Cycle Iceland and see glaciers, geysers and geothermal hot springs

Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this 9-day Icelandic cycling adventure. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier and scale giant waterfalls. Travel through Iceland's desolate lands, so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. The ancient, untamed beauty of Iceland will stay with you forever.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Destination
Iceland
Style
Basix
Theme
Cycling
Code
BMXI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Cycle the famous Golden Circle, where the scenery is just as likely to get your blood pumping as the ride

  • There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and thermal springs of this magical land in the world's far north

  • The Eurasian and American tectonic plates may now be pulling apart in Thingvellir National Park, but over a thousand years ago this was the site where Iceland's first parliament came together

  • Southern Iceland is a world of striking contrasts. Walk past blue-white icebergs at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert

Is this trip right for you?

  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.

  • Iceland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to visiting a cafe, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Please stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at the guesthouse's restaurant.

  • The destinations visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season and at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be the rare occasion where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In this case an alternative will be offered.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. While we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same sex. Twin share, quad share and multi share in bunk accommodation are possible depending on the season and the make-up of the group. A single supplement is not available to be booked on this trip. Please also be aware that many guesthouses in Iceland offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small, and at times you may be accommodated a short walk away from the main building.

Itinerary

Welcome to Reykjavik, where colourful houses and striking expressionist buildings are set against a backdrop of blue-grey mountains. Your tour begins at 6 pm with a welcome meeting at your hotel. It’s important you attend this meeting, as we’ll be collecting your next of kin and insurance information. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's meeting you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. With that out of the way, you’re free to spend your evening how you like. Reykjavik has a lively food scene, so perhaps ask your leader for recommendations on where to grab a bite. Modern Icelandic food is hearty and steeped in Viking tradition, meaning it’s designed to sustain and keep you warm during periods of physical activity – perfect considering the first leg of your cycling tour starts tomorrow.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you begin your cycle around the Golden Circle, and the scenery is just as likely to get your blood pumping as the ride. Head out of Reykjavik through valleys of green and gold shrubbery. Your first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the historic spot of Iceland’s first parliament and the location of the Silfra Fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. You can see the water pooled in the gap between the plates and cycle between craggy cliffs that sprung from the earth because of the grand geological shift. Then, peddle to Laugarvatn, a shallow lake kept warm year-round by hot springs. This is the last stop on today’s 90 km journey, so you might want to soak your muscles in the natural pools or spa. Spend the evening at Efstidalur II, a comfortable farm hotel.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you continue riding along the famous Golden Circle. There’s no better way to appreciate the immensity of this ancient environment than from your bike, close enough to see the often black volcanic ground around you and guided by giant mountains. Pull up at Geysir, where the ground is alive and geysers spurt water high into the air. Bike between the various bubbling mud pools and spitting earth in this geothermal hotpot. Then, ride about ten kilometres to nearby Gulfoss, a mighty waterfall that spills down two tiers into a 70-metre-deep canyon. Breathe the crisp Icelandic air on the tail end of your 76 km ride, hunkering down for the evening in a campsite in the tiny town of Brautarholt.

Tonight is camping.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll be biking 104 kilometres, so ease into it with a ride in the support vehicle, alighting to peddle along the side of vast (and partially active) Eyjafjallajokull. You might remember it as the source of much panic and grounded flights after it erupted in 2010, spewing ash far and wide. This towering, glacier-capped strata volcano will be your silent guide as you ride past some of the spectacular waterfalls that dot the south of the country. As you’ll remain close to the coast today, there might be an opportunity to park your bike and hike to the wreck of a US Navy plane that lies on the black sands of Solheimasandur Beach. Even if weather or time doesn’t permit that little venture, the views along the South Coast are stunning, and you’ll spend the evening in at a guesthouse in Solheimahjaleiga – close to the black shore that the country is famous for.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The columns of basalt rise like small skyscrapers from the ashen sands of Reynisfjara, your first stop today on a 92 km journey. From the shore, you can see staggering rock pillars that jut from the ocean. Next, you’ll hop on your bike and cycle near the fire-lava field of Eldhraun, weaving between bizarre lumps and bumps created by an eruption hundreds of years ago. At 565 square kilometers, this vast, moss-covered terrain is an endless source of wonder. Later, get some well-deserved rest at the Klausturhof Guesthouse, nestled in the hamlet of Kirkjubaejarklaustur beneath picturesque mountains.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Hit the road again and cross the vast, arid sand plain of Skeidararsandur. The most extensive of its kind in the world, this desolated plain was formed by glacier meltwater post-eruption. Skeidararsandur announces the proximity of Vatnajokull – the largest ice cap in Iceland. The runoff from this epic glacier has created a river that splits the giant sand plain in two. Ride further into the wilderness of Vatnajokull National Park, taking in the brown and white peaks and perhaps stopping at Svartifoss Waterfall, where black basalt columns frame a narrow cascade. Setup camp in Skaftafell, completing today's 71 kilometre ride.

Tonight is camping.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The icy crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon awaits after a morning of cycling along rocky coast. This glacial lake has only existed for less than 100 years, and continues to swell as temperatures rise. If you’d like, you have the option to explore the lagoon via the water. Board an amphibious vehicle (half car, half boat) to get the most awe-inspiring views of the jagged icebergs floating in this natural lagoon. If you’re lucky, you might even see sea seals swimming gliding through the water or resting on icebergs. Otherwise, you are free to bike or walk along the shore, taking in the majestic views of blue and white waters. Today you’ll travel just 67 kilometres, and your guesthouse for the evening – Reynivellir – is close to the lagoon, meaning you can get the most of this feat of nature.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s time to sit back and relax on the long return drive to Reykjavik. The 400 km drive will take about six hours, so you might want to have a book or podcast ready to pass the time. It’s also a good opportunity to soak up the scenery you’ve come to know and love over the past week. Upon arrival in the capital, you can choose to attend an optional group dinner to bid farewell to your leader and cycling pals.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your journey comes to an end today.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle

Accommodation

Guesthouse (6 nights), Camping (2 nights)

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Important notes

NEW TRIP
This a new trip for 2019. While we have thoroughly researched every detail of the itinerary we sometimes find it's necessary to make small changes after the first few trips have run. Changes are always based on feedback from past travellers and our ground staff. For Cycling trips these changes are usually around finding even better roads to ride on, which can alter the distance/time we spend riding on a day to day basis, but can sometimes even extend to accommodation or included activities if needed.

On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.

This trip involves 2 nights camping with shared facilities

Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group.

Out in the countryside you will be camping near local farmhouses, and all amenities (such as showers) are provided. We will provide the tents and sleeping mats, however you will have to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. A single supplement for a private tent is not available on this trip. Participatory camping means that you are expected to chip in with chores such as cooking, washing dishes, setting up and dismantling camp, etc.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip, as many of the properties we use on this trip have only a limited number of rooms. If a single room becomes available at check-in for any of the nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night.

COSTS & PRICES
Iceland can be an expensive destination in many ways, from museum entrance fees to outdoor activities, but especially in terms of eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at the guesthouse's restaurant. Please make sure you read the trip notes carefully in order to know what is and what isn't included in the trip price.

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