Iceland 2004

IJsland 2004

800 km by MTB around Iceland, northbound

February 10, 2004 Ramon Sijmons and Boris Krielen started their unique expedition “Iceland 2004”: 800 kilometer by ATB around north Iceland. On February 24 the team reached Egilsstadir, the end of their route. We were the second team that biked this part of Iceland in wintertime.

January 1997 Boris was the first to bike solo around the south coast in wintertime, during the Dutch Iceland Expedition 1997. This time the northern part of Iceland is the goal. More mountains, high mountainpasses, bad roads, 250 kilometers of rocky desert, blasting winds, icy rain, snow, thick layers of ice on the road. A great new challenge!


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Boris bij de brug over de Jökulsá á Fjöllum
Ramon bij het eindpunt in Egilsstadir


Route & distances

The route follows the nr. 1, Icelands main road that goes all around the island. On most parts of the route the road is in pretty good condition, but further away it can get worse, ending with some long stretches of gravel road in the north east. And with that comes the risk that roads can be covered with solid ice, maiking it extremely hard to bike.

  • Route Afstand Afstand cumulatief
    Kevlavik 0 0
    Reykjavik 48 48
    Borgarnes 116 164
    Blunduos 178 342
    Varmahlid 58 400
    Akureyri 102 502
    Reykjalid 107 609
    Egilsstadir 177 786

  • # Date From To Distance Total Night
    1 10 Feb Kevlavik Njardvik 6 6 lodge1
    2 11 Feb Njardvik Mógilsá 77 83 tent
    3 12 Feb Mógilsá Hlíd 80 163 hut2
    4 13 Feb Hlíd Dalsmynni 70 233 tent
    5 14 Feb Dalsmynni Laugarbakki 85 318 room3
    6 15 Feb Laugarbakki Blunduós 60 378 tent
    7 16 Feb Blunduós Varmalid 73 451 tent
    8 17 Feb Varmalid Akureyri 74 525 hotel
    9 18 Feb Akureyri (Grimsey trip) 0 525 hotel
    10 19 Feb Akureyri Godafoss 50 575 tent
    11 20 Feb Godafoss Reykjalid 50 625 hotel
    12 21 Feb Reykjalid (rustdag) 0 625 hotel
    13 22 Feb Reykjalid Grimstunga 45 670 home4
    14 23 Feb Grimstunga Bergpas bij Svartfell 45 715 tent
    15 24 Feb Mountain pass at Svartfell Egilsstadir 110 825 hotel
    1. Youth hostel in the center of Njardvik
    2. Wooden hut near Hlíd
    3. Room at gas station
    4. Empty house in the middle of nowhere