About us

Mývatn Activity – Hike&Bike is a small family owned company located in the village of Reykjahlíð by lake Mývatn, GPS: N65´38.672, W016´54.860

The owners Ragnar(Raggi) and Elisabet(Beta) have a passion for nature and the outdoors. Raggi is a part of the SAR (search and rescue) at lake Mývatn and is a certified “Wilderness first responder”. Raggi´s interests are driving super jeeps to the central highlands of Iceland, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.Dimmuborgir

Beta in involved in local charities and the local municipality committees. Her interests are hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and volleyball.

SeljahjallagilOur goal is to provide a variety of quality tours and Getaway packages to people visiting Reykjavík and the northern part of Iceland.

Mývatn Activity offers a selection of  tours and we are also an information and booking center for all kinds of other tours and activities.

We can therefore act as your one stop hub for tours and activities in the north of Iceland.

Our tours: Mývatn Activity – Hike&Bike offers a variety of tours.  We offer tours all year round in different conditions. In summer we have Hiking tours, Mountain biking tours, Fat Bike tours and super-jeep tours and can also book tours for you for no extra charge, those tours can include Whale watching, Puffin spotting, Sea angling, Boat trips, Sightseeing flights with airplane or Helicopter, white water rafting and much more. In Winter we offer snowshoeing tours, Fat Bike toursnordic skiing, private super-jeep tours, Husky sledding tours and getaway packages with departures from Reykjavík and Akureyri in co-operation with local hotels and guesthouses. Go to our Tours&Activities page to book or contact us for info using info@hikeandbike.is.

About lake Mývatn area: IMG_8352-24

An undisputed gem of the northeast, Mývatn (mee-vahtnh) lake and the surrounding is starkly beautiful, an otherworldly landscape of boiling sulphur mud pools, weird lava formations, steaming fumaroles and volcanic craters.

The Mývatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the violent geological character of the area has produced an astonishing landscape unlike anywhere else in the country; this is the Iceland you’ve always imagined.

About the Icelandic Yule-lads:

13 Yule Lads live in the mountains by lake Mývatn in Iceland, the sons of the old trolls Grýla and Leppalúði. Grýla and Leppalúði keep a wicked cat, which may sometimes catch children. Grýla, who is big and formidable, was said to collect the naughty children in a sack and take them home to eat for Christmas dinner. If a child is naughty, Grýla finds out immediately. Grýla can´t lay her hands on good children.

An old tradition in Iceland is, that 13 days prior to Christmas the Yule Lads start coming down from the mountain one each night. Children in Iceland place their best shoe on their windowsill before going to bed and each night a little gift is left in the shoe from the Yule lad that came down from the mountain that night. If the child has been misbehaving, there might be a raw potato left instead.

The Yule Lads aren’t as mean as their parents but they aren´t very well-mannered either. The Icelandic Christmas season begins on December 12th, when Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) descends from the mountains. The last one, Kertasníkir (Candle-Stealer) arrives on Aðfangadagur, Christmas day on the 24th of December. Then they leave again to the mountains, one by one in the same order until the last one, Kertasníkir leaves on the last day of Christmas, January 6th