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Cycle Southern Iceland

A fascinating journey through truly memorable landscapes



At a glance

* 5 nights guesthouse, 1 night farmhouse, 1 night mountain hut 
* 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
* Undulating terrain with 90% tarmac, 10% easy gravel roads
* Route follows mainly country roads, with some climbs and little traffic

A fascinating journey through truly memorable landscapes

Iceland is one of the most geologically active countries on earth. The
landscape is defined by vast black lava fields, towering glaciers, thundering
waterfalls and erupting geysers. The network of country roads provides an
excellent framework for our two-wheeled journey, giving us access to some of
the most impressive places in the south of the island including the infamous
Eyafjallajokull Volcano, the colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar and the
thundering Skogafoss Waterfall. There are also a few welcome stops in thermal
baths, a key part of Icelandic tradition. Add to this the changing landscapes
and natural phenomena and you have an unforgettable week’s ride.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

Breakfasts are mainly continental style, lunches are generally picnics and
the main meal of the day is usually local fish or lamb specialties, plus
European standards such as pasta, chicken etc. Vegetarians and those with
special dietary requirements can be catered for, but may get a little less
variety in the meals provided. Please advise us of any special requirements
at the time of booking.

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Cycling profile

Day 1

Iceland’s compact capital city is well worth exploring, and we strongly
recommend a couple of extra days before or after your tour. Two of the most
striking attractions are the Hallgrímskirkja Church – a fine example of
expansionist architecture –  and the beautiful Harpa Concert Hall. The
nearby old harbour is a great starting point to explore the narrow streets of
the old town. Our trip begins with a briefing in the evening at our hotel at
18:30.

Day 2

Leaving Reyjkavik we transfer to Krisuvik, an active geothermal area known
for its hot springs. Here we saddle up and start to ride the south coast of
the Reykjanes Peninsula, on the south west of the island. Our route takes us
through ruggedly beautiful landscape, with lava fields dominating the view
before giving way to long black beaches of volcanic sand towards the town of
Selfoss. We stop at the beach in Eyrarbakki and transfer the short distance
to Selfoss where there should be time for a soak in the swimming pool. We
then transfer the final 10km to our accommodation just outside the town.

Day 3

Our day begins with a transfer to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall at the foothills
of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. Here we have our first sighting of the
volcano that brought the world to a standstill with its infamous ash cloud.
With this dramatic backdrop we continue our journey along the coastal road,
flanked on one side by the North Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the
waterfalls and mountainous landscape of southern Iceland. This road leads us
to Skogafoss Waterfall, one of the biggest in Iceland at 25 metres wide and
60 metres high. From here we pedal to the Solheimajokull Glacier, an outlet
from the Myrdalskokull ice cap that runs down almost the entire way to the
sea. We see this up close as we continue as far as possible to the tongue of
the glacier before heading off to our farm accommodation.
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Day 4

Today we make further progress along the dramatic south coast towards the
southernmost town in Iceland, Vik. Ahead of us lie the vast sandy plains
formed by gravel and silt from glacial rivers over millenia. It is this
process that is slowly extending the land out into the sea. We finish our
ride at the glacial Skafta River before transferring inland to the Fjallabak
area and our mountain hut accommodation.
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Day 5

Iceland holds a host of natural wonders, and our morning drive to Eldja takes
us through the some spectacular surroundings, as we wind through mountain
passes and through canyons. This is quite a long drive, however we make a
number of stops. Our first is at Eldgja, a 40km long eruptive fissure that
was created during one of the largest fissural eruptions in history. We pass
through the colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar, which owe their bright
hues to the metamorphic colours of geothermal alteration. Once out of the
Fjallabak region we mount our bikes again and begin down the Thjorsardalur
Valley, stopping on the way at Stong and Thjodveldisbaerinn, a replica of a
sod farmhouse from the 11th Century. From here we continue along the Thorsa
River and down to the small settlement of Laugaras.
Cycle approx. 40km.
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Day 6

Farmland stretches before us as we begin our day’s ride, leading us all the
way to the Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most popular sites in Iceland. From
here we forge ahead to Geysir, an area that needs little introduction. The
plumes of hot water are a sight worth seeing, as they can spurt up to 20
metres or more into the air. Our final destination is the village of
Laugarvatn, on the lake of the same name. 
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Day 7

The Thingvellir National Park is one of, if not the most, important sites in
Icelandic history. It was here that the first assembly was formed in 930.
Today it is a national park, formed to protect the parliament area and the
natural wonders around it. It is also lies on the crest of the Mid Atlantic
Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, allowing
you literally cross from one continent to another. We cycle along the western
side of Lake Thingvellir, the largest natural lake in Iceland and alongside
the Mt Hengill Volcano. We wind our way across the mountains before starting
our descent towards Reykjavik. We stop on the way at the thermal pools in
Laugardalur for a well deserved soak. 
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Day 8

