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Iceland

Glaciers, Volcanoes, Hot Springs and Black Sand Beaches

May in Iceland equals 24 hours of daylight, and more daylight equals more adventures. We've crammed as much as possible into this completely new multisport extravaganza. Traverse the intersection between tectonic places while mountain biking through Þingvellir National Park one day and across vast moss-covered lava fields the next. Mount up and ride a horse underneath the mighty Hekla volcano. Stand up paddleboard Iceland's southern coast, gaze up at the massive glaciers while hiking Vatnajökull National Park and stay each night in remote, boutique country lodges. And last but certainly not least, indulge all week in local cuisine, prepared by experienced Icelandic chefs with your adventure in mind. This is the perfect way to experience the Nordic kingdom of fire and ice.
From:
$5699 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek X-Caliber 9 More options available
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Trip Wows
Horseback ride under the mighty Hekla volcano, taking part in one of Iceland's ancient, great equestrian traditions
Mountain bike the eerily beautiful, mossy lava fields of a magnificent volcanic landscape in Lakagígar
Stand up paddleboard the wild and dream-like southern Icelandic coast with an experienced local SUP guide
Hike to the Giant Glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park and witness breathtaking, postcard worthy landscapes
Watch the Experience
Anna and Trek Travel run a well-oiled machine here. There's no better way to experience this amazing landscape of fire and ice. Expert local guides, secluded home bases in boutique country inns, vast mountain ranges, rugged coastline, National Parks and real accessible adventure at every turn make this trip one you'll dream about long after it's over.
-Tony Ferlisi, Trip Designer and Guide

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This morning, meet your guides in downtown Reykjavik for a 45 minute shuttle to the start of today's ride. Today we'll ride Þingvellir National Park where the North American and European tectonic plates clash together. One thing that makes it a spectacular geological site is that the plates keep drifting apart by an average 2.5 cm per year or 25 km per million years! Þingvellir has been one of the most popular attractions in Iceland for decades due to its rich history and striking landscape. On our ride, we'll pedal exciting trails and to a secret spot or two right inside the famous fissure of Almannagjá, placing you literally between the two massive tectonic plates. You will experience a fantastic ride where we'll peacefully enjoy the breathtaking landscape, far from the crowd. For a perfect ending to the day, we‘ll visit the Fontana Spa, a natural hot spring located in the small village of Laugarvatn where we spend the night.

Today's Ride:

Ride Þingvellir National Park
Approximately 15 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Héraðsskólinn Boutique Inn

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Explore Iceland from the amazing vantage that stand up paddleboards can offer. This sport has taken the world by storm and has become one of the most unique ways to explore the southern coast of Iceland. We'll embark on a morning paddle before grabbing lunch and hopping in the saddle for our afternoon bike ride to Iceland's Golden Circle (the Old Faithful of Iceland). We start with a visit to Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall) Iceland´s most famous waterfall, which has also been long regarded as the most beautiful. We then take a one hour bike tour in the valley of Haukadalur, home to the most famous spouting hot spring in the world and the origin of the international word "geyser." Geysir's bowl is 18 meters across, and has been know to spout up to 60 meters. Today, Geysir does not erupt any longer but the nearby hot spring "Strokkur", spouts up to 30 meters every ten minutes. Take the afternoon to explore this natural wonder before heading back to our hotel to relax, read a book, or take an evening hike under the midnight sun. Tonight, enjoy a delicious meal back at our hotel.

Today's Ride:

Iceland's Golden Circle
Approximately 8 miles with 1000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Héraðsskólinn Boutique Inn

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Saddle up for an iconic Icelandic journey. Today's horseback ride suits both novices and more experienced riders alike. We'll ride at a leisurely tölt–the smooth running gait characteristic of the Iceland horse–from the farm of Austvadsholt in the shadows of Hekla volcano, surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscapes and accompanied by the burbling of the river flowing next to us. All around, gaze upon fields of graceful mares, powerful stallions and this year’s long-legged foals frolicking. Today's ride is followed by home-baked treats back at the farm. Tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner at our next hotel, Hrifunes Guesthouse, prepared just for you by your hosts.

Hotel:

Hrifunes Guesthouse

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we will ride in the magical area of Lakagígar. We cross what seems like another planet, through endless moss-covered lava fields created out of the Laki eruption of 1783. This eruption remains still the world’s largest and shaped the entire landscape you see. Finish up today's ride literally right at the front door of our mystic country lodge. Savor a delicious home-cooked dinner and be sure to get some rest this evening before another adventurous day tomorrow.

