Awarded 6 day MTB Highland Tour + Heli
Price
380.000-ISK per person
Duration
6 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2-6 per guide
5 Reviews
5 out of 5

Best of Iceland singletracks for experienced riders The Ultimate AM Experienceplus a helibiking day

Raven AM breaks away from the beaten path to bring you to new heights in MTB Adventures. Riders are split into two groups based on skill level / need for speed! 4-12 riders sharing a superjeep.
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Seasoned guides reveal the stunning singletracks and backcountry routes that define both the beauty and harshness of Iceland. We traverse rolling ridgelines over the highlands and witness the flow of geothermal steam through bubbling hot springs. We take in the best parts of the famous Laugavegur trail. This is no walk in the park – hike-a-bikes and water crossings are part of the experience and riders should have solid fitness.Your daily efforts are rewarded nightly with quality, fresh local food & and good spirits amongst friends. Raven All Mountain includes helibiking: super scenic flight to the top of a dormant volcano for an ever-changing volcanic singletrack passing rivers and valleys in a geothermal area. Throughout the trip a SAG vehicle shuttles all luggage, you carry only your daypack with water and packed lunch.

What's included

Destination
Hengill , Landmannalaugar , Reykjavík , Þjórsárdalur , Þórsmörk Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Reykjavík
Return Location
Reykjavík
Price includes
  • Helibiking: scenic heli ride 20 minutes
  • Local expert bike guide with superjeep and driver
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 5x lunch, 3x dinner
  • Small group guarantee
  • Support vehicle
  • Three nights mountain cabins
  • Travel with modified highland vehicle
  • Trip extension assistance, detailed trip information and pre trip assistance
Price does not include
  • Airfare
  • Airfares and airport transfers
  • Awesome weather guarantee
  • Bikerental not included, - Scott Genius bikes available for rent
  • Personal medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Tips to guide and driver
Additional Prices
Bikerental : 62.500-ISK

Skill and Fitness level:

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Raven AM mountain + heli biking trip: 6 days of great singletracks

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 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 superjeep 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: . 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, the singletracks we ride include the same areas as the famous “Laugavegur” hiking trail. End the trip with some epic helibiking near the capital Reykavík. 

This is a trip for the experienced riders riding quality 4-7 inch full-suspension bike.

*No need to bring a group, solo riders welcome.

Iceland highlands:

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 for the strong intermediate to advanced AM / Enduro rider.  If you enjoy technical trails and natural singletrack this is a good match. You need to be happy riding 4-6 hours per day on challenging terrain. Challenging uphill rides rewarded with once in a lifetime views. If you’ve seen videos of Iceland mountainbiking: this is it.

 

Facilities and food:

We overnight in simple mountain cabins, dorm rooms, sleeping bag accommodation. 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.  Contact us if you have requests for special dietary requirements. Evenings: On night 3 you’ll have the option of dipping into a geothermal hot pool. Option of sauna on night 4.  Campfire all evenings. All areas have plenty of hiking 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.

iceland challenging singletrack
mountain biking riders on rhyolite mountains
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“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

  • Day 1
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  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
Day 1

Welcome to Iceland: let's ride the Lavatrails.

Welcome to Iceland!  On arrival day:  Settle in, build your bike and explore Reykjavík at your own pace.  Mid afternoon: Meet the guides and do a short warmup ride:  The Lavatrails.  Shuttle back to your hotel after the ride, back in time for dinner. 

Day 2

Super jeep Safari

The early superjeep shuttle up to Hekla – Iceland’s most active volcano – is an adventure in itself. we will drive towards 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.

Day 3

Getting Primeval

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.

Day 4

Garden of Thor

Our superjeep once again delivers adventure in spades as we travel 2 -3 hours deeper in to Fjallabak mountains area for Day 4.  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 Klena (or fried dough), before venturing out into more super scenic landscapes on hour dikes for the rest of the day. after 6 hours on the saddle we arrive in Þórsmörk area here birch trees and grassy meadows are a welcome change. 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. 

 

Day 5

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 seee 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. We’ll then enjoy the scenic drive back to Reykjavík for our final night together. It’s time to crack open a Viking Lager (or two) and celebrate like true Icelanders! SKÁL!

Day 6

Tectonic: Helibiking

This is a day to remember.  The heli departs from the center of Reykjavík.  The 20-25minute super scenic flights starts over the colorful roofs of Reykjavik. Fly over moss covered lava fields and over an active geothermal region 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.  We are back in Reykjavík by (late) dinnertime. It is time to say goodbye. 

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Seasoned guides reveal the stunning singletracks and backcountry routes that define both the beauty and harshness of Iceland. We traverse rolling ridgelines over the highlands and witness the flow of geothermal steam through bubbling hot springs. We take in the best parts of the famous Laugavegur trail. This is no walk in the park – hike-a-bikes and water crossings are part of the experience and riders should have solid fitness.Your daily efforts are rewarded nightly with quality, fresh local food & and good spirits amongst friends. Raven All Mountain includes helibiking: super scenic flight to the top of a dormant volcano for an ever-changing volcanic singletrack passing rivers and valleys in a geothermal area. Throughout the trip a SAG vehicle shuttles all luggage, you carry only your daypack with water and packed lunch.

