Iceland Backcountry ADV Motorcycle Tour

A challenging, rewarding riding experience and memorable Iceland Backcountry ADV Motorcycle Tour

Tour difficulty

Adventure Plus> – Expect off road challenges blended with pavement riding and is intended only for riders with prior off road riding experience. Midsize to smaller motorcycles recommended. No motorcycles over 800cc on this trip.
Road Tour
Adventure
Adventure Plus

Days

8

nights

7

Dates

July 2nd - July 9th 2024

Price

$8495 USD

MILES

Not set

About this tour

Riders on this Iceland Backcountry ADV Motorcycle Tour can expect varying degrees of riding challenges from river and stream crossings to rocky terrain accessing some of Iceland’s most beautiful and less traveled areas of the island. Iceland has a very narrow riding season which means high demand and some urgency in making early reservations to secure your position on the tour.

 

Last day deadline for signup is April 1st!

The Iceland ADV Backcountry Tour is rated as ADVENTURE + and is one of our more intense off-road riding offerings. Participants must be experienced off-road riding enthusiasts with better than average skills, physicality and prior exposure to the multitude of motorcycle riding environments one can encounter in the enduro and ADV touring world. Riders can expect varying degrees of riding challenges from river and stream crossings to rocky terrain accessing some of Iceland’s most beautiful and less traveled areas of the island. No camping will be a part of this unique motorcycle adventure however in some cases, accommodations will be primitive. Single occupancy accommodations will only be available first and last day, therefore expect to share rooms on riding days.

Make sure to bring as much water and windproof gear as you can. There is a lot of water in the Icelandic Inlands and we will cross a lot of streams and rivers. Boots, socks, riding pants and jacket with good warm underlayers. Did I mention that the weather is unpredictable and can range from chilly to freezing.

There will be full support with a vehicle following the group when and where possible and guided by locals along with our Iceland born MotoDiscovery staff team member. Motorcycles will be the aggressive KTM 690 Adventure and its cousin, the Husqvarna 701, perfect for those who wish to have a higher level of performance to meet the demands of the road. For those who like an even more aggressive lighter bike we will have KTM 450 dual sport available. If you’ve tackled the roads of Americas Backcountry Discovery Routes, or a veteran Baja rider, you’ll find the Iceland ADV Backcountry Tour to be as exciting a ride as you will find anywhere in the world, accented with stunning scenery, heart pounding challenges and riding thrills. This ride is not for the inexperienced rider. Groups will be limited to 8 participants plus staff. Iceland has a very narrow riding season which means high demand and some urgency in making early reservations to secure your position on the tour.

 

Things to pack,

GEAR
Helmet with visor and pin shield
Goggles
Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex pants
OR
Non-Gore-Tex riding suit with additional waterproof oversuit
Boots, tall and preferably waterproof
Gloves, three pair: Regular, cold weather and extra cold weather, preferably waterproof
Neck gaiter/buff
Shampa, balaklava or equivalent
Wool and/or waterproof socks, tall
Silk or other long underwear top and bottom
CLOTHING
Warm trousers or jeans
Wool sweater
Wool or down vest
Light jacket or windbreaker
Walking/hiking shoes
Long sleeve riding shirts
Bathing suit
Extra socks
Underwear
Warm non-riding gloves
Watch cap
EXTRAS
Kit bag
Small towel
Ear plugs and eye mask
Sunglasses
Head lamp
Sunscreen
Camera/GoPro
Charging wires and ICELAND ADAPTOR PLUG
ZipLoc bags for wet/dirty clothes
OPTIONAL
Sandals
Shorts
T-shirts
Backup phone/device charger
In-helmet communications
  • Iceland. It is often referred to as the “land of fire and ice”. With 32 active volcanoes and the biggest glaciers in Europe, this large North Atlantic island rests just south of the Arctic providing the perfect destination for adventure motorcycle touring.
  • Arriving in the capital city of Reykjavik, you’ll have one night to explore the town and get your rhythm after your flight, about 5 1/2 hours out of New York, with numerous non-stop flights from major USA hubs.
  • Time to ride. With transfers arranged, you’ll be geared up for a short drive to our base in the village of Selfoss where your adv motorcycles await.  Into the mountains you’ll ride to the direction of Þórisvatn, Iceland’s largest lake. The scenery begins to fill your view quickly, encountering crashing waterfalls including Háifoss which is the second highest in the country.  Don’t expect luxury this night. The lodging is a simple but comfortable traditional Icelandic highland hut, but the bonding will begin as together we prepare fresh Icelandic fish and steak.
  • From Jökulheimar our ride will start going through Veiðivatnahraun Lava Field and the Central Highlands of Iceland. The Veiðivötn Lakes create a magnificent highland oasis. Some of the very best brown trout and arctic char fishing in Iceland (or anywhere) is found here. Then it’s on to Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. In the old days, the Vikings, the first settlers called Hekla, “the Gateway to Hell”.
  • 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.
  • The service. It is a MotoDiscovery tradition. This more intensive off road ADV tour will be accompanied by a support vehicle providing riders with elevated confidence and convenience.
  • Group size limited to eight riders plus staff.

