Ride with Locals
Ride with Locals
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This is a unique motorcycle adventure through Lava Deserts, Glaciers, Waterfalls, Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Geysers, Water Passages and Long Curvy Gravel Roads of the Wild Natural Wonders in the Iceland Highlands.
Selfoss, Iceland

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justski19
Chicago, IL4 contributions
Jun 2022
Westfjords Region 7-day trip; June 2022

I selected this trip simply because nights were to be spent in hotels rather than in mountain huts. I was very lucky and fortunate, in that I cannot image that Iceland offers a better experience or more magnificent scenery. Each day presented a unique variation in a 7 day chain of wonderful experiences. Each day was rewarded with a great dinner and an evening spent in comfortable lodging. The variety and number of reasons to recommend Ride with Locals (RWL) as an outfitter prompts listing them as simple bullet points:

The packaging of this tour enhanced the experience on every level.

Skuli and his colleagues are excellent riders and wonderful guides. They are great traveling companions, willing to discuss Iceland's history, legends, culture, flora and fauna, and current affairs. Iceland is in their blood, and their love of the island is infectious. They also talk motorcycles.

RWL attracts impressive riders as clients, in this case from several US states and Britain. To a man they were great company. Although they set a fast pace over rugged terrain, they were gracious regarding my lesser skills.

This experience cannot be duplicated without Skuli et al. They have an intimate knowledge of routes and off road trails, including some across private lands open only by permissions given to them. They know and arrange the best options for lodging, meals and sites in the Region.

The tour covered expansive and remote landscapes, as well as difficult terrain that could only be responsibly attempted with companions.

The toll on the bikes requires Skuli's support vehicle. Along with miscellaneous parts and refreshments, his truck carries gas, extra tires (they were required) and a back-up bike (also required). Trying to mimic this trip without RWL could strand one far from help without this technical backup.

Caveat; this trip was arranged and advertised for those with advanced riding skills. Having booked through a third party, I missed the extent of that admonition. I'm glad of that.

Skuli is very responsive to e-mails. He can help guide your planning for trip you do not want to miss.
Written June 27, 2022
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Sep 2022
Extraordinary motorcycle offroad trip in the South of Iceland, between lava and ash deserts, volcanoes, glaciers, lakes and rivers of all kinds. A paradize for enduro riders, huge ! Easy tracks and other much less, sandy and rocky, as much as possible off the busy and pothole-filled F-Roads, with unparalleled assistance and overnight stays in mountain huts far from civilization : 6 days in the highlands for an exceptional experience to discover real Iceland guided by local guys.

It was also a great opportunity to meet worldwide travellers from US, South Africa, UK and make new friends. On top, I was nicely surprised by the always open mind engagement of the Ridewithlocals Icelandic team whatever the task, a Big thank you to Eva, Kris, Ingvar and Skuli. I hope more French riders will experiment Ridewithlocals exceptional tours in the future, I recommend it in full confidence.
Written September 22, 2022
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Rob C
6 contributions
Jul 2021
Whatever words I write will not do this trip justice! The 3 days I spent riding with Skuli in Iceland was one of the most amazing times of my life (and I've travelled the world on boats, planes, and motorcycles).
First off...the people: Skuli is an awesome dude. In addition to being our guide, he was our chef and our storyteller. He's the first one up in the morning (making breakfast and preparing the bikes) and the last one to go to sleep…retiring after cooking an awesome meal and keeping us entertained with his 'viking humor.' He obviously knows the back roads well…and chooses an itinerary that keeps us (literally) on the edge of our seat (more on that below).
Along with Skuli, we had Chris…another great guide and mechanic (who saved the trip twice by keeping the bikes running!) and Eva, who drove the support vehicle as well as always having an interesting story to tell or engaging in great conversation.
The bikes: I was on a husky 701….what a blast to ride! Whether we were in the soft sand, climbing a rocky hill, ripping across a volcanic 'desert,' crossing a river, or riding on the tarmac in the 'sideways rain,' the husky was always solid.
The terrain/views: "Epic," "Wow," "Amazing," "Unreal"….those words were repeated over and over. It felt like we were entering a different country with every turn. Waterfalls, volcanos, black sand desert, river crossings, forest, rocky trails, canyons, craters…we saw it all!
Bottom line…I can't recommend this trip enough! My only regret is that I only booked the 3 day trip…I'm hoping to do a longer one next year.
Written July 26, 2021
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GoPlaces679716
4 contributions
Jun 2022
Every day there was something new to experience that, to me, could only be done by enduro bike. From the infectious sound of Skuli's evil viking laugh to the effortless way the guides handled the terrain,every day was awesome.
The guides genuinely wanted to give the customer the best experience they could by showcasing their wonderful country. The use of enduro bikes and the encyclopaedic knowledge of the guides facilitated going to places that most ordinary tourists would not know existed.
The riding was initially challenging as I had minimal off road skills, but the guides patiently helped me build confidence whereby at the end of the week I covered terrain which I would have thought impossible at the start of the week.
Many thanks to Skuli, Einar, Bouli and Daniel.
Written June 29, 2022
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Harry M
New York City, NY20 contributions
Jul 2021
All the magic and beauty of Iceland lives in the depths of the country, off the Tarmac (highways) and on the F-Roads!

