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If you have a hard time pro­nounc­ing words like FJÁRFESTINGARFYRIRTÆKI, that’s OK. Ice­land will leave you speechless. 

Wel­come to Ice­land, a land of plen­ty in the eyes of the moun­tain bik­er. Plen­ty of hot springs to soak in, plen­ty of peaks to scale and plen­ty, plen­ty of mind-bend­ing sin­gle­track to explore. Ice­land is a moun­tain bik­ing play­ground, and on this Ride, you’ll get to be King or Queen of the castle.

Oth­er than our moun­tain bikes, our trusty Super Jeeps will be our means of explor­ing the island—crossing rivers, des­o­late black sand beach­es, lava fields and glaciat­ed mountains—taking you to the far­thest reach­es where very few have set foot, much less wheels. As you stand next to the mys­ti­cal Skó­gafoss water­fall and atop the mighty Eyjaf­jal­la­jökul vol­cano, you’ll feel like a mod­ern-day Viking dis­cov­er­ing new and unchart­ed lands.

And what bet­ter way to end a day of bliss­ful back­coun­try rid­ing than with a dip in a geot­her­mal pool, beer in hand? To that, we say Skál!

Is This Ride For You?

You’re look­ing to get off the beat­en path and explore far-off, remote lands which few tourists get access to. You are a pas­sion­ate and fit moun­tain bik­er with true grit. You get excit­ed at the thought of a hike-a-bike sec­tion or a riv­er cross­ing if it means access­ing unchar­tered ter­ri­to­ry and reach­ing new heights, often with incred­i­ble views. You have expe­ri­ence rid­ing in a vari­ety of ter­rain, and can han­dle chal­leng­ing climbs, tech­ni­cal descents, loose grav­el and scree as well as some expo­sure. You can ride for up to 5 hours over sev­er­al days at a good pace. You have a sol­id, well-main­tained do-it-all trail bike (with rough­ly 6 inch­es of trav­el, drop­per post and beefy tires. Rentals also available).


Day 1. Arrival, Lava Field Explo­ration, and First Moun­tain Bike Ride in Iceland

Arrival at Keflavik Inter­na­tion­al air­port, where we’ll have a shut­tle pick you up at 7:00 am or 11:00am. Enjoy the 45-minute dri­ve through lava fields to Iceland’s cap­i­tal, Reyk­javík. This quirky city, dot­ted with col­or­ful hous­es, is burst­ing with great restau­rants, shops and galleries.

The sched­ule for today will depend on your arrival time.

For those arriv­ing in the ear­ly morn­ing, our team will drop you off at the hotel to drop your lug­gage. You’ll have time to explore the city and grab a cof­fee before check­ing in at noon. We strong­ly rec­om­mend check­ing out the local geot­her­mal pool to relax after a long flight, our team can direct you to the pools upon arrival.

For those arriv­ing by or before noon, you’ll have the option to get your legs spin­ning on an easy ride just out­side the city’s cen­tre. Our guides will pick you up from the hotel at noon and head to our base to build bikes or get you suit­ed up with a rental. We’ll shut­tle to one of the local’s favourite pur­pose-built XC trails. We’ll catch sight of the Elliðaár  riv­er flow­ing with salmon as well as the local bike park, before con­clud­ing at the hotel.  The  guides will shut­tle the bikes back to our base and get them cleaned up for our next day of riding. 

Day 2.  Geot­her­mal Wonders

Fol­low­ing a gen­er­ous break­fast, we’ll shut­tle 45 min­utes out­side of town towards Þingvel­lir Nation­al Park, an area bub­bling with geot­her­mal activ­i­ty (don’t for­get your tow­el! You’ll need it later).

We’ll gear up and begin rid­ing towards the moun­tains We’ll be reward­ed with views of the sur­round­ing lakes and tec­ton­ic fields. If it weren’t for the cityscape of Reyk­javík in the dis­tance, we’d feel like we’re rid­ing on a for­eign plan­et, with steam ris­ing from the ground and mud gush­ing from the earth’s crust. The trails we’ll ride here are known to locals only, with lit­tle traf­fic and tons of chal­lenges. The ter­rain today is chal­leng­ing with loose rock and exposed trails, includ­ing some climbs and short hike-a-bike sec­tions  with incred­i­ble scenery. 

Day 3. Off the Beat­en Path

After break­fast, we’ll pack our bags and check out as we’re off to the high­lands. The dri­ve through dark­ened lava fields and lush green­ery is incred­i­bly scenic. The weath­er dic­tates  the plan for the day. 

Today we will dri­ve towards one of Ice­land’s most beau­ti­ful water­falls, named Hái­foss. We start at a scenic point over­look­ing the water­fall  before start­ing our ride down into a canyon carved by the riv­er lead­ing into the Pjórsárdalur val­ley where we end our ride today. Then we’ll hop back into the Super Jeep to make our way to the high­land B&B.

