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Iceland Mountain Bike

Reykjavík and Icelandic Backcountry

New bike tour in 2016 with Trek Travel!

This is the knobby-tired, two-wheeled journey of a lifetime. Ride for 6 days through the rolling volcanic wonderland that is the Icelandic backcountry.

Pedal along rolling hills and mossy lava fields; soak in mystical hot springs and peer into steaming fumaroles. Soak in a mid-ride bath on your way to the remote Álftavatn Lake. Explore the singletrack of hidden river valleys while gazing up at ancient towering glaciers. And stay in a couple of magical mountain huts as you discover all the hidden treasures of Iceland in the best way possible: on a mountain bike.
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Today's Ride:

Hengill Volcano
Approximately 10 miles with 700 feet of climbing and 1,700 feet of descending

Description:

This morning you will meet your guides at the Hotel Reykjavik Marina in Reykjavik at 9:00 AM. After a short round of introductions, you guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Iceland before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Today we'll ride the area surrounding Hengill, a volcano that lies in Iceland’s western volcanic belt, last erupting two thousand years ago. We'll pedal along Ölkelduhnjúkur Mountain on some seriously sweet singletrack and down through Reykjadalur valley towards the village of Hveragerði. Don’t forget your bathing suit as this region is renowned for its hot springs and natural warm rivers which you'll sample post-ride. Dry off and hop in the van for a late afternoon drive along Iceland’s fantastic South Coast to your first night's stay at the mountain hut Hólaskjól, Hungurfit or Hvanngil. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during social hour and a typical Icelandic dinner at the hut prepared by your guides.

Hotel:

Mountain Hut Hólaskjól
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hungurfit or Hvanngil Mountain Hut

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


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Today's Ride:

Langisjór to Eldgjá
Approximately 20 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing and 3,100 feet of descending

Description:

Hopefully you turned in early, because we've got a big day ahead. After breakfast and a short transfer to Landisjor, you’ll start riding on a fantastic singletrack trail along the Skaftá River, continuing through the Skaftárhraun lava to grassy Skælingar tuff ridges. From Skælingar, you'll head to Eldgjá, the largest volcanic canyon in the world. Formed in a volcanic eruption in 934 AD, Eldgjá is 270m deep and 600m wide at its greatest. End today's ride right at the front door of our mystic mountain hut. Tonight you'll enjoy a hearty, family-style Icelandic meal prepared by your guides.

Hotel:

Mountain Hut Hólaskjól
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hungurfit or Hvanngil Mountain Hut

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Strútstígur
Approximately 30 miles with 2,370 feet of climbing and 2,270 feet of descending

Description:

Today’s singletrack is one of the best rides in all of Iceland. Pedal along the banks of the river Syðri-Ófæra and the hills of Svartahnúksfjöll Mountain ridge. Along the route you'll have a chance to take a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring in the middle of the unspoiled nature. After the bath, get back in the saddle and ride along the mountainous singletrack that leads to the Álftavatn Lake and your cabin. Savor a delicious home-cooked dinner and be sure to get some rest this evening before another adventurous day of mountain biking tomorrow.

Hotel:

Alftavatn Hut
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hólaskjól or Hvanngil Mountain Hut

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Hungurfit
Approximately 10 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing and 1,620 feet of descending

Description:

The day starts with a magical ride from Lake Álftavatn past Torfahlaup Canyon. Dig deep for a few challenging singletrack sections that characterize the great canyons of the Markarfljot River, then make you’re way on a remote and breathtaking trail that leads to a hidden valley behind the glacier of Tindfjallajökull. The day ends with a night's stay in the mountain hut, situated in the middle of the Icelandic back country.

Hotel:

Alftavatn Hut
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hólaskjól, Hvanngil or Hungurfit Mountain Hut

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


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Day
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Today's Ride:

Þórsmörk
Approximately 18 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing and 2,300 feet of descending

Description:

Today's dirt is seriously awesome. Gaze up at the cone-shaped Storasula Mountain on your way to our riding port-of-call: the singletrack of the Laugavegur route. Ride a mesmerizing black sandy trail under the looming shadow of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, all the way to Þórsmörk. This is a truly mythical valley. Birch trees blanket the ravines and hillsides of this landscape while steep mountains and grumbling glaciers stand guard toward the sky. Tonight, after a 2 hour shuttle to Reykjavik, we will raise a glass and enjoy a delicious meal while reminiscing about our incredible adventures among newfound friends.

Hotel:

Hotel Reykjavik Marina
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

The Bláfjöll Mountains
Approximately 13 miles with 400 feet of climbing and 1,130 feet of descending

Description:

Today is the perfect way to finish off your Icelandic adventure. A quick shuttle from downtown Reykjavík will set you against a backdrop of the lava fields, fissures and moss of the majestic, truly astounding Bláfjöll mountain range. This trail is an exciting descent characterized by both technical sections and sweet flowing singletrack. It'll take you through the heart of the tranquil Heiðmörk Natural Reserve and ends right back in Reykjavik. We'll stop in Reykjavik for one last meal in Iceland at a local bistro. This afternoon, say farewell to your guides at 1:00 PM at the Hotel Reykjavik Marina in Reykjavik, and start dreaming of a return trip back to this amazing island nation.

