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Iceland (all)

This page lists all reports that for Iceland including those that involve other countries too.
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Tours

Iceland: Cycling the Highlands
by Ren Keyport, tour started August 2013, submitted 28 September 2013
Europe: Iceland

A full account of a 10 day cycle tour through the highlands of Iceland completed late August 2013. This was a self supported tour of three friends, two of whom had never done a cycle tour before. Our route started in Hvolsvollur, passed through Landmannalaugar, up F26 past the Nyidalur hut and on to Laugafell finishing in Akureyri.

I've included lots of pictures and descriptions of road conditions as well as a detailed account of our gear and food. Enjoy!

The breakfast view from day 3.
Island - Ein Radlerparadies
by Travel Nerd, tour started 2009, submitted 31 May 2013
Europe: Iceland
language: de

In der Hitze Mittelamerikas wurde mir klar, der nächste Urlaub sollte wieder ein sportliches Abenteuer sein, das Mensch und Material an seine Grenzen bringt.

Und was bietet sich da besser an als Radeln auf Island? Wind, Regen, Matsch und Geröll, dafür ist Island unter Kennern bekannt.

Es gab nur ein Problem... meine Freundin! Es gibt zwei Sachen, die auf keinen Fall aufeinander treffen sollten: Sie und Island (und schon gar nicht mit einem Fahrrad!). Um unsere Beziehung zu retten, bekam ich schließlich von ihr einen Freibrief und durfte zusammen mit einem Freund den Walfänger spielen.

Zusätzlich gibt es eine Bildergalerie.

See all 5 reports by Travel Nerd

Island - Sprengisandur
Traveling around the world
by Laia i Marc, tour started 2012, submitted 3 December 2012
Europe: Iceland, France, Italy
language: ca
Iceland Bicycle Tour 2011
by Karlveig & Kur, tour started June 2011, submitted 28 November 2012
Europe: Iceland
language: en, no

A blog by a brother, a sister and her boyfriend (now husband) about their anti-clockwise trip around the ring-road and the West Fjords during the summer of 2011.

One of our bikes located somewhere along the the Húnaflói on our way to Hólmavík.
A film documenting a month-long bike tour round Iceland.
by Michael Owens, tour started August 2010, submitted 13 December 2011
Europe: Iceland

A film I made to document a 26 day clockwise tour of Iceland. Also includes pages with my equipment list, route map, useful Iceland touring tips and lots of photos.

Me in the mountains in Northern Iceland
Cycling through & the East
by Ale & Max, tour started August 2008, submitted 10 February 2011
Europe: Iceland

It was supposed to ride the F910. We dreamed for months to push the bikes through the black desert north of Vatnajökull. Unfortunately something went wrong...

Iceland offroad by bike
by Conrad Philipp, tour started June 2010, submitted 19 January 2011
Europe: Iceland
language: en, de, fr

Wir fuhren offroad über das Hochland von Island, die Kjölur Route und einen Teil der Ringstrasse. Viel Spass beim lesen ...

See all 17 reports by Conrad Philipp

Iceland
by Pinar Pinzuti, tour started August 2010, submitted 10 October 2010
Europe: Iceland

We flew to Keflavik Airport , cycled to Grindavik than to Geysir and Gulfoss. Followed the Kjölur route through the highlands and continued to Akureyri and the famous Myvatn area. From there we traveled to the the east coast. From there we continued by bike along the rainy south coast back to Reykjavik.

See all 3 reports by Pinar Pinzuti

Iceland Bike Tour with Transit of Central Highlands
by Richard Löwenherz, tour started August 2003, submitted 6 December 2009
Europe: Iceland
language: de

In august and september 2003 I cycled with three friends six weeks through the western and central part of Iceland. The most adventurously section of our route was the transit of central highlands two weeks without shops. On ``Geasavatnaleidh'' close to the northern border of glacier Vatnajökull we reached a height of 1200 m. The weather was predominantly fine: we had many clear nights with great northern lights!

The tour report is written in german, but a collection of photogaphs (``Bilder''), the mapped route (``Karte'') and informations about the route, day-km and travel costs (``Streckenprotokoll'') are self-explanatory.