The trip ends in Reykjavik after breakfast.
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Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-06-162018-06-23

Trip code: MSI180616

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Price: €4315

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Date: 2018-06-302018-07-07

Trip code: MSI180630

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Date: 2018-08-042018-08-11

Trip code: MSI180804

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Date: 2018-08-182018-08-25

Trip code: MSI180818

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Date: 2019-06-152019-06-22

Trip code: MSI190615

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Price: €4575

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Date: 2019-06-292019-07-06

Trip code: MSI190629

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Date: 2019-08-032019-08-10

Trip code: MSI190803

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Date: 2019-08-172019-08-24

Trip code: MSI190817

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Customer Feedback

Amazing Trip

Summary:
What an amazing trip! My now husband and I are fans of adventure vacations
and Iceland was the best choice for us. He is a much better cyclist than I,
but that didn’t matter because if I wasn’t up for it I was able to rack my
bike and hop a ride in the bus to the next site, snack stop, or until the
course was more my level. The countryside was gorgeous and the
accommodations were great. I can’t say enough about the food and purity of
the water…so renewing (but I am also American and well, REAL, unadulterated
food isn’t a strength in our country). Our guides were very patient,
knowledgeable, and just all around fun guys. The bonus for my partner and I
was getting engaged behind a waterfall. I definitely recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Being fully present in nature felt inspirational.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was awesome! Highly recommend.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Enjoy every minute!

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Southern Iceland by bike

Summary:
The best way to see and experience Iceland – made even better by an awesome
leader, Kjartan

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing the killer hill, cycling in the rain, the headwind on the first day
of cycling, seeing the volcanos and the volcanic landscapes, cycling to the
tourist hot spots and feeling very smug

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Awesome – a smile for everything and everybody. Told us about where we were
going, what to expect, helped the slower riders, mended a puncture, cooked
the bbq, answered all our questions and made a great video of the trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring cycle gear for all weathers. Make sure you know how to draft in a
group

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
take a camera with a wide angle and telephoto lenses.
Relax in the hot tubs

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Cycling Southern Iceland

Summary:
This was a really great trip. I have not stopped smiling since I returned.
Some of the cycling was challenging and can be weather dependent. We were
lucky with the weather with one day of strong headwind in perfect sunshine
and one afternoon of heavy rain. We had the perfect leader and a nice group
who all got on well together. The sights of Iceland are amazing and not to be
missed.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Our leader, Kjartan, was the biggest inspiration. Then came the lovely
thermal soaks on most days, cycling in the heavy rain and the ‘killer hill’
on the last day.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kjartan was simply the best. He was so inspirational. He was in tune with the
strengths and weaknesses of the group. He showed us wonderful sights and told
us the history and geology of Iceland over thousands of years. He became a
true friend to us all. Thank you Kjartan.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Read all the trip notes carefully. Get fit with plenty of cycle rides. Work
out and practice with your cycle clothing for different conditions. Have some
good wet weather cycling clothes and overshoes. Don’t forget your trunks and
towel. This is a wonderful trip with sights you will never see again. Go for
it, you will have no regrets.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The roads can be busy. The traffic is good and respects cyclists. Have high
visibility tops. I had my rear flashing light on most of the time. The
communal mountain hut was fun. Go for it and enjoy it.

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Cycle Southern Iceland (msi)

Summary:
Exelent trip. Beautiful island . Lovely people

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Stragling with the wind. Clombing little hillls.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Perfect person in right place. Very profecional, reliable with knowledge ,
experience and skills. Very friendly , always ready and happy to help. With
great managing , cycling and cooking skills. Able to motivate whole group and
every single individual. I wish he coud be leader on every trip i go.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
To read notes for trip before trip. I didnt and i didnt take my towel. But
again in this situation…kjartan-group lider helped.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Definitly will ho for more cycling holidays in iceland.

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Cycling Southern Iceland

Summary:
Showcase of natural beauty of all sites around southern Iceland.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
1. Tackling the huge hill on our last riding day by 3/4 of riders.

2. Much needed soak in hot springs, hot tubs, cold plunge, etc. after a day
of riding.

3. Amazing gourmet dinners especially the BBQ at the mountain hut.

4. Watching Iceland vs. Portugal Eurocup final in local hotel pub.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Well organized, personable, cheerful, knowledgeable & enthusiastic.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Need to clarify with Exodus if sleeping bags will be provided at mountain
hut. Exodus most recent trip notes stated not required but group leader had
older trip notes that stated it was required. Our group leader made a phone
call and had brand new sleeping bags delivered to us on time.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Cycling is a great and more intimate way of exploring Iceland or anywhere
else in the world, and healthier too. Totally recommend it.

