Iceland by motorbike: what are the challenges and difficulties to overcome
Iceland is, without a doubt, a magical and mysterious place, both for its proximity to the European continent and for its landscape and climatic peculiarities. Discovering this island on a motorcycle is definitely an adventure, but it is important not to underestimate it.
What are the challenges and difficulties that motorcyclists have to overcome?
First among all is the wind that, in the areas most exposed to the currents, can blow with a force stronger than 130 km/h. For this reason we try to maintain a rhythm and a speed that allow us to deal with these unexpected gusts, but it is necessary to concentrate as much as possible, since they can make the journey very challenging.
Secondly there are the large temperature ranges which can substantially modify the climate: during summer, it can reach a maximum of 20°C, but in case of rain and wind it drops down to 8°C, even within a few hours. In this regard we recommend to all our riders to dress themselves with excellent technical waterproof equipment in order to cope with sudden and frequent rainfall, considering that sun and rain alternate several times in the same day!
The Ring Road‘s asphalts are excellent and take place along natural parks, fjords, geysers, waterfalls and glaciers, the dirt roads are divided into two categories: those beaten and those listed with the initials “F”, meaning challenging and with fords to cross. These are the most insidious points of the motorbike trip in Iceland, but also the most adventurous traits.
To satisfy all the groups, our tour includes 9 optional fords that the interested ones can bypass by following the support vehicle on alternative asphalted roads.
However, it is precisely by entering these paths that Iceland will let us discover its volcanoes, thermal baths and seaside craters.
We realize the Fords of Iceland tour from June to September with special departures set in August (from 12 to 26), spending a total of 15 days of travel on the island, through 3,675 km of which 24% off-road.