See all 8 reports by Richard Löwenherz

Northern lights above the ``mountain of gods'' Herdhubreidh
A Bicycle Tour in Iceland: The West Fjords and clockwise around Route 1
by Brian Fish and Karen Strojek, tour started June 2009, submitted 17 October 2009
Europe: Iceland

Looking for the real Iceland: a 23-day bicycle tour around the land of fire, ice and puffins. We rode through the West Fjords and clockwise around Route 1 (the Ring Road). We did not traverse the interior, but the journey was hard enough.

See all 2 reports by Brian Fish and Karen Strojek

An icy plateau in the West Fjords of Iceland
Iceland WInter Bike Expedition
by Olivier Germain, tour started February 2010, submitted 12 June 2009
Europe: Iceland

Upcoming winter cycling expedition of Iceland in February - March 2010.

Follow the updates section during expedition time for daily tour report, stats and images.

This will be the first known, solo and fully self-supported winter cycling expedition of Iceland.

Iceland by Bicycle
tour started July 2008, submitted 4 March 2009
Europe: Iceland

If you want to see an earth that is both fragile and powerful, exposed and isolated, there are few places better to visit than Iceland.

Gulfoss tumbles into a steep canyon.
North Atlantic Drift
by Peter Quaife, tour started July 2008, submitted 27 November 2008

A boat based tour of the North Atlantic involving bad roads, strong winds and some freakishly hot temperatures.

See all 5 reports by Peter Quaife

On the Svalvogar Circuit
Around Iceland (sort of)
by Mark Fenwick, tour started July 2004, submitted 9 September 2007
Europe: Iceland

The trip improved immensely upon abandoning the notion that it was somehow possible to get right around route one and still make my flight home.

Despite the variable weather, impossible winds, terrible roads, absurd prices and murderous wildlife, Iceland is a fantastic country with genuinely friendly people and some of the most amazing scenery anywhere!

Most importantly, allow more time than you think you need to see it all; for a small country Iceland feels vast!

See all 8 reports by Mark Fenwick

Jökulsarlon
Tour Blog to include UK, Faroes, Iceland
by Jon Bradshaw, tour started June 2007, submitted 1 August 2007

Plymouth (UK) to Plymouth (USA), May to November 2007

Started Bakewell, UK and have completed half of the tour to inlcude cycling up the East of UK to Aberdeen, then Shetland Isalnds then a tour of the Faroe Islands and then a East West crossing of ICELAND to include the Kjlour Route. Currently crossing Greenland (unfortunately not on a bike but on skis) I then pick up my bike in Labrador (Canada) and cycle down through Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and then the US arriving in Plymouth Rhode Island in mid November. Then in late December I will complete the final leg of 270 miles non stop riding from Plymouth (UK) to Bakewell.

Iceland im summer and winther by bike
by Jakob Maercker, tour started 2003, submitted 6 June 2007
Europe: Iceland
language: en, fr, de

In winter 2003 we cycled around Iceland on road n°1. It was not that cold but very stormy with heavy snow and rainfall. the 1200 km were really hard-earned....

See all 2 reports by Jakob Maercker

Tour around iceland
by Andrew Daws, tour started August 2005, submitted 1 July 2006
Europe: Iceland

This tour around Iceland was in August 2005. The idea was to cycle the entire route 1 and not to use public transport. Also to camp every night for free. I suppose it was Iceland on the cheap, and it was total trip cost 425 pounds including everything.

Cycling around Iceland
by Daniel Johansson, tour started June 2003, submitted 9 March 2006
Europe: Iceland

Pictures and watercolours from a cycling-around-Iceland adventure.

We cycled from Keflavík, visited the 196 m high waterfall Glymur, rounded Snæfellsnes, or we actually took the mountainroad over Snæfellsjökull. At Myvatn we looked at the active area. Along the southcoast we saw Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell, Dyrhólaey, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Strokkur, Gullfoss and Þingvallavatn.

Also see my Iceland-right-now page with webcams and their position on a map. And join my icq user list for Iceland.

Snæfellsjökull
Iceland bike tour
by Henrik Sunden, tour started 2003
Europe: Iceland

Featuring grandiose pictures. The purpose of this tour was to visit some very scenic places along the south east coast, to cycle north of Mýrdalsjökull to Geysir, and then further to Reykjavík or Selfoss. This should take some 12-15 days, leaving 5-8 days for some unplanned detour or a trip to the extreme west (Látrabjarg that is).

The tour was successful in respect of the cycled route and distance, but very unsuccessful regarding looking at the scenic landscape. June had been extremely warm, wet and foggy in the south east, and this weather continued long into July. The extra time were therefore used to spend some days in the north, as the weather usually is good in the north when it is wet in the south.

