Tue 04 Sep - Sat 08 Sep 2018

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Day 1, Tue 04 Sep 2018

International departure from London

After months of preparation, the long-awaited departure day is finally here. Upon arrival in Iceland, it’s just a short trip to Hella where our bikes will be ready and waiting. Here in the heart of Iceland is where the adventure truly begins. Any necessary adjustments will be made to the bikes and then we’ll set up camp for our first team meal and night beneath the stars.

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Day 2, Wed 05 Sep 2018

Hella to Áfangagil (approximately 60kms)

After an early breakfast we cycle north towards the giant Mt. Hekla, referred to in medieval times as the Gateway to Hell. The route begins with rolling green hills, but the vegetation becomes sparser as the route enters lava fields. Adrenaline will be pumping as we tackle the western slopes of this huge mountain en route to Áfangagill, our camp for the night in a barren landscape.

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Day 3, Thu 06 Sep 2018

Áfangagill to Landmannalaugar via Frostdavatn (approximately 58kms)

Bidding farewell to the desert-like surroundings, we push on towards the young lava fields of Hekla. The landscape dramatically morphs as the Frostadavatn crater comes into view. From here, there’s just one more hill to negotiate before the Landmannalaugar hot pool, where we can indulge in a long soak. Encircled by vast lava fields and mountains of various hues, this area is the ideal spot to camp.

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Day 4, Fri 07 Sep 2018

Landmannalaugar to Vik. Transfer to Reykjavik (approximately 115kms)

It’s the most gruelling day and our goal is to reach the giant volcanic crack of the Eldgjá which dominates the horizon. The afternoon will be spent traversing 80kms of gravel track towards the coast. From here it’s 35kms to the southern village of Vik – a scenic spot and the perfect place to end our challenge. From here we transfer back to Reykjavik.

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Day 5, Sat 08 Sep 2018

Reykjavik

The day will be spent exploring Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital. Set on a sweeping bay against a backdrop of mountains, the air is so clear that the vistas stretch for 100 miles. Later we head to the famous Blue Lagoon, where we can indulge in a dip in another of Iceland’s rich geothermal pools. It’s then time to head to Keflavik airport for our flight.

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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