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- 2x hotel (twin/double) at Greenhouse hotel, 3 x mountaincabin
- 5x breakfast, 6x lunch, 3 x dinner (dinner not incl. when restaurants on site to pick own meal)
- Local expert bike guide with superjeep and driver
- Meals: 3x breakfast, 5x lunch, 3x dinner
- Small group guarantee
- Support vehicle
- Travel with modified highland vehicle
- Trip extension assistance, detailed trip information and pre trip assistance
- Airfares and airport transfers
- Awesome weather guarantee
- Bikerental not included, - Scott Genius bikes available for rent
- Personal medical insurance and emergency insurance
The Raven AM MTB trip is the result of 15 years of scouting Iceland trails to showcase the best singletracks in Iceland. Explore Iceland’s rugged and magical backcountry terrain. Raven AM is the trip for the advanced all-mountain / enduro MTB rider or technical XC riders. Riders are split into two groups based on riding skill levels, one including more hike a bike / advanced and the other goes for flatter XC trails. All riders share a sag support vehicle with driver. The creates the best way to reach remote trails in the highland and allows for changes in plans to react to changes in weather. We make the best use of your time in Iceland.
On the trip we start exploring new trails in a geothermal area. Overnighting in charming village Hveragerði and making use of mtb trails the Icebike team has built in surrounding geothermal area. Then we head out to explore Iceland’s rugged and magical backcountry terrain around nature reserve Fjallabak and glacier surrounded “Þórsmörk” also known as the “Garden of Thor”. Featured in films and photos, part of the singletracks we ride include the same areas as the famous “Laugavegur” hiking trail. End the trip with optional helibiking day riding the Tectonic plates near the capital Reykavík.
This is a trip for the experienced riders only, riding a quality 4-7 inch full-suspension trail bike.
*No need to bring a group, solo riders welcome.
We head to the vast highlands of Iceland where the short summer of 8 weeks creates a short window for biking. The area is a protected nature reserve and of course we treat it with respect. Our talented local guides are great riders, fun people and experienced mountaineers. They will know options for trails on any day. They will use your time in Iceland well. Mountain biking in Iceland is not about racing through the trails. It is as important to take a moment to enjoy the views. To let the vistas sink in. The landscapes are other worldly and ever changing. You’ll ride past bubbling hot pools, glaciers, birch woods and black sand. Even in the same day. You can find information here about how Icebike works with authorities on trailbuilding.
Is this trip suitable for my skill level?:
This trip is aimed for the strong intermediate to advanced AM / Enduro rider. If you enjoy technical trails and natural singletracks in the remote, this is a good match. You need to be happy riding 4-6 hours per day on challenging terrain. Challenging uphill rides including “hike a bike” rewarded with once in a lifetime views. If you’ve seen videos of Iceland mountainbiking: this is it!
Facilities and food:
Rough and comfort. We spend the first two nights in the newly opened “The Greenhouse Hotel” – located in the heart of small town “Hveragerði”. Twin or double rooms, private shower/bathrooms. Next we head for two nights to mountain cabins, bunk beds, sleeping bags- you need to be ready to “rough it”. Final highland night spent in small huts with a little more comfort, bar, restaurant.,..wifi. In the highlands warm showers and WC are in separate buildings from the huts where we overnight. Meals in Landmannalaugar served camping style buffet. All meals in Thors Garden served buffet style in the restaurant. All food made from scratch from fresh quality ingredients, local when possible. All areas have plenty of hiking /biking trails if you want to explore further in the evening.
If you want more information on the cabins we use, check this page out. Find information on what to wear and have a look at Icebike Adventures picture gallery from our trips. Grab the popcorn, sit back and enjoy some of your biking videos from Iceland. Last but not least, get some practical information on your trips and what to expect when riding in Iceland.
“The volcanic landscape covered in green moss is mesmerizing and photos hardly do it justice. The idea of going and finding perfect single track that laces through the hills was our goal, and with the help of Magne from Icebike we set out to find the best trails the south island had to offer. “
KC Deane – Pro Rider
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Welcome to Iceland: Meet, shuttle, brief, build, eat, RIDE!
