Fjord Hopping Mountain Biking

Mountainbiking in Iceland between two fjords

An exciting mountain biking traverse with a mix of everything. A good climb where you work your legs until you reach the smooth tops of the mountain ridge for a breathtaking view. Then a smooth downhill ride all the way down on the North side of the mountains.

We start with a short drive up to 400 m. altitude, jump on our bikes for a short downhill to warm up before climbing up to the pass. After reaching the plateau, we´ll enjoy a smooth ride to the edge on the North side. After a refuelling with some nice home baked bread and power bars, we start the downhill ride down to the lake in Syðridalur Valley. You pick your speed! We end the day with an easy bike to town along the old road under Mt. Óshlíð.

  • Meeting point: Our base camp Bræðraborg at Aðalstræti 22b, be there half an hour before departure.             
  • Departure time: 10:00 AM
  • Age limit: 16 years
  • Min pax: 2 persons
  • Trip difficulty: 4 of 5. Demanding
  • Duration: 6 hours 
  • Highest point:  700 m.
  • Elevation gain: 350-400 m.
  • Distance: 32 km.
  • Included: Bike, helmet, car transfer, lunch and a guide. 

Disclaimer: All biking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk


We meet up in Bræðraborg Café and hitch our bikes onto the car and head up to a 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.

Then we hit a winding maintenance track for the power lines that lead up to the top of the mountain ridge. From the ridge, a panoramic view over the whole fjord system opens up which we enjoy while eating our packed delicacies from the Café. We continue biking on a nice track across the high plateu 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, that is a good expample 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 where the dramatic power of nature is clearly visible. The last stretch is on a tarmac bike path to Ísafjörður.

  • Warm layered clothes
  • Appropriate footwear. light trainers are fine.
  • Day backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Don´t forget your camera.

1. Do I have to be in good shape to do this tour? 

This is a long day with challenging down hills and steep upphills. You will have to know how to bike and be in good physical shape for this tour. You don't have to be an expert biker though. 

2. Do you bike all the way or is it OK 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. We're not in a big hurry. Most important is to be comfortable on the bike where the track is good and smooth. 

Check out some moments from Fjord Hopping Mountain Biking