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Mountain biking in Iceland defines adventure with a landscape that is like nothing that you've ever experience. To see such a place from the seat of a mountain bike is a treat.

Expect the unexpected. The routes are wide-open and exposed with constantly changing weather.

Many people who travel to Iceland to mountain bike are part of a guided trip. One popular (and challenging) route is the Laugavegur Route, a multi-day, hut-to-hut journey across the interior highlands. Along the way you'll experience the quintessential elements of the country: geysers, multi-colored ryholite mountains, bubbling mud, endless lava fields and glaciated mountain vistas.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

7 days and 6 nights through the Landmannalaugar Region with Big Mountain Bike Adventures

Food & Drink

Reykjavik is a small city with a big pulse. In addition, to great food and drink, the capital of Iceland has a legendary night scene that keeps people going until the wee hours of the morning.

Recommended:
Cheap and delicious noodles: Noodle Station
Great bistro-style food (and a laundromat): Laundromat Cafe
Sushi and traditional Icelandic fare (trust me, it's good): Sushi Samba
Beer, Bar and Hostel: Bunk Bar
Coffee (don't forget the carrot cake!): Top 5 Coffee Houses

Other Activities

Iceland has plenty of ways to keep you busy when you're not riding. As an island with extreme natural beauty, there is no end to the sightseeing. Reykjavik has a very walkable downtown with plenty of shopping. No matter what you do don't miss: the remarkable geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, diving between continental plates at Silfra and the hydrologic power of Gullfoss waterfall.

Recommended Routes in Iceland - 3

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Favorite Time to get serious about the climb up the the glacier. The last day is the biggest on the Laugavegur Route.
Difficult

Laugavegur Route - IMBA EPIC

53.7 mi 86.5 km 7,572' Up 2307.85 m Up 9,432' Down 2874.78 m Down

Selfoss, IS
Favorite On Apex Ridge overlooking Breiðavík
Difficult

Breiðavík Big Loop

21.6 mi 34.7 km 2,817' Up 858.71 m Up 2,799' Down 853.28 m Down

Borgarf…, IS
Favorite Climbing up Stone Circles - Mt. Geitfell on the right.
Intermediate/Difficult

Brúnavík Loop

8.6 mi 13.9 km 2,505' Up 763.51 m Up 2,522' Down 768.8 m Down

Borgarf…, IS

Iceland Biking

  • 117 Miles 189 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Iceland - 9

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0.4 mi 0.7 km #1Pagan
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
2.5 mi 4.1 km #2Northern Crossing (Trail #19)
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
4.7 mi 7.6 km #3Mr. Sandman
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
4.8 mi 7.8 km #4Chasing Waterfalls
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
6.8 mi 11.0 km #5Apex Ridge
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
1.9 mi 3.1 km #6Stone Circles
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Difficult
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
4.7 mi 7.6 km #7Whiteshirt
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
4.5 mi 7.2 km #8Borgarfjörður Valley Access Road
Easy
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Easy
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
2.8 mi 4.4 km #9Brúnavík Descent
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS
Intermediate
Borgarfjörður Eystri, IS

Photos of Iceland - 45

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Epic footage from Iceland.
Jun 22, 2016 near Selfoss, IS
Time to get serious about the climb up the the glacier. The last day is the biggest on the Laugavegur Route.
Dec 19, 2014 near Vestman…, IS
Riding through a lava field above Landmannalagur Hut.
Dec 18, 2014 near Selfoss, IS
A wide valley and long sweeping views characterize the Laugavegur Route on the approach to
Dec 18, 2014 near Vestman…, IS
The last kilometers of the Laugavegur Route follow the Skoga River as it cascades through a deep canyon to the Skogafoss waterfall.
Dec 18, 2014 near Vestman…, IS
A birch forest awaits as you approach
Dec 19, 2014 near Vestman…, IS
On Apex Ridge overlooking Breiðavík
Jul 24, 2019 near Borgarf…, IS
Enjoying the last bit of flat pedaling before a huge climb and traverse past Ekjafjallajokull on the Laugavegur Route.
Dec 18, 2014 near Vestman…, IS