Iceland is one of our absolute favorite countries when it comes to adventure riding! Or what can be more adventurous than lava fields, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, water passages, and elongated dirt roads? As usual on our travels, great riding is the highest focus, but if you are in Iceland, there are of course some places you have to visit along the way. During this trip, we take ourselves from Selfoss, just east of Reykjavik, and north via the most exciting places Iceland has to offer such as Geisyr, the waterfall Gullfoss and Unesco world heritage Þingvellir. For a long day, we then cross the Icelandic Highlands to mystical-filled Myvatn, Husavik & one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes Askja. We then cross Iceland’s desolate highlands once again via even more exciting roads to finish the journey through the fairytale landscape Landmannalaugar.
We have merely put together a trip with so many highlights that it is only possible on the 8 days of the trip. The trips are carried out during the July / August month, the only time of year when you can be sure that the snow melted on all our passages and the weather is at its best. We primarily ride on mixed road gravel roads, but of course, there will be some asphalt. For two of the days, there are easier and more difficult route alternatives for those who wish. We always have our support vehicle with us all the time providing us with lunch, coffee, and spare parts and tools if necessary. This is an intensive week with riding a motorcycle, and we recommend that you have at least done our rider training OFFROAD BASIC.
Throughout the trip, we live comfortably in a good hotel with a toilet & shower in the room. Double rooms are included in the price and single rooms can be booked for a supplement, please contact us for pricing. At one point during the trip, we stay at the same hotel for two nights in a row and then there is the opportunity to take a rest day for the person who wishes.
Breakfast is included every day and next to the hotels there is always a good restaurant. Lunch and lunch we usually have with us in our support vehicle so we can stay when and where we want for lunch. During the days it is about getting as much energy as possible, so the lunches are simple but nutritious. The same applies to our coffee/”fika” breaks, every time we stop there is always the opportunity to get something energy-rich.
Liquid is used a lot when you are struggling hard and it is our strongest recommendation that you wear a hydration backpack (type Camelback) and make sure to always fill it up before departure in the morning.
Our support vehicle is equipped with tools, spare parts, water, snacks and lunch, which is set at a nice spot on one of the breaks. In case of emergency, the support vehicle and the tour guides’ motorcycles are equipped with first-aid kits. All our tour guides are trained in first aid.
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The whole Saturday is the day of arrival. Arriving in Iceland early or late is optional. We arrange transfers from Keflavik Airport on a couple or several occasions during the day. Once in place in Selfoss there are both restaurants and shops within walking distance. In the evening in connection with dinner, you will receive information about the coming week.
About 08.00-16.00, pick-up of motorcycles, asphalt / gravel trip to Þingvellir, Geysyr & Gullfoss.
We gather in the morning and begin with a presentation of ourselves and the motorcycles. After possible. settings of the motorcycles invite the day on an approximately 150-km trip where the first part goes on asphalt / major dirt roads to Þingvellir, where the Eurasian and Norameric continental plates meet. The Icelandic Parliament, The Icelandic “Alltinget” was also created here in Tingvalla in 930. We continue on exciting dirt roads along the Langjökul glacier and you get a first feeling of what the week will offer. We also want to go through basic techniques for the passage of sand and water passages. After lunch, we continue towards the waterfall Gullfoss and Geysir where we stop for the night.
A long day at close to 400 km when we first cross Iceland from south to north. The first half offers primarily easy-to-ride gravel roads through rugged landscapes. At the first lunch break, we fit in to visit the thermal area Hveravellir. We roll on and pass the blue lake. The landscape changes and becomes greener before we reach the sea on the north side of the island. Last 200 km of the day is asphalt along road # 1, Iceland’s ring road, to Myvatn where we will stay two nights in the same hotel.
This day you have the opportunity to choose a slightly lighter, but very beautiful gravel/asphalt tour in about 120 km to Husavik. The tour begins with passing one of the largest thermal areas, Hverir. Then we ride through beautiful nature towards Husavik. Along the way we pass both sheep gardens, a thermal power plant and today’s high light, a small “secret” thermal area where very few tourists set foot. We eat lunch in Husavik and then there is the opportunity to go on whale watching or to ride back towards Myvatn and visit Dimmuborgir, the entrance to hell according to old Icelandic faith, or Hverfjall which is only a few kilometers from our hotel. In the afternoon/evening there is also the possibility to bathe at Myvatn Nature Baths for those who wish (cost applies).
If, on the other hand, you want a challenge even this day, you can follow the Askja tour. After a short stop at Hverir, we follow road 1 for a few miles before we turn in on road 905 towards Askja. The landscape changes and after a couple of kilometers it feels more like riding on the moon than in Iceland! We pass cool lava areas, some exciting sandy decks and not least a couple of pretty decent water passages where we have to be helped years. After just under 300 kilometers we are up on road 1 again and can breathe out the last few kilometers back to the hotel.
Time to take us south again. Today’s route, which is about 300 km, starts with some nice asphalt to the beautiful waterfall Godafoss before we turn south on road F26 through Sprengisandur. We pass another awfully cool waterfall, Aldeyjarfoss, before it is time for 100 km drive on its own over the Icelandic highlands. We start with a bit of regular space so that you (or you and your friend) really get the feeling that alone cross the mighty landscape. Our tour operators and support vehicles are of course always close by if you need assistance. After a few more exciting water passages, where we once again helped, and some quick gravel stretches we come to today’s goal Hrauneyjar.
One of the most enjoyable days in Iceland, about 200-250 km. We start by taking a few miles north towards the crater Mani (the moon) and beautiful lake landscape. The trip to Mani contains some sand and is possible to opt out for anyone who wishes. After the black desert landscape, we cross Landmannalaugar via road F208 which offers plenty of lighter water passages and some of Iceland’s most beautiful views. Once we see the sea on the south side, we arrive at the hotel night.
We continue in the same spirit with wonderful gravel ride and amazing views. Today’s 250-300 km route passes new lava fields, exciting water passages, along Myrdalsjökul and west towards Hekla. For those who have energy left there is the opportunity to follow the exciting road up to Hekla, which in clear weather offers an overwhelming view. It is the time to roll down towards the major roads again and the last 100 km back to Selfoss goes on asphalt.
Departure day. If you travel early or late up to you, some flights also go on the night between Friday and Saturday and of course we arrange Transfer also for these. Expect that there may be a bit of waiting at the airport as it is a long transfer. For those of you who travel a little later in the day, there is much to look at in Sellfoss, but hopefully, you are most interested in resting and thinking back on the week with a smile.
Flight to/from Keflavik*, dinners, and personal equipment
*You can fly cheaply to Reykjavik/Keflavik from several destinations in Europe and the rest of the world.
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