- ICELAND -
A return to the rock...
A lap of Iceland on a mix of road and trail
Ride your own bike around Iceland
Mix of hotel, bunkhouse and camping
Highlights include the Geyser, the great waterfall
of Dettifoss, the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón,
the most northerly point at Rifstangi, the whale
capital of Húsavík; dirt tracks through the interior
and the wilder reaches of the western fjords.
£3600 per rider; including return bike shipping,
support vehicle and a mix of camping and
hotel accommodation including two nights in
Recommended for smaller sub 650cc single
cylinder engines (larger bikes considered)
Some trail riding experience necessary as we will
be riding the legal 'F' route unpaved roads.
Daily mileage around 140 miles.
Saturday 6th July - Friday 19th 2024
WHAT IS IT
I first visited Iceland in 2017 on a motorcycle trip, taking the ferry from Denmark into Seydisfjordur on the east of the island. It's an incredible place to roam on a motorcycle. Very big in scale, some epic views and landscapes. Very changeable weather, quite busy around Reykjavik but much quieter once you get away from that. This tour will take in some of the gravel F roads, taking you deep into the heart of the island and allow you to visit every extremity.
The focus is on smaller, lighter bikes. I took a BMW R1200 GS in 2017 and found it too big and cumbersome when exploring the tracks. Think Himalayans, CRFs, GS 310, DRZ400 or anything that is easy to manage in a pickle.
The bikes will be sea freighted into Reykjavik, having dropped them off in Immingham a week before. Riders will then fly in to meet the bikes. The reason for doing it this way rather than taking the ferry from Denmark is that it will save six days of transit time at either end, works out a little cheaper and saves you the tyre wear of 1000 miles of motorway either side of the trip.
The highlights will come thick and fast; the thermal blasts of Geyser, the powering thunder of Dettifoss, then the glacier lakes of Jökulsárlón and around to the tremendous North, the Arctic Circle not far off in the distance. This won't be an adventure for the faint hearted. Mother Nature can sometimes be a cruel mistress out here. The riding will be manageable but sometimes challenging. Riders will need to have a confidence on gravel track and semi moderate trails. Think Sweetlamb Adventure Academy in Mid Wales for the type of trails we'll be riding, but with luggage on.
A suggestionfor smaller bikes means that bikes can be lifted if dropped, and riders will build confidence rather than lose it, as we go around. There will be a support van on this one, to make sure man and machine make it back to port for the journey home, bikes dropped off at the depot in Reykjavik before flying home. Or staying on for longer if you like.
HOW IT WORKS:
The price includes the shipping of your own bike to and from Iceland. Bikes will need to be dropped off at the shipping company terminal in Immingham on the east coast of the UK approximately ten days ahead of the start of the trip. There will be option to have your bike collected and delivered back to your home address, with details on that to follow later. Riders will then fly into Reykjavik on the weekend of Saturday 6th July. Obviously arrive earlier if you wish to do some sight seeing. We'll have a group catch up on the Sunday night, ahead of collecting bikes from the ferry terminal on the Monday morning.
The days will be manageable and designed to allow plenty of time to explore. There will be a designated route, but like all of Dorothy's adventures, there is scope for you to ride at your own pace, and deviate if there's something off route you want to see. This is an adventure, not a follow the leader guided tour. There might also be option to tackle longer or trickier sections for those willing.
There will be provision of accommodation on the evening, with a mix of hotels, cabins and camping. This mix helps keep the cost reasonable and also allows us to visit and stay in places that no hotel chains have reached. Riders will send camping gear on the bikes in the container.
There will be a support van on this one but not to carry the gear. Riders have to be self sufficient in what they carry. The reason being that the support van is for carrying stricken bikes, helping with any injuries, making tea out of in a morning. If it's loaded with luggage that won't work. Equally, if there's a problem with the support van and all the camping equipment's in it then we're in trouble. A smaller auxiliary bag can go in the van, but your main luggage needs to go on the bike. The van will also carry spare tyres, tools etc.
WHO IS IT FOR?:
This is one for the adventurers, for people who regularly get out on their bikes and challenge themselves. You might have a Royal Enfield Himalayan, a Honda CRF300 Rally, a KTM 390 Adventure or a new Triumph Scrambler 400 (not to mention any of the older trail and adventure machines). You don't have to be a proficient green laner, but certainly someone comfortable on more challenging terrain. We won't be doing any of the long deep water crossings. The tracks should be manageable to anyone who has ridden at Sweetlamb Adventure Academy for example, or mid Wales. Please get in touch if you have any uncertainties about your suitability for the trip. The main requisite is your attitude. This will at times be a tough trip. There will be some hand holding but you've got to be able to ride safely in uncertain situations and support one another along the way. You will need to muck in and take your own initiative at times. But they'll be a soak in a hot thermal spa to make it all worthwhile.
The price includes the return sea freighting of your own motorcycle from Immingham to Reykjavik and back. It also includes 2 nights shared room accommodation in Reykjavik (Saturday and Sunday), then the following 11 nights of accommodation on the road, with a mix of camping and shared room hotels. It also includes use of the support vehicle, which will be available for transporting any damaged bikes and also be a base for communal cooking whilst camping. It also includes all route planning, a GPX file and the support of a guide.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
The price does not include fuel and food on the island. There will be a kitty for the communal meals when camping. The price does not include your flight into Iceland (approximately between £150 and £250. Marine insurance is also required. This is calculated as a percentage of the bike's value. To give an idea, the cost of insurance on a bike worth £4000 is £70. This will be paid directly to the shipping company.
Transit of your bike to and from Immingham isn't included, but there will be option to arrange collection and delivery with a motorcycle courier if needed. More information nearer the time.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You need a well serviced and travel ready machine. It needs fresh tyres and any other consumable for what will be approximately a 1500 mile trip.
You will need decent riding kit, including sturdy boots and good waterproofs. Camping kit will also be needed, consisting of a basic pack list of tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mat. It's optional to take cooking equipment as there will be cooking facilities in the support van.
Please check your suitability for travel insurance before booking on. I will need to see evidence of a suitable policy before departure as well as details relating to next of kin, medical issues etc.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To sign up for the Iceland trip please pay a £75 deposit below.