Whether you are looking for a gravel adventure or would prefer to keep both wheels firmly on the tarmac, a motorcycle tour in Iceland is an amazing experience that will at times take you out of this world.
As of 18 March 2021, Iceland is now officially open to all travellers, regardless of origin are now welcome to visit Iceland if they can show either a certificate of full vaccination against COVID or a certificate of previous COVID infection. Details from Government of Iceland announcement here.
If you do not have either of these it may still be possible to enter, but you will be required to undertake some form of quarantine, but for the sake of a motorcycling holiday, this isn’t very practical.
We’re now expecting bookings of both motorcycles and accommodation to ramp up, but there should still be some flexibility around bookings as we all know things can change pretty quickly.
For intrepid motorcycle travellers, Iceland’s treasures can be accessed by riding Route 1, aka the Ring Road. Volcanoes, glaciers, icebergs and waterfalls are just some of the sights on offer. Riding the circumference of pretty much the entire country, you’re likely to want to stop off every five minutes to get a better look at the stunning scenery.
The mountain roads, so called F-Roads, are a fantastic highlight of Iceland. They consist of everything; old tarmac roads, gravel roads, sand roads, fine rocks, big boulders, mud, dried up riverbeds, lava, fine lava sand, roads which are also rivers and everything in between. Sometimes you would be driving a road that starts as ‘normal’ gravel road, which has sections of fine lava sand and big boulders, crossing rivers, very rocky surface all on the same road. Plus there are a lot of river crossings in some parts of the country, small and enormous rivers. Be aware though that most motorcycle rentals in Iceland do not allow you to ride on these roads unless you are accompanied by a guide. Also, these roads are only open for a few months of the year over summer.
The best time to visit is between May and October with snow being less likely. The weather is capable of changing rapidly and frequently and a sunny day can soon turn to mist and rain, or even snow! Strong winds can also hinder your ride and care should be taken. Be sure to pack wet weather gear and be prepared for downpours. Note: the weather in Iceland can be extreme at any time of year and all care should be taken to stay on the right side of it.
A guided motorcycle tour in Iceland really comes into its own when you want to get off the ring road and explore the gravel mountain roads of the interior. As mentioned above, the only way you can explore these roads is with a guide (or on your own bike). We offer three guided motorcycle tours in Iceland:
Iceland offers more than enough adventure, without having to venture off onto the F Roads and a self-guided motorcycle tour of Iceland is a relaxed and comfortable way to see the country. We offer two self-guided motorcycle tours in Iceland:
Looking for more information on riding in Iceland with your own motorcycle. Check out out Motorcycle Touring in Iceland Guide.
We can also arrange BMW motorcycle rental in Iceland for you. Please get in touch with your preferred model and dates and we will get back to you asap with price and availability.Share this tour