Fjord Hopping

Mountain Biking in Iceland between two fjords

An exciting mountain biking traverse with a mix of everything. There are short uphill sections where we warm up our legs and long flowing downhill sections where you can test your skills.

The views along this route are simply stunning. We can see down the fjords and across to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on a clear day.


Exhilarating biking up around the coastal peaks. This treeless area abounded in views stretching for miles. Great exercise as we went up and down the hills high above the coastline. After a few hours in this hill area, we concluded with a 8 to 10 mile gentle downhill ride along a coastal highway (closed to automobiles). Our guide who owns The outfitters, is a truly enjoyable companion and a wealth of knowledge of the area as well as the people who live there. This ride will be a lifetime memory for my son and I. We look forward to another visit to try another adventure in the area!

Gary i, Tripadvisor 2018. 

This beautiful route is perfect for those who are looking for something longer and more technical than our Around the Walls tour. If you are in good shape and are used to riding off road then this trip is perfect for you.


Meeting point: Our base at Mávagarður C (grey building) close to the Eastern Harbour.

Departure: 10:00 AM. Be there half an hour before departure time.

Guaranteed departures: We have guaranteed departures every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Minimum age: 16 years.

Group size: We need a minimum number of 2 participants to operate the tour. Maximum group size is 8, but most of our tours are between 2–6 people.

Trip Difficulty:  Challenging.

Duration of trip: 6 hours.

Included: Transportation, mountain bike, helmet and a professional guide.

The journey begins at our base at Mávagarður C (grey building) where you meet your guide and gear up.

We begin by driving up to the plateau of Breiðadals and Botnsheiði. The view across the fjords is pretty dramatic from up there. We start the biking with a short downhill towards Súgandafjörður Fjord.

We then hit a winding track which leads up to the top of the mountain ridge. From the ridge, a panoramic view over the whole fjord system opens up. We’ll take a break to enjoy our lunch (please bring you own). We continue biking on a nice track across the high plateau before we start descending into Syðridalur valley.

The track is pretty smooth going down and you can go as fast as you dare! Next stop is by the hydropower station in Syðrdalur valley, which is a good example of how to harness the power of nature in a sustainable way! A smooth ride along a nice lake and the old road of Óshlíð is a good end to a challenging day, and a good vantage point where the dramatic power of nature is clearly visible. The last stretch is on a tarmac bike path to Ísafjörður.

  • Warm woollen or fleece clothing including top, bottoms and socks. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry.
  • Sturdy shoes, no flip flops!
  • Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen, it can get sunny up here!
  • Water bottle.
  • Lunch for the day. One or two sandwiches and some snacks. 
  • Don’t forget your camera!

How difficult is this ride?

This is a long day with challenging downhill sections and steep uphill sections. You will have to be used to biking off road and be in good physical shape for this tour. You don't have to be an expert biker though! The distance is around 32km and the elevation gain is around 350-400m.

Do you bike all the way or is it okay to walk the bike up the steepest parts? I don't want to be left behind!

It's fine to walk the bike up the steepest parts. The most important thing is to be comfortable on the bike where the track is good and smooth. The main aim of the trip is to enjoy the ride and admire the views, not to set any speed records!

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Check out some moments from Fjord Hopping