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8 Day Motofiesta Western Fjords Guided Motorcycle Tour in Iceland with Camping Experience

Reykjavik, Iceland

Western Fjord Motorcycle Tour in Iceland

A trip to Iceland is a good idea to spend an unforgettable motorcycle summer holiday. Iceland attracts people with its severity, nature, unpredictability and ubiquitous beauty. Landscapes change as quickly as the weather, the clean air fills the lungs and the smile does not come off the face. A six-day trip will be conducted around Western Fjords, giving you the opportunity to taste Iceland in a nutshell.

Key information

  • Terrain: 85% good quality asphalt, 15% gravel roads
  • Bike: rented bike (Yamaha XT660R)
  • Mileage: 1500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Daily rides: 230 - 300 kilometers / 143 - 186 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, light jacket, motorcycle pants and gloves, rain coveralls, ankle boots
  • Meals: not included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Reykjavik
  • Visit the westernmost point in Europe
  • Navigate your bike through various fjords
  • Enjoy the views of unique rock formations, lava fields, beaches
  • Visit Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland
  • Stop by the mountain of wishes, Saint Helga - Helgafell
  • Motorcycle rental and luggage bus included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Polish
Group size: 5-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Keflavík International Airport
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Accommodation

This trip is the closest to nature and at the same time the cheapest. You are going to spend nights on campings, where a spot, showers, and electricity are included in price. In addition, price includes tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat rental. That camping equipment will be transported in luggage bus going behind the motorcycle group.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

The journey will start after landing in Keflavik, a town located on the picturesque, but very severe Reykjanes Peninsula, near the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. The first day will be devoted to airport transfer, short acclimatization.

You will also repack the luggage and get familiar with bikes. You will prepare for the journey starting the next day.

Day 2: Reykjavik - Ólafsvik (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

Leaving Reykjavik, you will head towards the Snaefellsness Peninsula with the National Park with the same name. There is the famous Snæfellsjokull glacier from Julius Verne’s books. On the peninsula, you can find literally everything that a tourist in Iceland is looking for.

There are a lot of unique rock formations, lava fields, beaches where you can find seals, majestic glacier, volcano, caves, and geothermal springs. The journey will start with crossing the undersea tunnel, which is located at Hvalfjordur - the Whale Fiord.

On the way, you will visit the small town of Borgarnes, to which you can reach one of the longest bridges in Iceland leading through the next fjord - Borgarfjordur. The route will lead you along the peninsula with magnificent views of mountain ranges and interesting rock formations.

You will stop at the spectacular basalt cliff – Gerðuberg. Going further west, you will visit the village of Buðir and Arnarstapi, in which there are many interesting lava formations. In one of these places, you will stop for a coffee in a restaurant overlooking the sea.

Another place for a short stop will be the Londrangar cliffs, which are unique rock formations. The next stop will be the black beach Djupalonssandur, which is one of the most beautiful black beaches in Iceland. Then you go to the other side of the glacier and reach the small town of Ólafsvik, where you will stay for the night.

Day 3: Ólafsvik - Vesturland (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

You will leave picturesque Ólafsvik and go east of the peninsula, riding around the glacier. Along the way, you will pass many interesting vantage points where you will be able to see the Western Fjords. You will stop at the famous Kirkjufell mountain - it is 463 meters high and is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.

You will continue through the fjords that will lead you to the picturesque Berserkjahraun lava field. The next stop will be in the largest peninsula in Stykkishólmur, where you will stop for lunch and coffee. You enter the cliff with a lighthouse, from which there is a view of the Breiðafjörður fjord and small islets.

Leaving the city, you will stop at the mountain of wishes, Saint Helga - Helgafell. This mountain was considered a sacred place and there was the first temple of Thor. The journey will take you along a picturesque path deep into the fjord. Depending on the weather, you can get to the hotel near Vesturland by gravel or asphalt road.

Day 4: Vesturland - Breiðavík (225 kilometers / 140 miles)

You will set off in the morning heading for the Icelandic Western Fjords. It will be a day full of great views and impressions. You will drive along winding roads along the fjords, having the sea on one side and the mountain on the other.

You will stop at Flókalundur, which has its name from the famous Wiking Hrafna - Flóki. He was the first known Viking who came to Iceland and tried to live here. It reached the shore just at Flókalundur, where there is also a small hot spring with geothermal water, where you can relax with a view of the sea.

On this day, you will reach Breiðavík, where you will stay overnight. From here, you will have only a few minutes to the westernmost point in Iceland and in Europe, to Latrabjarg.

Day 5: Breiðavík - Þingeyri (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

You will start the day by driving on gravel roads and visiting the Latrabjarg cliffs, which are the westernmost point in Europe. These famous cliffs are a place for observation of sea birds, including puffins. With good visibility from the cliff, you can spot the shores of Greenland.

