MOUNTAIN BIKE WILDERNESS
A 4 DAYS ALL MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR AROUND SOME OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH. THE RIVETING BEAUTY OF ICELAND’S RUGGED LANDSCAPE WILL CONSTANTLY AMAZE YOU; A TRUE PARADISE FOR A MOUNTAIN BIKER!
This fantastic adventure is for mountain bikers ready to join a challenging journey through Iceland’s remote landscape. The single-track trails in the country are as abundant as they are diverse. In this trip, we have selected some of our favorites trails in the highlands and by the seashore of Iceland.
D1 Wednesday: HENGILL VOLCANO
Meet with your driver and guide in the morning at your hotel in Reykjavik. Today we’ll ride the area surrounding Hengill, a volcano that last erupted two thousand years ago which lies in Iceland’s western volcanic belt. The location surrounding the volcano is renowned for its hot springs, natural warm rivers and steaming fumaroles and is described as mystical and entrancing. In the afternoon we drive about 2 hours along Iceland’s fantastic South Coast to our mountain hut in the highlands.
Ride: Distance 17 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 390 m, -680 m
D2 Thursday: ÞJÓRSÁRDALUR
This legendary ride starts from Iceland’s second-highest waterfall, Háifoss, which plunges 122m off the edge of a plateau and ends in the Gjáin Valley, a place full of twisting lava, spectacular waterfalls and otherworldly caves.
Ride: Distance 25 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 500 m
D3 Friday: VIK Í MÝRDAL
Vik is a small village surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and steep mountains on the other side. We start the day by climbing up Mt. Reynisfjall a 340 m high tuff mountain arising out of a volcanic eruption from under a glacier in the penultimate Ice Age. During our ride on the top of the cliffs we have a fantastic view down to the black beach of Reynisfjara including a 66 m high rock pillars that rise out of the sea. This ride is one of our favorites ones.
Ride: Distance 20 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 950 m
D4 Saturday: FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS
The single track trail of the day is surely among Iceland‘s best. We begin the day by a climb up on a mountain road. During the climb, the view of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. We will be rewarded with a fabulous downhill on a single-track all the way back to the seashore. Later in the afternoon, we’ll have about a 3-hour afternoon drive back to Reykjavík.
Ride: Distance 16 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 750 m
Bike Company reserves the right to make adjustments 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 clients.
Group size: From 4 - 9 participants.
Biking distance: ~15 - 25 kilometers pr. day.
Bike and equipment: The perfect bike for this trip is a five or six-inch all-mountain dual suspension 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.
Level II-III: The technical ability required for the Mountain Biking Wilderness is rated as challenging for intermediate - advanced riders used to physically demanding routes.
Fitness level II: The adventure level is high on this trip. As you know, the fitter you are the more fun you'll have. This trip through remote landscape is strenuous at times.
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.
- Expert local leadership
- A quality dual suspension mountain bike and a 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 4
- 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.
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