5 day XC
Price
315.000-ISK per person
Duration
5 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2-6 per guide
4 Reviews
4.8 out of 5

Best of Iceland singletracks for experienced riders The UltimateCross Country Experience

Raven breaks away from the beaten path to bring you to new heights in MTB Adventures.
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This version of the Raven trip is geared toward the intermediate XC rider, bringing you far and wide to experience Iceland’s understated splendour. Riding the lower mountain trails and gravel roads in reserve Fjallabak and Þórsmörk area around the famous Laugavegur trail.

What's included

Destination
Fjallabak area , Hengill , Landmannalaugar , Reykjanes , Reykjavík , Þjórsárdalur , Þórsmörk Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Reykjavík
Return Location
Reykjavík
Price includes
  • All meals included
  • Local expert bike guide with superjeep and driver
  • Meals: 4x breakfast, 5x lunch, 3x dinner
  • Pick up and drop off anywhere in greater Reykjavik area
  • Small group guarantee
  • Storage of your bikebox (for riders bringing own bikes)
  • 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
  • Alc. beverages
  • 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 : 57.500-ISK

Skill and Fitness level:

Technical
Fitness

Singletrack mixed with dirt roads.

Singletrack and crosscountry MTB in Iceland.

The Raven XC brings you far and wide to experience Iceland’s understated splendour. This trip suits cross country riders. The trip can be done on a good hardtail or short travel full-suspension bike. Use your time in Iceland well by using local knowledge to reach the trails. Small groups and private transport is both super flexible and a great way to reach remote trails. Above all Raven XC breaks away from the beaten path to bring you to new heights in XC mtb adventure. Seasoned local guides bring you to stunning singletracks and backcountry routes. Experience the beauty and harshness of backcountry nature. Each day offers single rack, double tracks & gravel roads. XC singletracks are the backbone, connected by double tracks and gravel. You need good fitness and endurance to go the distance. Your daily efforts rewarded nightly with gourmet local food and good spirits. Sit at the campfire in the evening. Passionate riders share stories and beers before dreaming about the trails of tomorrow.

*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.

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.

Is this trip suitable for my skill level?:

This trip is for the intermediate to advanced cross country rider.  If you enjoy riding cross country trails and natural singletracks. Plus you are happy riding 4-6 hours per day this trip is for you.   We ride in the same areas as Raven AM but stay at lower altitude.

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.

no wind and the lake is a mirror in the highlands
``It was one of the most amazing locations I've ever seen in the world, with trails to match``.
KC Deane
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
Day 1

Old lavafield

After a briefing at a local Reykjavik café, we jump into the jeep and head out to the  lava fields or (optional) fly the heli for a short flight over an active geothermal region to the dormant volcanos. Far away from population, we descend an ever-changing singletrack, pausing only to take in the majesty of this remarkable area. The evening we spend in Reykjavik city. 

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 hut where we overnight where the local chef will greet us with a warm, home-cooked dinner of traditional  Icelandic mountain cuisine.

Day 3

Getting Primeval

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. this day will include some hike a bike sections. even though we are not riding the highest mountain in the area.

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 even 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 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. 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!

More about Fjallabak area

Fjallabak is a nature reserve in the Iceland highlands.

More about Hengill

More about Landmannalaugar

More about Reykjanes

More about Reykjavík

More about Þjórsárdalur

More about Þórsmörk


This version of the Raven trip is geared toward the intermediate XC rider, bringing you far and wide to experience Iceland’s understated splendour. Riding the lower mountain trails and gravel roads in reserve Fjallabak and Þórsmörk area around the famous Laugavegur trail.

User Reviews & Comments

  • S.Booth
    5 out of 5

    We booked on the Raven XC trip in July 18. These guys really know how to run a trip. Brilliant gudes who worked really hard to make the trip work. great riding though not too technical - It's all about the views and just being in Iceland. Th Super Jeeps are pushed too with amazing 4x4 action heading for the best trails.
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  • Debby P
    4 out of 5

    I joined Icebike Adventures Raven 5 day mountain bike trip in mid July. WOW! The company is well run and I found their staff easy to deal with from my first inquiry to the final drop off at my hotel at the end of the trip. If you want to mountain bike in Iceland I feel that they are the go to company. They have scheduled trips and they will also provide support if you want to book a private trip. The office staff is helpful, the owner friendly, and the guides awesome. The tour was well run, and the food plentiful and good. I had to book my own hotel for the first and last nights and the other 3 nights were in shared huts. One hut housed all the riders and had an indoor toilet. There were paid showers available. We stayed there two nights. The last night was at the Volcano Huts and the toilets were outdoors but had free showers. Those huts housed 4 people. On the Raven trip there were long super jeep rides so we could get the the trails but the Icelandic scenery is beautiful and diverse so the time seemed to pass quickly. Our drivers and guides were very skilled at crossing rivers on foot in the the Jeeps. This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime for me and Icebike Adventures is an outstanding company.
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  • neverenoughbikes
    5 out of 5

    We booked on the Raven XC trip in July 18. These guys really know how to run a trip. Brilliant gudes who worked really hard to make the trip work. great riding though not too technical - It's all about the views and just being in Iceland. Th Super Jeeps are pushed too with amazing 4x4 action heading for the best trails.
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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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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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Price
315.000-ISK per person
Duration
5 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
2-6 per guide