You will also stop at beautiful, this time golden beaches and the aviation museum. Then you will stop in many places with great views and rest in a hot spring. Another element of the trip will be the waterfall Dynjandi, which is 100 meters high what makes it the fourth largest waterfall in Iceland. From the waterfall, you will move further to the northern part of the fjords to the village of Þingeyri, where you will spend the night.

Day 6: Þingeyri - Hólmavik (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

Leaving the small town of Þingeyri, you will head for the largest city in the Western Fjords - to Ísafjörður. Approximately 2,600 people live there. After visiting the town, you will continue your journey winding along the fjords. You will stop at several points for photography and you will reach Hólmavik, a city that is associated with magic and have a themed museum.

Day 7: Hólmavik - Reykjavik (275 kilometers / 171 miles)

Today you will spend your day on asphalt and gravel roads. You will follow the Icelandic routes leading from the Western Fjords to the capital of Iceland. On the way to Reykjavik, you will stop at tourist attractions and get to the top of the Grabrok crater. You will also see the picturesque Glanni waterfall.

You will go further towards Reykjavik and drive past Deildartunguhver, the largest geothermal source in Europe. You will take a scenic route along the Borgarfjordur fjord and return to base in the evening.

Day 8: Departure

A transfer to the airport for a return flight is scheduled for this day.

Do I need a lot of experience to come to this tour?

The vast majority of the roads are covered with good quality asphalt. The driving culture is high and the traffic is small. Nevertheless, to access some touristic attractions, you will have to use gravel roads. They are well maintained, beaten, hard and fairly even.

All the roads you use are public and marked on the maps. Short sections with a softer surface can happen, but everyone should deal with it. However, Motofiesta recommends that the Iceland expedition should not be the first motorcycle tour in your life.

What about motorcycles?

During the expedition, you will use the fleet of Motofiesta motorcycles - Yamaha XT660R models. They will be equipped with dual tires (80% asphalt, 20% gravel) so that they will be stable and predictable on asphalt and provide additional traction in the gravel. In addition, motorcycles will be equipped with solid engine plates and guards for the engine to maximize protection against damage.

There will be no navigation installed on the motorbikes, but each of them will have handles for the mobile phone. Excluding dates of the tour, motorcycles will be available for rent from 80 EUR per day.

Luggage

During the trip you will be accompanied by a luggage car. The exception is a trip with overnights in tents - you will use it for carrying camping gear, luggage and participants not riding motorcycles.

Logistic minimum

Logistic minimum is 5 confirmed reservations. In the case of a smaller number of participants for a trip, Motofiesta will try to combine the terms with one another or to modify them so that a sufficient group of participants is gathered. Booking should be confirmed at least 3 weeks before the trip.

Do I have to travel in a group?

No. This is recommended by Motofiesta, but it is not necessary. Motofiesta can provide routes along with information about the accommodation to each participant. However, Motofiesta warns against lonely traveling, especially on dirt roads - Motofiesta recommends a group of at least three motorcyclists.

You should remember that in Iceland there is a total ban on moving off the public roads or designated off-road terrain! Driving in illegitimate places may result in very high fines.

Deposit for motorcycles

Motofiesta charges a 500 EUR deposit for motorcycles, which can be brought in cash or paid by bank transfer. However, it should be remembered that transfer must be made before the first day of travel.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner and intermediate

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Starting from Vogar, you are going to make a big, 1500 kilometers loop around Western Fjords.

Iceland

Iceland is located at the hot point of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It has many volcanoes (15 are active), hot springs and geysers. Icelanders take advantage of this - statistics say that even 85% of homes are heated by geothermal energy! Excess of warm water is used to heat pavements and streets, so that winter does not snow on them.

During the expedition to the Western Fjords, you will reach the westernmost point of Europe. Heading straight to the south, the first mainland on which we would come across is ... Antarctica.

Food

No meals included in the package.

What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • Yamaha XT660R rental
  • Camping fees (with taxes, showers, and electricity)
  • Camping equipment rental (two-person tent for each participant, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat)
  • Map with tracks
  • Luggage bus assistance (car where luggage and camping equipment will be transported and where non-riding participants will be traveling)

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Accommodation before and after the trip
  • Meals
  • Road tickets
  • Own expenses
  • 500 EUR motorcycle rental deposit

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Airport: Keflavík International Airport Airport transfer included: Keflavík International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Start: Wednesday June 23, 2021
End: Wednesday June 30, 2021

Tour information

There are 7 motorcycles available. If requested, there is a possibility to hire additional support car to carry luggage and non-riding participants.

Yamaha XT660R rental
  • 170 EUR per day for 1-3 days’ rental
  • 150 EUR per day for 4-7 days’ rental
  • 130 EUR per day for 8+ days’ rental

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