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Iceland’s Dramatic North

  • 7 nights | 39 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: USD4095
  • Self-guided from: USD3735
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

The long fjords and river valleys flanked by alpine mountains make this a collection of outstanding rides for bicycle touring. The midnight sun, drier climate, and greater shelter from prevailing winds produce more fertility than expected; the vegetation includes flourishing botanical gardens in Akureyri and trees like nowhere else in Iceland. Akureyri – the gem of the north at the end of Eyjafjordur is also known for the blonde beauty of its people.

On the way from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn, you will stop in the European whale watching capital at Husavik, for a special night, with views of snow-capped mountains across the fjord. The approach to the lake takes you through marshland peppered with small lakes and ponds, which attract more birds than anywhere else in Iceland, and can make the approach to Myvatn very memorable.

Cycling around the lake itself is particularly interesting because of the many green pseudocraters and islands. On day seven, you can visit Jokulsar Canyon National Park and Dettifoss – the biggest waterfall in Europe. The complimentary transfer back to Reykjavik may take you across Iceland’s interior – a mountain and desert road between huge glaciers – a fitting end to this fantastic adventure.

Daily program

Day 1: Introductions
Noon pickup in Reykjavik at the BSI Bus Terminal or your inn for the 3½ hour drive to Sauðárkrókur. Along the way you will visit still-active Vidimyri church, a stunning example of 17th century Icelandic architecture, and the Glaumbear Farmstead, whose dwarf sod houses were the eventual home of Snorri Thorfinnson – the first Viking born in North America at Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows.

In Sauðárkrókur, you can test your bikes, visit the nearby geothermal heated swimming pool, or stretch your legs on the back of an Icelandic horse before dinner.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Sauðárkrókur or Varmahlíð

Day 2: Coastal loop ride (35 miles/57 km)
From Sauðárkrókur, ride through a river valley known for its horses and ethereal blue light. Picnic in the mountain-nestled village of Holar, seat of the bishop from 1106-1801 and the last stronghold of the Catholic Church during the Reformation. You can visit the cathedral, restored to its original state. Afternoon ride along the coast of Skagafjordur to Hofsos, where you can visit the Icelandic American Heritage museum. Transfer back to Hotel Tindastoll at day’s end.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Sauðárkrókur or Varmahlíð

Day 3: Sauðárkrókur/Varmahlíð – Siglufjörður/Ólafsfjörður (37 miles/60 km)
Follow the coast around the Tröllaskagi Peninsula – Peninsula of Trolls – to lunch in Siglufjörður, a small fishing town once known as the herring centre of Iceland. A visit to the Herring Era Museum will give insight into the boom that hit this region during the 20th century. Later, views of Grimsey Island increase the beauty of the ride.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Siglufjörður or Ólafsfjörður

Day 4: Siglufjörður/Ólafsfjörður – Akureyri (37 miles/60 km)
An easier ride along the coast toward Akureyri, acknowledged as the home of some of the world’s most beautiful people, and known by golfers for the Arctic Open Championship. Visit the botanical gardens, old houses, and relative abundance of restaurants and bars, where the fun is heightened by the location near the Arctic Circle.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Akureyri

Day 5: Akureyri – Husavik (67 miles/108 km)
Follow the Eyjafjörður coast from Akureyri toward Laufas, where a well-preserved farm buildings and the oldest thatched houses in Iceland add to the gorgeous charm of an already scenic valley. Lunch at Storutjarnir, or Iceland’s most spectacular waterfall, Gođafoss – Falls of the Gods. Follow the salmon-rich river valley to the coast at Husavik – locally proclaimed the whale-watching capital of Europe, and home of an interesting whale information centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Husavik

Day 6: Husavik – Myvatn (31 miles/50 km)
Today’s ride takes you past a small geyser, large greenhouses, and along a lava river valley with pseudocraters – formed by cooling lava bubbles instead of by extraterrestrial impact - toward Lake Myvatn, where the best summer weather in Iceland helps one appreciate its myriad islands, ducks, and pretty vistas.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Myvatn

Day 7: Lake Myvatn loop ride (23 miles/37 km)
Morning ride around Lake Myvatn, and afternoon van ride to the Jokulsargljufur Canyon National Park. Today is a day to enjoy the unique Myvatn surroundings. After a morning circumnavigation of the lake on your bike, the afternoon can be spent visiting outlying attractions with your guide, or taking an optional sightseeing flight over Iceland’s dramatic interior, including Askja – the world’s biggest caldera – where US astronauts trained for moon landings.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Myvatn

Day 8: Transfer to Reykjavik
This is an approximate six-hour drive.
Meals included: Breakfast

Daily program

Day 1: Introductions
Noon pickup in Reykjavik at the BSI Bus Terminal or your inn for the 3½ hour drive to Sauðárkrókur. Along the way you will visit still-active Vidimyri church, a stunning example of 17th century Icelandic architecture, and the Glaumbear Farmstead, whose dwarf sod houses were the eventual home of Snorri Thorfinnson – the first Viking born in North America at Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows.

