SAILBOAT MTB ADVENTURE
A 5 DAYS ALL MOUNTAIN EXPLORATION TOUR ON A SAILBOAT IN THE WEST FJORDS OF ICELAND. THIS IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST EXCEPTIONAL AREAS THAT OFFERS ENDLESS OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN ITS REMOTE MOUNTAINS, SHELTERED FJORDS AND BAYS.
The area is virtually inaccessible. There are no roads in the nature reserve of Hornstrandir — the only way to venture there is by boat. Due to its remote location, it is very possible to stay there for days without meeting a single soul. Doing so, you will discover the essence of remote Iceland. The fjords are deep and dramatic, with marine and aviary life abound, and an abundance of silence and unexplored landscapes for the curious and adventurous explorer. The Expedition sailboat, Arktika, is our movable backcountry hut and awaits us every day with gourmet meals, warm and comfortable bunks and friendly conversation.
Day 1 // 27. June 2017
Snæfjallaströnd, Leirufjörður and Grunnavík
Flight to Isafjördur village by a domestic flight from Reykjavik at 8 AM in the morning. Meet up with our team on the expedition sailboat Aurora and departure from the harbor around 11 AM. We start our bike tour with a climb up the valley of Unadsdalur at Snæfjallaströnd on an old post route, crossing the mountains over to the fjörds of Leirufjörd. Then we venture along Höfðaströnd to Grunnavík rejoining with Aurora where she will be anchored off. Sailing over to the fjord of Hesteyri.
Day 2 – Day 4 // 28. – 30. June 2017
The rides in this trip are all about crossing the mountains from one fjörd to an other while Aurora will sail around it. We have several options of a great biking trails next three days around the fjords of Hesteyri, the bay of Aðalvík and the bay of Fljótavík. We will ride back and forward, up and down, between steep mountains and the see shore. Always with our eyes open for the diverse bird life, seals and the arctic fox.
Day 5 // 1. July 2017
Bolafjall and Skálavík
Departure will be early in the morning back to Isafjardardjup. En route we may see Orcas, Minke and Humpback whales. On our last day we ride crossing the mountain Bolafjall next to the village of Bolungarvík and down to the valley of Skálavík. We will sail back to Isafjordur early enough to catch our afternoon flight to Reykjavik.
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 clients.
Dates 2017: SPECIAL 5 DAYS EXPLORATION TOUR - FULLY BOOKED
- June 27th - July 1st
- TO BE COME
Price 2018: TO BE COME
Group size: From 6 - 8 participants.Included:
- Pickup and drop off at the airport in Isafjördur
- Expert local leadership
- Services of a captain and crew
- All meals and snacks from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5
- Use of sea kayaks (optional, please enquire)
- Use of stand up paddle boards
- Airfare and taxes to and from Keflavik Airport in Iceland
- Airfare and taxes to and from Reykjavik to Isafjördur (about 25,000 ISK)
- Accommodation and meals in Reykjavik before and after the trip
- Trip insurance
- Your full-suspension mountain bike and related equipment needed to ride
- Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
- Optional tipping to guides
Technical level: This unique adventure is rated for moderate for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes.
Fitness level: The adventure level is high on this trip. As you know, the fitter you are the more fun you'll have.
Health: All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in the group travel experience. If, in the opinion of our group leader, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Aurora-Arktika reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. We therefore ask that you read the itinerary in these trip notes thoroughly and then realistically self-assess your physical ability to complete the trip as described. Please consult with your doctor if you have any doubts.
Responsible travel: We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.
The bike: The perfect bike for this trip is a five or six-inch all-mountain dual suspension bike with disk brakes. It is required to have it in excellent working order before the trip begins.
Travelling to Ísafjörður: From the domestic airport in Reykjavík, there are 2-3 daily 40-minute flights to Ísafjörður. If you would like to get there earlier, browse Air Iceland (www.airiceland.is) for schedules and special offers. Please arrive in Ísafjörður ahead of our planned sailing time of 8.40 am on the first day of the trip.
Food: We take great pride in the food we serve on board Arktika and use local produce and ingredients as much as we can. Local fish and lamb are common dinners and often berries and rhubarb pies for desserts. We can cater for vegetarians and guests with dietary restrictions. Please let us know in advance. It is a good idea to take some of your own dietary substitutes if you have a specialist diet.
Climate: Iceland can be chilly, even in summer. Expect nights to dip down to below 10°C (below 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 should be prepared to ride in challenging weather conditions like cool, rainy, windy days.
Sailing Yacht Arktika: The boat is a Dutch built ketch-rigged oceangoing sailingyacht that is fully equipped and certified to sail around the world with up to 12 guests (we normally only take 10 guests). The hull shape is directly derived from the famous Colin Archer which is also known for good sailing characteristics. Her comfortable deckhouse makes sailing in northern waters very pleasant. With private crew quarters, four guest cabins (two four-person and two two-person), a spacious saloon and a galley there is more than enough space on board. The boat has good central heating, hot and cold water, two heads (toilets) and one shower. There is 220V electricity to charge batteries and other electronic devices The boat is equipped according to strict Icelandic regulations in regards to emergency equipment.
Communication: There is good mobile phone coverage and Internet service in Ísafjörður. Mobile coverage is not good where we travel, though most days there is reception on the mountaintops! On board, Arktika will have a satellite phone that can be used for urgent calls or emails.
Sea sickness: We only sail short distances during this trip, and seasickness has not proven to be problematic. Still, it´s a good idea to bring medication if you know you are prone to seasickness or you think it will be helpful.
Issues on your trip: While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or the captain straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and mitigate any potential negative impacts during the rest of your trip.
The captain: Sigurdur “Siggi” Jonsson
He has been playing in the mountains and the oceans around his native Ísafjörður all his life. He is a Naval Architect and Ocean Yachtmaster and has been skippering Aurora since 2006 and Arktika since 2016. His work and play has taken him all over the world: from skiing in Canada, climbing in the Alps, kayaking in Greenland to sailing in Antarctica. Siggi has worked for mountain rescue teams in Iceland for many years and received training in first-aid, mountaineering, mountain rescue, avalanche rescue etc. His passion for the lands and cultures of the North Atlantic and the Arctic is second only to his enthusiasm about sharing this with new friends. He is a great cook and enjoys coming up with new recipes from local delicacies.
The guide: Anna Kristín Ásbjörnsdóttir
Anna is a dedicated mountaineer, skier, biker and professional guide with 15 years experience of guiding mountain tours in Iceland. She speaks fluent French after having lived in France for 10 years where she ran her own travel agency, specializing in adventure tours in the northern countries. Her knowledge and experience as a guide is unique when it comes to planning mountain bike tours in Iceland and her ideas for pulling up new trips and finding new trails are endless.
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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