What type of bike do I need?
We recommend that you use a dual purpose / adventure style bike. We support any make and model. Our Support Crew normally ride the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally or Tiger 1200 Rally. We also have extensive experience with the BMW GS motorcycle range, having ridden them for over 15 years. What is important is that you have a reliable and robust bike that you are comfortable riding and that it has been properly prepared and fully serviced prior to the start and has new tyres.
What riding experience do I need?
This is a 65% paved road tour, with sections of around 35% unpaved roads, including the F-35 across Iceland. There are also some river crossings. Traffic levels are extremely low with good driving standards. Iceland can have changeable weather conditions all year; however we consider that the end of August is the best time for motorcycle touring. We recommend this tour for riders who have experience of riding on unpaved surfaces, such as gravel or dirt. All roads used are public highways and shown on maps. Gravel roads are normally well maintained, but you do need to be aware of deeper gravel or ruts on bends and possible river crossings.
If you need to improve your off road riding skills, attending a training school such as Adventure Bike Training www.adventurebiketraining.co.uk, Triumph Adventure Experience https://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/adventure-experience or BMW Off Road Skills is highly recommended.
It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour.
How does the motorcycle freight work?
Your tour price includes the freight of your motorcycle from the UK to Reykjavik. You must bring your bike to our shipping depot (close to Grimsby, UK) for sea freight out to Iceland. The drop off for you motorcycle is normally around 10-12 days prior to the start date. Our shipping agent will load the container and once it arrives in Iceland, we facilitate the Customs procedures. Depending on timing, we may take your bike to the hotel so it is waiting for you or you may be required to collect your own bike from the port with us. The port is only located 3 miles from our hotel. At the end, on the final day, we all ride the bikes back to the shipping depot in Iceland for sea freight back to the UK.
Can I hire a bike?
Yes, please select this option on booking. Where you have chosen to rent a motorcycle, this is organised by us with the local motorcycle rental provider, Biking Viking, who is the Approved BMW Travel Partner for Iceland. The amount that we charge for motorcycle rental is a net price having deducted your credit for motorcycle freight. Your price includes
- 11 days of motorcycle rental of the model as chosen by you (or equivalent model)
- Motorcycle is supplied with side cases / panniers. No other equipment is available to rent.
- Rider/passenger injury insurance, 3rd party damage insurance and a full damage insurance with deductible self risk of EUR 2,000:- held on a credit card.
Your contract for motorcycle rental is with Biking Viking and not with us and you must comply with their terms and conditions for rental. We act as agent for Biking Viking, and on arrival you will be required to sign the local motorcycle rental contract. You can request a copy of these terms and conditions from us by contacting us in advance. You must provide the local provider with valid credit card details with sufficient credit limit as a guarantee against damages up to the agreed insurance excess of EUR 2,000. Please note that on rare occasions the local provider may need to substitute your choice of motorcycle for something equivalent.
What about flights?
We do not include flights in your tour price. Once we tell you that this motorcycle tour is a Guaranteed Departure, you must book your own passenger flights to arrive / depart Reykjavik. From the UK, there are direct flights from London, Aberdeen, Belfast, Manchester with a combination of Iceland Air, British Airways, Easyjet. Airport transfers are not included – you can use an airport taxi or the coach transfer. Details about this are provided in our Tour Guidance Handbook prior to departure. Do not book any flights until we confirm that the tour is a confirmed departure. When you do book flights please make sure that you arrive no later than midday on the official start date.
Do I have to ride in a group?
No! We do not make you ride in convoy. We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. We give you a road book, with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops, fuel stops and hotel information. You also get an SD card with mapping, custom routes & GPS co-ordinates to download to your GPS. You can use these tools to self-navigate. Most riders prefer to have this freedom, so they can stop where they want and for how long they want without feeling under pressure. However if you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Tour Manager, then you can do this. They will give you a time to start in the morning, so please be prompt and ready to ride with them. Each day you can change between riding on your own, or with a small group of other riders or with the Tour Manager. We like to have a very flexible approach.
What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally 8 – 12 riders (some riders will have passengers). The majority of customers are from the UK, but we also get riders from North America and other European countries.
Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Absolutely. This is mainly a paved road motorcycle tour, with a good standard of accommodation. Your passenger must ride the motorcycle each touring day – there is no option to sit in the support vehicle as this is for participants who are ill or injured, unless the road conditions are too difficult for a rider and passenger to attempt two-up.
Is there a support vehicle?
Yes, this tour operates with a GlobeBusters Support Vehicle and Driver. It is capable of carrying two motorcycle and two passengers. Our support vehicles carry a mobile phone, medical bag and spinal board, spare fuel, water, tools, some spare parts, some spare tyres. Our support vehicle provides temporary assistance to you if you have a mechanical problem or an accident and are injured. It will carry one small piece of luggage per person (maximum 60 litre bag), which must be waterproof and dustproof. Suitcases and wheelie trolleys are not suitable and can be left in the hotel in Reykjavik.
What will the weather be like?
Iceland is a long way north, so it is never going to be hot and weather can be unpredictable, even in peak summer season. We have chosen to travel just before the height of the summer season, so that there is less crowding at the key sights and temperatures are normally between 10 – 16C. It will rain at some point during the tour, so make sure you have rain gear. But there is also the possibility of it being quite chilly and sea mists, so you need to make sure you have extra layers with you. Think of riding in Iceland a bit like, riding in the UK on a day in Spring.
How expensive is Iceland?
So it comes as no shock to you once you are there, and so that you can budget, we estimate the following approximate costs for food & drink in Iceland – don’t be surprised to spend a minimum of £60 per night per person on a three course evening dinner.
- Cup of coffee – £5 + (although with some meals, coffee is provided free)
- Starter – £15 +
- Main course – £25-£35 + (sometimes soup is provided free of charge with a main meal)
- Dessert – £12 +
- Bottle of wine with dinner – £35 +
- Bottle of beer in bar or restaurant – £12 +
What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: Passport, Motorcycle Registration Document or Title, Driving Licence from the country of your residence, minimum 3rd Party Motorcycle Liability Insurance Certificate, Travel Insurance Certificate (see below). Visas are not required for UK/EU, USA or Canadian citizens.
What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions. It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. For up-to-date medical advice you may wish to use the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad “MASTA” https://www.masta-travel-health.com/ , the NHS website http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx or NaTHNaC https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/ .
You will be obliged to disclose any medical condition or medication that you are taking to GlobeBusters in advance and to your Tour Manager at the start of your Tour, for health and safety purposes. We provide you with our Emergency Details Form for this purpose and to collect information about who to contact for you back home in the event of an emergency.
Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured. Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger. It is important that your insurance company understands that the MAIN PURPOSE of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle. Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through. Your policy must also cover you due to cancellation of curtailment due to COVID-19.
In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment.
We also strongly recommend that you take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will therefore provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious injury. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time.
Is Iceland safe?
There are no COVID-19 travel restrictions in place for travel to Iceland.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) (www.fco.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice ) monitors overseas destinations and provides destination travel advice for UK nationals. GlobeBusters monitors the advice from the FCO and any decisions taken regarding a Tour’s safety and security will use the vast experience of the company’s 16 years of operating as well as the FCO advice. In the interests of your safety and security, changes may be made to your Tour based on any FCO warnings given.
We strongly recommend that you read the information about the country you are planning to visit to be fully informed – each country has a summary and general information as well as advice on safety & security, local laws & customs, entry requirements and health, and road conditions. Currently the British FCO states “Approximately 298,000 British nationals visited Iceland through Keflavik airport in 2018. Most visits are trouble-free”
If you are not a UK national please make sure you have checked your own country’s travel advice for your destination/s: The US Department of State: http://travel.state.gov Canadian Foreign Affairs: www.voyage.gc.ca Australian Government Travel Advice: www.smartraveller.gov.au NZ Government Travel Advice: www.safetravel.govt.nz .
What about local currency?
The local currency in Iceland is the Iceland Krona. Pounds, Euros and Dollars are readily exchangeable. However you should note that Iceland is largely a cashless society with the use of credit/debit cards on a chip and pin basis being very common and can be the only way to pay for fuel at remote petrol stations. Make sure you bring debit/credit cards with you. Websites below will give you the current rates of exchange.
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour. If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour. If we have to cancel the tour we will provide you a minimum of 84 days notice prior to departure.