Video: Manon Carpenter & Monet Adams Adventure Through Iceland's Beauty

Nov 7, 2018
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  
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Follow Manon Carpenter and Monet Adams as they explore the breathtaking terrain of Iceland and dig a little deeper into what makes the country so unique.

ON HER TERMS is a short-form documentary brought to you by former DH World Champion Manon Carpenter and Monet Adams; known for their creative design work alongside her exploits as a rider. As friends they share an unrivaled passion for travelling the world with their bikes, but their similarities run deeper as they explore their connection to nature and the environment, the only way they knew how: Mountain Biking.

Riding and winding through the colourful Lupine flowers

ON HER TERMS follows Manon and Monet as they journey to Iceland to find some of the best trail riding in the northern hemisphere and explore how Iceland is pushing the boundaries of sustainability on and off the bike. Iceland has become known for its progressive approach to geothermal energy whilst becoming a landmark destination for mountain bike exploration.

Having a wheelie good time...

“After seeing photos of the incredible mountains and trails, I knew immediately I wanted to explore Iceland by bike. I wanted to learn how their landscape influences them, how they are using it but also the extent to which they go to preserve it. The riding was like being on a different film set or planet every day, one day we rode through fields of flowers the next down the side of shaley candy-coloured mountains.” – Monet Adams

On the home straight between the Lupine flwoers heading towards the capital.
On the home straight between the Lupine flowers heading towards the capital where the girls embraced the local Icelandic roots.

Guided through the unforgiving terrain by the team at Ice Bike, Manon and Monet experience the diverse and exposed trails Iceland offers, set to the backdrop of awe-inspiring scenery. Interacting with nature sits at the heart of Icelandic culture, but the locals are going the extra mile to sustain their environment.

“We were privileged enough to ride in some incredible locations and with that comes responsibility. Often trails are closed to allow the rehabilitation of vegetation, which hugely is important” – Manon Carpenter

That face when you realise you get to drop into a trail that ll take you to a stunning Icelandic waterfall.
What goes down must go back up...
That excitement you get when you realise you get to drop into a trail that'll take you to a stunning Icelandic waterfall.

It s not everyday you get to ride a trail past an Icelandic waterfall.
It's not every day you get to ride a trail past an Icelandic waterfall.

After retiring from her career as a professional racer, having secured herself both World Championship and World Cup titles, Manon turned her attention to studying geology at university. Since then, these two worlds have only complimented each other and her passion for riding is now met with an inherent desire to know more about the landscapes she finds herself in.

Spot the riders.

Monet getting the prep done for our salad.
 Saltbae
A big meal was required for recovery after battling the harsh weather.

“The landscape was rugged and the weather was wild, and we went away feeling like Iceland truly is a unique place - a place that highlights and harnesses the power and beauty of the land we live on. And that bikes really do make exploring new places even better” – Manon Carpenter

Within an hour of Reyjavik you can ride on a volcano crater. Cool.
I feel the word 'rugged' was made specifically for Iceland.

Manon Carpenter having a quick interview before jumping in one of many hot springs that Iceland has to offer.
One of the converted old Army trucks selling all your supplies and most importantly coffee.
Post ride snacks and interview before heading for a dip in one of Iceland's many hot springs.

As the popularity of mountain biking continues to grow around the world, the way in which we interact with our environment on and off the bike is ever more important in keeping the sport thriving. For Manon and Monet, their journey continues…

ON HER TERMS was produced in partnership with Monster Energy, SCOTT-Sports, Radon Bikes and Ice Bike.

The crew.
Magne ponders the landscape view from our mountain hut.
The amazing crew we had for the week.

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66 Comments

  • + 42
 We should get a Volcano in the UK
  • + 11
 Yeah a call it Boris
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 „and”
  • + 1
 We had some a long time ago, Ben Nevis was one! It's not very ridable now though,too many hikers and tourists. There is a great ride though from the cci hut on the north face of the Ben, as long as you can bunny hop!
  • + 14
 It must be good Peter Andre goes there
  • + 2
 good work fella
  • + 5
 And Mums
  • + 2
 Peter Andre has been in some right scabby places
  • + 10
 @pigman65: Katie Price being one.
  • + 13
 Well from the UK its quick and cheap to fly there, and yet you feel like your on another planet.
  • + 2
 Yea..same from Canada (well...from Montreal) its a 300$ 4h fligth.
  • + 1
 Aug 2020 I'm doing it. From Australia. No other international bike trip I want to do more.
  • + 1
 Come ride southern Utah! Different terrain, similar feeling!
  • + 10
 Its like someone in bike sponsor land decided that everyone must go to Iceland and do a video and photo shoot. Even GMBN did a video. Maybe time to move on :-)
  • + 10
 yeah, they've got bored of Madira
  • + 0
 Or maybe because it's an incredibly unique place to experience? Have you been and disagree? I can see how things might not appear materially different from video to video but if you've experienced it seeing these videos brings back the sense of wonder Iceland affords.
  • + 7
 That picture of the rhyolite valley does not do those colors justice. Rock on Manon, Iceland is a geologist's dreamscape! Side note, the crew at Ice Bike does a great job, rode with them in August.
  • + 8
 The cost of Icebike's packages though!!! that's probably three trips to the Alps
  • + 3
 Unfortunately these days, everything in Iceland is super expensive. The sheer number of tourists is overwhelming the country, it's pretty sad to see.
  • + 2
 Right, it's relative however. It may seem obvious but if you go to Iceland you've gotta plan for the expense. And if you do go, having a local guide is incredibly valuable. No way I would have had the same experience were it not for Magne (pictured above fondly gazing at a plate of raw meat), Rúnar and the crew @ Icebike Adventures. Seriously.

