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6 Day Adventurous Off-Road Guided Motorcycle Tour in Iceland

Selfoss, Iceland

Iceland Motorcycle Tour

This tour will bring you to the lush beauty of lava deserts, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, water passages, and long curvy gravel roads. All of these await you in the Icelandic Highlands. You will be spending your time with the wind in your face as you ride along roads that lead you to some of the best natural wonders of Iceland.

Key Information

  • Bike: rental bike - KTM 690 R
  • Terrain: off-road and gravel road
  • Mileage: 1,095 kilometers / 680 miles
  • Daily rides: 134 to 234 kilometers / 83 to 145 miles
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, coffee, and water

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Selfoss
  • Ride on to Þórisvatn, Iceland’s largest lake
  • Capture the sight of glaciers which create unique color combinations
  • Ride through The Fjallabak region, comparable to Lord of The Rings scenery
  • Pass the famous black desert with one of the most beautiful volcanoes, Mælifell
  • Back-up motorcycle, motorcycle insurance, and fuel
  • Transfers to and from Reykjavík
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Danish
Group size: Maximum of 7 participants
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in mountain huts with sleeping bag accommodation and mattresses.

Program

Day 1 - Selfoss to Fremstaver (179 kilometers / 111 miles)

This ride takes you past the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station through Þingvellir National Park, where the oldest continually running parliament in the world first assembled in 930 AD. From there, it’s into the Skjaldbreiður Lava Field to Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Trip highlights:

  • Town of Selfoss, Úlfljótsvatn Lake, and Nesjavellir Power Station
  • Þingvallavatn Lake, Þingvellir (original site of Iceland’s parliament), and Þingvallaskógur Forest
  • Volcano Skjaldbreiður and Þjófahraun Lava Fields
  • Mt. Skriðutindar, Mt. Hlöðufell, and Lambahraun Lava Fields
  • Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss Waterfall

Day 2 - Fremstaver to mountain hut (192 kilometers / 119 miles)

You ride north on F35 to Kerlingafjöll Mountain Range, within the geothermal area of Hveradalir. As the scene unfolds, you will capture the sight of mini glaciers, high energy steam springs, and arctic vegetation which together create unique color combinations. You’ll be crossing a river with a bank of black sand.

Trip highlights:

  • Hvítárvatn Lagoon
  • Langjökull Glacier
  • Kerlingafjöll, a tall mountain range part of a large tuya volcano system

Day 3 - Mountain hut to Hungurfit (234 kilometers / 145 miles)

Now, you go onto F26 Sprengisandur over to Þórisvatn, Iceland’s largest lake and then to Veiðivatnahraun Lava Field and the Central Highlands of Iceland. The Veidivötn Lakes create a magnificent highland oasis. Some of the very best brown trout and arctic char fishing in Iceland (or anywhere) is found here and then it’s to Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. In the old days, they called Hekla, “the Gateway to Hell.”

Trip highlights:

  • Sultartangi Hydroelectric Power Plant
  • Volcano desert at its best
  • Veiðivötn Lakes and surroundings
  • Mt. Hekla

Day 4 - Hungurfit to Skaftárdalur (171 kilometers / 106 miles)

The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys. Riding there is like being in the Lord of the Rings story. The hot pools at Landmannalaugar, where you will bathe, are one of many manifestations of geothermal activity in the area.

From the hot pools, the track takes you to Tungnaá River toward Vatnajökull Glacier and Langisjór Lake. Then, it’s back down by the Skaftá River to a volcanic fissure stretching from Mýrdalsjökull Glacier almost to Vatnajökull and over to Eldgjá, a canyon about 60 kilometers long, 600 meters wide and up to 150 meters deep. It was formed in the year 934 during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in Iceland in historical times.

Trip highlights:

  • Glaciers
  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
  • Langisjór Lake
  • Eldgjá, a canyon and volcano

Day 5 - Skaftárdalur (134 kilometers / 83 miles)

From the farm Skaftárdalur, you ride east toward Laki, a series of craters that were formed in one of the world’s largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. In 1783, lava flowed across the flat land destroying a large number of farms, stopping just outside the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The total area of the resulting lava field is 565 kilometers square. You will go over a small section of it on your way to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Trip highlights:

  • Lakagígar
  • Fagrifoss Waterfall
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Day 6 - Skaftárdalur to Selfoss (185 kilometers / 115 miles)

And on the last day, there are also surprises. You will be privileged to see an amazing mountain road, which is not common route for most people, so you can count for a really unique experience. The locals call this road Öldufellsleið and it connects Skaftártungur and Rangárvelli. Throughout this spectacular road, you will be able to see Mýrdalsjökul and Eyjafjallajökul, two of the most famous glaciers on Iceland. While riding behind the Mýrdalsjökul, you will pass the famous black desert with one of the most beautiful volcanoes Mælifell on your way to a real nature miracle canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur.

From this point the next stop is Selfoss, through the Emstrur desolate and lonesome area, that is truly eye-catching and uncanny. Your journey ends here, but experience and memories of this magical adventure will stay for good.

Trip highlights:

  • Mýrdalsjökull
  • Mælifell volcano mountain
  • Mælifellssandur
  • Markafljót canyon

Skill level required for this tour: Advanced:

  • Can ride for five to six hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This motorbike tour will take place in Iceland. Located in the North-Atlantic ocean close by the Arctic Circle, Iceland is very much a bridge between continents. It takes approximately five hours to fly from New York to Reykjavík, and three hours from London. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, with refreshing summers, and surprisingly mild temperatures in winter.

The route will start from Selfoss then you ride to Fremstaver, then to Sultarfit, then to Hungurfit and later Skaftárdalur. After that, your route will take you back to Selfoss.

Food

The price of the package includes the entire supply of food, drinks, and snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the trip, you will get the opportunity to swim or bathe when you visit the waterfalls, lakes, beaches, and hot pools.

What's included

  • 5-day guided bike tour
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 6 lunches
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Backup motorcycle when needed (can be a different type than the KTM 690 R)
  • Fuel for motorcycle
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • Pick-up at any hotel in Reykjavík and drive back the morning after the last riding day
  • Snacks, coffee, and water for six days
  • Use of motorcycle (KTM 690 R)
  • Vehicle with a trailer for your luggage and full support

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Reykjavik / Keflavik
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel in Reykjavík the night before and after the trip
  • Riding gear and helmets
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Reykjavík Airport (RKV) or Keflavík International Airport (KEF).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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