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Iceland; the Idyllic Setting for an Adventurer
If you are an #outdoorsy #adventurer looking to experience unbelievable landscapes, #Iceland is the place for you! As an extreme #sports enthusiast, I never take for granted how lucky I am to live in a country that offers so many thrilling ways to stay #active and be one with all of the breathtaking natural wonders of this place that I call home.
The tourism industry in Iceland is just booming! Fishing used to be the number one income generator, but tourism is now starting to surpass this in Iceland. New hotels are constantly being built in Reykjavik’s downtown core. The city is very tourist friendly and offers a plethora of options of things to do, especially for those looking for an avid nightlife.
The city is very tourist friendly and offers a plethora of options of things to do, especially for those looking for an avid nightlife
It isn’t uncommon for a café by day to turn into a very cool bar at night. Kaffibarinn sort of takes the cake in this category. It is a fairly popular, yet unpretentious bar downtown. The music is typically great and so are the drinks! I recommend trying one of the delicious local draft beers. Since beer was illegal until almost the 90s, people in Iceland really make up for lost time! Another homegrown gem is Reyka Vodka, which is apparently made with water that comes from a 4000 year old lava field.
Since beer was illegal until almost the 90s, people in Iceland really make up for lost time
The central area of the city is also home to the many restaurants, local clothing stores and museums. Being the world’s most northern capital, Reykjavik also boasts a spectacular view of the northern lights, though the best view from within the city is most likely closer to the seaside than the centre.
The real draw to Iceland are the vast natural wonders, therefore, exploring the rural areas of the country is a must. And what better way to take it all in than off the beaten track with an ATV? Quad Bike Safari opened its door in 2004, making it the oldest quad company in Iceland. Our trips start at one hour and are suitable for all ages.
suitable for all ages
Each bike can seat two people, the driver and passenger. All you need to have is a valid driver’s license to pilot one of our quads. Though no other experience is necessary, some people don’t trust themselves to drive, but the ride is still fully enjoyable in the passenger’s seat.
The one hour Mountain Safari is the perfect starter ride for beginner off-roaders. The bikes are fully automatic, so they are quick to learn how to drive. This trip starts on asphalt and ends on some mountain terrain at the top of Hafrafell Mountain. The view from there is just spectacular.
The two hour ride, or Twin Peaks, follows the same route as the Mountain Safari, but ends in a steep ascent to the top of Ulfarsefell Mountain. The panoramic view of the city, bay and mountain range is second to none. And Quad Mad, our three hour ride, is really most suitable for more experienced drivers. It takes quite a bit of endurance to handle the bike for three hours. The guides stop here and there to explain the sights and to give your thumb a little rest. The terrain is challenging covering gravel, mud and mountain range.
The panoramic view of the city, bay and mountain range is second to none
Iceland’s landscape is so unique with much accessible, yet untouched nature. The country consists of glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, black sand, mountain ranges and a midnight sun in the summertime. Because we know how incredible our landscape is for avid adventurers, we offer combo tours where you can experience ATV driving with other extraordinary activities.
One of our combo tours includes a trip to the Golden Circle.
The Golden Circle is probably the most famous attraction for first time visitors to Iceland. On this trip, people will visit Thingvellir Nation Park where the Vikings established parliament and tectonic plates that can be seen above sea level. The trip also covers the remarkable Geysir hot spring area, with active Stokkur that still erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. Golden Circle also encompasses Gullfoss or Golden Falls. Gullfoss is a 32 metre waterfall that drops into an amazing canyon. The rainbows in summer and partially frozen falls in winter make Gullfoss an impressive destination all year long.
The rainbows in summer and partially frozen falls in winter make Gullfoss an impressive destination all year long
ATV and Golden Circle Tour in Reykjavik
Whale Watching Tour in Reykjavik
Glacier Hiking and ice Climbing in Reykjavik
Another notable combo tour is the ride and caves. We drive the quads to caves that are rock formations caused by volcanic activity. Only with the help of headlamps can you see the incredible red, blue, violet and metallic tones from inside the caves.
Entering the caves does require a moderate level of athletic ability, so for a more relaxing trip people really enjoy the Quad/Blue Lagoon option.
The Blue Lagoon is a natural pool of geothermal hot water. The powder blue mineral rich pools surrounded by black volcanic rock is quite serene. It is like visiting a tranquil outdoor spa.
The powder blue mineral rich pools surrounded by black volcanic rock is quite serene
ATV and Blue Lagoon Tour in Reykjavik
ATV and Golden Circle Tour in Reykjavik
Whale Watching Tour in Reykjavik
There is also a ride/whale combination where our guides take groups up Ulfarsfell Mountain and then down to the old harbour of Reykjavik for a boat excursion in search of Arctic birds and magnificent whales. But for adrenaline junkies like myself, I love these combos: ATV and glacier hiking/climbing, river rafting or snowmobiling. A combo tour is the best way to cover all of the different landscapes that we have here.
A combo tour is the best way to cover all of the different landscapes that we have here
Our trips run all year long, obviously weather permitting. But to be honest, we rarely ever have to cancel. My favorite time to ATV is actually in the winter. It is so much fun to ride around in the snow. You spinout and get stuck in the snow and it is a blast!
If you are a real adventurer and looking to challenge yourself in the great outdoors then you must organize a Mecca expedition in Fjallabak nature reserve! It is a 2 to 5 day trip that takes groups through the most incredible scenery like the black sands of Maelifellsandur, the highland lake of Langisjor, breathtaking canyons, glaciers and volcanoes like, Hekla, Eldgja, Eyjafjallajokull (that famously erupted in 2010), Myrdalsjokull, Tindfjallajokull, Torfajokull and the colourful mountain range of Landmannalaugar.
If you are a real adventurer and looking to challenge yourself in the great outdoors then you must organize a Mecca expedition in Fjallabak nature reserve
We ride for 5 to 6 hours per day, crossing rivers and over terrain that is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. Each night we camp together or stay in local huts depending on weather and availability. This trip is really a once in a lifetime undertaking! To really put a cherry on top you can even add a gourmet chef or a scenic helicopter tour.
Many larger groups book with Quad Bike Safari. We have 30 bikes, so we can accommodate 60 people at a time. The Safari Quad Myrarkot is our quaint hut at basecamp. It is perfect to rent out for dinner after a day’s ride, or just to relax in and hangout. It is a cozy spot that replicates traditional Icelandic houses from the olden days.
The luxury of Iceland is found in our diverse and wondrous treasures of nature. Pictures of Iceland look like masterpieces, yet they do not do the real thing justice. Not only will you be challenged physically, but also you will leave Iceland with a new awakening. How can you be this close to serenity and not feel revived?
If you want a true outdoor adventure, off the beaten path, to connect with nature and see landscapes you never thought imaginable, Quad Bike Safari in Iceland is probably the best choice for you!