Our group of four was looking for something a bit more adventurous than a tour bus for seeing the obligatory Golden Circle sites - Siggi and the Bike Company exceeded all our expectations. Communication in advance of our tour was very easy (all by email), comprehensive, and the tour was well thought out and open to all suggestions and requests. Price and tour details were communicated to us clearly and openly. Sack lunch was included in the price.
After pick up at the hotel at 9am and bike fitting at the company's downtown shop, we set off with Orri through Hveragerdi to the Kerid volcanic crater. Orri was eager to offer information about all the sites and to take any photos we requested. When we wanted to know more about Orri, himself, and what his life was like in Reykjavik, he was always willing to share insights and local knowledge - it felt like spending the day with a friend.
The first half of the day brought more rainy weather than we were anticipating. So instead of having us ride on the wet roads with all the big tour busses, Orri was able to get us to some unpaved (crushed lava) back roads - which made for an AMAZING, other-worldly experience. I cannot find the words to describe how wonderful it was being out in Icelandic desolation, on a comfortable commuter bike, biking from Geysir to Thingvellier National Park. Surreal. Extraordinary. Smiling from ear to ear.
Orri let us take as much time as we needed. He kept the van close enough to be available if we needed any help ... but also far enough away so that we could feel like we were out in nature alone, enjoying our incredible adventure. By the time we rolled into Thingvellier, it was 4pm and we had the place to ourselves. Only in the last few minutes did a huge tour bus arrive - and we received some crazy-jealous looks that we were biking and having the time of our lives!
Our adventure was so fantastic, my spouse is already talking about how he wants to hire the Bike Company for a multi-day mountain bike adventure in Iceland for his birthday. I must say we truly cannot wait to visit again and take a tour with the Bike Company!!
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