Iceland is an otherworldly place of fire and ice, marooned near the top of the globe, where the mighty forces of nature have created a volatile playground, perfect for a unique adventure riding experience. Glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, tundra, geysers, hot springs, waterfalls and fjords form the pristine wilderness landscape, as we explore this island on isolated roadways and stunning coastal routes. This Iceland Motorcycle Tour is primarily paved road only.
It is important to understand that other than Akureyri (18,000 popn) and Greater Reykjavik (200,000 popn), all other settlements in Iceland are very small. Places marked in large, bold writing may be villages of 200 – 1,500 people. Places marked on a map can look as if they will be towns, but they are only a family homestead or a ranch. Some hotels are on the map in their own right as they consist of a hotel, a restaurant (maybe a petrol pump) and that’s it. Outside the greater Reykjavik area in the South West and Akureryi, everywhere in Iceland is remote and quiet, dominated by farms and fishing activities.
In Reykjavik, we stay at a good standard 3* hotel with private parking. However, once we leave Reykjavik, the accommodation varies, but we always aim for it to be an equivalent 3* standard. It has been chosen to reflect the area we are in; sometimes it is the only accommodation available in the area that can accommodate a group of our size. On other occasions the location of the accommodation is stunning and the local food served is excellent, whilst the rooms may be more basic, but clean and tidy. Sometimes rooms do not have televisions and on rare occasions you may have to share a bathroom. Wifi is available at all hotels, but in remote locations, you need to expect it to be slow and not consistent.
Just a note about the sleeping arrangements and what is the norm in Iceland. Beds are often single beds which are pushed together (for a double bed) or pulled “apart” (for two single beds), depending on the type of bed you have requested. Two single beds for people who are sharing, can still often be pushed close together. Please feel free to pull the beds away from each other! You should also note that it is normal to have two separate sleeping duvets for a couple using one large bed (one large duvet is just not the way it is done in Iceland).
We also like to draw to your attention that Iceland uses its geothermic waters for heating and bathing. In some areas, the hot water in the hotels is incredibly hot immediately and it can often have a sulphuric smell, which people can find a little “distracting”!
Rooms will be on a double occupancy shared basis, unless you have booked for a Single Room. Peak season in Iceland means a single room needs to have been requested at the time of making your booking to ensure availability.