See all 4 reports by Henrik Sunden

Jokulsarlon
North Iceland cycle tour
by Henrik Sunden, tour started June 2002
Europe: Iceland

This is a diary style description of a Swedish cyclist's tour on north Iceland, essentially from Seydisfjördur to Ísafjördur. The aim was to go to several places along the north coast. Therefore smaller roads with little traffic were used to a large extent. The big and busy road no 1 (Hringvegurinn) was used more as a quick transport section between northeast and northwest Iceland.

[I] cycled to Hverarönd sulphuric mud pools (solfataras). The ground is unstable there and you cannot walk everywhere. Blue-gray mud is boiling and produces small or big (depending on water content) bubbles that burst. The ground is yellow and reddish and the noise from an abandoned hot water well is penetrating. The smell of sulphuric dioxide is everywhere.

See all 4 reports by Henrik Sunden

The author at Hverar
Iceland
by Andrew Clark, tour started 2002
Europe: Iceland

After several tours of varying lengths in the UK and France I wanted to do something harder and further afield. A long time ago I read a book entitled ``Running Blind'' by Desmond Bagley which was set in Iceland and impressed me with it's description of the wild and dramatic landscape. Shortly after starting cycle touring I read ``The Wind in my Wheels'' by Josie Dew in which she spent several weeks in Iceland as part of a longer Scandinavian tour. [...] I chose to go in July as by then most of the interior tracks are open and it is supposed to have the most reliable weather.

See all 2 reports by Andrew Clark

Bike Iceland 2000
by Marcel Bolhuis, tour started 2000
Europe: Iceland

Includes a diary, maps, photographs, packing list, etc.

A couple of years ago I went to Iceland (with my family) by car, I always wanted to go back but instead of a car with a bike. A bike-trip through Iceland. For a few years, that idea, was only a kind of a dream. But time is running. I started to make a bike-trip from Holland to Norway. Besides the bad weather (wind, pretty cold days) I enjoyed the trip. Actually I didn't get any punctures. Perhaps that's the experience I'm looking for (guess not). So I finally decide to go to Iceland. It's a journey that asks some preparations.

I'm not going on my own. I couldn't get my friends as stupid, so I'm traveling with my sister, Dagmar (28). I'm 23. Both persons are studying at the university of Groningen.

We had to cross about three big rivers (big in the sense that you had to take your shoes off) and a lot of small ones. The first river is fun, when you are biking on Iceland you want to face a river that you have to cross (without a bridge) the second one is ok too, but when you just dried your feet and think that this was the last river and you see another one, you (at least I) wish that I was somewhere in the Jamaica sitting in the sun on a beach with a glass of beer.

River crossing in Iceland
Iceland by Bicycle
by Scott Schuldt, tour started 1999
Europe: Iceland

I made my first trip to Iceland in the summer of 1996. It was everything I had hoped for and then some. This web journal is about my trip in the summer of 1999. This time I had 4 full weeks. Again, as in 1996, none of my friends could make the trip so I would go it alone. This trip circles the main bulk of Iceland.

I traveled 2000 km by bicycle, covered a little distance by bus, camped every night, met some great people and once again had the time of my life.

Once again. a very fine report with pictures and maps.

See all 2 reports by Scott Schuldt

Western Iceland
by Scott Schuldt, tour started July 1996
Europe: Iceland

Includes photos, route descriptions and tips for bike touring in Iceland.

Why Iceland? I heard that question more times than I could count before my first trip to Iceland in July of 1996. Well, plain enough, I didn't know anyone that had been here, I had at least a passing interest in viking stuff, and I was always interested in the far north (even if Iceland isn't really in the arctic). It also was a good time for an adventure. I'd been a good little worker boy for too long. And I'd been thinking about all those lengthy climbing trips I'd made back when I was fumbling my way through college. Anyways, I did it by bicycle and I had a great time. Have a look...

See all 2 reports by Scott Schuldt

Island per Rad
by Erik Braun, tour started July 1996
Europe: Iceland
language: de

Includes a photo album.

From Reykjavík to Akureyri through the Kjölur route
by Davide Cesari, tour started 1995
Europe: Iceland

This route goes from the rainy South-West coast of Iceland right to the North of the country, which is drier and warmer in summer, passing through the interior of Iceland along the Kjölur route. I made it with 4 more friends in 6 days.

