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Cycling in Iceland reveals a land of unbelievable geological drama. From icebergs resting on black sand beaches to bubbling hot springs backdropped by jagged mountains, this island is like a playground for geologists. Cycle touring here is a true adventure with miles upon miles of gravel roads, significant distances between settlements and highly changeable weather. These challenges reward you ten times over, with epic views, tumbling waterfalls and astounding lava fields. 


Near Keflavik airport, see the lava at Fadgradalsfjall; in the north, discover Lake Myvatn with its exquisite islands and isolated mountains, and Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajokull National Park; pedal through the streets of capital Reykjavik and marvel at the Jökulsárlón glacier in the south east. 


This untameable island has a ring road which can take you around the entire perimeter, along with a handful of other roads taking forays into the interior and many more gravel trails. All the cycle routes in Iceland outside of Reykjavik are remote, so pack everything you need including spares. The drama, wilderness and beauty of Iceland await.


Top 20 cycling routes in Iceland

    1
    Intermediate
    02:26
    25.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Easy
    01:15
    12.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Easy
    01:20
    13.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    02:21
    22.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Intermediate
    02:22
    24.3 mi
    10.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Intermediate
    01:28
    13.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    03:02
    31.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Intermediate
    02:17
    22.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Intermediate
    03:57
    31.3 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    01:53
    18.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    05:05
    53.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Easy
    01:10
    12.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    01:17
    12.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    03:44
    30.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    06:17
    65.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
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    16
    Intermediate
    01:57
    20.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Intermediate
    01:40
    17.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Intermediate
    01:57
    19.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Intermediate
    02:01
    17.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    650 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Easy
    00:40
    7.29 mi
    10.9 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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