ICELAND – ON FIRE

AN EPIC tour

Iceland is one of our absolute favorite countries when it comes to adventure riding! Or what can be more adventurous than lava fields, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, river crossings and never ending dirt roads that disperses into the horizons? As always on our tours, an amazing riding experience is the top priority, but if you are in Iceland, there are of course some highlights you have to visit along the way. During this tour we ride from Reykjavik, north via the most exciting places Iceland has to offer such as Geisyr, the waterfall Gullfoss and Unesco world heritage Þingvellir. During a long day, we then cross the Icelandic Highlands to mystical-filled Myvatn, Husavik & one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes Askja. We then cross Iceland’s remote highlands once again via even more exciting roads to finish the journey through the fairy-tale landscape Landmannalaugar.

We have put together a tour with as many highlights as humanly possible on an 8 days tour. The tours are arrange in the late summer, the only time of year when you can be sure that the snow melted on all the passes and the weather is at its best. We manly ride on gravel roads of mixed quality, but of course there will also be some asphalt. For two of the days, there are easier as well as more advanced routes as alternatives for those who wish. We always have our support vehicle with us at all time providing us with lunch, coffee, spare parts and tools if necessary. This is an intensive week of riding, and it is our strongest recommendation that you have done at least Rider Training Offroad Basic before your tour.

Photo on this page: Ann Cathrin Erga, John Brown & David Johansson

 

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The riding

The riding in Iceland is an endless mix of gravel roads, but we also ride some asphalt to transport us between the nice gravel roads. You don’t have to be a master on gravel to go to Iceland, but you have to feel comfortable on smaller gravel roads. Your physics should be relatively good as we sometimes ride long days. We simply have to get to the next hotel no matter what time it is. At tougher challenges such as sand or river crossings, we stop, talk about riding technique, and get through together and help each other out. Iceland is an adventure and you have to be prepared that it can sometimes be hard, but we also dare promise that you will have an absolutely amazing riding experience!

We have two long riding days during the tour as we cross the central parts of Iceland on gravel. This is an intensive week of riding, and it is our strongest recommendation that you have done at least Rider Training Offroad Basic before your tour.

WATER crossings, rocks AND SAND

During the tour, we pass a number of rivers we have to cross, most of them relatively easy but also a few bigger ones. The crossings vary from year to year and from day to day. When we come to the bigger river crossings, we stop and help each other and get through as a team. Some of the gravel roads we ride on are rocky, and the stones can be tough on both riders and the motorcycles, so it is important to adjust the speed to the roads and slow down when looking at the fantastic view. Sand we really only ride during the Advanced routes you can choose two of the days.

Food & Hotel

Throughout the tour, we stay comfortably in a good hotels and of course with toilet & shower on the room. Part of twin room is included in the price. Single rooms can be booked for a supplement (see cost for this in the booking).

Breakfast is included every day and next to the hotels there are always good restaurants. Coffee and lunch we usually have with us in our support vehicle so we can stay whenever and wherever we want for lunch. The same applies to our coffee/”fika” breaks, every time we stop there is always the opportunity to get something energy-rich.

Hydration is important when you work hard and it is our strongest recommendation that you use a hydration system  and make sure to always fill it up before we leave in the morning.

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Long experience from Iceland

”First time I visited Iceland was in 2003, only a few months after I crossed Africa from north to South on a motorcycle. The reason that I booked the tour was simply that I got really restless after I got home, and I needed a new adventure. Maybe Iceland dosen´t sounds like an adventure after Africa, but in fact I realized that after only a week on Iceland I had been riding on more different terrain than during my six months in Africa. The riding is unbeatable, like riding in a fairy-tale that consists of everything you could wish for when it comes to challenges!

After my first trip to Iceland in 2003 is has been many more, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022 & 2023. In total I have spent almost one year on this fantastic island, and there are always more to be fascinated over. Since 2016 you have the possibility to join us for motorcycle tours on Iceland, and I promise that it will be an experience of a life time!”

– David Johansson, CEO Ride Nordic AB & certified BMW Motorrad Tourguide.

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Full support

In our support vehicle, we have tools, spare parts, spare wheels, tires, water, coffee and lunch, which we set out in a nice place during the breaks. First aid equipment is available both in our support vehicle and on the tour guide motorcycles. The support vehicle also has a satellite phone and defibrillator (AED). All our tour guides are trained in first aid and CPR.

Itinerary

Click on each day for more information and photos!

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Our tour starts and finish in Reykjavik. All of Day 1 is arrival day, so whether you arrive early or late is up to you. In the evening,  togehter with the dinner, you will receive all the information you need about the coming week.

 

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We gather in the morning and start with a presentation of ourselves and the motorcycles. After some set-up of the bikes, the day offers an approx. 150km ride where the first part goes on asphalt/larger dirt roads to Þingvellir, where the Eurasian and North American continental plates meet. The Icelandic parliament, Alltinget, was also created here in Tingvalla in year 930.  After lunch we continue towards the waterfall Gullfoss and Geysir where we stay for the night. The tour got its name since we pass some of Iceland’s more famous tourist attractions. After this day, we are more adventurers than tourists!

