LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL

A 6 DAY 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 technically experienced bikers that push you to the limits! A guided all-mountain adventure with vehicle support.
Day 1 // Reykjadalur – Dómadalur / 20 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, we drive along the south coast, through farmlands. Night in a remote cabin in the heart of the spectacular highland.
Day 2 // Dómadalur – Landmannahellir / 30 km
Today’s ride begins on black sands before entering the amazing Dómadalur region with smooth grass-covered mountains on one side and colorful rhyolite mountains on the other. The ride of the day is by the foot of Mount Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano. Night in a remote cabin.
Day 3 // Landmannalaugar / 40 km
We will ride past mountain lakes, up a few short 200m climbs with rewarding descents and up to Ljótipollur, an extinct volcanic crater. Finally, we reach the stunning Landmannalaugar area with its colorful terrain. Bring a swimsuit and towel – on this leg of the trip, we will find a warm natural pool to soak in. Night in a remote cabin.
Day 4 // Landmannahellir – Hrafntinnusker  / 30 km
After an early breakfast, we begin a two-day point-to-point ride on (and off) the famous Laugavegur-Þórsmörk Trail. We begin the day by crossing a lava field, followed by a steep climb up to Hrafntinnusker, named after the obsidian rocks found there.
Day 5 //  Þórsmörk / 35 km
We ride along the mountains with the occasional challenging single tracks until we reach the great canyons of the Markarfljót River and pedal under the cone-shaped mountain Stórasúla as we make our way on a remote and beautiful double track that leads to the southern Fjallabak’s single track of the Laugavegur Route via Hattfellsgil to Þórsmörk.
Day 6 // Fimmvörðuháls – Eyjafjallajökull / 25 km
The single track trail of the day is surely among Iceland‘s best.  We begin the day by a steep climb (pedaling & hike-a-bike). During the climb, the view of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and some of Iceland’s freshest lava from the new volcanic craters Móði and Magni is staggering. In the afternoon, we will be rewarded with a fabulous downhill on the same track. 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: ~25 - 40 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. Riders should be prepared to ride in challenging weather conditions like cool, rainy, windy days. 

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 2017:

  • July 16th - 21st
  • July 30th - August 4th
  • August 13th - 18th
  • August 27th – September 1st FULLY BOOKED
  • September 10th - 15th

Level III: The technical ability required for the Laugavegur Trail is rated as severe for expert mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes. In other words, the trails are technical at times. 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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