RAVEN/ALL MOUNTAIN - 7 DAY
(4 DAYS RIDING)
From $3,590 PER PERSON
(Based on double occupancy)
DAY 1 - Overnight Flight
Day 2 - Arrive in Iceland. Our driver will wait for you after you’ve cleared Customs at the Airport and take you to your luxury boutique hotel (Sand Hotel or similar) in the heart of Reykjavik where we have booked your room from the night before. That way you can check right in, enjoy breakfast and rest no matter what time you arrive. Mid Afternoon meet-up with your guides at the hotel to be transported for an easy warm-up ride in the Lava Trails just outside of Reykjavik and a transfer back to the Hotel once done. Lunch and dinner for day one is not included unless prearranged, but we highly recommend “Svarta Kaffi” about a block away. Their “soup in bread” is an awesome light lunch. For dinner, we love a sampling of traditional Icelandic delicacies at “Restaurant Þrír Frakkar“ in downtown Reykjavik.
DAY 3 - Early morning pick-up from the hotel, destined for the South Western Highlands in a specially built Icelandic Super-Jeep, the by far most preferred vehicle by the Icelandic Outdoors Crowd. You'll take the scenic route through Þjórsárdalur to reach your destination at the top of one of Iceland’s most celebrated waterfalls, Háifoss. From there you'll start the cross country route heading east towards the active Volcano Hekla and beyond. Hop back in the Super-Jeep to make our way to the Remote mountain hut where you overnight. Our local chef will greet you with a warm, home-cooked dinner of traditional Icelandic mountain cuisine.
DAY 4 - Start in the monochrome landscapes around Hekla with its rich contrast of black sand and bright glaciers breathtaking views and enter the prehistoric naked and tree-less landscapes of the south central highlands. Pedal through the colorful Rhyolite mountains and wind down a steep trail to a green oasis on lush riverbanks. The carved canyons along this section of fast single-track will remind you just how recently mother nature formed Iceland through violent eruptions and glacier carvings. To cap this great day of riding, your final destination provides an unforgettable panorama of distant glaciers and blue mountain lakes. This day will include some hike-a-bike sections.
DAY 5 - Relax your legs as the Super Jeeps once again deliver you to an excellent starting point to your continued adventure, about 2-3 hours further into the mountains at Fjallabak. Cross rivers as you transition to the lush lands closer to the south shore, with 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 promotional video was filmed in Þórsmörk. You and your group stop at a mountain cabin for warm soup and Kleina (the Icelandic doughnut variant), before venturing out into super scenic landscapes on your bikes for the rest of the day. After about a 6-hour ride you arrive in Þórsmörk where birch trees and grassy meadows are a welcome change. The interesting mix of technical single-track and flow trail delivers you to the Volcano huts, in the Þórsmörk valley, where you can enjoy a well-earned warm shower and sauna. You will enjoy a cozy dinner together overlooking the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull (Yup – the one Al Roker just couldn’t pronounce) and enjoy a bright night at the campfire.
DAY 6 - Eyjafjallajökull – yeah, easily pronounced as "ay-yah-FYAH'-dlah-yer-ku h-duhl" welcomes us as we enjoy our hearty breakfast and get ready for our final day of mind-blowing terrain! Again, weather will be the deciding factor on which trails we ride today. You will for sure see the wonders of Þórsmörk (Thors Garden) and great views after a challenging hike a bike section. Take a moment to enjoy the stunning views of the glaciers, still 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. Enjoy the scenic drive back to Reykjavik for our final night together. It’s time to crack open a Viking Lager (or two) and celebrate like true Icelanders! SKÁL! Overnight again at Sand Hotel or similar.
DAY 7 - Breakfast at Hotel Sand (or similar), free morning to explore Reykjavik. Lunch on your own, your driver will be there to pick you up in plenty of time before your flight back to the States.
Recommended for strong intermediate to advance. All-Mountain and Enduro riders. Expect 4 to 6 hours per day on challenging terrain including steep, sometimes technical uphills and downhills, hike-a-bike climbs over obstacles and smooth flow trails. The more challenging the uphill is, the more awesome the views and the ride down.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Meals in the mountain hut at Landmannalaugar are camping style buffet. All meals in Þórsmörk (Thors Garden) served buffet style in the local restaurant. All food serviced is made from scratch from fresh quality ingredients, local when possible. Contact us for any special dietary requests.
LOCAL EVENING ACTIVITIES:
While bar hopping and clubbing is not really an option while outside Reykjavik, those that want to relax can dip into the natural geothermal hot water at Landmannalaugar on night three and/or clean out their pores in the local sauna on night four. We’ll have a campfire going all evenings. There is also an abundance of hiking trails at every overnight stop, where you can enjoy a nice evening hike in the light nights of the midnight sun.
PRICE ASSUMES DOUBLE OCCUPANCY AND INCLUDES:
Private VIP transfer to and from Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik
Early check in and 2 nights Hotel stay in Downtown Reykjavik with breakfast. Hotel Sand or similar
Local expert bike guide with Super-Jeep and driver
Mountain Cabin accommodations, night 2, 3 and 4
Travel with Super-Jeeps
Unlimited bottled water
As always, we are happy to add or change any options and add extra activities or accommodation to your trip.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Bike rental not included, - Scott Genius bikes available for rent for $480 for the trip. We can often offer special pricing on Bike transport with Icelandair (hard sided bike case highly recommended) if you are bringing your own.
Travel insurance, medical insurance and emergency insurance. Check with your Health Insurance and Travel Insurance or Credit Card company for
Tips to guide and drivers
Bike rental: $170