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Cycling in Iceland

The "land of ice and fire" can be observed the best from the saddle of your bike


With an excellent network of country roads, all the hidden treasures of Iceland can be accessed. Pedal along rolling hills, craggy mountains, insanely beautiful fjords and lakes with icebergs. And when you get tired, simply soak in many mystical hot springs or unwind yourself at coastal plains of black sands.

You might get a hard time deciding what path to choose since there are starting from two-hours to one month trips suggested by operators. Most cyclists embark on the Ring Road, the well-known highway no. 1 that runs around the country. Riders tackling the entire route commit themselves to more or less 1300 km that can be completed in three weeks. However, while the eastern half of the Ring Road is fairly quiet and takes you through beautiful scenery, the whole western part is busy and the landscape is rather less interesting.

More avid travellers looking for full immersion in Iceland’s wilderness may want to travel into the highlands like the Kjölur mountain route or other. They can be rough and require the right bike. There are plenty of picturesque villages en route with pubs, guesthouses, and campsites with a sheltered place to cook or stay at. If you can brave the storm, cope with wind, cold and rain, then you will have a mindblowing time of your life.

Practical info

When is a favorable time for bicycling in Iceland?

From June to September, biking is popular in Iceland, offering a delightful experience with increased daylight hours, reasonably good weather, and comfortable temperatures. It is advisable to pack warm clothes as the weather can be erratic. Show more

Which cycle route is prevalent in Iceland?

The Ring Road, a 1,300-kilometer road encircling Iceland that spans 10-12 days, is the most popular cycle route through the country. While it encapsulates the most magnificent natural aesthetics of Iceland, such as glaciers, fjords, and hot springs, its eastern half provides ideal bicycling conditions compared to the western region. Show more

What is the Kjölur mountain route?

A challenging four to five-day highland route of nearly 200 kilometers, the Kjölur mountain route traverses barren landscapes, rocky tracks, and rugged terrains. It is bookended by two glaciers, and gives view to splendid mountainous terrain. The path demands an appropriate off-road-equipped bike. Show more

Which kind of bicycle is required for cycling in Iceland's highlands?

The type of bicycle depends on the route. A sturdy tour bike with wider tires is a suitable option while cycling on the Ring Road. Conversely, off-road riding requires a mountain bike or a fat bike with four-inch tires, capable of handling gravel roads and river crossings. Show more

Can I find sheltered campsites in Iceland?

Several campsites in Iceland offer sheltered camping facilities. While basic amenities are provided- including common rooms, toilets and showers- some campsites also feature cozy cabins, yurts, or guesthouses with heating systems, ensuring comfortable stays. It is recommended to carry waterproof clothing, monitor weather changes, and carry a warm sleeping bag while camping. Show more

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