I decided to write a short introduction on Iceland since it has been getting some attention especially after SnowSavage´s great TR.
Before I begin I would like to note that I am not connected to any company’s or any touring services I am a professional fireman/Emt, law student and a member of a mountain rescue team but my nr.1 hobby has been for the last decade mountain skiing and after a prolapse in my back splitboarding.
So nr. 1. When to visit Iceland.
Because the country is so far north the days in December trough February are quite short, currently we only have about 7 hours of daylight with transitions, also the weather is very unpredictable and white outs are frequent.
March-June would be my recommendation for a visit, daylight is longer and the weather is a little more stable but still anything can be expected. All the resorts close in the end of April beginning of May so if you want to combine touring with resorts take that into account.
June-September many areas in the “highlands” above 700m give the option on summer touring in some great conditions in good weather, this option would be exiting for those who might like to combine mtb and splitboarding although a 4wd rental would be essential.
Summary, if you plan to visit have a plan b,c,d ready, the country is quite small and you can drive around the country in 2 days (without the west-fjords which is a great area to tour but requires more planning, boat etc. ) so if you are planning a trip keep in mind that the weather here is very unstable and snow conditions are to, but I would say March-June you can be pretty sure to find some areas in good conditions.
Nr.2 mountain culture and safety.
The entire population of Iceland is 320.000 and very few are active in ski touring or splitboarding so any area you want to explore is most likely to have very few if any others, this although does not include areas in the south where Vatnajokull and the notorious flight buster Eyjafjallajokull, those areas are tourist heavy but on the other hand not the place to go for splitboarding or ski touring.
Avalanches are an issue and conditions can change fast so ava knowledge is essential the national weather service gives out warnings but they are in Icelandic and not completely reliable. Rescue teams are all across the country on standby and its free to get a bail out (I am strongly against this) but that is the way it is.
Summary. You can find awesome places to ride and tour far away from anyone just please check the weather and be self sufficient we have enough of dumb tourists getting there rentals stuck or worse.
Nr.3 How you get here.
Well you land in Keflavik airport which is far away from the Troll Peninsula (my personal favorite) so a 6 hour drive or an hour drive to Reykjavik and 45 minutes in an airplane to Akureyri.
If you guys have any questions feel free to contact me hopefully I can be of some assistance.