Bikes Take the Chair Lift
Skálafell Bike Park, in the vicinity of Reykjavík, opened to visitors on July 12. Bob Maarten Van Duin, operations manager of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Ski Areas, reports that the operation has gone very well this summer. During the second day of operations, an attendance record was set, with more than 100 guests attending.
The bike tracks are of varying difficulty and are meant for people of all ages and abilities. The area is also ideal for hikers, who can ascend the mountain by chair lift and walk the rest of the way to the top. Guests can either bring their own bikes to the area or rent bikes and gear on location. The bikes are then transported up the mountain by chair lift.
The Bike Park has been operated since 2011, but in wintertime, this is a ski area. Hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm. After the first weekend in August, the park will also be open on Sundays, through September 2.
On August 24, the Bike Park will be the site of a national contest in downhill mountain biking. You can view the schedule and hours of operation here.