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price is guaranteed.

2017


Jul
23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy
Jul
30th -
Aug
4th
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$4199 / Person, $550 / Single Occupancy

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at the Mountain Hut Hólaskjól on Trek Travel's Iceland Mountain Bike trip

Mountain Hut Hólaskjól

Lamskarðshólar, Iceland

Relax in cozy comfort right outside Vatnajökull National Park. Hólaskjól is a remote collection of mountain huts and cabins located next to the Eldgjá lava field, which last erupted in the years 934-940. It is one of the most peaceful and beautful accomodations you'll find in Iceland. Take a 5-minute stroll from your front porch up the lavafield to an unnamed waterfall in Syðri-Ófæra, that many call Silfurfoss or Litli-Gullfoss. We'll be sleeping together in the lodge here in sleeping bags provided by Trek Travel.
Stay at the Alftavatn Hut on Trek Travel's Iceland Mountain Bike trip

Alftavatn Mountain Hut

Fjallabaksleið Syðri, Iceland

The mountain huts of the Iceland Touring Association stretch across the remote valleys and ridgelines of a beautiful region of southern Iceland. This particular hut is located on the halfway mark of the popular Laugavegur Hiking Trail. Nestled alongside the deep and mysterious Lake Alftavatn, you'll tuck into your sleeping bag for one more night at this remote refuge.
Stay at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina on Trek Travel's Iceland Mountain Bike trip

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina

Reykjavík, Iceland

Hotel Reykjavík Marina, just steps from downtown Reykjavik, is situated in a completely renovated four-story building that has become a landmark among local residents. It is located next to the historical Slippur dry-dock. Blending the dynamic, creative atmosphere of this rapidly developing district with the country’s strong fishing traditions, this beautiful property offers everyone the opportunity to see and experience the capital at its best.
Stay at the Hvanngil Hut on Trek Travel's Iceland Mountain Bike trip

Alternate Hotel: Hvanngil Mountain Hut

Hvanngil, Iceland

Located along the The Midvegur Route, this collection of huts features breathtaking views, running water and accommodation for up to 60 people. You will stay in this mountain hut on select dates.
Stay at the Hungurfit Hut on Trek Travel's Iceland Mountain Bike trip

Alternate Hotel: Hungurfit Mountain Hut

Hungurfit, Iceland

A simple but cozy hut used by sheep herders when they gather the sheep in autumn. This breathtaking, remote landscape will be your home for one night of the trip. The Hungurfit hut includes indoor restroom facilities but there no running water or showers in this remote location. You will stay in this mountain hut on select dates.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Iceland Mountain Bike trip, you will stay in one urban hotel and two remote backcountry lodges. Expect a rustic atmosphere at the backcountry lodges. Rooms at the lodges vary from smaller six person rooms to rooms that will accommodate the entire group. You'll be provided a toasty warm sleeping bag and a soft sleeping pad to rest for the nights at the lodge. These remote lodges include running water and restroom facilities, but do not have electricity.
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 2 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Iceland Mountain Bike trip, you’ll be experiencing a variety of hearty Icelandic cuisine, including lamb, fish, and potato-based dishes.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Fuel Ex 8 27.5 full suspension mountain bike
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Please be sure to bring a Camelback, or similar hydration pack with pockets to carry additional items needed on the trail. Limited vehicle support means you will want to carry an extra layer, multi-tools, food and water.

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • Comprehensive bike fit
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 17
  • Terrain | Mountainous
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,500 ft

On all of our trips Trek Travel strives to find the most enjoyable but challenging trails, over a variety of terrain, in order to fully experience the region. Our Iceland Mountain Bike trip is best suited for our Type 3 Riders with at least intermediate technical mountain biking skills. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distances and mileage options.

Terrain in Iceland is mountainous and rugged in nature. Riders can expect 4+ hours per day on their bikes in a remote landscape. You'll experience a few hike-a-bike sections and a river crossing or two. High adventure!

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Relaxing in the hot springs

Iceland can get fairly chilly, even in the heart of summer. Nighttime lows can dip into the 50's F and daytime temps can reach into the 70's F. Weather in the mountains can change quickly, so it is necessary for you to be prepared with appropriate rain gear and cooler weather layers. You'll have a number of opportunities to warm up in a trail-side hot spring too!

The average group size on a Trek Travel trip powered by Big Mountain is 4-10 guests. If you wish to find out how many people are on your specific trip, please contact our Trip Consultant via email at sales@trektravel.com.

Specific models depend on the destination. On your Iceland mountain bike trip, the use of a Trek Fuel Ex 8 27.5 full suspension mountain bike is included in the price of your trip. You will be given one bike for the duration of the trip.

We have partnered with Big Mountain Bike Adventures to bring our guests closer to some of the best singletrack mountain bike riding on the planet. On these trips, your guides will be both from Trek Travel and from Big Mountain, combining the expertise of leading cycling vacations of a lifetime with backcountry experts of mountain biking.

