Iceland cycling holiday

“This is a fairly challenging cycle through southern Iceland with glacial, volcanic and coastal landscapes adding to the allure of 6 days in the saddle covering 400kms.”

Highlights

Keflavik | Reykjavik | Krisuvik hot springs | Reykjanes Peninsula | Selfoss | Eyjafjallajokull Volcano | Seljalandsfosss Waterfall | Vik | Solheimajokull Glacier | Skafta glacial river | Fjallabak region | Eldgja | Thjorsardalur Valley | Gullfoss Waterfall | Thingvellir National Park | Lake Thingvallavatn | Mount Hengill | Low altitude and 90% tarmac roads |

Description of Iceland cycling holiday

This eight day Iceland cycling holiday takes place in the south of the country, visiting some of the most exciting natural sites that this volcanic terrain has to offer. A lot of Iceland is out of bounds to four wheel vehicles, but not to two, and so not only do we get to go off the beaten path, but we also get to cycle it. This is tough terrain and so this holiday will appeal to experienced cyclists who enjoy a bit of challenge, but with great rewards.

Starting in Reykjavik, we transfer by vehicle to Krisuvik hot springs, and then ride along the Reykjanes Peninsula coast road to Selfoss, passing lava fields and black sandy beaches along the way. So, from day one we get a wonderful view of the wild landscapes that dominate Iceland. Waterfalls are a major feature, and on day three of our trip we see two of the finest: Seljalandsfosss and Skogafoss , the former being in the foothills of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the latter one that you can walk behind, so you will need waterproofs for that one. On the same day we cycle on to Solheimajokull Glacier which runs all the way down to the sea.

Another day of cycling on the south coast is down to the southernmost town of Vik, with its stunning black beaches, and we then head back inland to explore the dramatic beauty of the Fjallabak area. This is Icelandís first Geopark and being pretty far out, we stay in a wilderness hut style accommodation. With the help of a couple of transfers, we continue cycling inland and back anti clockwise in the direction of some of the islandís most famous sites, known collectively as the Golden Circle.

As part of our trip around the Golden Circle we cycle to Gulfoss Waterfall which tumbles down 32m into Hvitargljufur Gorge, the great Geysir and the dramatic fissures of Thingvellir National Park. And although we transfer by vehicle to the national park, once we are there we have a spectacular last cycle alongside Lake Thingvallavatn, across Mt Hengill and down to Reykjavik, with a well deserved dip in some thermal pools along the way. Finishing in Reykjavik, having cycled between 40-75km every day, we get a chance to reflect on the unique terrain we have travelled through and realise that, despite its wild interiors, we have still only seen a tiny percentage of it. Iceland has that power to call people back again and again.

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Our top tip:
Strong winds, rain and cool temps, even in the summer, should be taken into consideration with gloves, overshoes, dry bag and waterproofs absolutely indispensable.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg 12. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate/Challenging. Good level of fitness required for cycling up to 6 hours a day.
Accomm:
5 nights guesthouse, 1 night farmhouse, 1 night mountain hut.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, bike hire and tour leader throughout.
Meals:
All brks, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Solos:
Single cyclists welcome. Solo room rates apply.
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Accepted
Holiday type

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iceland cycling holiday

Environment

Activity:
As a cycling holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. By hiring our bikes locally, we also give our business to small Icelandic suppliers, which is beneficial for the community. Through this activity, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Tap water from Iceland is very clean and drinkable and clients are made aware that they can fill their bottles up anywhere.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend five nights in a guesthouses and one in a mountain hut. Small, locally owned lodgings are used wherever possible, meaning that the community benefits from a rise in employment and income generated. The accommodation is geothermally heated, and waste is recycled appropriately throughout the trip, which reduces our impact on the environment. Where meals are provided, locally sourced ingredients are usually used to make a mixture of continental and authentic style dishes, such as freshly caught fish or smoked lamb with potatoes. Guides generally purchase snacks and picnic provisions from local shops along the way, which supports small businesses in the area. Clients are reminded to avoid whale meat if they encounter it.

Community:
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides for each trip and use a bus company from a small town in South Iceland for the driving in all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise. Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organisations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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