Tailored to novice and avid cyclists alike, biking tours are excellent adventure options for those who want to intimately connect with the raw and unbound beauty of Iceland's nature.
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Frequently asked questions
When is the best time of the year to take a biking tour in Iceland?
The best time to take a biking tour in Iceland is during the late spring to early fall months. Winter will see the roads covered with a blanket of snow and possible snowstorms. Whereas come summer, the roads are clear and the weather is more favorable for cycling.
What should I wear for a biking tour in Iceland?
For your biking tour in Iceland, it is advised that you bring with you a mixture of clothing to suit the day’s activities, including insulating layers, wind- and rain-proof layers, and a moisture-wicking base layer. Traditional lycra wear and padded pants are an excellent recommendation, as are sturdy shoes and sunglasses.
What should I bring with me on a biking tour in Iceland?
For your bike adventure in Iceland, make sure to bring bottled water, light and energy-driven snacks, your camera, and of course, a thirst for adventure. For longer biking tours, you’ll need to bring 1-2 days' worth of food and camping gear.
What will I see on a biking tour around Reykjavik?
Cycling tours in Reykjavik City Centre will show you the main attractions in the city. Amongst the Reykjavik sites visited are the University of Iceland campus, the Nordic House, the iconic church Hallgrimskirkja, the Parliament building, Reykjavik's Old Harbour, and Tjornin, the city pond. There are other bike tours that take place outside the city center. Some tours will transport you through Icelandic lava fields, while other tours offer a mix of culture and nature.
What are the most popular areas for bike tours in Iceland?
There are a great number of regions perfect for biking in Iceland, including but not limited to Reykjanes Peninsula, Thingvellir National Park, Landmannalaugar, Reykjavik, and Akureyri.
Are there any long distance cycling routes in Iceland?
Some long-distance cyclists choose to bike the entirety of the Ring Road (Route 1), though this requires a lot of prior experience and knowledge. Aside from the Ring Road, there are no major long-distance cycling routes in Iceland.
Is it possible to rent bikes in Iceland?
Yes, in addition to the many opportunities to rent a bike in Reykjavik, most major towns outside the capital area have bicycle rentals.
Are there bicycle repair shops outside of Reykjavik?
Is there mountain biking in Iceland?
Yes, there is most certainly good mountain biking in Iceland. This 3.5-hour small group bike tour begins with a pick-up in Reykjavik and or the Blue Lagoon and then heads to the Reykjanes GeoPark, where you'll explore lava fields and volcanoes. Or consider this exciting 2-hour e-mountain bike tour on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, perfect for those who want to experience the thrills of mountain biking, but with a little extra assistance for difficult terrain.