Iceland's Fire, Ice

&

Water  Journey

Iceland's 

Fire, Ice & Water Journey

 

Iceland was created for adventure. With its abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes and caves. Iceland is truly an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.

Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice” Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only a few hours of daylight.

 

Day 1: Historic, Scenic Ride from Selfoss to Gullfoss

Selfoss – Fremstaver – 179 km

This ride takes us past the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station through Þingvellir National Park, where the oldest continually running parliament in the world first assembled in 930 AD. From there, it’s into the Skjaldbreiður Lava Field to Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Trip highlights:

  • Town of Selfoss, Úlfljótsvatn Lake, Nesjavellir Power Station

  • Þingvallavatn Lake, Þingvellir (original site of Iceland’s parliament), Þingvallaskógur Forest

  • Volcano Skjaldbreiður, Þjófahraun Lava Fields

  • Mt. Skriðutindar, Mt. Hlöðufell, Lambahraun Lava Fields

  • Geysir Hot Spring, Gullfoss Waterfall

Day 2: Into The Wilderness

Fremstaver – Mountain Hut – 192 km
We ride north on F35 to Kerlingafjöll Mountain Range, within the geothermal area of Hveradalir. As the scene unfolds, you will capture the sight of mini glaciers, high energy steam springs and arctic vegetation which together create unique color combinations. We’ll be crossing a river with a bank of black sand.

Trip highlights:

  • Hvítárvatn Lagoon

  • Langjökkull Glacier

  • Kerlingafjöll, a tall mountain range part of a large tuya volcano system

 7 DAYS

 6 NIGHTS

DISTANCE

690 MILES

MIX SURFACES

FROM US $5,500

 

KTM 690R motorcycle for 6 days.

 

Expert local guide / lead rider for the duration of the tour.

 

6 nights of accommodation are included in the cost on a shared basis.

 

 

Support vehicle for luggage transport during the tour.

6 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners are included in the price.

Airport transfers are included in the overall cost of the tour.

 

 

Fuel used during the tour is included in the price.

 

 

Flights to/from Reykjavik/Keflavik

and appropriate visas are not included in any of the pricing.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Hotel in Reykjavík the night before and after the trip is NOT included.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR JOURNEY

Day 3: The Land of Volcanoes

Mountain Hut – Hungurfit – 234 km
Now, we go onto F26 Sprengisandur over to Þórisvatn, Iceland’s largest lake and then to Veiðivatnahraun Lava Field and the Central Highlands of Iceland. The Veidivötn Lakes create a magnificent highland oasis. Some of the very best brown trout and arctic char fishing in Iceland (or anywhere) is found here and then it’s to Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. In the old days, they called Hekla, “the Gateway to Hell.”

Trip highlights:

  • Sultartangi Hydroelectric Power Plant

  • Volcano desert at its best

  • Veiðivötn Lakes and surroundings

  • Mt. Hekla

Day 4: In Between Glaciers

Hungurfit – Skaftárdalur – 171 km

The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys. Riding there is like being in the Lord of the Rings story. The hot pools at Landmannalaugar, where we will bathe are one of many manifestations of geothermal activity in the area. From the hot pools, the track takes us to Tungnaá River toward Vatnajökull Glacier and Langisjór Lake. Then, it’s back down by the Skaftá River to a volcanic fissure stretching from Mýrdalsjökull Glacier almost to Vatnajökull and over to Eldgjá, a canyon about 60 km long, 600 m wide and up to 150 m deep. It was formed in the year 934 during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in Iceland in historical times.

Trip highlights:

  • Glaciers

  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area

  • Langisjór Lake

  • Eldgjá, a canyon and volcano

Day 5: Row of Craters

Skaftárdalur – Skaftárdalur – 134 km

From the farm Skaftárdalur, we ride east toward Laki, a series of craters that were formed in one of the world’s largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. In 1783, lava flowed across the flat land destroying a large number of farms, stopping just outside the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The total area of the resulting lava field is 565 km². We will go over a small section of it on our way to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Trip highlights:

  • Lakagígar

  • Fagrifoss Waterfall

  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur

  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Day 6: Black Sand Beach

Skaftárdalur – Selfoss  – 200 km

From the farm in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we head closer to the coastline toward the small village Vík. On the way, we visit Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks situated under Mt. Reynisfjall by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach; then the majestic Skógarfoss Waterfall and few more sites. Next, we visit Seljavallalaug, the old mountain swimming pool, where we bathe deep in the glacial valley. We will end the trip there staying overnight in a nice hotel in Selfoss. For dinner, we’ll go to a nice restaurant and tell stories into the night…

Trip highlights:

  • Hjörleifshöfði, Þakgil secret mountain trail.

  • Reynisfjara  black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns.

  • Seljavallalaug.

  • Skógarfoss.

Things to remember:

  • The weather on Iceland can differ from day to day and rain is not unusual. Make sure that your clothes really are waterproof. Waterproof socks are a recommendation,  since we often ride through water.

  • The temperature can vary from 5 to 15 Celsius degrees, so you need to be well prepared.

  • Remember that a travel insurance is required in case you get ill or injure yourself. Most home insurances also include travel insurance. Check it with your insurance company. A European insurance card is also recommended (if European), it is provided free of charge at the state.

  • Also remember to bring your own bathing/swimming suit for the natural swimming pools and hot tubs.