Iceland's Best Single Tracks
Iceland's Best Single Tracks– Iceland –3 days / 2 nights, Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano - Skogarfoss - Reykjadalur ValleyThree fun-filled biking days packed with action for the adventurous biker, combining the best single tracks with outstanding landscape. Access is by super-jeep, minimizing the uphill to get the best out of each day. On fast floating single tracks along riverbeds and waterfalls, or hard packed and highly technical downhill tracks next to Iceland's most recent lava field, passing the craters of the 2010 eruption. Relax in a hot tub after a wild ride.
|Price||From $1,395 per person in double room|
|Included||Guide for 3 days
Transportation to and from Reykjavik
4x4 support car and driver
Food for 3 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3)
2 nights in a guest house
2 x breakfast
|Not Included||International airfare
Bike, helmet and gloves
Personal items / personal insurance
$25 Service fee
Knee, elbows, and spine protection - required!
|Please Note||Group size: 4 - 12 participants
Recommended bike: Full suspension bike with 4 - 6 inch travel/120 - 165mm
Physical difficulty: Moderate
Biking: 3 days
Technical difficulty: 4*
*Please see Practical information under "More Info"
|Tour Options||Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the tour|
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Day 1 LANDMANNALAUGAR NATURE RESERVE (L, D) The best of the colorful Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
The tour starts on Thursday morning at 08:00. We pick you up at a Reykjavik guesthouse and drive to the colorful Landmannalaugar area. We climb with the support car up to the valley of Reykjadalur. After reassembling the bikes and pumping air in to the tiers we start the days ride. We set off on the bike on the highest point of the road and take the steep gravel road down the Reykjadalur valley.
There are several interesting river crossing to do hard to get through without wet feet. Even though there is quite a descent at the start it is not technical. The majority of the 50 km route of the day is on little used jeep tracks but the central part is on full single tracks. Our route lies parallel to the famous trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmörk.
We propose a 50 km XC day with a 300 m ascent and 800 m descent. For those who have not had enough it is possible to race the support jeep and continue along the 4x4 track to Fljotshlid where our guesthouse awaits with a jacuzzi and a bar.
Day 2 FIMMVÖRDUHALS - EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL (B, L, D) Fimmvörduhals, the single track underneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
An early morning departure from our guesthouse for the 1 hour drive along the south coast to the Eyjafjallajökull area where we spend the day. We are riding the "Fimmvörduhals" pass between the Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Myrdalsjökull. This is a popular hiking route between the Thorsmörk valley and Skogar.
We use the 4x4 support car to take us up and the first run of the day is along the Skogara River to the south. The view is fantastic with uncountable waterfalls and the river canyon of Skogara. The single-track is gently down sloping, fast and floating for 8 km and 6oo m vertical descent. Usually participants love this part and we often have to repeat this part before we continue and do the technical descent on the north side of the pass.
To get to the northern side there is about 100 m/300feet climb from where the support car drops us, and most of us will walk the steepest parts with the bikes. The top is at 1100 m/3400 feet altitude and is often covered with snow until the end of the summer. The path takes us over the volcanic craters formed in the 2010 eruption where we will have a small break enjoying the impressive scenery. The northern side of Fimmvörduhals is more technical than the southern side. Everyone will have to walk the hardest parts and there are section where the bikes have to be carried. The surroundings are superb and there are great photo and head cam opportunities.
There is some refreshment waiting for us when we arrive in the Thorsmörk valley. Those who have not had enough of biking can race the support car along the rough track leading out of the valley returning to our guesthouse.
Fimmvörduhals to the south:
Descent : 600 m. Distance: 8 km. Time: 1-1,5 hours
Fimmvörduhals to the north:
Climb: 100 m. Descent: 1000 m. Distance: 10 km. Time: 4 hours
Day 3 INNSTIDALUR VALLEZ - ÖLKELDUHALS - REYKJAVIK (B, L) The single tracks of the Mount Hengill Central Volcano
We set off from our guesthouse with all our belongings, heading back in the direction of Reykjavik. Todays adventures are on the single tracks in the outdoor paradise of the Hengill area ending with going down the most classical single track in Iceland the Reykjadalur valley.
There are several possible starts to this day. We propose going through the Innstidalur valley technical single track with some short steep climb before going down to the hot springs at Ölkelduhals pass. For those choosing less physical effort it is possible to join the group here. From Ölkelduhals we have a fantastic descent down the Reykjadalur valley. The beginning is technical but soon changes to a fast floating single track. In the middle of the Reykjadalur valley there is a chance to enjoy a bath in a natural hot pool in the wild.
After the Reykjadalur valley there is a short gravel road to the village of Hveragerdi. Here it is possible to stop at the local pub before loading the support car and heading back to Reykjavik.
Innstidalur to Ölkelduhals on gravel road and jeep track: Ascent: 100 m. Descent: 200m. Distance: 10 km. Time: 1,5 - 2 hours.
Ölkelduhals and down Reykjadalur single track: Descent: 300 m. Distance: 5,5 km. Time: 1 hour.