BIKING ADVENTURE IN THE HIGHLANDS

THIS IS A 5 DAYS MTB ADVENTURE THAT TAKE PLACE IN SOME OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT LANDSCAPE OF THE PLANET EARTH. THE TRAIL SITS MOSTLY ON REMOTE MOUNTAIN ROADS IN THE HIGHLANDS.

If you love an outdoor adventure in stunning scenery this is your tour! You get to experience astonishing landscape that keeps changing before your eyes as you bike further: vast meadows overlooked by snow-capped volcanos, waterfalls and endless lava fields. Accommodation in a mountain huts, a local mountain bike guide that bikes with the group all the time and a driver will follow in a 4WD vehicle that carries the entire luggage.


D1 Sunday: DYNGJULEIÐ
Early departure from Reykjavik and about 3 hours drive to the mountains. The ride of the day starts on one of the most remote mountain road of the highlands. Our first night is spent in a charming hut owned by the farmers of the area.
Ride: Distance 28 km
Elevation: Gain 120 m / loss -380 m

D2 Monday: DÓMADALUR
The ride of the day starts from our hut at the foot of Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano. It stretches through black desert sands before entering the amazing Dómadalur region with smooth grass-covered mountains on one side and endless lava fields on the other. Our second night is in a hut placed in the heart of the highland.
Ride: Distance 25 km – Elevation gain / loss 390 m, -500 m
Elevation: Gain 650 m / loss -480 m

D3 Tuesday: LAUFAFELL
Today´s ride begin by a steep climb up to Hrafntinnusker, named after the obsidian rocks found there, followed by on one of the most exciting double tracks of the highlands.  Our hut of the night is situated right under the very spectacular Mt. Laufafell.
Ride: Distance 27 km
Elevation: Gain 700 m / loss -520 m

D4 Wednesday: TINDFJALLAJÖKULL
This day we have an option of passing by a fantastic single-track ride around Mt Laufafell down to the Ljósá River. Then again along a mountainous road that leads to our hut placed in a hidden valley behind the glacier of Tindfjallajökul.
Ride: Distance 30 km
Elevation: Gain 570 m / loss -670 m

D5 Thursday: HEKLA
The last stay starts off on a great highland road that follows the river Eystri-Rangá all the way down to the coast. The view is magnificent with Hekla volcano overlooking us on our right and Tindfjallajökull glacier on our left. Drive back to Reykjavik with arrival in the afternoon.
Ride: Distance 25 km
Elevation: Gain 100 m / loss -530 m

Bike Company reserves the right to make alterations and substitutions to the itinerary as weather or terrain conditions dictate or as necessary to improve the trip quality or to accommodate the comfort, convenience, and well-being of our guests.

 

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Group size: From 4 - 9 participants.

Biking distance: ~25 - 30 kilometers pr. day.

Bike and equipment: The perfect bike for this trip is a five or six-inch all-mountain hardtail mountain bike with disk brakes. If you bring your own bike, it must be in excellent working order.

Lodging and food: Accommodations are in remote and authentic lodges located in special remote locations. Rooms at the lodges vary from smaller six-person rooms to rooms that will accommodate the whole group (and sometimes others). The food is hearty and typical of the area. Bike Company supervises the preparation of all meals. However, group member participation is required. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary considerations.

Climate: Iceland can be chilly, even in summer. Expect nights to dip down to below 10°C ( 50°F) and days to warm up to 15-20°C (60-70°F) and warmer. In mountains, weather can change quickly and drastically and rain is common. Participants need to be prepared for a wide range of weather.

Dates 2018:

  • July 1st - 5th
  • July 29th - August 2nd
  • August 12th - 16th
  • September 9th - 13th

Technical level: The Biking Adventure in the Highland is rated as moderated to challenging for good mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes with basic off-road riding skills.

Fitness level: The adventure level is high on this trip. There are a few long hike-a-bike sections and riders can expect 5+ hours in the saddle daily. As you know, the fitter you are the more fun you'll have.

Your safety: Our trips take place in remote regions where limited evacuation options are available. Bear in mind, there are always risks and hazards on the trails that we ride. If you choose to participate in our trips, it is up to you to ride well within your limits, to ride conservatively and to be safe as mountain biking is a dangerous sport. Participants must keep their bikes in good working condition; they must be hydrated and rested and alcohol and drugs are not permitted while riding. Our guides have basic first aid training and if a serious injury is suspected they will call for a helicopter search and rescue at the cost of the participant. Personal medical travel insurance is mandatory.

Included:
  • Expert local leadership
  • Quality hard tail mountain bike and helmet
  • All transports during the trip and assistance vehicle to carry the luggage
  • Accommodation in huts during the tour (sleeping bags in common rooms)
  • All meals and snacks from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5
Not included:
  • Airfare and taxes to and from Keflavik airport in Iceland
  • Pickup and drop off at the airport
  • Accommodation and meals in Reykjavik before and after the trip
  • Trip insurance
  • Your personal equipment needed to ride
  • Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
  • Optional tipping to guides

The Next Steps: Once your online registration form has been received we will send you a confirmation in form of a ticket for the trip. Please make sure you have read and understand our Terms and Conditions and do not hesitate to get in touch if you still have questions.

Questons? Feel free to send us an email at info@bikecompany.is if you have any questions.

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