Iceland FAQ

Is this a fundraising event?

Yes, Climate Ride Iceland 2017 is a charitable, fundraising event that benefits Climate Ride’s mission and programs. Unlike our other events, all proceeds of this ride will go to support Climate Ride. Participants commit to a required fundraising minimum for this event. Each fully-fundraising rider receives a beautiful Climate Ride jersey at the ride start when they reach their fundraising minimum.

I’m nervous about the fundraising. Will I be able to do this?

Absolutely! This is one of riders’ biggest concerns. We want you to know it’s easier than you think and we're here to help you! Please reach out to Russ (russ@climateride.org) if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about messaging and strategies. You can also visit our fundraising tips page to get started. 

Do I need to be an experienced mountain biker to go on this trip? 

Climate Ride Iceland is a challenging, multi-day mountain biking experience that takes place in remote areas on gravel roads and single-track trails. While you don’t have to be an expert mountain biker, we recommend doing at least some of your training on a mountain bike. You should be comfortable riding on packed gravel and should be generally physically fit. There are a couple of sections on various days that are somewhat technical and may turn into a hike-and-bike for many of the riders, but overall if you’re a strong cyclist and have some experience riding mountain bikes, you will be just fine. 

How much is Registration, and what does it include?

The registration fee is $150. This event is fully-supported, which means our local outfitter will take care of all the details. All you have to do is show up and ride (although they’d love it if you pitched in washing dishes!). Here's a short list of what's included:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as snacks and water stops each day.
  • On-route support, including a SAG vehicle and expert local guides.
  • Overnight lodging each night at mountain huts. (Hotel options are not available on this departure).
  • Daily luggage transport to the next hut (you don't have to bike with your gear!).
  • Access to donation software via the web, where you can customize your own Personal Fundraising Page to manage your fundraising and donations.
  • Fundraising and logistical support from our amazing office staff.

What do I need to bring on the ride?

All riders need to have a mountain bike (see below for bike rental info), helmet, tent (optional), sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a suitcase or duffle containing clothes, toiletries, and anything else necessary for several days on the road. The Travel Planner & Experience Guide will contain a more detailed suggested packing list. The Planner will be distributed to participants several months before the event. If you have a non-perishable personal favorite or brand please feel free to bring some along!

Can I rent a bicycle in Iceland for the ride?

Yes. Our partner in Reykjavik will have mountain bikes for rent in various configurations and sizes at a discounted weekly rate. More information will be available in the Travel Planner.

I see there are only 20 spots available... sounds like I need to get mine soon?

Yes, this is one of our small departure trips and this group size makes for an incredible and intimate experience. Get your spot!

What happens if I have to cancel? What Cancellation and Transfer Policy?

We take our commitment to further the cause seriously, and to that end, we work hard to support every Climate Ride participant to be successful fundraisers for this life-changing event. When you register for Climate Ride Iceland, we will hold a spot for you, and begin preparing the logistics for your participation. In the event that you cancel that spot, Climate Ride is at a loss

The registration fee and any donations you have received are not refundable, and not transferable to another participant or event. Any participant who cancels their registration on this departure is not eligible for refunds of any kind, and the funds you raise are also not eligible to transfer to another Climate Ride event, even if you have reached the minimum fundraising. As an international departure, we are required to pay our local outfitter up front, and because this event is a Funders Trip that benefits only Climate Ride, any donations received will be dispersed to Climate Ride to support our programs. 

Unlike our other events, participants who cancel their registration on Climate Ride Iceland before the event are NOT eligible for a transfer.

How do I get to the trip start?

The trip will begin in Reykjavik, Iceland. (See more travel information in the tabs above.) You must travel to Iceland by plane. We recommend getting flights as soon as possible. We have full details in the Travel Planner. You must arrive at the latest on Friday, August 11. The earliest you could book a flight to depart would be 7 pm on August 17, 2017. 

Where do we stay? What are the overnight accommodations like?

Each evening, we’ll be staying at remote, authentic mountain huts that are well-equipped for high country adventuring. Rooms at the lodges vary from smaller six-person rooms to rooms that will accommodate the whole group. You should bring your sleeping bag. You are also welcome to bring a tent to set up outside the huts (weather permitting). The mountain huts are generally well-kept, clean and heated; some even have electricity and hot water, but they are still mountain huts offering no luxury and little privacy. But in this wild natural environment, the huts will seem like 4 star hotels! Please know that these huts are rustic but charming. More information will be available in the Travel Planner after you register.

Please note: Hotel accommodations in Reykjavik are not included in the ride, so make sure to book lodging in the city for before and after the ride!

Is there good cell phone service or wi-fi during the ride?

Once we leave Reykjavik, there is basically no cell phone service or wifi on the trip. It’s possible that some huts have wifi service for an extra fee. More information will be available in the Travel Planner.

Where can I charge electronics?

Many of the huts have power to plug into, however, Icelandic electrical standards are European (50Hz, 220 volts) so many North American electrical devices will require converters, and all will require plug adapters. We recommend also bringing a spare battery pack to charge electronics for use during the day, or when power isn’t available.

Biking and Route Support


What kind of support can I expect while on the road?

Climate Ride has partnered with a local Icelandic company to provide experienced, friendly, English-speaking professional guides. We have rest stops each day with snacks and water, and on-route we have vehicle support that carries luggage, and also functions as a mobile mechanic and first aid station. You can also expect an unlimited supply of camaraderie and encouragement from the guides and your fellow riders!

What kind of bicycle and pedals do I need?

Mountain bikes are required for this trip as we’ll be riding on gravel roads and single track sections. The most important factor in choosing a bike and pedals is comfort. You want to be riding a bike and using pedals that you will be comfortable riding with for multiple hours a day, for several days in a row. Our Icelandic partner has bicycles available for rent.

Should I get my bike tuned before this ride?

If you are bringing your bike, yes! We highly recommend getting your bike tuned up at least two weeks before the ride, especially if it's older and/or your bike mechanic skills are limited. You may need the additional time if parts are needed. We recommend using your local bike shop (support local retailers!). While we will have guides on the ride to help you if something goes wrong, there's nothing worse than seeing your friends pedal out of camp while your bike is getting a shifter fixed. You'll have a lot more fun riding a smoothly-running bike than standing around in your chamois, waiting. Also, the guides on the ride are there to help with basic repairs. If you bring your own bike, please make sure to bring any special spare parts (especially derailleur hangers, tubes, tires, or anything else on your bike that isn’t universal). Please note that if you bring your own bike and something breaks, we will be in very remote areas with no chance to buy a new part. We highly recommend renting a bike in Iceland.

Do I need to be a racer/hardcore cyclist to do this trip?

Absolutely not! This is a tour, not a race. This ride definitely requires that you train on hills on a mountain bike. We’ll be riding in remote areas and you’ll be expected to ride the full mileages as there is only one support vehicle. Of course, if you are injured or ill, you can jump in the support vehicle and shuttle to the next stop. The more you train, the more fun you’ll have!

Still have questions? Shoot Russ an email at russ@climateride.org and he'll be happy to help you out!