Off the beaten track & with a healthy dose of adventure!
The journey is the reward - not the destination
Would you like to have a unique and exciting experience on two wheels? Iceland is one of the best countries in the world for riding your adventure-bike. Driving is challenging and offers a lot of variety through breath taking nature! Leave the tarmac behind and explore not only the more known highlights but also the desolate highlands of inner Iceland.
“The landscape is desolate, barren and stunning! Iceland gave me challenges, adventure and driving pleasure which I never experienced on a motorcycle before!”
Jens Mårtensson – Participant Iceland Experience
Driving your motorbike through Iceland is like an expedition through ancient landscapes, which are truly unique in Europe. It’s an exciting motorbike tour where you will experience different aspects of great nature. We will drive on gravel roads as much as possible, crossing the inhospitable and deserted highlands of Iceland twice and that’s only doable by 4WD or an adventure bike! An overwhelming environment that is dominated by glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, black lava desert, wild rivers, hot springs and rainbow coloured mountains.
Some of the highlights:
√ fantastic on- and offroad riding
√ impressing waterfalls like Dettifoss, Godafoss and Gullfoss
√ Guided walk over a glacier
√ Thingvellir – where tectonic plates drift apart
√ Mystical Myvatn lake
√ Sprengisandur road (mountain road through inner Iceland)
√ Whale watching in Husavik
√ Enjoying natural hot-springs
√ Landmannalaugar – fairytale landscape
√ Laki – row of 120 volcano craters
√ Black beaches of Vik
– Germany (Hamburg)
– The Netherlands (Rotterdam)
– Great Britain (Immingham)
– Denmark (Aarhus)
– Sweden (Helsingborg)
– Norway (Frederikstad)
Not from Europe? Or you don’t have your own adventure bike which we can ship? No worries. It’s also possible to rent a motorbike for our Iceland Experience and ride a comfortable BMW GS*!
BMW 650 GS / Sertau or 700 GS
BMW 800 GS
BMW 1200 GS/LC
* We’ve got special permission for riding the F-roads (mountain roads) with rental bikes on Iceland.
Would you like to go to Iceland but want a bit more of a comfortable experience? Do you drive with your partner or friend on the back and/or are you driving a touring bike? Would you prefer a bit more comfort and want to stay in hotels or guesthouses? We can organize an ‘Iceland Comfort Trail’ tour which will go (mostly) on asphalt and you will still see most of Iceland’s highlights. Are you interested in an astonishing and rewarding experience in Iceland? Just get in contact and we will work it out!
Iceland is 200% nature!
Morocco, a fascinating North African country, characterised by endless ocean, deserts and refreshing, green oases as well as enormous mountain ranges and its impressive cities. In no other country so close to Europe you will have such a positive culture-shock. This journey takes us through lively atmospheres of medinas, beautiful winding roads through mountains, ancient kashba’s, challenging gravel tracks, good food and breath-taking sceneries.
Imagine riding curvy roads through the mighty Atlas mountain range, exploring the night market Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, and experiencing the rich culture and warm hospitality of the Moroccan people! Crossing the High Atlas mountains, Gorge du Dadès, Tizi ’n Tichka pass, exploring remote villages, the warm Moroccan desert and the buzzing atmosphere of Marrakech. It is all going to happen!
Some of the high-lights:
– The bustling UNESCO listed Medina of Marrakech
– The High-Atlas Mountains
– The stunning Tiz n’ Test Pass
– Authentic Riads and Auberges in Morocco
– The UNESCO Listed Aït Ben Haddou
– Ride through the Anti-Atlas in the Berber heartland
– Gorge de Todra and Gorge de Dadès
– Challenging gravel roads up to 2940 m!
– The warmth and welcome of the genuinely friendly people of Morocco
Our tours will show you another side of Morocco, where the adventurous rider can safely explore the snowbound passes of the High Atlas or the dusty pistes of the Sahara. In between the well-known highlights and cities, there is a network of beautiful routes far from the hassle-prone tourist hotspots. We’ll ride lots of gravel roads and challenging pistes, so you need some experience or attend an off-road course. See for more info our brochure below.
“A once in a lifetime experience! The combination of sand dunes and snow white mountains is truly unique. Morocco’s spectacular nature will stay in my heart and memory forever.”
Lisa Nordlind – participant Morocco Experience
The closest far-away country!
This tour leads you to places where not many tourist have been on a motorcycle. The Mustang area close to the border with China and only a few tourist per year are allowed in this truly undiscovered area. With the Annapurna mountains and its 8000 m. peaks on the background, you’ll be riding in the shadow of the Himalaya. This experience will not leave you untouched! Ride up to Lo-Monthang the ancient walled city in Upper Mustang and on the way back to the sacred Hindu city of Muktinath at 4000 m. Where century old temples are carved into the mountainsides, eagles soar overhead, and glacial rivers wind their way through snow-capped peaks.
This tour is not for the faint hearted as we ride through a variety of terrains. You will experience water crossings, rocky ascents, and some dusty gravel roads on a light Honda 250 cc. If the sound of that makes you excited – then this is the tour for you!
Some of the high-lights:
√ Kathmandu – with its buzzling city centre
√ Mustang area – more remote you can not get.
√ Himalaya – Annapurna mountains
√ Lo-Manthang – the walled city and capital of Upper Mustang
√ Muktinath – Sacred Hindu temple at 4000 m.
√ Enriching culture experience
√ Great on- and off-road riding
THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING
Two pearls of islands in the Mediterranean. Both with their own unique nature and cultures, being French and Italian. With its stunning seaside scenery and snowcapped mountains, Corsica lives up to the label, “Island of Beauty.” Dramatic cliffs, curvy roads -there is not a single straight road to find- high mountains, and beautiful beaches. Along the coast are many lovely port towns, and the hillsides are dotted with picturesque villages like Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio.