 

 

Tour Character and Details

The Iceland ADV Backcountry Tour is rated as ADVENTURE + and is one of our more intense off-road riding offerings. Participants must be experienced off-road riding enthusiasts with better than average skills, physicality and prior exposure to the multitude of motorcycle riding environments one can encounter in the enduro and ADV touring world. Riders can expect varying degrees of riding challenges from river and stream crossings to rocky terrain accessing some of Iceland’s most beautiful and less traveled areas of the island. No camping will be a part of this unique motorcycle adventure however in some cases, accommodations will be primitive. Single occupancy accommodations will only be available first and last day, therefore expect to share rooms on riding days.

Make sure to bring as much water and windproof gear as you can. There is a lot of water in the Icelandic Inlands and we will cross a lot of streams and rivers. Boots, socks, riding pants and jacket with good warm underlayers. Did I mention that the weather is unpredictable and can range from chilly to freezing.

There will be full support with a vehicle following the group when and where possible and guided by locals along with our Iceland born MotoDiscovery staff team member. Motorcycles will be the aggressive KTM 690 Adventure and its cousin, the Husqvarna 701, perfect for those who wish to have a higher level of performance to meet the demands of the road. For those who like an even more aggressive lighter bike we will have KTM 450 dual sport available. If you’ve tackled the roads of Americas Backcountry Discovery Routes, or a veteran Baja rider, you’ll find the Iceland ADV Backcountry Tour to be as exciting a ride as you will find anywhere in the world, accented with stunning scenery, heart pounding challenges and riding thrills. This ride is not for the inexperienced rider. Groups will be limited to 8 participants plus staff. Iceland has a very narrow riding season which means high demand and some urgency in making early reservations to secure your position on the tour.

 

Things to pack,

GEAR
Helmet with visor and pin shield
Goggles
Gore-Tex jacket and Gore-Tex pants
OR
Non-Gore-Tex riding suit with additional waterproof over suit
Boots, tall and preferably waterproof
Gloves, three pair: Regular, cold weather and extra cold weather, preferably waterproof
Neck gaiter/buff
Shampa, balaklava or equivalent
Wool and/or waterproof socks, tall
Silk or other long underwear top and bottom
CLOTHING
Warm trousers or jeans
Wool sweater
Wool or down vest
Light jacket or windbreaker
Walking/hiking shoes
Long sleeve riding shirts
Bathing suit
Extra socks
Underwear
Warm non-riding gloves
Watch cap
EXTRAS
Kit bag
Small towel
Ear plugs and eye mask
Sunglasses
Head lamp
Sunscreen
Camera/GoPro
Charging wires and ICELAND ADAPTOR PLUG
ZipLoc bags for wet/dirty clothes
OPTIONAL
Sandals
Shorts
T-shirts
Backup phone/device charger
In-helmet communications

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ accommodations (double occupancy)
  • Transfers from Reykjavik to tour base at Selfoss and back to Reykjavík or Keflavík at the end of the tour
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on riding days
  • Welcome dinner in Raykjavík and farewell dinner at Selfoss
  • Icelandic tour leaders on motorcycle
  • Support /luggage vehicle with Icelandic MotoDiscovery tour specialist
  • Rental of either KTM 690 Adventure or 701 Husqvarna motorcycle and basic insurance (other bikes available)
  • Motorcycle insurance covers damage caused by normal use of the bike. Optional CDW insurance is available for an additional $220 and is recommended.
  • Motorcycle fuel
  • Pre-tour Information packet
  • MotoDiscovery apparel gift

What’s not included

  • International airfare to and from Iceland
  • Transfer from the international airport in Keflavik to hotel in Reykjavík
  • Medical evacuation insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip interruption insurance (recommended)
  • Entrances or permits to parks, monuments etc.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Staff gratuities and any fees for requested additional services

FULL PRICE LIST

Rental Husqvarna 701
8495 USD
Rental KTM 690 Adventure
8495 USD
Rental KTM 450 Dual Sport
8495 USD
Single occupancy supplement. First and last night only
$280
Deposit per person
1000 USD

All rooms are shared, double occupancy. With option of single occupancy first and last night.

