Highlights of the Tour
- The less traveled trails
- The best of Iceland's volcanic landscapes
- A great variety of terrain
Six-day biking the less traveled trails of Iceland’s hinterlands
A moon-like mountain biking experience through some of the most unique locations in the world. The combination of the Laki volcanic region and the highlights of the southern highlands, the “Fjallabak”, take this tour through fast changing and variable landscapes. During the six days biking we visit natural treasures like the Laki craters, the Eldgjá fissure, traverse the Eldhraun lava field as well as the heart of the Fjallabak mountain area. After crossing the black deserts of Mælifelssandur we continue onwards through the hot spring areas of the colourful Landmannalaugar area where the tour finishes with a relaxing dip in the natural warm pool. Indeed a challenge for all adventurous bikers! A well equipped support vehicle stays with the group the whole time so difficulty levels can be lowered by hopping into the support car for parts of the day.
Physical difficulty: Demanding
Biking: 6 days
Technical difficulty: 2* (with short passage of 3)
Total distance: 260 km (160 miles)
Included: Guide for 6 days, transportation to and from Reykjavík, 4x4 support car and driver, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), 5 nights in sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts.
Not included: Bike, helmet and gloves. Sleeping bag.
Biking: Mountain biking, cross country or XC biking. For experienced bikers and people in good physical condition. The tour can easily be done on a hard tail bike as many of our participants prefer, but we recommend a light XC full suspension bike with 110 - 140 mm travel.
Trails and terrain: Mostly on the back roads of the highlands, rough jeep tracks, many unclear and unmarked but with next to no traffic of vehicles. Most of these tracks get no maintenance and are not designed for biking, neither are the sheep trails used occasionally.
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.