THE VOLCANO RIDE
A 3 DAYS ALL MOUNTAIN TRIP AROUND MT. HEKLA, ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS ON EARTH
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 two 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 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 at the mountain hut.
Ride: Distance 17 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 390 m, -680 m
D2 – HEKLA
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 that 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.”
Ride: Distance 20 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 300 m, -450 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 15 km
Elevation: Gain / loss 390 m, -500 m
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 - 9 participants.
Biking distance: ~15 - 20 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: A full suspension rental bike is 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.
Level II: The volcano ride is rated as moderated to 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.
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.
- Expert local leadership
- A quality dual suspension mountain bike and a helmet
- 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 3
- 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 personal equipment needed to ride
- Personal items like drinks, snacks and energy supplements
- Optional tipping to guides
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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