User Reviews & Comments

  • Christian Mayr
    5 out of 5

    We did a Fatbike daytrip in Reykjanes 2015 with Icebike and were so impressed that we came back 2018 for the full 5-day adventure trip (Raven AM).We didn't regret this - it was indeed the most epic tour of our life (and we have done some years of traveling)! The guides were amazing and real outdoor aficionados (takk fyrir to Gummi, Kelly, Sole and Erla) and the organization was great - very helpful, flexible and always able to finding a good solution for every need (thanks to Ásta and Magne).So here is what you get:* Trails: The trails are hand-picked by the most experienced riders in Iceland and are not to be found anywhere else. The guides do a good job of constantly adopting the many variants to the weather as well as the skills, speed and preferences of the group. I wouldn't want to go searching for trails here by myself, as a lot of the gems are hidden and the elevation is easily lost when searching for trails. Going uphill there are only hiking paths, so there is a good amount of hike-a-bike involved. That was fun too, and a good way to experience the landscape. I would consider the trails "enduro" - in any case, the downhills were mostly flowy and sometimes technical, but not steeper than -70%. I would rate it S1-S2 with some S3 elements.* Landscape: It is amazing. The backcountry highlands are some of the most beautiful places in Iceland, especially Landmannalaugar. It is ever-changing, volcanic rocks, stones, sand, snow, rivers - you get it all. Don't do the All-Mountain tour just for the sports - do it for maximum smiles per hour.* Group: We had a very heterogeneous group, as some were fast riders who wanted to maximize their miles record, whereas we wanted to take it slow and enjoy the ride with lots of picture and drone breaks. Icebike did an excellent job at providing a second guide and splitting the group up, so everyone would be happy. We were very contend with the routes, but if you have specific wishes (like very sports orientated rides), you might want to consider the XC or an individual tour instead of a group ride.* Fitness: We kind of overlooked the 90/100 fitness recommendation on the web page, but guys, take it seriously - the weather is harsh, the bars in the plus-size tires are low and the uphill is steep. It was not a walk in the park, but definitely worth it. Try to do regular 1000m+ climb days before for maximum fun.* Bike: I rented a Scott Genius 2017 150mm, which was in very good shape - still, considering the uphill hiking, I would take something lighter like the 130mm Scott Spark 2018. Bringing your own bike is easy too - get a big rental car or the airport bus and store your box + gear @Icebike.* Weather: Everything is possible; it's best to wear a waterproof outer layer and just a baselayer underneath plus smart wool socks; that way you will neither overheat nor cool out.* Price: Given that you have a private superjeep shuttle, a personal cook, a heli flight and everything taken care of (including bike repairs), I think it is justified. Iceland is not cheap, but it is one of the most amazing tours that you can experience!Icebike is a good way to get away from the crowds and enjoy the country with real icelanders in the best way possible - on a mountainbike!We already miss the unique beauty and vibe of Iceland and hope to get back there very soon!
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  • Glenn A
    5 out of 5

    Life event To say this trip was awesome would just fall short of the truth. From beginning to end Icebike adventures is a well oiled machine. I'm a pretty good rider and was challenged each day with the very diverse terrain. I'm also a very picky eater, and both guides Runar and David, bent over backwards to meet my dietary challenges. This company is top notch, nothing is left to chance. The guides, the transportation, the food, the bikes, and the lodging were all great. I do recommend bringing your own bike, for comfort of knowing your ride.
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  • VTimpone
    5 out of 5

    Unreal experience This should be on anyone's adventure bucket list. Spectacular scenery, amazing trails, great people, helicopters, plentiful beer, excellent food, bonfires, glaciers, hot springs... an unforgettable experience. I am an intermediate rider at best, while others in my group were more advanced. We all had a great time. Book the trip. You won't regret it.
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  • Chris S
    5 out of 5

    Excellent Adventure I did the 5 day Raven adventure with my wife, we flew out MTB's out and explored Porsmork and Landmannalaugar, and it was very epic. Our guides were excellent, Icebike was very helpful with accommodations and figuring out how to get us all going where we needed to be. We had so much fun and was able to see so much of the country. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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  • K.Knight
    5 out of 5

    Awesome and a half - with good dinners! I had a great time with Icebike. My wife and I both did a five day tour with them in July of 2016. Mountain biking is hard, sometimes scary, and often exhausting. Icebike' tours are for experienced, and fairly strong riders. Mountain biking in Iceland is demanding. The weather is cold and wet. The trails are not flat. Quite the opposite, I found myself regularly on far steeper trails than I ride at home in Colorado.If that didn't scare you off, buy your ticket because Icebike is great! From the initial planning on, Icebike was great about communication and organization. They gave great advice on gear, bikes, clothes, everything. When we got to Iceland, they picked up our bikes and helped us get situated.The riding they took us on ranged throughout the southwest part of Iceland. The key to having a good trip biking in Iceland is route finding. There are no "mountain biking trails" there. There are primitive hiking trails with very few signs. Icebike guided the group I was in (eight riders), on great trails. The guides were fun, professional, and willing to do whatever to make the trip better. They worked with a range of riders - I was anxious for some exciting technical riding. We had a couple of riders who wanted to skip the "gnar" here and there. No, if you are a beginner rider, this trip is not for you. However, a strong intermediate rider could do great on this trip if you have the mindset that getting off and walking once in a while is just fine.We had a chef who made amazing food! Nice hot stews, fresh meat, great salads, and awesome desserts. It made a huge difference to finish a hard ride and have a great meal - and large portions!I highly recommend these folks to help you have a great trip. I went places and saw things that I simply could not have done without them. I also made new friends and learned a lot about Iceland and the culture of the country.
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We ride in Fjallabak nature reserve.

Iceland weather is highly unpredictable, you will receive a detailed kit list upon booking the trip.

 

 

 

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Raven / All Mountain + Heli

Price
380.000-ISK per person
Duration
6 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2-6 per guide