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Discover our Motorcycle Tour in Iceland

A Royal Enfield motorcycle tour of Iceland takes you deep into a faraway world on the edge of the polar circle. The country's extraordinary moonlike landscapes are striking. Volcanoes, fjords, glaciers, black-sand beaches all add to Iceland's stunning wilderness. You'll ride on mountain tracks and roads, with fascinating scenery around every bend, as well as the country’s main road, the Ring Road, also known as Route 1, that runs around the island. During your motorcycle tour in Iceland, your guide will take you far from the beaten tourist tracks through vast deserted areas. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, you'll cross fords and scree slopes and ride in the sand heading for the country's most beautiful spots, such as Landmannalaugar. Some tracks in Iceland are easy going, while others require a little more experience due to their steepness. In this world between land and sea, Iceland has developed its own identity. Discover the country’s rich cultural heritage in the dynamic capital city, Reykjavik, or in many of its small coastal villages. Iceland's sheer immensity will overwhelm you with the intense feeling of being at the world's end. Let Iceland's nature and natural wonders blow you away. Everyone who takes a Royal Enfield tour in Iceland becomes mesmerised by the almost mystical energy it exudes.

When’s the best time to visit Iceland?

The best time to take a motorcycle tour in Iceland is between June and August. Summer is the best season for outdoor activities, plus the temperatures are milder and the days longer. In July, there is continuous daylight. Iceland enjoys a temperate oceanic climate with variable weather. The average temperature in summer is 12.5°C with colder temperatures at night, especially at altitude. In the Highlands region, weather conditions are harsh, even during summer. For visitors wishing to avoid peak season and take advantage of lower prices, you can travel to Iceland in June or September. However, some roads or natural sites may be closed at this time of year. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not that cold in Iceland. Reykjavik, the capital, rarely reaches negative temperatures in winter. From October to April, days are extremely short but it’s the best time of year to catch the Northern Lights. No matter when you visit, you can warm up in a natural hot spring, such as the Blue Lagoon, Krossneslaug, Mývatn or Lysuholslaug.

Iceland’s Geography

A motorcycle tour of Iceland allows you to discover the largest volcanic island in the world. A land of contrasts located in the North Atlantic, Iceland is an immense country made up of glaciers, sand, lava fields and vast farmlands. There are very few trees and few inhabitants in this part of the world standing at the gateway to Europe. Located a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland’s closest neighbours are Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Iceland is largely formed of a tableland in the centre of the island, known as the Highlands region, which rises to an average elevation of more than 500 m. The coastline is mountainous and carved out by fjords. The country’s highest point is Hvannadalshnjúkur volcano, reaching 2,110 m, located on Vatnajökull glacier. Everything is different at these northern altitudes and it can be difficult to get your bearings. From June, the sun never sets and the landscapes bathe in a magical golden light. From August, darkness sets in for but a few hours and winter is quite the opposite with very few hours of sunlight from November to February. During winter months, and far from the bright city lights, we can admire the spellbinding Northern Lights.

Iceland’s history and culture

During a motorcycle tour in Iceland, you will get the chance to discover this remote country’s history and culture. Populated by Vikings from the 9th century, Iceland was later dominated by Norway and Denmark. In the 10th century, the Alþingi Parliament was founded and is the oldest working Parliament in the world. Literally “the Land of Ice”, Iceland experienced several volcanic eruptions in the 14th century, killing livestock and ensuing famine. The Kingdom of Denmark controlled Iceland for several centuries until the start of the 20th century. In fact, Iceland only became an independent republic in 1944. The 2008 crisis seriously affected the country, which is slowly recovering with an economy largely based on tourism. Regardless of its geographical proximity to America, Iceland continues to have close cultural ties with Scandinavian countries. Despite being a favourable time to enter the European Union, Iceland withdrew its membership application in 2014. Embark on a motorcycle adventure in the land of the Vikings on the roads of the kingdom of wind, fire and ice!

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