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- 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
- Airfares and airport transfers
- Awesome weather guarantee
- Bikerental not included, - Scott Genius bikes available for rent
- Hotel in Reykjavík night 1,5,6
- Personal medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Tips to guide and driver
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.
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.
“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
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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We ride in Fjallabak nature reserve.
Iceland weather is highly unpredictable, you will receive a detailed kit list upon booking the trip.