Ostsee-Umrundung
by Peter Alteheld, tour started July 1994
language: de

I cycled around the Baltic Sea from mid-June to mid-July 1996, starting in Stockholm and going clockwise, finishing in Stockholm a month later. It was a great trip!

The report of a 37 days (from July 21, 1994 to August 26, 1994), 4240km tour of the Baltic See along the route: Hamburg - Schleswig/Holstein - Denmark (Border-Frederikshavn) - Norway (Moss-Ostby) - Sweden (Sorsjoern-Grisslehamn) - Aland-Island (Eckeroe-Mariehamn) - Finland (Naantali-Helsinki) - Estonia (Tallinn-Valga) - Latvia (Valka-Bauska) - Lithuania (Salociai-Lazdijai) - Poland (Sejny-Kostrzyn) - Brandenburg - Berlin - Magdeburg - Hannover - Paderborn

See all 2 reports by Peter Alteheld

Archivio salite d'Europa/European climbs
by Voronin
language: it, de, fr, en

Tabular data and altitude profiles of mountain passes all over Europe.

Biking in Iceland - Travelogue
by Axel Pichlmaier
Europe: Iceland

We wanted to do something off the beaten track. After having met in the US on a cycling trip, Steve and I had always planned to spend another cycling holiday together. Certainly not an organized one and Iceland was only one possible destination (where can you go to if you have only got two weeks?).

See all 2 reports by Axel Pichlmaier

Blood, Sweat and Tears - Cycling in the mountains
by Luddo Oh
language: en, nl

Reports and pictures from various mountains of Europe, America, and Australia. Partly in Dutch.

See all 4 reports by Luddo Oh

Trails

viaggio attraverso il deserto Islandese
by Marcello, tour started August 2006, submitted 3 May 2006
Europe: Iceland
language: it

IBAS - Island Bike Adventure Sprengisandur. L'IBAS è un percorso in mountain bike attraverso l'Islanda, dal Nord-Est al Sud dell'Isola, lungo la mitica pista dello Sprengisandur. Questa pista, la più lunga e impegnativa dell'Isola, è stata affrontata per la prima volta a bordo di un veicolo negli anni Trenta da dei pionieri islandesi. Oggi per un fuoristradista che desidera viaggiare in Islanda con un 4x4 lo Sprengisandur è l'itinerario più ambito. Solo pochissimi appassionati, in genere islandesi, hanno la preparazione, la capacità di affrontare lunghi giorni in solitudine nel deserto più grande d'Europa e portare a termine il percorso in bicicletta.

Terreni ricoperti da lava, rocce vulcaniche, basalti, un deserto di 35 km di sabbia nera con piccole dune, fiumi glaciali da guadare, distese di erba verde dagli effetti fluorescenti, ghiacciai, montagne dalle cromie indescrivibili, distese di pietra pomice, canyon profondi, vulcani e cascate sono le visioni di questo incredibile ambiente primordiale.

L'IBAS è nata per permettere agli appassionati della natura e dei viaggi in bicicletta di percorrere nella massima sicurezza e con la migliore assistenza gli 800 km dell'itinerario stabilito.

Iceland on MTB
by Zdenek Horcik, tour started July 1997

A report and pictures from [a] MTB trip in [the] not very often visited interior area of Iceland. There are some remarks to Faroe Islands there, too.

See all 2 reports by Zdenek Horcik

Earning some skills - a MTB weekend from Reijavik
by Florian Michahelles
Europe: Iceland

You think your home trails are rough? Read what's in store here...

See all 14 reports by Florian Michahelles

Sites

Cycling in Iceland
by Michiel Erens
Europe: Iceland

Has some beautiful photos of Icelands, great maps and descriptions of hiking trips and bicycle tours, and plenty of excellent information - a must-see if you plan to visit the country.

First the easy part: why Iceland? Because it's a country with magnificent, raw, bizarre and fascinating landscapes, unique in Europe and probably the world. A place where you can see scenery that makes you wonder what nature had in mind when it was created. But why cycling? I don't think it's the ideal way to move around in Iceland. You are less limited and vulnerable with a 4-wheel Drive. You can cover longer distances and stay drier in a bus. And you're closer to nature on foot. The first reason for me to go cycling is, that this way of transport gives a good balance between money and freedom. Renting a car costs loads of money, and you keep a distant feeling with the environment. The bus or walking limits you to the places where you can stop or go. But I have to admit, that on every cycling holiday, I also used the bus to cover long distances. And I always had some hiking days. I even did an organized one-day trip on my last vacation. You just pick the best way of transport for your goal : to see Iceland.

