Challenge yourself

Registration opens on the 15th of January 2022

Grefillinn is a new Gravel Race through Borgarfjörður and Kaldadalur which is located just 100 km (62 mi) from the capital area. However, don’t you let that short distance fool you. With roughly 2.000 m (6,500 ft) elevation gain the course will take you to remote highlands, countryside roads and water crossings.

Highlands

Gravel as far as you can see with spectacular mountain views and glaciers.

Countryside

Endless gravel countryside roads with twists, turns, water crossings and tough climbs.

Challenge

Challenge yourself for 2022 and make your dreams of Icelandic gravel riding come true!

The Race

The race starts and finishes at Krauma, the beautiful geothermal baths. Participants will be able to wash of the road dust in the relaxing pools of Krauma after the race.

The race takes you through Flókadalur and Lundareykjadalur, two beautiful agriculturual valleys filled with grass fields, salmon rivers and sheep. The climb out of Lundareykjadalur is called Uxahryggir, it is a approx 15 km (9 mi) climb of 300 m (980 ft). Many waterfalls can be seen on this part. 

The Kaldidalur highland road is next. It can only be described as magnificent, set in a desolate post-glacial surroundings. The road is a bit rougher than up till now. The highest point of Kaldidalur is at approx 700 m (2,300 ft) and the view is great in all directions. 

The glacier Eiríksjökull can be seen from there as well as the former glacier Ok. The descent down to Húsafell takes you through contrasting nature, starting in the post glacial desert and ending in the low forest and clear rivers of Húsafell. 

From there you ride through some beautiful agricultural valleys of Hvítársíða. The great glacial river Hvítá runs down this valley and can be great inspiration for wild riding.

What Others Are Saying

After winning the first edition of this race, I was already excited to do the whole thing again. This race has fast straights, premium gravel trails, river passes and just the kind of Icelandic epic views you'd expect. It's for any type of rider, a real but enjoyable challenge.
Ingvar Ómarsson
Ingvar Ómarsson
Winner 2021
I accepted the challenge and did not regret it, the best ride of the summer. Challenging, difficult but beautiful route, everything you want from a Gravel ride.
Do not hesitate to register, and this will be a great gravel adventure.
Íris Ósk Hjaltadóttir
Winner 2021

What's your preferred distance?

200km (125 miles)

For those that dare to take on the Icelandic Highlands and Countryside. Option of three different categories for both men and women.

  • Elite/Pro
  • Masters 18-44
  • Master 45+

100 km (62.3 miles)

Course that runs through the Icelandic Countryside. One category for both men and women.

Experiene Icelandic Nature

End your ride with a geothermal bath & spa

The hot water originates in Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver, at a temperature of 100°C (212°F).

Krauma has a total of six baths, five warm and one cold.

No extra chemicals are needed to keep the pools clean, as the water is constantly being replaced because of the rapid natural flow rate of the hot springs.

The changing room offers a separate locker for every guest and a spacious dressing table with large mirrors and good lighting.

The race will start and finish at Krauma and each participant will receive a voucher that can be used after the race. 

What a way to end your gravel grinding!

200 km (125 mi) Race

The race takes you through Flókadalur and Lundareykjadalur, two beautiful agriculturual valleys filled with grass fields, salmon rivers and sheep. The Kaldidalur highland road is next. It can only be described as magnificent, set in a desolate post-glacial surroundings with a bit rougher roads. 

The descent down to Húsafell takes you through contrasting nature, starting in the post glacial desert and ending in the low forest and clear rivers of Húsafell. From there you ride through some beautiful agricultural valleys of Hvítársíða. 

Next up is an adjacent valley to Hvítarsíða, Þverárhlíð (river crossing) and Norðurárdalur (yup that‘s a mouthful). It is a beautiful and grown valley with a clear salmon river running through it.

Detailed course info can be found on Komoot.

Cut – offs

The 200 km race has a 14 hours course cut-off. 

There are 3 cut-off points on the course and they are all located at feeding stations. 

  • The first one is at the highest point of Kaldidalur at 85 km (53 miles) and the cut-off time is 8 hours.
  • The second cut-off is after 140 km (87 miles) and the cut-off time is 11 hours.
  • The third cut-off point is after 180 km (112 miles) and the cut-off time is 14 hours.

Routes are subject to change.

100 km (62.1 mi) Race

The course takes you through the beautiful countryside towards Húsafell. There is a river crossing over Reykjadalsá on the way after about 8 miles. 

The course takes a u-turn after about 15 miles close to Húsafell and heads down the valley Hvítársíða and follows the same course as the 200 km course from this point. The great glacial river Hvítá runs down this valley and can be great inspiration for wild riding.

Next up is an adjacent valley to Hvítarsíða, Þverárhlíð (river crossing) and Norðurárdalur (yup that‘s a mouthful). It is a beautiful and grown valley with a clear salmon river running through it.

Detailed course info can be found on Komoot.

Cut – offs

The 100 km race has a 9 hour course cut-off.

There are two cut-off points and they are located at feeding stations.

  • The first cut-off point is after 40 km (25 mi) and the cut-off time is 3 hours.
  • The second cut-point is after 80 km (50 mi) and the cut-off time is 7 hours.

Routes are subject to change.

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