Here are a few things you need to know before coming to Iceland. Iceland is an island just touching the Arctic circle and you need to stay up to date with the weather forecast all the time. We might have to change your schedule to plan b due to weather. Do have a good read of the following and do not hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions. Please read our terms and conditions.

Am I fit enough?

For our highland trips, riders should be fit enough to tackle 2 hour climbs and extended hike-a-bike sections. In addition, riders should be comfortable on rocky technical singletrack in remote locations. With all Icebike Adventures highland trips, the fitter you are the more fun you’ll have. For further detail, please have a look at each trip’s sidebar information. Our superjeep also offers support as needed.

Will it be cold?

Again, its tough to predict. Summer months are typically 5-10C overnight and 10-20C during the day, but this is just a rough guide. In the mountains, the weather is even harder to predict. Pack for a variety of conditions and bring layers, keeping in mind that Iceland has very little shelter in the backcountry (e.g. trees, huts etc.). We will send you a detailed kit list with practical information when you book a trip with us.

Is it safe?

Our multi-day highland trips take place in remote regions on rugged natural trails, with limited evacuation options available. Mountain biking can be dangerous and it is up to you to ride well within your limits, to stay hydrated and rested, and to keep your bike in good mechanical condition. Drug and alcohol use is not permitted while riding. In case of emergency, our guides are trained in first aide and carry satellite phones for emergency heli-evacuation.

Do I need extra insurance?

All participants should arrange their own medical insurance, and we strongly recommend travel insurance as well.  Please read our terms and conditions

What kind of riding will there be?

Highland trips:  Our trails are natural singletracks.   The routes are AM allmountain and/or XC.  There are challenging hike and bike sections on some days with plenty of fun on the way down. These trips are not intended for people with beginner bike skills. All participants should have good xc riding experience. including being comfortable riding rough natural trails.  Some trips are intended for riders with advanced riding skills.   For early season trips expect to do some ride / hike on snow.   Our trips are more about smiles per hour than miles per hour, we think it is important to enjoy the landscapes as well as riding.  We do not tolerate reckless riding, we stay on the trails, at all times.

Do I have to be really fit?

Our routes are technically aimed at anyone with experience in AM xm riding and hike a bike background. Anyone with good experience of AM can take part in our bike trips, it is all about having fun and enjoying unique sceneries of the amazing Iceland. The single tracks here can get a little rough, so a dual suspension bike is a plus and good shoes for the hike bike part. What goes down must first go up, right? There are no cable cars or lifts, so you have to be willing to spend some time on hikes up the hills during the days we are not using the helicopter.

When is the best time to visit?

All our daytrips and Þórsmörk trips run from May through October, while our other highland trips run from July through the first week of September. In the early summer months, days are longer but snow may linger at higher elevations. In the late summer, days are shorter and nights get colder. We do fatbiking daytrips all year round.

What are the dining and sleeping arrangements?

The highland trips utilize accommodation that compliments the adventure of Iceland backcountry travel; rustic, remote huts in epic locations. These comfy little shared cabins may be lacking in luxuries but we make up for it with gourmet fare. The Þórsmörk area has a restaurant with wifi,, while the Landmannalaugar area has neither. Cell phone coverage is good in most areas but not guaranteed. If you need extra nights of accommodation in Reykjavik, we can provide recommendations for that as well.

What if my bike breaks down?

Basic maintenance and repair service is included as part of our package. However, it is important that you bring spare parts as finding compatible parts in Iceland can be challenging. We recommend packing at least inner tubes, brake pads, correctly-sized spokes, and a spare tire.

What kind of bike is ideal?

The ideal bike is a 5-7” all-mountain bike with disc brakes (or a fatbike for fatbike trips). Your bike must be in good working order before the start of the trip. We will send you a detailed gear checklist upon booking a trip.

Can I rent a bike from Icebike?

You certainly can! We currently rent Scott Spark/Geneus 27,5″ dual-suspension bikes with dropper seat posts. For fatbike trips we offer Salsa carbon fatbikes with Icelandic Lauf suspension forks.

What about refunds?

CANCELLATION BY THE PARTICIPANT:   DAY TOURS All cancellations have to be made in writing and sent by email to info@icebikeadventures.com. Cancellation assessments will be calculated on the day Icebike Adventures receives your notification. The following policy will apply:  Reservations that are cancelled more than 30 days before the trip starting date are fully refundable. (Minus transfer cost) • 10-30 days prior to your trip:   30% of the full price of the tour is non-refundable. • 2-9 days prior to your trip:   50% of the full price of the tour is non-refundable.  • 2 days or less: 100% – If cancelled within 48 hours: No refund. •

CANCELLATION BY THE PARTICIPANT:   OVERNIGHT TOURS All cancellations have to be made in writing and sent by email to info@icebikeadventures.com. Cancellation assessments will be calculated on the day Icebike Adventures receives your notification. The following policy will apply:  • 58+ days prior to your trip: Cancellation charge of $500 USD / The deposit.  • 28 – 57 days prior to your trip:  50% of the full price of the tour is non-refundable.  •   0 – 28 days prior to your trip: No refund

We STRONGLY urge you to consider travel insurance.

Other Questions?

If you have other questions that we have not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@icebikeadventures.com. If you have general questions about Iceland, you may find useful information at www.visiticeland.com.

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