MOUNTAIN BIKE WILDERNESS
A 5 DAYS ALL MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR AROUND MT. HEKLA ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH ; A TRUE PARADISE FOR A MOUNTAIN BIKER!
This is a fantastic adventure 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 of Iceland.
D1 // 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 for a two-nights stay in our mountain hut close to Hekla volcano.
Today’s ride is on an old sheep trail that serves as a great single-track trail under the looming shadow of the infamous volcano Hekla. This route which is known as Hellismannaleid passes along the edge of a moss covered lava field and a black volcanic wasteland evoking the sense of being “lost in the wilderness.”
or LANDMANNALAUGAR (Only possible in July, August and September)
We spend the whole day at the stunning Landmannalaugar area with its colorful mountains. The single-track trails in the area are as plentiful as they are diverse. We end the day with a well-deserved, relaxing bath in a natural hot spring.
D3 // 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. After the ride and a 2-hour-drive to our next location, we arrive in Þórsmörk Valley where we’ll be staying for two nights.
D4 // ÞÓRSMÖRK
Þórsmörk is a mythical valley with birch trees and ravines surrounded by steep mountains beneath the slopes of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Some awesome trails and challenging single-tracks are waiting for us there. We never get enough of riding it!
D5 // FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS
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 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 2 - 10 participants.
Biking distance: ~15 - 25 kilometers pr. day.Included:
- Expert local leadership
- All transports during the trip and assistance vehicle to carry the luggage
- Four nights in huts during the tour (sleeping bags in common rooms)
- All meals and snacks from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5
- Accommodation and meals in Reykjavik before and after the trip
- Trip insurance
- Your mountain bike and related equipment needed to ride (rental available for ~ 7,000 kr. per day)
- Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
- Optional tipping to guides
Activity level - challenging for intermediate-advanced ridersTechnical level II - III: The all mountain wilderness is rated as challenging for good mountain bikers 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.
The bike: 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.
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. Personal medical travel insurance is mandatory.
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.
Questions? Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.