Since I've yet to experience the Alps I can't speak to the relative value of Iceland but as a frequent mountain biking traveller that has been to Iceland I would speculate that if you can swing it 1 trip to both is better than 3 to the Alps.

As for tourists overwhelming the country, certainly if you're talking about the Blue Lagoon I can see where you are coming from - that place was just nuts (one and done btw). Based on our conversations with guides and other locals if anything bothers them it's visitors that disrespect the land or tell them how they should manage it.
  • + 4
 ese país es realmente muy bellos, puedes ver de todo, tiene senderos que te vuelves loco de tanto gozar, olvida las gondolas, coloca tu bicicleta al hombro y avanza como buen ciclista de montaña.
Estuve 25 dias en bikepacking y ciclismo de montaña, creo volveria solo a realizar 25 dias de ciclismo de montaña o inclusive a trabajar con #ICEBIKE Wink
Laugavegur es muy hermosa ruta Wink
Te veo pronto islandia
  • + 4
 I don't see Iceland as the place you need to go for mountainbiking. Haifoss looked very cool but all you can do there is to ride 5 minutes down to the waterfall and hike back up to the parking.
Iceland is a great place to visit, beautiful landscapes, stunning waterfalls and glaciers but i would recommend to visit it by car, motobike or a touring bike if you're tough enough (very windy and wet sometimes)
  • + 12
 Go with locals and they will show you the trail from Haifoss is 1-2 hours of nice singletrack. to bad you missed it.
  • - 4
flag rafa12 (Nov 7, 2018 at 8:13) (Below Threshold)
 @font style="vertical-align: inherit;">font style="vertical-align: inherit;">ICEBIKE /font>/font>: Wink
  • + 4
 So as someone who has clearly not ridden there you think you are qualified to tell others that it isn't for mountain biking..... Despite it being well known for being good for it.
  • + 1
 @ICEBIKE: I was in Iceland in April for only 2.5 days, but we are already planning on going back. Next time will be in the summer so that we can take the time to get in some mountain biking. Iceland is so different than other places, I look forward to seeing by bike.
  • + 1
 @mgolder: www.pinkbike.com/u/kazwei/album/Iceland

@ICEBIKE: Yep, too bad i missed it then, if i would go back i would contact you guys but next time i think i'll go to Iceland in the wintertime
  • + 8
 @kazwei: Excellent, drop by for a coffee and we'll take you out on a fatbike ride on the crusty snow! its more fun than it sounds even the hardest fatbiking haters will put up a smile ; ) have a look and see you soon in the land of ICE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwlcTEWSGpQ&t=5s
  • + 1
 Naw - great mountain biking there if you're also into adventuring. Akureyri has mtb specific trail networks, and the Laugavegur is great as a multi-day trip. See photo album in my profile if you're curious. Mtb specific trails aren't quite as prolific as places like Canada and the US, but still available and the landscape is ridiculously cool.
  • + 4
 @kazwei Seeing your profile, is North Koreas MTB scene any better?
  • + 1
 @ICEBIKE: Will be booking with you guys in Aug 2020!
  • + 1
 @Ktron: Great --- See you in Iceland!!
  • + 4
 Congratulations on your beautiful video team Manon & Monet! Just the way we like to see Iceland Mountainbiking.
a href="www.icebikeadventures.com">Icebike Adventures/a>
  • + 6
 best part of riding in Iceland = no trees to hit
  • + 4
 I read somewhere that there were once trees, but the Vikings cut them all down for shipbuilding. They are trying to regrow them in places but it's a difficult proposition. The original species were specially adapted to the place.
  • + 3
 @endlessblockades: that‘s true, Inwas told the same in Iceland!
  • + 4
 @endlessblockades: There were! However as far as I understand they weren’t ever the huge substantial kind you would find in Canada or Europe, there were quite a few different factors that contributed to the deforestation of Iceland but the forestry are doing lots to try and combat the problem. We had to cut it out of the final film but the Lupins were actually introduced to Iceland from Alaska in the 50s to try and help rejuvenate the poor soil quality there and support native plants too. They thrived more than anyone expected and now they are having to try and stop them from spreading everywhere!

