Exciting Guided Motorcycle Tour Iceland

Join UpSouth Adventures on an extraordinary all road journey of adventure biking, exploration, excitement, and camaraderie, as they will ride the challenging routes of the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland. You will leave the tarmac behind and explore not only the more known highlights but also the desolate highlands of inner Iceland. Riding a motorcycle through Iceland is like an expedition through different landscapes, which is truly unique in Europe. What are you waiting for?\

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts

Highlights

  • 11-day bike tour
  • Guided glacier tour
  • BMW motorbike rental
  • 1775-kilometer mileage
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 breakfasts

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

During this tour, you’ll stay at different types of accommodation which will include hostels, guesthouses, cabins, and mountain huts. A room at the guesthouses and lodges can sleep two to four people. Meanwhile, a room at mountain huts and cabins can sleep four to 12 people.

Because there are no hotels, you’ll bring your own sleeping bags. The mountain cabins are well equipped and some of them have a hot spring (natural warm water well) where you can relax and enjoy after a long day in the saddle.

Program

The highlights of this tour are from the green rolling hills in the north, the fairytale colored Rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar, to the many impressive waterfalls like Dettifoss, Gullfoss, and Godafoss. You will cross Iceland twice through its interior and its desolate lava-deserts as well as snow capped glaciers to experience all sides that Iceland has to offer. This is only possible by a 4-WD car or an adventure motorcycle.

Regardless the choice of routes, you will of course see some of the highlights which Iceland is known for like Vatnajökull, Dettifoss, Reykjavik, Geysir, Gullfoss, and lake Myvatn, as well as Husavik for whale watching.

The roads you will drive on offer a great variety. They can be challenging but lead us to some extraordinary scenery. The majority will be on good, well-prepared gravel roads but the road surface can be anything from tarmac, stones, to lava sand. The rivers that run through Iceland’s interior are mostly not bridged which means you’ll have to drive trough them. Depending on the water level, it will be a small or big challenge, but always a special experience.

You’ll have a support vehicle with a trailer for your luggage, food, first aid equipment and tools, etc. Meaning more fun while riding! You can drive at your own tempo, take an alternative route (when available), or drive together with the tour guide. That’s up to you. During the day, you will have enough time to take pictures and coffee breaks while enjoying the magnificent views.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
  • Day 2: Reykjavik - Sellfross
  • Day 3: Sellfross - Vik
  • Day 4: Vik - Laki
  • Day 5: Laki - Landmannalaugar
  • Day 6: Landmannalaugar - Nyidalur
  • Day 7: Nyidalur - Myvatn
  • Day 8: Myvatn (rest day)
  • Day 9: Myvatn - Laugafell
  • Day 10: Laugafell - Kjolur
  • Day 11: Kjolur - Geysir
  • Day 12: Geyser - Reykjavik
  • Day 13: Departure from Reykjavik

Included excursions

Included in this tour is a guided glacier excursion.

Location

Iceland is volcanic. The landscape varies enormously and has astonishing views. It is not a coincidence that so many films like Prometheus, Tomb Raider, Die Another Day, and Batman Begins have been shot in this magical place.

With a surface of 103,000 square kilometers and only 319,000 inhabitants, of whom 200,000 live in Reykjavik and its surroundings, there is plenty of room to explore in this enchanting country.

Europe’s largest glacier is on Iceland. It is Vatnajökull which measures 8,100 square kilometers. Europe has also the largest waterfall, Dettifoss (in volume). You will combine this fantastic motorcycle riding with these magnificent nature experiences.

With active volcanoes, massive glaciers, vast lava deserts, countless waterfalls, exquisite scenery, and fantastic off-road routes, Iceland has everything an adventurous motorcyclist wishes for.

Food

Upon your arrival and departure, you will be served welcome and farewell dinner. You will also be provided with four breakfasts during this tour. Because there are no fuel stations or restaurants in Iceland’s interior, you'll bring your own food to cook yourselves. When staying at hostels and cabins, you'll create a common “food-pot” or "kitty" for food and drinks and you will prepare dinner and breakfast yourselves (when needed). Breakfast is included when staying in guesthouses or hostels when available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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)

Some of the mountain cabins have a hot spring. Here, you can relax and enjoy after a long day in the saddle.

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Backup vehicle and trailer
  • BMW motorcycle rental (if needed)
  • Guided glacier tour
  • Tour guide
  • Transfer from and to Keflavík International Airport (KEF)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Fuel
  • Helmet and protective gear (please bring your own gear)
  • Other excursions such as a visit to Blue Lagoon, whale watching, etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). UpSouth Adventures will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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