Back at the B&B, it’s time to crack open a cold one and enjoy the local din­ner buffet. 

Day 4. Choose Your Ice­land Moun­tain Bik­ing Adventure 

We’ll rise and shine ear­ly, check out of our B&B and hop into the Super Jeeps. It’s time to head for the highlands. 

We’ll stop to unload our gear at our moun­tain hut before head­ing out to the area known as Land­man­nalau­gar, famous for  its geot­her­mal activ­i­ty, colour­ful moun­tain views and pic­ture-per­fect singletrack.

Today the group will be split into two small­er groups to max­i­mize your expe­ri­ence. Choose between a chal­leng­ing hike-a-bike and high­er alti­tude ride or for a less demand­ing (equal­ly as beau­ti­ful) sin­gle­track ride. The rid­ing today will be inter­spersed with a few short hike-a-bike sec­tions.  These remote, far-flung reach­es are acces­si­ble by foot or moun­tain bike only — you won’t see a self­ie stick or tour bus for miles and miles around here. We’ll ride our bikes into the gold­en hours and as the beers are chilled to per­fec­tion, we’ll con­tin­ue our dai­ly reg­i­men of hot spring dips and post-ride cheers.

We’ll head  to our abode for the night where we’ll enjoy a camp-style BBQ din­ner and tra­di­tion­al Ice­landic cui­sine.  We’ll wrap up the evening by camp­fire shar­ing a glo­ri­ous tales from the day’s ride. 

Day 5. Off the Beat­en Path — Round 2!

After wak­ing up in our back­coun­try cab­in and fill­ing up on a hearty break­fast, we’ll pack up for the day’s adven­ture. After break­fast, we’ll head out on a  jeep safari fur­ther into the high­lands where our rid­ing starts after lunch at a remote moun­tain cabin. 

As we hop on our two-wheeled machines, we’ll mar­vel at the vis­tas ahead of us: far-off glac­i­ers, jagged moun­tain­tops, crisp water­falls flow­ing into pris­tine lakes and a thin line of hero dirt snaking its way through it all. This is where the now famous Yeti video was filmed.  You’ll ride through super scenic land­scapes, you’ll won­der: am I still on plan­et Earth!?

As we retreat to our cab­in for the evening, a deli­cious tra­di­tion­al Ice­landic din­ner will be wait­ing for us, fol­lowed by a well-deserved sauna. Around the camp­fire tonight, we’ll give our best attempts at pro­nounc­ing our next des­ti­na­tion: Eyjafjallajokull. 

Day 6. Vol­ca­noes and Waterfalls

We’ll wake up, enjoy a hearty break­fast and get ready for our final day of mind-blow­ing riding!

Again, weath­er will be the decid­ing fac­tor on which trails we ride today. In  any case, we will see the won­ders of Thors Gar­den where climbs are reward­ed by spec­tac­u­lar views. We’ll take a moment to enjoy the stun­ning views of glac­i­ers, snow-capped moun­tains and dor­mant vol­ca­noes. Serene birch forests and grassy mead­ows pro­vide a strik­ing con­trast against the black­ened  earth  on which we’ll ride. Sev­er­al rocky sec­tions and wild riv­er cross­ings will make for an unfor­get­table adven­ture as we head all the way down to sea level. 

We’ll then enjoy the scenic dri­ve back to Reyk­javík for our final night togeth­er with the option of adding one final ride before head­ing back to Reyk­javik. It’s time to crack open a Viking Lager (or two) and cel­e­brate like true Icelanders!

Day 7. Goodbyes

After break­fast, we’ll bid our farewells with hugs and high fives. We’ll dri­ve you back to the air­port, or you can feel free to keep explor­ing this mag­i­cal place.

Picture Yourself Here…

The fol­low­ing data rep­re­sents a typ­i­cal itin­er­ary, but adven­ture trav­el can be unpre­dictable and our Guides may need to make last-minute changes to ensure your enjoy­ment. Inclement weath­er, road clo­sures, changes to the itin­er­ary to accom­mo­date requests, and oth­er issues may affect the itin­er­ary. The ride data rep­re­sents an ‘aver­age’ itin­er­ary, and may dif­fer when you actu­al­ly show up to ride. Our guides make every effort to stick to the itin­er­ary as post­ed, but your safe­ty is our #1 priority.

Ride Data: Fire and Ice

Day Hours of riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 3 12 1150 1700 1312
2 5 16 2600 4000 2000
3 5 17 4400 4500 3000
4 6 21 2600 4100 2000
5 7 17 3900 4600 3400
6 5 16 2600 4000 1600
7 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 31 HRS

Book Fire and Ice Now

Dates chosen: Dec. 31, 1969—Dec. 31, 1969
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Fitness Levels
Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.

Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.