Dates are subject to change as availability and conditions in Iceland allow.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik, welcome dinner and introductions

Day 2: Transfer to Selfoss, ride to Jökulheimar

  • Town of Selfoss,
  • Mt Hekla
  • Hjálparfoss
  • Gjáin
  • Háifoss
  • Þórisvatn Lake
  • Jökulheimar Mountain Hut

Day 3: Rjúpnavellir

  • Veiðivatnahraun Lava Field
  • Veiðivötn Lake Area
  • Hrauneyjar Power Stadion
  • Rjúpnavellir Mountain Hut

Day 4: Hungurfit

  • Mt Hekla
  • Ljótipollur volcano crater
  • Hnausapollur Volcano crater
  • Hungurfit Mountain Hut

Day 5: Álftavötn

  • Glaciers
  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
  • Langisjór Lake
  • Eldgjá, a canyon, and volcano

Day 6: Álftavötn

  • Eldgjá
  • Langisjór Lake
  • Breiðbakur Mountain
  • Blautulón Lake

Day 7: Selfoss

  • Mýrdalsjökull.
  • Mælifell volcano mountain.
  • Mælifellssandur.
  • Markafljót canyon.
  • Farewell dinner.

Day 8: Transfer to Reykjavík for an extended stay or Keflavík for departure.

FAQ

We categorize this tour as ADVENTURE+, however road conditions are not necessarily challenging for an experienced enduro enthusiast with off road experience and acceptable physicality. Expect a mix of good gravel roads of varying condition with off road segments consisting mostly rough gravel and numerous water crossings. We recommend rider training such as the popular MotoDiscovery Moab Immersion Training Tour.

No, this is not a suitable ride for a passenger.

Iceland in summer can range in temperature from 30’s to the 70’s so be prepared for some chilly days and rain is to be expected in the highlands.

Days are relatively short with opportunities to add and explore Iceland farther.

Traveling in an unfamiliar area where cultures, customs and societies are different from your own, can be a challenge for some. Risks associated with this kind of travel are to be expected. Motorcycling does have its inherent dangers. We would consider this a safe tour under the circumstances.

For all international tours we recommend that everyone take advantage of the State Department’s Smart Travellers Program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Click the link below to enroll.

https://step.state.gov/step/

Due to the wilderness we will be travelling though we will be bringing most of our meals and will cook out together. We will have first class food and the best the remote nature allows. All meals are included on riding days.

Iceland’s interior has few options for the high class standard of Motodiscovery but we will sleep well in the mountain huts and accomodation in the highlands. When we can we stay at the best available hotels each location has to offer.

Yes, there will be a vehicle that follows us with provisions and luggage.

The support vehicle has plenty of space to carry your gear. Pack light and only what you need we still need to be aware of the space. Most of the time we recommend a waterproof duffle bag that we carry in the support vehicle.

NOW. Iceland is a very popular destination. We recommend at least 6 months advance sign up so you need to secure your spot as soon as you can. Dates are subject to change.

Don’t take our word for it

I’ve always sought out unique travel experiences and MotoDiscovery delivered just that. It truly felt like a passport to experiential travel, opening doors to adventures I couldn’t have dreamed of. From an off-road excursion to a bespoke tour crafted just for me, I was blown away by the level of personal service.
- Samantha J., Toronto

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

By requesting a booking, you’ll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance. Your tour’s go/no-go decision depends on reaching the minimum number of riders. We’ll let you know once confirmed. Minimums vary by destination. In the event a tour is cancelled due to not meeting minimums, a refund will be provided. Alternatively, riders may opt to transfer their deposit to another available tour, if applicable.

To avoid potential changes and rebooking complications, we kindly request you hold off on booking flights and other non-refundable tour arrangements until we finalize the tour’s go/no-go decision.

Domestic tour go/no-go decisions are made no later than 30 days prior to departure date. International tours: 45 days prior.

CUSTOM TOUR

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, we will be happy to help. Click here to inquire, or call us to speak to our travel professionals.

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