The weather is often mentioned as the reason not to go to Iceland. I think I've seen nearly all weathertypes there, except snow. Luckily I missed that in July1998 when it snowed in the north east. The first time I was in Iceland we had three weeks of bright sunshine. My second was pretty good, with a lot of sunshinebut also some rain. My third tour was one with a lot of dark clouds and rain. On my fourth I had a lot of mist, but it was mainly dry. And my last tour was excellent again, with only 2 days with mainly rain. My prediction for a three week holiday in the summer are

  • temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees Celcius
  • at least three days with bright, sparkling sunshine
  • at least three days with mostly rain
  • the rest of the days ever changing weather
  • at least one storm
  • and there will always be wind!
Iceland
Fahrrad-Reiseberichte
by Dietmar Jaeger
language: de

An enormous collection of bicycle tours all over the world.
Eine enorme Sammlung von Fahrradtouren in der ganzen Welt.

Cycling info pages

IBAS 2011
by Marcello Stampacchia, , submitted 1 January 2011
Europe: Iceland
language: it

ISLANDA IN MOUNTAIN BIKE? SOLO CON NOI!

IBAS 2011 NOVITA'!

Cari amici appassionati di viaggi in Mountain Bike che avete, come noi di IBAS, quella spinta interiore che fa pensare continuamente all'Islanda, come anticipato il viaggio IBAS 2011 con le Mountain Bike si svolgerà nella seconda metà di Agosto 2011. Le date dovrebbero essere dal 15 agosto al 29 Agosto. La parola ''dovrebbero'' dipende ancora dagli ultimi dettagli che ci devono fornire gli operatori dei voli e sopratutto il traghetto che deve portare i veicoli dell'organizzazione dalla Danimarca all'Islanda. Ma già da ora sappiamo che potrebbero essere aggiustamenti piccoli di uno o al massimo due giorni.

La sorpresa che vogliamo farvi, questo capodanno 2010, è che siamo riusciti a eseguire una economia di scala sulle prenotazioni voli e rifugi che ci permettono ora di proporre un prezzo inimmaginabile per altre organizzazioni, per coloro che riusciranno a prenotare entro il 28 febbraio 2011. Oltre questa data il prezzo salirà, non per colpa nostra, ma per i voli e le prenotazioni dei servizi connessi al viaggio. [...]

See all 3 reports by Marcello Stampacchia

Uscita dal fiume della morena del vatnajokull
The Twizi hostel directory - the cheapest places to stay on the planet
by Patrick Sexton, , submitted 6 January 2007

[The author travels around the world and reviews hostels, and has built up a large hostel directory.]

What are hostels?

The quickest answer I can give to you is that hostels are budget accommodations where you share a room with other travelers. To be more specific though and to give you a better idea of what to expect I will say that a hostel room is like a hotel room but instead of being just one bed there are a couple (or a few) bunk beds. There are also (gasp!) other people. People you do not know! These other people are travelers who are most likely very much like you in the sense that they are exploring and traveling and doing it as absolutely cheaply as possible. Hostels have been around a long long time. There are over 20,000 of them around the world. Hostels are very much a part of the culture of Europe, and are starting to be known in the USA as well. Hostels are a cheaper way of staying in a city where you do not live.

world map
Rec.Travel Library: Iceland
Europe: Iceland

Organizations and clubs

Reykjavik bike tour
by Stefan Helgi Valsson, submitted 18 September 2009
Europe: Iceland

[A company offering a free Reykjavik city tour.]

A visit to Reykjavik is incomplete without travelling along the city's coastline by bike. We won't just show you the essential must-sees and the breath-taking sights of Iceland's capital; We tell you the stories that bring these places to life!

Our guides, love the city and its remarkable history. We understand that a good tour is more than just a history lesson. That's why we work to weave amusing Reykjavik anecdotes and stories into an unforgettable historical street performance destined to be a highlight of your visit!

From the city center to the greener parts of the city and picturesque views of the sea - you'll take in many of the most important sights on our popular easy-riding two-hour tour.

Tours are conducted in English, and German on demand.

Reykjavik iceland guided bike tour
The Icelandic Mountainbike Club
Europe: Iceland

Advice on touring in Iceland, photo galleries, and a message board.