Each day your guides will describe the featured ride and your supported options for the day. Those who want more miles and more technical terrain and those who want less may split into two groups in order to ride different trails or simply go at different speeds. If you choose not to ride with a guide you will need a thorough understanding of the trail map, adequate food and water, and tools to address bike repair issues that may arise. Cell coverage is limited in the areas you’ll be riding so you must be self-sufficient.

We will offer shuttles to and from the trailhead some days, but other rides begin and end closer to town, or in town. You are always welcome to ride directly back to the hotel for more miles on the days that shuttles are offered. Each day, depending on the featured ride, the weather, and the desires of the group, your guides will decide how best to support the ride with a combination of on the bike support and vehicle support.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with a packet containing daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but please keep in mind Trek Travel cannot assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike that may exceed what and how we maintain the safety and well-being of our own fleet of bikes. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.

You don't need to be a professional athlete to enjoy a Trek Travel mountain bike trip, however due to the level of riding we do encourage each guest to come with a good level of physical fitness. This vacation is most appropriate for Rider Type 3. Please consult our Rider Types to find out what type of weekly rides you should be able to complete in order to enjoy this vacation or talk with your Trip Consultant for more information. We always recommend that guests consult their physician before coming on a cycling vacation.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Keflavik International Airport (KEF).

CenterHotel Klöpp offers airport transfers. Call: 011 354 595 8511 to schedule pickup. Or, choose Gray Line Iceland. They offer transport to and from the airport with their Airport Express bus. Guaranteed departures 45 minutes after each scheduled flight arrival and transport to the airport for all scheduled flights. As soon as you get off the plane you will find Gray Line Iceland sale office in the arrival hall, where agents will arrange for your transportation to the city. The bus ride takes approximately 45 minutes and you can chose between being dropped off at their bus terminal at Holtagarðar 10 (terminal to terminal) or at your accommodation within the greater Reykjavík area (door to door). For your return to the airport, please make sure that you book your transfer in advance at Gray Line sales office in Hafnarstræti 20, at your hotel lobby or book online at www.grayline.is for guaranteed departures. If you have chosen door-to-door service please wait outside your accommodation 45 minutes before the scheduled departure. For more info, call: 011 354 540 1313 or email: iceland@grayline.is

Hotel Reykjavík Marina | Reykjavík, Iceland

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Reykjavík Marina in Reykjavík at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a short round of introductions, you guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips for riding in Iceland before familiarizing you with your Trek bicycle and ensuring a comfortable fit. Today we'll ride the area surrounding Hengill, a volcano that lies in Iceland’s western volcanic belt.

If you will be late for the meeting time or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call the Mountain Hut Hólaskjól (+354 855 5812), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Hotel Reykjavík Marina | Reykjavík, Iceland

You will say farewell to your guides at 1:00 PM at the Hotel Reykjavík Marina in Reykjavík after an optional morning ride. For your return to the airport, please make sure that you book your transfer in advance at Gray Line sales office in Hafnarstræti 20, at your hotel lobby, or online at www.grayline.is for guaranteed departures.

Before & After: Reykjavík

Cosmopolitan Reykjavík is the worlds northern-most capital city. A hub for those choosing to escape to the rugged Icelandic backcountry or those wanting to stay close and explore the world renowned urban music and arts scene, Reykjavík is a wondrous city. Wander into one of numerous museums to learn of a rich Viking heritage, lounge in a quaint cafe, visit Hallgrimskirkja church or journey into the rotating Perlan glass dome to capture unmatched views of the surrounding mountains and the tempestuous North Atlantic. Reykjavík is a town to behold. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Alda Hotel Reykjavík

Stay right in the heart of Reykjavík along famous Laugavegur St. Mingle with friends or locals in the hip lobby "Barber Bar", relax in the common lounge or indulge in a treat from the hotel's in-house Chocalatier. Choose between a number of spacious and modern rooms, enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast buffet and kick back before embarking on your mountain bike adventure.

Laugavegi 66-68 101 Reykjavík, Iceland | 011 354 553 9366 | www.aldahotel.is | ~$275

Reykjavík Lights Hotel

Reykjavík Lights offers a great location on the edge of the Reykjavík city center which is within short walking distance. This Nordic style hotel is an elegant and fascinating property all in the same. Each of the 105 rooms at this award-winning hotel is themed by a specific day in the ancient nordic calendar and decorated with artwork demonstrating local traditions and experiences distinctive for a particular season, such as the Northern lights and the midnight sun. Complimentary breakfast and hi-speed wifi are included.

Sudurlandsbraut 12, Reykjavík 108, Iceland | 011 354 513 9000 | www.keahotels.is/en/hotels/reykjavik-lights | ~$175

Best Western Reykjavík

This 85-room, three-star hotel is just a quick walk from Reykjavík's main shopping center. Also conveniently located near a number of fantastic restaurants, cafes, museums and famous Klambratún Park. Enjoy the in-house lounge, lobby bar, complimentary breakfast buffet, self-serve laundry and complimentary wifi.

Raudararstigur 37, Reykjavík 105, Iceland | 011 354 514 7000 | www.hotelreykjavik.is | ~$145


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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