Motorcycle rental in Iceland?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Cider, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. eejespersen

    eejespersen n00b

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    For the prices you mention, I'd consider shipping the bike to Iceland. Or simply take the ferry.

    Don't know the politics on advertising, but I don't work for any of these companies.

    www.eimskip.is
    www.samskip.is
    www.smyril-line.fo (this is the ferry)

    When driving in Iceland, I found it convenient to buy a map from the tourist-info, where all the hot springs are marked on. And later I learned that a thermometer is handy. There's also some sort of card you buy, which makes the camping cheaper. If camping more that 10 sites, the card has payed it self.

    If you see a triangular sign which you've never seen before, underlined with the text "MALBIK ENDAR" you should slow down. In fact, every triangular sign should be taken serious. The Icelandic's are very practical people, ad they never put up signs with no use.
    Another sign which looks like a normal two track road with a thick line in the middle means that the asphalt guys have cut corners, and have only put tarmac on the middle of the two tracks. The idea is that cars will always have two wheels on tarmac, and don't need to slow down when passing.

    When driving in fog patches, it could be handy to have a switch installed on your bike, to have your brake lights on constantly.

    Tickets are paid on the spot, which results in a discount. Police, cub scouts, prostitutes and embezzlers all accept creditcards. If the price is under (i think it was) 3000 ISK they don't bother with signatures and PIN-codes.
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  2. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    The more I see and read about Iceland the more I absolutely have to see it.

    Does anyone know about a ferry service from the US or Canada to the Island? I have searched the web but no luck.

    I want to ride the island and wander/camp but the bike rental rates with their $2500US deductible seems very steep. Considering almost any bike is going to get "some" damage riding gravel roads on a long trip it seems like a scam. I would love to ferry mine there and spend the $2500 actually having fun.
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  3. shoobear

    shoobear Adventurer

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    any updates on iceland info?
    looking to do a ride there also.....
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  4. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Any updates on getting from North America to Iceland with your own moto? I would like to explore Iceland some day.

    Anyone have any trips planned?

    JG
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  5. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Two of us heading to Iceland from the UK via Denmark in August.
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  6. Icelandic Dreamer

    Icelandic Dreamer Adventurer

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    there are no ferries from US to Iceland but you should be able to ship it with a shipping company or the airlines. check f.e. www.eimskip.is www.jonar.is or www.icelandair.is for info.

    The only ferry to Iceland goes from Denmark via Faroe Island www. smyrilline.com

    If you go I recommend going in july, august or early september. July is best, a lot of midnight sun. Going earlier will limit you to the coastal roads as the roads inland are mostly dirt roads and many do not usually open until late June.
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  7. bubbi

    bubbi bubbi

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    Stumbled across this thread and just wanted to let you know that I have actually started a new company that specializes in Enduro tours since there has been a shortage of these kinds of service here in Iceland.
    If you are interested please visit our website http://enduroadventure.is ...not that I am promoting my new company (did I mention it is NEW? ;) )... just talking about it here :jkam
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  8. finbarr

    finbarr Would be adventurer

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    Hi Bubbi - this is great news! :clap
    I'm sending you an email now...

    Best of luck with your new venture - I'm sure it will be very successful. :D
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