THE VOLCANO RIDE
A 3 DAY ALL MOUNTAIN TOUR AROUND MT. HEKLA, ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH WITH A VISIT TO THE COLORFUL RHYOLITE AREA OF LANDMANNALAUGAR.
Iceland was created for the extreme experience. With its abundance of volcanos, glaciers, rivers and rough terrain, it is truly a mountain biker enthusiast’s paradise. In this tour, we will stay three nights in a charming and comfortable mountain hut situated within a short distance from our favorite single track trails in the highlands.
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 area 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 at the mountain hut Hólaskógur in Þjórsárdalur.
Ride: Distance 17 km – Elevation gain 390 m / loss -680 m
D2 // LANDMANNALAUGAR
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.
Ride: Distance 25-30 km – Elevation gain / loss 650 m
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 a 2-hour-drive back to Reykjavik.
Ride: Distance 12 km – Elevation gain 150 m / loss -400 m
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.
Group size: From 2 - 10 participants.
Biking distance: ~15 - 20 kilometers pr. day.Included:
- Expert local leadership
- All transports during the trip and assistance vehicle to carry the luggage
- Two nights in huts during the tour (sleeping bags in common rooms)
- Quality full-suspension MTB and helmet
- All meals and snacks from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3
- Accommodation and meals in Reykjavik before and after the trip
- Trip insurance
- Your related equipment needed to ride
- Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
- Optional tipping to guides
Activity level - moderate for intermediate-advanced riders.Technical level II: The volcano ride is rated as moderate for intermediate 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.
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 will be in authentic lodges located in special remote locations. Set in the sparse highlands, with a view of the volcano Mt. Hekla, our lodge offers comfortable and roomy kitchens, and a large dining room. The group stays together in the same section with shared bathrooms and electricity. You need to bring your own towels and sleeping bag. The food is hearty and typical of the area. Bike Company staff supervises the preparation of all meals. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary concerns.
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.
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.
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