SINGLE TRACK EXTREME: OUR MOST INTENSE TRIP!
A TRUE ADVENTURE FOR EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN BIKERS THAT PUSH YOU TO THE LIMITS!
THE VOLCANO DESERT
We will pick you up (ready to ride) at your hotel around 10 AM. After a short stop at our office, we drive about 3-hours along the south coast into the highlands. The first day ride will start with a real “kick ass” introduction to what to expect for the week. It includes some shorter and longer climbs, rewarded by a long, flowy single track that ends right in front of our hut.
Ride: Distance 15 km
Elevation: Gain 680 m / loss -680 m
THE HIGHLANDS OASIS
The stunning area of Landmannalaugar, famous for its palette of pastel colored mountains. And the home of the most epic single tracks trails 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 42 km
Elevation: Gain 770 m / loss -770 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 790 m / loss -800 m
THE BIG GREEN MOUNTAIN
We ride past Torfahlaup Canyon to find our way on a remote and breathtaking trails. Shredding around all day as we make our way on a remote and beautiful double-track that leads to the single-track of the Laugavegur route. Our mountain hut is situated on the edge of the deep canyon of Markafljotsgljufur.
Ride: Distance 38 km
Elevation: Gain 600 m / loss -740 m
RIDE THROUGH A FOREST
Thorsmork is situated in a mythical place with birch trees and ravines surrounded by steep mountains and glaciers. Some awesome and rather challenging single-tracks are waiting for us today via deep canyons and through a desert sand. It is our last night together in the mountains, therefore it’s a fiesta with traditionally dressed whole leg of lamb that leaves nothing to be desired for gourmets.
Ride: Distance 34 km
Elevation: Gain 825 m / loss -1060 m
PASSING BETWEEN THE GLACIERS
This last day of our adventure is a legendary national route. It´s includes a single track that is among Iceland‘s best. We begin the day by a rather steep hike-a- bike climb. After a snowy and rather “rolling” passage through a new lava field (2010), we will be rewarded with a fabulous downhill all the way to the seashore. About a two hours drive back to Reykjavík after our last ride, early enough to enjoy our evening and have a good group dinner in one of the city’s restaurants.
Ride: Distance 25 km
Elevation: Gain 1130 m / loss -1350 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.
- 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 6
- 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
- Small group supplement for less than 5 participants
Group size: From 5 - 9 participants.
Biking distance: ~25 - 45 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: We have high quality Specialized StumpJumper 29” bikes available for rent. Price 60,000 ISK for the week. 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.
Technical level: This trip is rated as challenging for expert bikers used to physically demanding routes.
Fitness level: There are a few long hike-a-bike sections and riders can expect 4+ hours in the saddle daily. As you know, the fitter you are the more fun you'll have. This trip is demanding, taking you at times into a remote landscape.
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.
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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