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Is biking Reykjavik, Iceland a good idea?

Amazingly there is no bike-share program in the green capital of Iceland. PIC jhenryrose

Amazingly there is no bike-share program in the green capital of Iceland. PIC jhenryrose

Without doubt you have come across all those rave reviews and ads about Iceland being the greenest of all green. Then it should come as some surprise there is no bike-share program in the capital city Reykjavik. To enjoy biking you will have to fork.

Most genuine cities in this world now offer some kind of bike-share program to anyone interested. Team Total Iceland believes bike-sharing to be a modern part of any serious transportation system and we have good reasons to back up that claim of ours. For locals it offers a faster and simpler way to going short distances than using bus or other methods of transport. For tourists with limited time it´s a dream come true. Taking in the sights in extra good time while enjoying a good workout too.

Venturing outside of downtown will soon take a toll

However, in Reykjavik city you will have to rent a bike from one of four or five small local enterprises and truth be told; prices are steep as the stomach of Brad Pitt. Which does come as some surprise considering the city government has spent millions of local kronas building bike lanes all around the city and even closing off its busiest shopping street to make way for bikes and pedestrians.

But is biking Reykjavik a good idea?

In our opinion it is a very good idea but there are a couple of catches. First catch: biking in the city when the wind blows or in wintertime sucks and will entertain nobody. Second catch: the city is not horribly hilly but hilly nevertheless. Venturing outside of downtown will soon take a toll.

We could add a third catch which is the prices those local companies are charging. Five hours on a good new bike will set you back a cool 5.000 ISK (45$ / 33€). Compared to expensive Copenhagen where you can bike all you want for hours on end for five dollars or so or to Barcelona where private rental places offer plain but decent bikes for as low as 12$ per 24 hours, the prices here are exorbitant. But so is Iceland.


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