Iceland’s Best Single Tracks - IMB81

Tour type: Bike tour from guest house to guest house

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 230.000

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What's included: Guide, food for 3 days, transportation, 4x4 support car and driver and accommodation in a guest house

Departures: On demand

Duration: 3 days

Accommodation: Guest house

Pick up: all participants are picked up at their accommodation by the support vehicle that takes them to the Central Bus Station

Group size: 4 - 12 participants

Language: English

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • All Mountain "Enduro" action
    • Colorful mountains
    • The Hrafntinnusker trail

    Three-day “Enduro Action” - the best of the Iceland’s single-tracks

    Three fun-filled biking days packed with action for the adventurous biker, combining the best single tracks with some outstanding landscape. Access is by super-jeep, minimizing the uphill to get the best out of each day. On fast floating single tracks down along riverbeds and numerous waterfalls, or hard packed and highly technical downhill tracks next to Iceland’s most recent lava field, passing the craters of the 2010 eruption, the ride is wild and dramatic and even the bravest will walk the hardest sections. Last but not least the area of the world famous Laugavegur route with outstanding options is on the agenda. Both nights are spent in a guesthouse in southern central Iceland, where it is possible to relax in a hot tub jacuzzi after the actions of the day. Pure fun on fabulous terrain.

    Physical difficulty: Moderate

    Biking: 3 days
    Technical difficulty: 4*

    Included: Guide for 3 days, transportation to and from Reykjavík, 4x4 support car and driver, food for 3 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3), 2 nights in a guest house.

    Not included: Bike, helmet and gloves. Knee, elbows, and spine protection - required!

    Biking: Enduro or All Mountain. The tour emphasis is on technical single-tracks, using superjeep access to increase the downhill and minimize the climbing. For experienced bikers only! Recommended bike: Full suspension bike with 4 - 6 inch travel/120 - 165mm.

    Trails and terrain: The single tracks are sheep tracks and hiking paths. Some of them have been widened by horse riding. Most of them get no maintenance and they are not designed for biking. This is wild nature at its best and you never know what awaits around the next corner.

    Available upon request: Four-star accommodation in Reykjavík - please contact us for more information

    Practical information:

    Bring your own bike:  You can easily bring your own bike and we recommend that for the more technical tours.  Bikes have to be packed in bike bags or cartons before flight.  The cost for air transfer is around 25€/22£/35$. 

    Before you pack your bike it should be tuned and in good working condition. We strongly recommend you have your bike checked out by a respectable bike shop prior to departure. Have your bike tuned up and any worn-out parts replaced. A mountain bike of good quality and in good operating condition is essential. Our guides carry tools and a supply of spare parts suitable for use on most bikes. If your bike has special features or specifications, then you must supply your own parts and tools.

    Rent a bike:  The bikes you can rent are hard tail with 120 mm/4 inch fork and 2.1 inch tires.  They do for the XC tours but for the more technical tours like “Iceland best single track” it is necessary to bring your own bike. If renting a bike and using clip less pedals, please bring your pedals and shoes!

    What to bring:  On all ours tours we have a large pump and the necessary gear for general maintenance.  We have tubes, tires, normal brake pads, cables, clippies and flat pedals and even shifters for sale on the same price as in bike stores in Reykjavík. You need to bring tools and gear that is specific for your bike.   

    * Technical difficulty, what to expect:

    • 1. Good surface, short easy hills, wide path and wide turns. Good for beginners
    • 2. Narrow paths with loose surface and gentle down steepness. Fun for all mountain bikers
    • 3. Short steep sections, rocky paths, narrow turns, short rock steps. For experienced mountain bikers and fit bikers with little experience.
    • 4. Longer steep sections, short very steep parts, side sloping paths, large steps and small drops. For experienced bikers only.
    • 5. A Downhill course. Very steep sections, obligatory drops, narrow ridges. Experts only.

    Pick up from hotel or guesthouse to bus station in Reykjavík can be added for 4.400 ISK per person. 

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: The best of the colorful Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
    The tour starts on Thursday morning at 08:00. We pick you up at a Reykjavik guesthouse and drive to the colorful Landmannalaugar area. We climb with the support car up to the valley of Reykjadalur.  After reassembling the bikes and pumping air into the tires we start the days ride. We set off on the bike on the highest point of the road and take the steep gravel road down the Reykjadalur valley.  There are several interesting river crossing which are hard to get through without wet feet.  Even though there is quite a descent at the start it is not technical. The majority of the 50 km route of the day is on little used jeep tracks but the central part is on full single tracks. Our route lies parallel to the famous trail between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk.

    We propose a 50 km XC day with a 300 m ascent and 800 m descent. For those who have not had enough it is possible to race the support jeep and continue along the 4x4 track to Fljótshlíð where our guesthouse awaits with a jacuzzi and a bar.  

