The Arctic Tern (Kría)

Experience the route that started it all

The Arctic Tern (Kría) follows the official Westfjords Way Route established by Chris Burkard, Lael Wilcox, Rue Kaladyte, Payson McElveen and Nichole Baker in 2021.

Follow the route that started it all! As the inspiration for the Arna Westfjords Way Challenge, this route has everything. You will traverse endless fjords and  experience the best gravel gravel in the Westfjords. Passing countless waterfalls, hot pots, cafes and museums, this route gives you the opportunity to rack up 370 passport points in cultural stops. Those who complete this challenging route are deemed Arctic Terns for their fast migrations and predatory behaviors!

*Keep in mind, you can always make changes to the route using our point system as a guide for recommended stops.

* Due to snow, some parts of this route may not be clear until the end of June or early July, and route changes may be required.

  • 950 km [595 mi]
  • 11,270 m [37,000 ft] of climbing
  • 40% gravel
  • Best for those who want to experience the Arna Westfjords Way Challenge official route
  • 18 Passport Stops (totally 370 points)
  • Recommended bike: Gravel bike with at least 40mm tires or similar
  • Ísafjörður – village
  • Súðavík – village
  • Litlibær í Skötufirði – cafe
  • Steingrímsfjarðarheiði – mountain pass
  • Hólmavík – village
  • Laxárdalsheiði – mountain pass
  • Búðardalur – village
  • Flókalundur/Brjánslækur – restaurant/ hotel and hot pot
  • Patreksfjörður – village
  • Tálknafjörður – village
  • Bíldudalur – village
  • Þingeyri – village
  • Flateyri – village
  • Mjóafjarðarbotn/Heydalur – hotel/ hot pot
  • Drangsnes – village/ hot pot
  • Klofningsvegur
  • Breiðadalsheiði – mountain pass
  • Svalvogar

  • Route map GPX file (email cyclingwestfjords@gmail.com for more info about pre-drawn and custom routes)
  • Consultation call with local experts to plan your route and answer questions
  • Required and recommended gear/ clothing lists
  • Discounts at hotels, restaurants and museums
  • Starter pack including a Cycling Westfjords map and guidebook
  • Bike box storage
  • Local knowledge and support in case anything goes wrong
  • Cycling Westfjords microfiber towel
  • Certificate of Achievement upon route completion

Arctic Tern Passport Route

Ready to get your GPX file and start planning? Purchase the Arctic Tern Passport Route here, and start working with our team today to plan your adventure.

Arctic Tern Group Ride

Interested in riding this route with a group? The Arctic Tern 8 day self-supported group ride will be scheduled soon.