 

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A long day of nearly 400km as we cross Iceland from south to north for the first time. The first half offers easy-to-ride dirt roads through a vast landscape. At the first coffee break, we take the opportunity to visit the Hveravellir thermal area. We ride on and pass, among other things, the Blue Lake. The landscape changes and becomes greener before we reach the sea on the north side of the island. The last 200km of the day are on tarmac along road no. 1, Iceland’s ring road, with fantastic views of the Arctic Ocean. The day ends at lake Myvatn.

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On this day you have a couple of choices:

  • The Dettifoss tour begins with us passing one of the largest thermal areas in Iceland, Hverir. We then continue on nice gravel roads to Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Then we head towards Husavik for a cosy lunch in the harbour and finish with an exciting gravel stretch past one of our “secret” thermal areas. In the afternoon/evening there is the possibility to bathe at Myvatn Nature Baths for those who wish (charges apply).
  • If you look for a challenge, you can do the Askja tour instead. This tour also begins with us passing the Hverir thermal area. After a short stop at Hverir, we follow road 1 east for some kilometres before turning off towards Askja. The landscape changes and in a while it feels more like riding on the moon than in Iceland! We pass impressive lava fields, some exciting sand tracks and not least a couple of fairly big river crossings where we have to be help each other to get across. After about 300km we are back on road 1 and can relax the last kilometres back to the hotel.
  • As we are staying at the same hotel for two nights, there is also the option of taking a rest day on Tuesday.
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Time to head south again. Today’s route, which is about 300 km, starts with some nice asphalt to the beautiful waterfall Godafoss before we turn south on the road through Sprengisandur. We pass another very impressive waterfall, Aldeyjarfoss, before it is time for some 100 km free ride across the remote Icelandic highlands. We start with a bit of space so that you  and your riding buddy really get the feeling that you are alone in this the remote landscape. Our tour guides and support vehicle are of course always close by if you need assistance. After a few more exciting water crossings, where we once again help each other, and some fast gravel bits we arrive at the goal for the day.

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Another exciting day awaits. Where we start by riding to the majestic vulkano Hekla. We then make cross Landmannalaugar which offers plenty of river crossings. When we see the sea on the south coast, we arrive at the hotel of the night.

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We continue in the same spirit with wonderful gravel riding and, if possible, even better views. Black, green, white and hopefully blue, are the colours of the day. The 250km route passes impressive lava fields and several exciting river crossings along the Myrdalsjökul glacier before the last 100km of asphalt back to Reykjavik.

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The adventure is over for this time… Whether you depart early or late is up to you. For those of you who leave later in the day, there is a lot to see in Reykjavik. But you are probably most interested in resting and thinking back on a magical week with a smile on your face. We hope to see you soon on another adventure with Ride Nordic!

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Included in the price

  • 6 days of adventure riding
  • 3 tour guides on motorcycle
  • Feedback & riding tips from tourguide/instructor
  • 6 days rental of BMW GS of the newest model
  • Comprehensive motorcycle Insurance
  • Fuel for motorcycle
  • Technical support for motorcycle
  • Back-up motorcycle if needed
  • Support vehicle incl. driver
  • 7 night accommodation in twin room
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee all riding days
  • Waterproof pack roll that will be transported by our support vehicle
  • Baggage storage at our start/finish hotel
  • Exclusive On Fire T-shirt

What is not included?

Flights, transfer, dinners, riding gear.

To think about

  • This tour starts and ends in Reykjavik. We recommend flying to/from Reykjavik/Keflavik Airport (KEF).
  • All of Day 1 and Day 8 are set aside for arrival and departure, so you are free to arrive/leave as early or as late as you wish. Information about the easiest way to get from the airport to our hotel can be found in the welcome information we send out before the tour.
  • Remember that a travel insurance is required in case you get ill or injure yourself. Check with your insurance company.
  • It is our strongest recommendation that you have some kind of hydration system  since you need to drink a lot during the days to stay hydrated.
  • Always wear complete riding gear while riding! An approved integral or motocross helmet (flip-up helmets must be closed during all riding), approved back protector, shoulder protectors, elbow protectors, knee protectors, gloves and rugged motocross or adventure boots. The weather in Iceland can change a lot from day to day and rain is not unusual. Make sure that your clothes really are waterproof. Waterproof socks are also a recommendation since we often ride through water. The temperature can vary from 0 to 25 degrees Celsius, so you need to be well prepared. An electric heating vest can also be useful on a cold day. All motorcycles are equipped with DIN-sockets.
  • If you have any food allergies please lets us know at latest 4 weeks ahead of your tour and we will adopt the food for you.
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Prices

Incl. BMW R1300 GS79 500 SEK(Approximately EUR)

The price includes accommodation in twin room for 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, coffee/snacks all riding days, tour guides and all guided tours, rental of a BMW R1300GS for 6 days, spare motorcycle if needed, fuel for motorcycle, comprehensive insurance for motorcycle, support vehicle incl. driver, waterproof 50 litre pack roll transported by support vehicle, T-shirt.