the mid-atlantic ridge trail


The Fjallabak Nature Reserve around Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland’s premium outdoor adventure areas; an active geothermal valley between tall rhyolite mountains ranging in colour from orange to pink to green.


The trail

With a name that literally means ‘behind the mountains’, the Fjallabak Nature Reserve is one of Iceland’s most beautiful areas, as well as being home to the largest range of rhyolite mountains in the country. From the landforms to the landscape to the hot spring activity, riotous colour and diversity is the order of the day. Fjallbak has some of the greatest single track routes in Iceland, resplendent with steep climbs and descents. You will also encounter rocky slopes and ravines, hot and cold clear springs, and light-coloured alluvial plains. Prepare to be awe-struck – and don’t forget to bring your camera.

Rolling green hills will take you to Lake Álftavatn, where several crossing of the Markarfljót River await you before cycling along the cold mountain lakes towards the famous highland oasis of Landmannalaugar. There, amidst its spectacular black sands, you can take a dip in the hot springs, while taking in the rugged grandeur of the orange, pink, grey and green-streaked mountains. On the final day, we’ll start at Landmannalaugar before biking to Dómadalsleið and ending in Landmannaleið.

Riding surface

You’ll be riding on 4×4 gravel roads and rough single tracks mixed with rolling terrain and technical steep climbs, a number of which are found on the way to the Steam Valley.

Average distance

The first day is a challenging 65km (40mi), although it is possible to get assistance from the support vehicle on some of the steeper climbs. On the last day, you cycle a maximum of 47km (30mi), before being transferred to Reykjavik for a night of fun.

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