Lava Flow: Discovering volcanos, waterfalls and geothermal hotsprings in Iceland
We join MTB ambassadors Manon Carpenter and Monet-Rose Adams as they explore the mountain biking potential of Iceland – and experience the power, beauty and fragility of the earth at close quarters
“What jackets did you guys bring?” Manon asked, as we stepped out of the comfort of the airport into a bitter, biting wind. Back home, the UK was in the midst of a roaring heatwave, but we’d landed in Iceland during its wettest summer in 100 years. So, why were we here? With Manon working towards her geology degree and Monet’s interest in sustainable design, they'd felt that Iceland, with its volcanic landscape and focus on renewable energy, would perfectly intertwine these interests with their passion for riding. They contacted local guiding company Icebike and started planning.
Pick up a copy of the February edition of MBUK to read the full story and check out the video below for some highlights of the trip.
Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.