Myself and 3 friends participated in the 3 Day motorcycle tour which placed us in the Southern part of the island. Each day presented a drastically different landscape of volcanoes, river crossings, glaciers and stunning sights.

The trip includes overnights in various Huts throughout the countryside, all well accommodated with food and beverage. There is a chase car which includes a trailer for luggage, supplies, spare bike and any other immediate needs while in the back-country.

Special Note: I had not done enough off-road riding prior to the trip and struggled the first day. I would recommend a few days of practice prior to the trip. Though once I found a rhythm, I had an absolute blast. The terrain varies greatly every few hours (rocks, sand, fire roads, grass, etc). I absolutely came out of this tour as a better motorcycle rider!

Highly recommend the proper rain gear. As with the terrain, the weather can change drastically within a matter of minutes.

No better way to enjoy and see everything that Iceland has to offer.
Written July 28, 2021
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Billys Bike Adventures
Cambridge, UK2 contributions
Sep 2022
Ride with Locals is led by an awesome tour guide who knows the tracks and star spots in memory. I have just come back from 8 days touring off road and the experience has been epic. Thank you for the best off road experience I have ever had and am likely to ever have :-)
Written October 2, 2022
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Pascal D
10 contributions
Aug 2020
Awesome tour. The days usually start not to early so no rushing in the morning. The guys bring you to places, which you could never find if you tried to go on your own. You see so manny stunning places in just one day that the time really runns slow and you can enjoy every moment of it.In the evening you will either stay in a mountain hut in the middle of nowhere or in a nice summerhouse. Besides all this you will get an awesome dinner and breakfast made in a icelandic style (it is really really tasty).
Written August 22, 2020
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Thanks for the review we are looking forvard to meet you again..:)
Written August 25, 2020
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timpowers13
Austin, TX2 contributions
Jun 2020
These are really wonderful people to work with. Our group has been excited about the upcoming 6-day ride for a long, long time. Unfortunately COVID has caused us to cancel at the last minute. Ride With the Locals was very understanding of the situation. They communicated well throughout the entire process and we can't wait to book again for 2021!
Written July 8, 2020
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Thanks for the review we are looking forvard to meet you again..:)
Written August 25, 2020
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john s
Provo, UT61 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
A Must for any Dual Sport Enthusiast

Just finished the 6 days tour and it was absolutely stunning. The scenery was amazing. The organization was pristine. If you want to see the best that Iceland has to offer, this is the tour to book: It felt like everyday we were on a 'different planet'. Moutains, glaciers, lava fields, river crossing. Desert of ashes, etc. The trail will certainly amaze anybody.

Like advertised on their website. You only need to bring your riding equipment and the rest will be taken care of. Pack your gear and get ready for some once in a lifetime riding experience.
Written September 7, 2018
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Kolbrún B
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A top service when our car got stuck in ice, they did not let us down. They came back two hours later and towed the car out of the ice and saved us.
S and K
Written July 18, 2021
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