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Skaftafell on Wheels - Mountain Biking Day Tour

Cycling adventure tour mountain biking through the glacial Morsa Valley in Vatnajökull National Park

Trip level: 3 (out of 5) challenging
Guaranteed departures: from Skaftafell, daily, 01 June-01 September, minimum 4 persons.
Duration: 4-5 hours

Get on your bike and take up the challenge. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the spectacular landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park on a guided mountain bike tour. You can either bring your own bike, or hire one for the day's excursion at Skaftafell. Most of the Skaftafell area is only accessible on foot and out of bounds to bikes but on this trip you'll discover one incredible area that isn't!

THE VENUE – MORSA VALLEY AT SKAFTAFELL
The backdrop to the day's mountain biking excursion is Vatnajokull, Iceland's largest icecap. Dozen's of glaciers spill off its central dome descending to the coastal plains. It's hard to comprehend the magnitude of some of these 'rivers' of ice, which can be over 30 km wide and as long. The Morsa Glacier, by contrast, is short and steep, tumbling in spectacular ice falls to its valley. What a sight!

THE BIKE TOUR
Once the group is ready, you'll pedal out from the busy National Park visitor centre. Heading off the beaten track, prepare to encounter one extreme landscape after another. Your guide will reveal the area's best kept secrets, explaining the geology and natural history of the place. You'll bike over the valley floor, crossing the braided channels of a glacial river towards the debris-laden Skeidarajokull. Almost black at its snout, it's not what first comes to mind when you think of a glacier. Now heading up the Morsardalur valley, you'll witness the destructive power of the fast receding Morsárjökull glacier and the river it feeds. Surprisingly, so close to the ice, you'll find Iceland’s tallest birch forest. Here you leave the bikes behind and hike up Vestragil to a hot spring. You can paddle in the warm water or for the braver of the bunch, dip into true Icelandic spring water- it is as clear and cold as they say!


TRIP NOTES:
The price includes: helmet, rental bike, and guide.
Minimum age: 10 years (minimum height 140 cm to fit the rental bikes).
Please bring with you: warm, wind and rainproof outdoor clothing, strong walking shoes/boots, lunch and snacks.


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Disclaimer:
Clients are advised that all activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Glacier Guides guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. Glacier hiking and related activities carry inherent risks and each Client will be requested by Glacier Guides to sign liability releases and assumptions of risk prior to all excursions.