Welcome to Iceland! On arrival/meetup day: Our shuttle will depart at 11:00am from Reykjavik Center Bus Terminal (less than 5minutes drive or walk from most hotels, and the hub for flybus). We drive 40 minutes to our destination "Hveragerði" also known as HurdyGurdy for non native Icelandic speakers. Our first stop is Icebike base. Meet the guides, have a coffee, walk over to a café and have light lunch. Post lunch: build our bikes and get to know more about the coming days, then head out for the first ride in stunning geothermal area of Reykjadalur.
Steamer Geothermal area
Breakfast at Greenhouse hotel. Shuttle to Hengill area where we ride singletracks back to Icebike base. Expect challenging trails, natural singletracks and steam rising from the ground. We know the best trails in the area, cause we built them. Overnight at the Greenhouse hotel, dinner at own convenience, pick from multiple restaurants in the village or food hall at hotel.
To the Tectonic PLUS Háifoss Waterfall
The ultimate 15-20k All-Mountain Enduro Singletrack day. Ride in a geothermal area packed with both up and downhill technical singletrack challenges. If you like technical AM trail and stunning scenery this one is for you. This day is all about challenging hike a bike sections rewarded with fun fast descent. Ride the dormant volcanoes and take in the views of valleys and lakes surrounded by geothermal activity. And that's not all. Lunch at a restaurant then the superjeep shuttles us towards the highlands, stopping at one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls, named “Háifoss”. We start at a scenic point overlooking the waterfall from the top before we start our ride down into the canyon carved by the river leading into the valley Þjórsárdalur where we end our ride today. Then hop back in the Super Jeep to make our way to the remote mountain huts where we overnight. Guides prepare the BBQ, a home-cooked dinner of traditional Icelandic mountain cuisine. /p>
Today we ride Landmannalauger singletracks. The rich contrast of black sand and bright glaciers starts our day with breathtaking views. We pedal through the colourful Rhyolite mountains and wind down a steep trail to a green oasis on lush river banks. The wildly-formed canyons along this section of fast singletrack harken back to an age when our mother earth was still in her infancy. To cap this choice day of riding, our terminus point provides an unforgettable panorama of distant glaciers and azure lakes.
To the Garden Of Thor
Our superjeep once again delivers adventure in spades as we travel 3 hours deeper in to Fjallabak mountains area. Today includes water crossings as we transition once again to even more verdant land 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 video was filmed in Þórsmörk . We'll stop at a mountain cabin for warm soup and Kleina (or fried dough), before venturing out into more super scenic landscapes on for the rest of the day. After 6 hours on the saddle we arrive in Þórsmörk area where birch trees and grassy meadows are a welcome change.This is the best part for biking the famous Laugavegur hiking trail. The interesting mix of technical and flowing singletrack delivers us to the Volcanohuts, option of warm showers and sauna. We enjoy our dinner together overlooking the famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull and have a chat by the campfire and cracking open a well deserved beer.
Eyjafjallajökull "Island Mountain Glacier" "ay-yah-FYAH'-plah-yer-kuh-duhl"
We’ll wake up, enjoy a 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. In any case, we will see the wonders of Thors Garden and great views after a challenging hike a bike sections. We'll take a moment to enjoy the stunning views of glaciers, 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. Post ride: Shuttle 3hours back to Hveragerði for the final evening together. It’s time to crack open a beer (or two) and celebrate like true Icelanders! SKÁL!
OPTIONAL Tectonic: Helibiking
This is a nice add on! The flight is super scenic over moss covered lava fields and over the active geothermal region you have ridden in the trip. Head up to the dormant volcano Hengill. Away from population, we descend an ever-changing singletrack, pausing only to take in the majesty of this remarkable area. Enjoy the scenery before our final technical fast and flowy traverse down. We end our ride at the geothermal area of Nesjavellir where steam rises from the ground. This is an unforgettable day suitable only for experienced riders with some grit. After riding the Tectonic area we are shuttled back, about 45 minutes drive. Overnight in Reykjavík, own arrangements. It is time to say goodbye.
more info on this day here https://icebikeadventures.com/tours/mountain-bike-day-trips-heli-tectonic-heli-bike/
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We ride in Fjallabak nature reserve.
Iceland weather is highly unpredictable it is very important to bring the right gear for riding - you will receive a detailed kit list upon booking the trip.