1000 Rivers Road Reviews
Biking and swimming in the Icelandic mountain hills Hellisheiði Jul 06, 2012
This is a mountain biking trip in Hellisheiðin. The trip started with the guide came and picked us up each at our place and when everybody was gathered, we begain the trip. First we visited the Icelandic geothermal power plant to see how Iceland get its warm watar and electricity. After that our biking trip begain. We started up in the highlands and most of the trip was on flat road or downhill. One part of the road was cossing a river several times since the road was zig-zag'in in and out of the river. After crossing both the river, a mountain road and some grass, we got to Reykjadalur (smoke valley). In this place you can see Icelands nature from both it's best and worst side:
-Best side: In this place a hot and a cold river meets and form a single river, which makes on of the best outsidebathing place in Iceland. The water is always about 40 degrees Celcius - both in winter- and summertime. I just love that place :)
-Worst side: This place has a lot of hot spots with a mixtur of water, mud and cley, which are around boiling point or hotter. Do not go of the road in this valley unless the guide tells you it's ok, because in some places the ground is unstable, and if you fall in a hot spot you will get burned really bad or - in worst case - you will die.
After a short swim in the river, we continued our trip from the valley to Hveragerði, where we would wait at a café while our guide went to get the car at the place where we had left it and came back to pick us up and drive back to town. This part of the trip - from the valley to Hveragerði - was the most beautifull part of the whole trip. You just have to try it to see what I mean.
The whole trip costs 25.990 ISK (about 164€) and included is the pick up at our place, a bike, a helmet and a lunchpack.
Some good things to remember:
-It's a really good idea to be in a quite good bikingshape, since the trip can be quite hard in places. You don't need to be a mountain bike pro, but if you only have been biking a little in the city, this is not a trip for you.
-Have good hikingboots (waterproof), since you sometimes have to walk on both rocks, grass, mud, swamps and water.
-Good raincloths are a must, since you can NOT trust the Icelandic weather. It's never stable and can change in a matter of minutes. But you can be lucky and get sunny weather.
-Even if you get a good lunchpack from the company, it is still a good idea to have some food (a chocolate bar is a good idea) of your own with you - as a just in case.
All in all one of the most awesome trips I have made in Iceland. Deffinitely all the money worth it.
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