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Cycle Southern Iceland

Summary:
This was my first cycling holiday, at first I was not sure what was in store
but by the end of the trip I left wanting more. Spectacular scenery,
clean,clear air, sparkling rivers and streams, dramatic waterfalls. Miles and
miles of un spoilt vistas, sometimes without a sign of mankind in sight apart
from us. Dramatic landscape with the most amazing colours.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Each day was so inspirational for me from the corrugated farm buildings stood
isolated in the vast landscape to the beautiful swaths of blue lupins at the
roadside. The colours and formations of the glacier were like nothing I have
seen before with the blackness from the lava dust. The glacial ice our guide
collected for us was a lovely special addition to our gin & tonic back at
the hotel.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I thought Kjartan was an excellent group leader. He was very supportive of my
first day and sorted out a problem with my bike straight away. He was warm
and friendly with a good sense of humour. He certainly wanted us to get the
most out of the holiday as possible and tried to accommodate everyone.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We were really lucky with the weather, apart from a strong head wind at
times. I think this is what possibly makes it a more strenuous ride rather
than the roads. So come prepared, the weather can be very changeable. Have a
go at all the experiences offered.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Don’t worry if you are a beginner , I was in a group of mixed abilities and
didn’t feel at any time that I was out of my depth. You always have the
option to take a bus ride if it all gets a bit too much . We loved our green
bus and the hard working driver.

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MSI Cycle Southern Iceland

Summary:
Fascinating country, scenery of Glaciers, Geysirs, Waterfalls and wonderful
sunsets. A bit expensive for accommodation and £8 for a beer!! ( buy some at
the airport on arrival). The cycling was relatively easy, only 1 real climb
on the final day but the wind made it harder, I personally would have like to
have cycled a bit around Fjallabak instead of spending all day in the bus.
The weather was great for us, sunny, no rain, a bit windy, quite warm but be
prepared for anything!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The scenery, particularly the Geysir as it was the 1st time I have seen
anything like that. Having a hot thermal bath at the end of the day.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kjartan was knowledgeable and friendly if a little laid back which was OK by
me but may not suit everybody. AND he had spent some time in my home town of
Scarborough learning English when he was a teenager!!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Try to stay up late a couple of times after midnight to see the sunset.

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Stunning Scenery

Summary:
Stunning scenery – glaciers, waterfalls, mountains. Wonderful swimming both
in rivers and pools. Good cycling terrain although some roads were very busy.
Accommodation was mostly shared facilites but comfortable with very good
food

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Swimming in the hot river in the rain

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very well organised particularly with regard to lunches. Coped well with the
wide spread of ability in the group

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for very strong winds and cool temperatures even in August.
Overshoes will stop your feet getting soaked. Have a large bag on the bus as
you need to change clothing and have swimming gear to hand

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Although listed as grade 4 there was only one hill all week

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Cycle Southern Iceland

Summary:
It was an amazing trip, it helped me to remember how good life can be.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
cycling in the rain with strong wind – it made me feel alive
and the waterfalls…. in particular the most secluded ones

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent! He was very passionate about Iceland, very professional and very
motivating!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It rains! Bring a lot of rain protection equipment. Gloves are indispensable.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It would be helpful to give more details about the equipment to bring in the
trip notes. Gloves should be in, more waterproof clothes. Even if the list
in the trip notes already mentioned that waterproof equipment would be
advisable it should be a little clearer (waterproof jacket,waterproof
gloves, waterproof trousers and maybe also waterproof shoes). In my case, I
was lucky that our group leader had some additional clothes to share.
And a pillow, for the night spent in the hut.

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Cycle Southern Iceland

Summary:
7 Days of great companionship, breath taking views and outstanding
hospitality. The landscape is constantly changing, drivers were extremely
courteous, giving cyclists a wide berth were ever possible.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Conquering the steep climb approaching Vic! And then of course the fun of the
downhill into Vic. That was a beautiful day with the most incredible blue
skies, the amazing black volcanic beach and the startling green of the
country side.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had a fantastic group leader, he was knowledgeable regarding the geology
and history of the areas we cycled through. He really supported a positive
group dynamic and made everyone feel comfortable and part of the group. Our
shuttle driver was also excellent and we were always happy to see the “green
biscuit bus” on the horizon for tea and hobnobs!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for wind and rain. These were only issues on the first day(windy)
and the last day(rainy) Every other day was gorgeous, blue sky and warm temps
– make sure to bring your swimsuit for the fabulous “Hot Pots”

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Iceland was a terrific experience – the people were wonderful, the country
was gorgeous and we felt safe and well looked after.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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