This is a really interesting short doc about the forestry’s rehab project to try and reintroduce commercial forests into Iceland - www.nationalgeographic.com/video/shorts/iceland-is-growing-new-forests-for-the-first-time-in-1-000-years

Monet.x
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: just size this same problem up to all of humanity and the entire earth and you have where we are at right now. Soon there will be nothing left. Anywhere.
  • + 3
 @Braindrain: Sad but true. Zero faith in civilization.
  • + 2
 Great landscapes,great soundtrack especially the song runner(ansible remix)from Indian lakes,and to see those eyes and faces on people that had in the past many pressure in that sport is wonderful,they look like children,that glow ,Give me more things like this one ,thanks.
  • + 5
 Cool to see Mannon still riding and rocking her Monster Emergy helmet. Miss her on the WC DH your.
  • + 3
 best watch I've seen for a while......the scenery is mega. It's national stress awareness week this week and watching that proper chilled me out.
  • + 1
 With as overly tourist's as iceland is these days I think icebike is about the only real way to go these days. Icebike's tours look like an awesome way to use your wheels to get away from the crowds and see iceland in it's natural state. Iceland does have some beautiful areas and lands but unless you like seeing everything on the golden circle with 45 bus loads of tourists who are completely ignorant of the natural world around them, save your money and go to BC, Montana/Utah/Nevada, Georgia, Siberia ect... for unspoiled nature right out your front door.
  • + 2
 Breath-taking and majestic landscapes! Awesome soundtrack! Brought to us by Manon Carpenter and Monet Adams. What mountain biking truly is! Thanks PB!
  • + 2
 If you pause at 9:44 you'll see where I almost drowned my rental car. Those rivers are a lot deeper than anyone in a Suzuki Jimny has business trying to ford.
  • + 1
 Nice... veeeeeeery nice.... but sorry: if you have a bad or a low artistic inspiration AND bad musical tastes : please, don`t make any video or hire someone really inspired for that. Nice trip anyway.... soundless.
  • + 4
 Need a Manon Carpenter action figure for my daughters.
  • + 3
 Well done, this was great!
  • + 3
 Beautifully produced film of a beautiful country
  • + 2
 Damn that was sick! Very well put together vid and great to see Manon riding! Looking forward to pedaling around Iceland
  • + 3
 Absolutely stunning locations to ride a bike through.
  • + 2
 Epic video :-) hope they make more videos like this. Keep up the good work
  • + 2
 I really enjoyed this.... great job everyone!
  • + 2
 The ski touring is all time out there! vimeo.com/279564286
  • + 1
 we all should have active volcano's ...these people man!!! place looks rad though.
  • - 3
 Awesome video & great story! So inspiring. If anyone out there is looking for an amazing guided trip option look us up. We've been bringing riders to Iceland for nearly a decade and our trip is truly one of the best available! Cheers.
www.ridebig.com/rides/tectonic-treasures
  • + 8
 You must be joking Chris!
  • + 2
 Nicely done ladies!!
  • + 1
 Puts Iceland on bucket list.
  • + 1
 Great video, but where are all the Mark Mathews haters at?
  • - 2
 Iceland ia amazing, but completely overrun with selfie stick toting millenial twat tourists. Personally i feel the country is ruined already.
  • + 5
 Hi @Richt2000 - Solution: Go with a local guide, - join us for a ride, we'll show you Iceland away from the major tourist destinations. PLENTY of space, new trails, you'll rarely see another person on the trails. ------ See you in Iceland.

www.icebikeadventures.com
  • + 2
 @asta-icebike:

Sold!!!! I will have a look at your website :-)
  • + 0
 @Richt2000: I hate to agree with you but I think for the average outdoors loving tourist you're pretty well on point. Been 4 times, first time 2006n last this spring and I really hope they institute some sort of visa system as it's just become a giant mash pit around anything that is easily accessible. We got stuck in a traffic jam along the southern ring road as some twat's blocked off both lanes of traffic to film a wedding music video. There we're 200+ people at every sight with 3 hours of Reykjavik... and this was in April! Icebike though is still on my bucket list as I'd love to see some of the more remote aspects of the country.
  • + 1
 @CONomad:

Yea we went in March, drove all the way to hofn (about a 6hr drive) and only then did we escape the selfie sticks trying to take photos of themselves pretending to hold a glacier/waterfall/block of ice when seen through the viewfinder. Its not just Iceland, certain places like isle of skye are also ruined.
Maybe I’m just getting old.

When I go again, i will not leave the airport and take an internal flight to the north or east coast. Or save up some considerable money for icebike, although to be honest I could do 2 weeks in BC for that price...

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