Join RIDE WITH LOCALS to fully experience some of the most remote parts of Iceland. This is a unique 6-day motorcycle adventure through the lava deserts, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, water passages and long gravel roads of the wild desolate highlands.
You will be deeply touched by the amazing beauty and mystery of Iceland’s nature adorned with magnificent volcanoes and waterfalls, glacial formations and geothermal lagoons. A once in a life time experience you will never forget! Join this six day adventure and Ride with Locals!
Departs: July 21st and August 20th, 2018
Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 6 Days
Price: 4,400 EUR
Start Location: Selfoss. Pickups from Reykjavík can be arranged.
– Motorcycle (KTM 690 R) for 6 days
– Backup motorcycle when needed (can be different type from KTM 690 R)
– Fuel for motorcycle
– Motorcycle insurance
– Pick up in Reykjavík and drop off the morning after the last riding day
– 6 nights accomodation in mountain huts with sleeping bag and mattress
– All meals
– Snacks, coffee and water for 6 days
– Support vehicle with a driver and full support
See below for the six day itinerary.
Selfoss – Fremstaver – 179 km
Historic, Scenic Ride from Selfoss to Gullfoss
This ride takes you past the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station through Þingvellir National Park, where the oldest continually running parliament in the world first assembled in 930 AD. From there, it’s through the Skjaldbreiður Lava Field to the geothermal area of Geysir, with its erupting geyser. Then its on to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall.
Fremstaver – Mountain Hut – 192 km
Into the Wilderness
You’ll ride further north on the F35 mountain road to the Kerlingafjöll Mountain Range, within the geothermal area of Hveradalir. As the scene unfolds, you will capture the sight of glaciers, high energy steam springs and arctic vegetation which together create unique color combinations. The whites of snow and glaciers combine with the black volcanic sands and red and orange hills. Some out of this world scenery!
Mountain Hut – Hungurfit – 234 km
The Land of Volcanoes
Then its onto the mountain road F26 Sprengisandur over to Þórisvatn, Iceland’s largest lake and then to Veiðivatnahraun Lava Field and the Central Highlands of Iceland. The Veidivötn Lakes create a magnificent highland oasis. Some of the very best brown trout and arctic char fishing in Iceland (or anywhere) is found here and then it’s on to Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. In the old days Hekla was known as “the Gateway to Hell.”
Hungurfit – Skaftárdalur – 171 km
In between Glaciers
The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys. Riding there is like being in a set from the Lord of the Rings. The hot pools at Landmannalaugar, where you will bathe are one of results of the abundant volcanic and geothermal activity in the area. From the hot pools, the track takes you to Tungnaá River toward Vatnajökull Glacier and Langisjór Lake. Then, it’s back down by the Skaftá River to a volcanic fissure stretching from Mýrdalsjökull Glacier almost to Vatnajökull and over to Eldgjá, a canyon about 60 km long, 600 m wide and up to 150 m deep. It was formed in the year 934 during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in Iceland in historical times.
Skaftárdalur – Skaftárdalur – 134 km
Row of Craters
From the farm Skaftárdalur, you’ll ride east toward Laki, a series of craters that were formed in one of the world’s largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. In 1783, lava flowed across the flat land destroying a large number of farms, stopping just outside the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The total area of the resulting lava field is 565 km². You will go over a small section of it on our way to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Skaftárdalur – Selfoss – 200 km
From the farm in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, you head closer to the coastline toward the small village of Vík. On the way, you’ll visit Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks situated under Mt. Reynisfjall by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach; then the majestic Skógarfoss Waterfall. Next, we visit Seljavallalaug, the old mountain swimming pool, where you get to bathe in the warm waters of this pool located deep within the tranquil surrounds of this old glacial valley. You end the trip back in Selfoss, staying overnight in a nice and comfortable hotel. For dinner, you’ll go to a nice restaurant and tell stories into the night from your amazing adventure with new friends…
Not included in the price is the hotel in Reykjavík the night before and after the trip or the riding protective gear and helmets. You must bring your own riding protective gear and clothing.
The weather on Iceland can differ from day to day and rain is not unusual. Make sure that your clothes really are waterproof. Waterproof socks are a recommendation, since we often ride through water.
The temperature in July can vary from 5 to 15 Celsius degrees, so you need to be well prepared.
Remember that a travel insurance is required in case you get ill or injure yourself. Most home insurances also include travel insurance. Check it with your insurance company. A European insurance card is also recommended (if European), it is provided free of charge at the state.
Also remember to bring your own bathing/swimming suit for the natural swimming pools and hot tubs.
Terms and Conditions
Before making a reservation for a tour with Ride With Locals we encourage you to read these Terms and Conditions carefully, as they constitute a contract agreement made between Ride With Locals and you from the time of booking. By submitting a booking, you confirm to us and Ride with Locals that you comply with these arrangements.
Cancellation of trip:
Cancellations must be made as soon as a hindrance occurs.
When canceling more than 60 days before the trip, the participant will get a full refund.
Cancellation 60-30 days before the trip: 50% of the full amount will be refunded.
Cancellation less than 30 days before the trip: No refund will be given.
If Ride With Locals cancels the trip, the full amount of the payment will be refunded to participants. Ride With Locals will inform about a cancellation no later than 30 days before the trip. Ride With Locals is not liable for other costs for the trip, such as flight tickets.
All participants must have a valid passport. A passport that expires during the trip is invalid.
All participating riders must have a valid driver’s license for a heavy motorcycle.
The customer is liable in any case for all personal injuries and damage to property caused by his/her intentional misconduct or negligence and shall indemnify and hold Ride With Locals harmless against all third party claims asserted directly on Ride With Locals in connection with such injuries and/or damage. Damage caused by a customer’s intentional misconduct or negligence means in particular (but not limited to) damage attributable to driving mistakes, lack of driving ability and/or disorderly driving behavior (for instance, driving on the back wheel making a racing start or failing to comply with safety spaces between vehicles).
Minor scratches caused by falling over or dropping the bike do not have to be covered by the participant. But if the motorcycle is damaged and requires repair, there is a vehicle damage excess charge of a maximum of 150,000 ISK.
Participants are required to have health and accident insurance that also covers transportation back to the home country. Insurance documents must be presented upon demand.
This tour is operated by our friends at Ride with Locals.