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Find the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Iceland biking and details about the Icebike Adventures biking trips. Details about how we bring you to the best trails in Iceland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some useful information about Iceland, mountainbiking in Iceland and Icebike Tours.

We have wide choices of trips –  to find out which one has ‘You’ written all over it, browse our trip categories and don’t hesitate to contact us for and advice or help choosing the right trip for you.

Are trips physically demanding?

Short answer is:  Yes.  Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? Our trips are not for you.  Want to ride all day and have a great meal and a well deserved beer post ride:  Join us for a highland adventure.  To determine what type of trip suits you best, have a close look at our rating system page. each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating & Bike skill level rating to help you pick the right trip for you.  If in doubt:  Drop us a line, we are happy to mail and chat to figure out the best trip for you.

Does Icebike Adventures have family trips?

Our trips are tailored to adult riders. We are happy to create private multiday family trips suitable for young adults.  The youngest riders on our multiday trips have been 14 years old. For daytrips: Contact us, we will do our best to tailor family bike trips.

Icebike riders

The average rider on an Icebike trip is of 25-65 years of age, love the outdoors and biking is their top hobby.  From around the world, nice and fun loving people that like having a cold beer and a good conversation at the campfire after a great day of biking.

How many people will be on my trip?

Icebike focuses on small groups.  Our multiday trips are usually 4-6 riders per group, sometimes we run two groups at the same time. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible, but large enough to split a group into two, a faster and slower group. Group size is displayed on each trip page.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 16. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our highland trips have a minimum age of 18.  Younger riders are welcome on private family trips.

I’m travelling alone – is that OK?

About half our riders travel here solo.  No problem to join a scheduled trip, but we need the first two riders to confirm any trip.  If you can’t find a bookable date:  Contact us, we have a standby list and we will keep you posted on confirmed trips.

I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?

Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll do our best to accommodate.  Food suitable for Vegan/Vegetarian/Celiac is available. Some of the very specific dietary requirements may be difficult to accommodate in the highlands. have a look at the highland facilities page.

What will the food be like on my trip?

Quality fresh ingredients from local suppliers is the key to our meals.We love good food,   you can expect BBQ’s served camping style in the cabins.  Breakfasts served buffet camping style in the morning. In general. Icelanders eat a lot of fish and other seafood. Lamb & Beef are locals favourite meat. Local produce includes greens, tomatoes, root vegetables, berries. Most fruit in Iceland is imported.

What about water?

Tap water is drinkable anywhere in Iceland. There is no reason to buy bottled water.  On the trip: The guide will keep riders informed of where/when they need to fill up on water. So riders carry enough but not too large bags through the day.

Am I fit enough?

Each trip has skill level and fitness details on the trip page. For our highland All-Mountain MTB trips, riders should be fit enough to tackle 1-2 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 details. and have a close look at the rating info page.

Do I have enough riding experience / how do I estimate my skill level?

Feel free to contact us via email or phone.  Sometimes a quick chat can resolve any issues or questions about what trip is the best choice. 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.  There are no drops or jumps on any of our trips. The Raven AM is intended for riders with advanced riding skills. For more info on rating have a close look at the rating info page.

Is it safe?

Biking is not a no-risk sport. 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 aid.  Rescue is done from land or by helicopter.

What are the locals like?

Overall Icelanders are open minded an welcoming. The vast majority of Icelanders speak English fluently as second languge. The first language for Icelanders is Icelandic, closely related to Norwegian and Danish. Icelanders have to endure a long winter with little daylight.  In summer they use every minute of the 24 hour daylight to be outside, do nightrides, camp or party! Icelanders are used to having to embrace any kind of weather. Therefore we say: There is no such thing as poor weather, just inappropriate clothing and gear.

Do I need extra insurance?

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

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. Best time for gravel biking in Iceland is July through Mid September when the roads clear of snow and tightly packed.

Can I rent a bike from Icebike?

You certainly can! have a look at the rental bike page. We currently rent Scott Genius 27,5″ full suspension bikes with dropper seat posts. For fatbike trips we offer OTSO carbon fatbikes with Icelandic Lauf suspension forks. Our rental bike fleet is renewed every year.

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 bike brand specific compatible parts in Iceland can be challenging. We recommend packing at least inner tubes, brake pads, correctly-sized spokes. Icebike will have a spare tire for 27,5 & 29″.

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.

What about Terms and conditions?

Find our T&C here.

All riders need to sign a waiver before riding with us.

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