Today's Ride:

Ride the Lava Fields of Lakagígar
Approximately 22 miles with 1100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hrifunes Guesthouse

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning, we'll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore Skaftafell: a wilderness area in Iceland's famous Vatnajökull National Park. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers through the mist while hiking to Kristínartindar Mountain and to the Svartifoss waterfall, which tumbles over proud black basalt columns. We'll skirt Morsárdalur Valley and the Bæjarstaðarskógur woodlands that lie to the west and gaze east at the giant Öræfajökull Volcano, with its soaring, ice-capped peak, Hvannadalshnúkur. Tonight, we'll gather together one last time to toast a week of rugged Icelandic adventure and prepare for one last ride before embarking on our journey home.

Hotel:

Hrifunes Guesthouse

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Rise early for breakfast and hop in the van for a 1-hour drive to Vik, a small village surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and dramatic, steep mountains on the other. We start the day in Vik by riding up Mt. Reynisfjall: a 340-meter tuff mountain arising out of a volcanic eruption from under a glacier in the penultimate Ice Age. During our ride on the top of the cliffs, we'll gain epic views over the black beach of Reynisfjara, including the 70 meter rock pillars that rise right out of the sea. After our ride, we'll hop back in the van and take a 2-hour drive back to the capital city of Reykjavík. This afternoon at 4:00 PM, we arrive to the CenterHotel Klopp in downtown and bid farewell to your guides and fellow travelers. It's never too early to start dreaming of a return trip back to this amazing island nation.

Today's Ride:

Ride the Mt. Reynisfjall
Approximately 20 miles with 900 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

Hotels

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Héraðsskólinn Boutique Inn

Laugarvatn, Iceland

At Héraðsskólinn, you'll be right at home in the heart of Iceland's Golden Circle. Cozy, comfortable, and uniquely elegant, the inn plays host to folks from far and wide. Young backpackers stay in made up dorms, parents and children in family rooms, and others, like you, in perfectly appointed private accommodation. Each private hotel room enjoys magnificent views of Laugarvatn lake and Hekla volcano and offers its own private bath as well as easy access to large balconies, ideal spots for catching the northern lights. The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves a tasty menu of local, hearty fare.
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Hrifunes Guesthouse

Hrífunes, Iceland

Hadda and Haukur, the owners of Hrifunes Guesthouse, welcome you to their cozy Southern Icelandic getaway. Dramatic views in every direction, delicious home-cooked meals, and authentic Icelandic hospitality are the name of the game here. Many of Iceland's greatest natural treasures are in easy reach to the Guest House, such as Landmannalaugar, the Laki craters, Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and more. Three nights here with your own private accommodation will give you plenty of opportunities to explore all that southern Iceland has to offer.

What's Included

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Fuel EX 8 Mountain Bike
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless mountain pedals
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Fuel EX 8 Mountain Bike
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless mountain pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Flat pack
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • 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.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
12 miles
TOTAL MILES:
65 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
600 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,600 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain in Iceland is hilly and this trip includes moderately graded mountain roads, some steeper double-tracks and well-built singletrack for the mountain bike days. Iceland is best suited for our Type 2+ Riders. We will do our best to accommodate Type 3+ riders on the trip by offering, where available, extra mileage via an avid route option.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Spa

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
MEETING TIME:
9:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
CenterHotel Klöpp, Reykjavík, Iceland

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
DEPARTING TIME:
4:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, Reykjavík, Iceland

Arriving

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 Keflavík International Airport (KEF). One of two Taxi companies and a frequent public bus travel between Keflavik International Airport and the CenterHotel Klöpp. Taxis can be reserved online or by phone. Booking information can be found at http://taxireykjavik.is or http://www.hreyfill.is/en/.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the CenterHotel Klöpp (101 Reykjavík, Iceland) at 9:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After meeting with the group, we'll embark on a 45-minute drive to the start of today's ride in Þingvellir National Park.

If you will be late for the pick-up 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 our first hotel, Héraðsskólinn Boutique Inn (+354 537 8060), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

After the ride we’ll have about a 2-hours drive back to Reykjavík. This afternoon, say farewell to your guides around 4:00 PM at the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, and start dreaming of a return trip back to this amazing island nation.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Iceland can be chilly, even in summer. Expect nights to dip down to below 10°C (below 50°F) and days to warm up to 15-20°C (60-70°F) and warmer. In the mountains, weather can change quickly and drastically and rain is common. You should be prepared for a wide range of weather with rain gear and extra layers. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Reykjavik, Iceland

Cosmopolitan Reykjavik is the worlds northernmost capital city. It's a wondrous 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. 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. Reykjavik is a town to behold. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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