Quad Biking in Iceland
By: Mike Jerrard
Quad bikes, ATVs, four-wheelers, call them what you want but there is one thing we can all agree on and that is they are extremely fun. Nothing says adventure like gearing up and getting muddy in wild and rugged landscapes. Quad bikes with their all terrain 4 wheel driving capabilities allow us to get deep into untamed wilderness saving us hours of sometimes arduous hiking.
I have been quad biking in many countries spanning several continents and I must say Iceland tops the list when it comes to best places to hit the muddy trails. Iceland was made for ATVs with its never ending wide open landscapes and whether it be summer or winter they are a great way to see this incredible country.
Pros and beginners alike will enjoy riding through viking country and its extremely easy to land yourself a tour from the capital of Reykjavik. Safari Quads is set up just 15 minutes from downtown yet a world away from the city bustle. Its an easy drive should you rent a car which I highly recommend as you need to take a trip around the country’s coastline to really appreciate all Iceland has to offer. As much hype as the Golden Circle gets, I find it overly touristy and it doesn’t compare in the slightest to the real Iceland which lies off the beaten path.
Quad biking just outside of Reykjavik allows you to get your feet wet both literally and figuratively with what Iceland has to offer. I recommend taking a tour before you head out deeper into the more isolated spots of the country as the scenery only gets more impressive the further from the city you get.
Whether its the Northern Lights you seek or marveling at vivid green hillsides with caving opportunities, quad biking is a great way to embrace your inner wild child. For those wanting a bit of comfort, be assured that the quad bikes offered by most companies are mostly fully automatic for ease and are even outfitted with heaters for the chilly winters. No need to bring gear as they will deck you out with top of the line protection albeit maybe not the most glamorous. And with many offering pickups from your hotel in Reykjavik there is no excuse to not give it a try.