Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Mountain Biking in Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Iceland is an otherworldly landscape dotted with glaciers and volcanoes, the rugged interior webbed with tiny roads, narrow trails and an endless network of rivers.
At the center of this small island, the Fjallabak Nature Reserve offers trails that connect the trekking center of Landmannalaugar to the towering waterfall at Skógar. The trails of Fjallabak Nature Reserve amaze riders with their stunning landscape and the harshness of the country’s mountains. Every day of riding provides different views with magnificent scenery of pristine nature.
Here you can find some of the most exotic and unrelenting terrains you'll ever experience. The outstanding IMBA EPIC ride Laugavegur Route is considered the best of Iceland's highland singletracks with rugged and magical backcountry. Contact Icebike Adventure for a well-prepared, guided trip. Various huts and small restaurants can be found as you reach the Þórsmörk.
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When to go
Huts and camping sites along the Laugavegur trail and surrounding area are usually open from the end of June until the end of August, depending on snow and trail conditions.
In the springtime, some parts can be covered in snow while other parts might be wet and muddy, as the ground starts to thaw. Markings and waypoints might be under snow or may have washed away in floods during the spring melt.
During the summer, you are most likely to have good weather conditions and you will experience 24 hours of daylight. During the period between the second weekend of July and the second weekend of August, you will have most traffic on the trail.
In the fall, the huts along the trails are not serviced but camping is permitted. In good conditions, fall is a beautiful time to ride with fewer people on the trail. Dusk starts to creep in around midnight in the second half of July and by September the nights are pitch black and no lights in sight in the highlands, so you would want to take ample lighting with you if riding at this time of year. The climate starts to get cold by the end of August and you may experience frosty conditions.
Weather in the Icelandic highlands can be unpredictable. Very strong winds with heavy rain, hail and even snow can occur with little warning. Always check the weather forecast and make sure your equipment and clothes stay dry in your pack.
In short, it is highly recommended to make a safe and sound ride in the time between mid-July and mid-September.