In Sauðárkrókur, you can test your bikes, visit the nearby geothermal heated swimming pool, or stretch your legs on the back of an Icelandic horse before dinner.
Overnight in Sauðárkrókur or Varmahlíð

Day 2: Coastal loop ride (35 miles/57 km)
From Sauðárkrókur, ride through a river valley known for its horses and ethereal blue light. Picnic in the mountain-nestled village of Holar, seat of the bishop from 1106-1801 and the last stronghold of the Catholic Church during the Reformation. You can visit the cathedral, restored to its original state. Afternoon ride along the coast of Skagafjordur to Hofsos, where you can visit the Icelandic American Heritage museum. Transfer back to Hotel Tindastoll at day’s end.
Overnight in Sauðárkrókur or Varmahlíð

Day 3: Sauðárkrókur/Varmahlíð- Siglufjörður/Ólafsfjörður (37 miles/60 km)
Follow the coast around the Tröllaskagi Peninsula – Peninsula of Trolls – to lunch in Siglufjörður, a small fishing town once known as the herring centre of Iceland. A visit to the Herring Era Museum will give insight into the boom that hit this region during the 20th century. Later, views of Grimsey Island increase the beauty of the ride.
Overnight in Siglufjörður or Ólafsfjörður

Day 4: Siglufjörður/Ólafsfjörður - Akureyri (37 miles/60 km)
An easier ride along the coast toward Akureyri, acknowledged as the home of some of the world’s most beautiful people, and known by golfers for the Arctic Open Championship. Visit the botanical gardens, old houses, and relative abundance of restaurants and bars, where the fun is heightened by the location near the Arctic Circle.
Overnight in Akureyri

Day 5: Akureyri - Husavik (67 miles/108 km)
Follow the Eyjafjörður coast from Akureyri toward Laufas, where a well-preserved farm buildings and the oldest thatched houses in Iceland add to the gorgeous charm of an already scenic valley. Lunch at Storutjarnir, or Iceland’s most spectacular waterfall, Gođafoss – Falls of the Gods. Follow the salmon-rich river valley to the coast at Husavik – locally proclaimed the whale-watching capital of Europe, and home of an interesting whale information centre.
Overnight in Husavik

Day 6: Husavik - Myvatn (31 miles/50 km)
Today’s ride takes you past a small geyser, large greenhouses, and along a lava river valley with pseudocraters – formed by cooling lava bubbles instead of by extraterrestrial impact - toward Lake Myvatn, where the best summer weather in Iceland helps one appreciate its myriad islands, ducks, and pretty vistas.
Overnight in Myvatn

Day 7: Lake Myvatn loop ride (23 miles/37 km)
Morning ride around Lake Myvatn, and afternoon van ride to the Jokulsargljufur Canyon National Park. Today is a day to enjoy the unique Myvatn surroundings. After a morning circumnavigation of the lake on your bike, the afternoon can be spent visiting outlying attractions with your guide, or taking an optional sightseeing flight over Iceland’s dramatic interior, including Askja – the world’s biggest caldera – where US astronauts trained for moon landings.
Overnight in Myvatn

Day 8: Transfer to Reykjavik
This is an approximate six-hour drive.

Dates

Jul 2, 30, 2018 (additional dates available for groups of 4 or more)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
USD4095
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
USD955
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
USD195

Dates

Daily, upon request: May 1-Sep 30, 2018 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
USD3735
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
USD955
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
USD195
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Freewheeling Adventures Terms and Conditions

All prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy.

Changes and Cancellations
If, after reserving your adventure, you want to switch to another adventure in the same calendar year, you must provide at least 60 days' notice, and pay a change fee of $100 per person (+ tax in Canada). If you want to postpone until the next calendar year, and give us at least 60 days' notice, the change fee will be $200 (+ tax in Canada). All other changes will be treated as cancellations.

Cancellations must be received in writing, and are subject to the following refund conditions: Cancellations received in writing at least 60 days in advance of start date will receive a 50% refund of any deposit paid. Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days ahead will forfeit deposit. Cancellations within 30 days require full payment of the tour cost

Insurance
Travel accident and cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers
All adventure prices are per person, and based on double occupancy. Single occupancy charges reflect the cost of having a room by yourself. If you prefer to share or to avoid the extra cost, and are joining an advertised departure, give us as much notice as you can, and we will do our best to match you with a roommate of the same gender.

If you reserve at least 120 days in advance, and are willing to share a room, we will waive the charge even if we are unable to match you with a room-mate. From 120 to 60 days ahead, the charge will be reduced by 50%. Within 60 days, the single occupancy charge must apply until we are able to match you up. Any charge will be refunded if we are later able to match you up with a room-mate.

Please note that where suitable shared occupancy is not available, a pro-rated single occupancy charge will apply. Please also note that private groups are not eligible for single occupancy exemption.

Triple Occupancy
If a third participant shares a room with two other full-paying guests, they will receive a 15% adventure discount, pro-rated to reflect availability of triple lodging. This will become 20% if they are 12 or under, or 50% if under five years old, and can accept a temporary bed.

Our Changes
We reserve the right to change prices and itineraries without notice. If relevant currency exchange differs significantly between advertised print date and final balance due date, we reserve the right to apply fair adjustment to the final balance. We reserve the right to cancel trips when circumstances make it necessary, in which case a full refund will be made to any registrants.

We guarantee your dates upon booking, with the following conditions: If there are fewer than four participants in your trip, three to four weeks prior to departure you may be given the choice of switching to self-guided, paying a premium to keep the trip guided, switching to another guided adventure, or cancelling for a full refund. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone endangering or disrupting the enjoyment of any other trip participants, in our estimation.

How we Guarantee your Dates
We need at least four participants to operate a trip at the advertised price. If, a month or less before the departure date, there are fewer, you may be given the following choices: Switch to the self-guided format of the same trip. Cost is usually lower, and we can switch back to guided if we receive sufficient last-minute bookings. Switch to another trip in the same year. Make it a private guided trip (2-3 people), at a 20% cost premium. Cancel for a full refund.

Tax
Your tour package is subject to sales tax (5% in Alberta Quebec; 14% in Prince Edward Island; 12% in British Columbia; 15% in Nova Scotia; and 13% in Newfoundland). Non-Canadians receive a credit back of half of these amounts. We will process the refund for you, and adjust your final balance.

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