BIKING ADVENTURE IN THE HIGHLANDS
A TOUR THAT TAKE PLACE IN SOME OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT LANDSCAPE OF THE PLANET EARTH!
THE VOLCANO DESERT
Early departure from Reykjavik and about 3 hours drive to the mountains. The ride of the day starts on one of the most remote mountain road of the highlands. Our first night is spent in a charming hut owned by the farmers of the area.
Ride: Distance 36 km
Elevation: Gain 120 m / loss -380 m
The ride of the day starts from our hut at the foot of Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano. It stretches through black desert sands before entering the amazing Dómadalur region with smooth grass-covered mountains on one side and endless lava fields on the other. Our second night is in a hut placed in the heart of the highland.
Ride: Distance 38 km
Elevation: Gain 650 m / loss -480 m
THE HIGHLANDS OASIS
The stunning area of Landmannalaugar, famous for its palette of pastel colored mountains. And the home of the most epic landscape in Iceland. The word “undulant” is probably the best one to explain what characterize the rides here. We will have multiple 100 – 300m climbs and some shorts hike-a-bike sections during the day, always followed by a rewarding descents. In addition we will end the day by a soak in a warm natural pool.
Ride: Distance 28 km
Elevation: Gain 700 m / loss -520 m
We start our day by a very steep climb up a double track called “Pokahryggur”. A name given by the local farmers that used to put a sand filled bags under the tires of their jeeps to manage to ride up the road. But the climb is rewarded by a great descent on a remoted mountain road through a landscape of impressive hot natural springs. We will drop down in between valleys and crossing few cold rivers before joining our comfortable mountain hut.
Ride: Distance 45 km
Elevation: Gain 950 m /loss -1150 m
BACK TO THE FARMLAND
The last stay starts off on a great highland road that follows the river Eystri-Rangá all the way down to the coast. The view is magnificent with Hekla volcano overlooking us on our right and Tindfjallajökull glacier on our left. Drive back to Reykjavik with arrival in the afternoon.
Ride: Distance 30 km
Elevation: Gain 100 m / loss -530 m
MAP AND THE RIDES PROFILE
There is always possibility of alterations to the itinerary, here above, as weather or terrain conditions dictate. This is for your own good to improve the trip quality and ensure that we choose the best ride that suits each day.
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Group size: From 4 - 9 participants.
Biking distance: ~25 - 30 kilometers pr. day.
Bike and equipment: The perfect bike for this trip is a five or six-inch all-mountain full suspension mountain bike with disk brakes.
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.
Technical level: The Biking Adventure in the Highland is rated as moderated to challenging for good mountain bikers used to physically demanding routes with basic off-road riding skills.
Fitness level: The adventure level is high on this trip. There are a few long hike-a-bike sections and riders can expect 5+ hours in the saddle daily. 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
- 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 5
- 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
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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