. Hike some hours to the northernmost point and back. Gravel combined with paved road until Kopasker.
Date: July 5
Leg: Kopasker – Grimstunga
Info: Paved down to Asbyrgi, then gravel until Route 1. Continue on Route 1 (paved) for about an hour. Then gravel until Grimstunga.
Date: July 6
Leg: Grimstunga – Heirdubreid
Info: Gravel back to Route 1, followed by one hour of paved before gravel all the way to Herdubreid.
Date: July 7
Leg: Heirdubreid – Askja / Dreki
Info: Gravel and very uneven road. Lava rocks and partly deep sand. Heavy section.
Date: July 8
Leg: Askja / Dreki
Info: Rest day. Hiking to hot springs.
Date: July 9
Leg: Askja / Dreki – Kistufell Rescue Shelter
Info: About 45 min on gravel. Then deep deep sand for hours and hours. This followed by sections of lava and mud. Rest of the day we spend pushing the bikes uphill over sharp rocks. Heavy section. This is the most remote and wild part of Iceland. We call it The Danger Zone. Intimidating cliffs and river crossings. No resupply of water for at least two days.
Date: July 10
Leg: Kistufell Rescue Shelter – Nyidalur
Info: Gravel and several river crossings.
Date: July 11
Leg: Nyidalur – Versalir
Info: Gravel, gravel and gravel.
Date: July 12
Leg: Versalir – Landmannalaugar
Info: First half on gravel before a short section on paved road. Finishing with gravel and muddy trails.
Date: July 13
Leg: Landmannalaugar – Holaskjol
Info: Gravel, mud and river crossings.
Date: July 14
Leg: Holasakjol – Kötlutangi – Vik
Info: Gravel all the way to Route 1. Paved for a couple of hours before gravel and deep black sand. Last 14k on paved road until Vik.
THE INTENDED ORIGINAL ROUTE BELOW
We will start in Rifstangi and arrive safe and sound in Kötlutangi approx 12 days later.
Weather conditions in the icelandic highlands can be brutal. Due to weather changing continuously the route might change along the way.
We have chosen a very challenging route, but found alternatives for some section thats just to risky,
Dangerous river crossings will be a major challenge where we need to pay close attention.
We have chosen to only add Points of Interest in areas where its lack of water and in deserted areas where we are completely left on our own. for days, far away from civilisation.
We have great respect for the forces of nature and will carefully plan the route with this is mind.
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