LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL

A 6 DAYS ALL MOUNTAIN TRIP WITH EACH DAY A JAW-DROPPINGLY BETTER THAN THE LAST IN YOUR EXPERIENCE OF ICELAND’S YOUNG VOLCANIC SOUL AND THE LOST-IN-THE-WILD FEEL.

Our most intense trip—a true adventure for experienced mountain bikers that push you to the limits! A guided all-mountain adventure with vehicle support.

D1 Sunday: Reykjadalur / 15 km
Early departure from Reykjavik to Reykjadalur Valley in Hellisheiði Mountain Range, the starting point of a classic single track ride through one of Iceland’s most powerful and impressive geothermal regions. In the afternoon, a 3-hour drive along the south coast, in to the highlands by a road that pass at the edge of a moss covered lava fields and a black volcanic wasteland.

D2 Monday: Landmannalaugar / 45 km
This is one of the spectacular days of the tour with a singe tracks rides in the stunning Landmannalaugar area and its colourful surroundings. Bring a towel – on this leg of the trip we will find a warm natural pool to soak in. We will ride back to our hut past mountain lakes, up a few short 200m climbs to the volcano crater Ljótipollur with rewarding descents.

D3 Tuesday: Hrafntinnusker / 50 km
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. In the end of the day we get 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.

D4 Wednesday: Emstrur / 35 km
The first part of today´s trail is surely among Iceland‘s best. It is a challenging and remote single track where we rarely come a cross hikers or even other MTB riders. The second part passes by the Lake Alftavatn and on the famous “Laugavegur” trail followed by a mountain road that leads to our hut by the canyons of the Markarfljót River.

D5 Thursday: Þórsmörk / 30 km
Some awesome and rather challenging single-tracks are waiting for us today via deep canyons, through a desert sand and lava fields over to Þórsmörk valley. Our hut is situated in a mythical place with birch trees and ravines surrounded by steep mountains underneath the slopes of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

D6 Friday: Fimmvörðuháls / 25 km
The last day of the tour and not the easiest one starts by a steep climb (pedaling & hike-a-bike). In the afternoon, we will be rewarded with a fabulous 9 km downhill that follows the river Skógá all the way down to the coast. Later in the afternoon, we’ll have about a 3-hour afternoon drive back to Reykjavík.

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 5 - 9 participants.

Biking distance: ~15 - 50 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. All participants are required to have their bikes in excellent working order before the trip begins.

Rent a bike: Two types of full suspension rental bikes are available for this trip: Trek Fuel EX 8 27,5/27 plus (or similar) for 12,000 ISK per day. We strongly recommend, though, that participants bring their own bikes if possible.

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 22nd - 27th
  • August 5th - 10th
  • August 26th - 31st
  • September 2nd - 7th

Level II-III: The technical ability required for the Laugavegur Trail is rated as challenging for advanced/expert mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes.

Fitness level III: There are a few long hike-a-bike sections and riders can expect 4+ hours in the saddle daily. As you know, the fitter you are the more fun you'll have. This trip is demanding, taking you at times into a remote landscape.

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
  • 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 6
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 mountain bike and related equipment needed to ride
  • Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
  • Optional tipping to guides
  • Small group supplement for less than 5 participants

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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