    Day 2: Fimmvörðuháls, the single track underneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
    An early morning departure from our guesthouse for the 1 h drive along the south coast to the Eyjafjallajökull area where we spend the day.  We are riding the “Fimmvörðuháls” pass between the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Mýrdalsjökull.  This is a popular hiking route between the Þórsmörk valley and Skógar.  We use the 4x4 support car to take us up and the first run of the day is along the Skógará river to the south.  The view is fantastic with uncountable waterfalls and the river canyon of Skógará.  The single-track is gently down sloping, fast and floating for 8 km and 6oo m vertical descent. Usually participants love this part and we often have to repeat this part before we continue and do the technical descent on the north side of the pass. To get to the northern side there is about 100 m/300feet climb from where the support car drops us, and most of us will walk the steepest parts with the bikes. The top is at 1100 m/3400 feet altitude and is often covered with snow until the end of the summer.  The path takes us over the volcanic craters formed in the 2010 eruption where we will have a small break enjoying the impressive scenery. The northern side of Fimmvörðuháls is more technical than the southern side. Everyone will have to walk the hardest parts and there are section where the bikes have to be carried. The surroundings are superb and there are great photo and head cam opportunities.

    There is some refreshment waiting for us when we arrive in the Þórsmörk valley.  Those who have not had enough of biking can race the support car along the rough track leading out of the valley returning to our guesthouse.

    Fimmvörðuháls to the south:
    Descent : 600 m. Distance: 8 km. Time: 1-1,5 hours

    Fimmvörðuháls to the north:
    Climb: 100 m. Descent: 1000 m. Distance: 10 km. Time: 4 hours

    Day 3: The single tracks of the Mount Hengill Central Volcano
    We set off from our guesthouse with all our belongings, heading back in the direction of Reykjavík.  Todays adventures are on the single tracks in the outdoor paradise of the Hengill area ending up with going down the most classical single track in Iceland the Reykjadalur valley. There are several possible starts to this day but we propose going through the Innstidalur valley technical single track with some short steep climb before going down to the hot springs at Ölkelduháls pass. For those choosing less physical effort it is possible to join the group here. From Ölkelduháls we have a fantastic descent down the Reykjadalur valley. The beginning is technical but soon changes to a fast floating single track. In the middle of the Reykjadalur valley there is a chance to enjoy a bath in a natural hot pool in the wild.

    After the Reykjadalur valley there is a short gravel road to the village of Hveragerði.  Here it is possible to stop at the local pub before loading the support car and heading back to Reykjavík.

    Innstidalur to Ölkelduháls on gravel road and jeep track:
    Ascent: 100 m. Descent: 200m. Distance: 10 km. Time: 1,5 - 2 hours.

    Ölkelduháls and down Reykjadalur single track:
    Descent: 300 m. Distance: 5,5 km. Time: 1 hour.

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  • Equipment List

    Bike Tours 



    - Equipment list for Bike Tours

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Bike clothing:

    • Biking Helmet. 
    • Buff or light hat that fits under the helmet. 
    • Sunglasses / protective glasses.
    • Wind and waterproof bike jacket – ideally with a hood, e.g. Gore-Tex. 
    • Long and short sleeve layers of wool or synthetics in variable thickness for different weather conditions. 
    • Light puffy jacket or vest for breaks and stops. 
    • Bike pants with a good pad, shorts/bibs/long-pants for variable weather conditions.
    • Wind and waterproof pants cut for cycling. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
    • Bike shoes / light hiking boots.
    • Socks for riding – few pairs light and heavy.
    • Neoprene over shoes / Gore-Tex bike socks or Seal-Skin socks. 
    • Bike gloves, thin and thick. 
    • Ideally have a change of clothes for variable conditions, thick and thin. 

    Day pack:

    • Back pack for cycling (20L +).
    • Water bottle or camel bag.
    • Sandals or neoprene boots for wading rivers.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Camera with spare batteries.
    • Toilet paper.
    • A small first-aid kit.
    • Energy bars. 
    • Repair tools.
    • Derailleur hanger / drop out – fitting your frame. 
    • Spare tube fitting your wheel size.
    • Tube repair kit. 
    • Quick-link for your chain size.

    Other gear:

    • Bike fitting the tour – can be rented.
    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this tour since all the huts are heated.
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Spare bike clothing (see above). 
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Bathing gear (depends on tour). 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, earplugs etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Pen knife / leatherman. 
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits. 
    • Knee protection is required in “All Mountain”/Enduro tours and elbow and spine protection should be considered.
    • Mudguards front/back. 
    • SPD or similar – we suggest bringing your own pedals.

    Recommended tools and spare parts:

    For those that bring their own bike only. 

    • Small multi tool.
    • Small pump.
    • Spare tube.
    • Tire levers.
    • Puncture repair kit.
    • Chain link extractor.
    • Brake blocks/disc pads for your bike.
    • Spare derailleur hanger; frame specific (“drop-out”).
    • Chain lube; wet and dry conditions. 
    • Brush and a rag for cleaning drive train. 
    • Any tools needed for packing your bike.

    
Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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