Tourists seeing Sardinia for the first time are surprised to discover that an island so well known for its outstanding beaches can be so rugged and mountainous only a few kilometers from the wave-washed sands. The other thing that may surprise you is the staggering number of prehistoric sites, especially the enigmatic round stone towers known as nuraghi. Besides this it has a network of great gravel roads that gives pleasure for novice and experienced riders!
In June 2016 we will have our reconnaissance. So stay tuned for some more info and spectacular pictures!
Take the challenge to drive the entire northern loop in Vietnam, from Ba Be Lake National Park in the northeast across Ha Giang, over the Hoang Lien Son Mountains through Sapa then to the northwest on this Off road adventure. We take the back roads and and take the time to go to places rarely visited, River crossing, challenging road and remote hill-tribe villages are part of the adventure!
Take the back-roads and tracks along the border with China, stopping for a picnic lunches small markets along the way. as we progress we head up to the Dong Van plateau of Ha Giang, markets, colorful hill-tribes and extraordinary landscape await us as cross the high mountains along the border with China. We continue past Hoan Su Phi and the rice terraces, wild rivers and trails to Bac Ha and over to the tourist destination of Sapa. Then we head through the mountains to Moc Chau and the Pu Luong Nature reserve before heading back to Hanoi and the end of our wild ride.
Tour Start and Finish: Hanoi – 15 Days
Nearest Airport: Noi Bai International Airport
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tourists see the world, travelers experience it
Do you want to learn how to power-slide or how to descend steep hills? Sand or mud isn’t your thing?
Since 2015 we are going to Wales where we are joining the Off Road Skills training of Simon Pavey (serial Dakar finisher). And fun we have, every time again! Not only during the day, where we all learn on our own level (1-2 or 3), but also in the evening in the local pub while having dinner together.
We will stay in a lovely cottage close to the training location, go out and have dinner in the local pubs and we might even bump into Charley Boorman.. The course is available for all levels, from novice to expert (1-2-3). So even if you have lots of experience, I promise you, these guys will learn you something and will make you sweat!
For those who bring the learned into practise immediately can join us on a three days Allroad Tour through Wales. A good mix of curvy tarmac and gravel roads, which are suitable for all levels of experience (especially after the training) guided by Simon himself. We’ll stay in picturesque accommodations and ride again on those trustworthy BMW GS’s. Having a support vehicle for our luggage, a spare-bikes and refreshments during the day makes the riding only more fun!
Including in ORS:
√ Two days rental BMW (1200 GS/LC, 800 GS, 700 GS or 650 GS) during the training.
√ Two excellent days off-road training level 1-2-or 3 by Simon Pavey and his team.
√ Lunches and diner (1x) during training days.
√ Brecon Beacon, the best training location you can find in Europe!
Including in the Allroad tour:
√ Accommodation (incl breakfast) in comfortable and idyllic hotels/cottages.
√ Mix of the best asphalt and gravel riding through Wales.
√ Simon Pavey as local guide/instructor.
√ Support vehicle for luggage and spare-bike.
√ Three days rental BMW GS.
Wild in Wales!
Powered by nature!
One of our personal favorite destinations during our own six months trip through North- Central and South America. All the different climate-zones, from moist and warm jungle to high mountain ranges to the dry dessert coast-line. And not to forget exploring the cultural in-heritage from the Incas and the Spanish in Machu Picchu, Cuzco or the mystical Nasca lines.
The coastal dessert. Mind-goggling are the high peaks on the Altoplano, or the floating villages on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Driving over wide-stretched planes with herds of llamas and wild vicuñas over the Altiplano under a stale-blue sky at an average hight of 4.000 meters above sea level is an experience never to forget. See the mighty Andean condor soaring over your head in Colca Canyon. It’s all possible to do it yourself during this experience filled with only highlights!
Driving is on asphalt and this tour is suitable for riding with a passenger.
Some of the highlights:
√ Machu Picchu, the hidden city
√ Coastal desert, the driest in the world
√ Cusco, a city with a mix of Inca and Spanish influences
√ Lake Titicaca, with the floating villages
√ 2 days in Amazone ‘primary’ rainforest (all inclusive in a jungle lodge)
√ “Tail of the dragon”, 600 km of curvy smooth asfalt
√ Islas Ballestas (Poor-man’s-Galapagos-Islands)
√ Colca Canyon, meet the mighty Condor
√ Arequipa, charming white town in the south
√ Altiplano, ride at 4000 meter above sea-level
√ Nasca lines, it’s still a mystery!
“Hakuna matata” or in other words, no worries. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience Africa at its best. A 15-day experience in cooperation with our partner in Kenya, filled with breathtaking scenery, safaris, indigenous culture, meet local people, but as well as beach, sun, and of course some fantastic motorcycle riding.
We will ride on light motorcycles (Honda XL 200), have a support vehicle and initially we start with day trips so you can get used to driving in Africa. The trip is ideal for couples or for beginners who do not have so much experience with driving on gravel.
> 15 days motorbike safari
> Departure dates: see our calendar for several departure dates
> Also for non-motorbike riders (support vehicle)
> Min. 4, max. 8 motorcycle riders
“Experience the warm friendliness of the African people!”
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:
√ Multiple day-trips on Mc in the Shimba Hills, Kenya
√ See wildlife in game reserves like Tsavo or Amboselli
√ 7 days motorbike safari around Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
√ Sun, beach and snorkeling among tropical fish
√ Meeting the locals
√ Wasini National Marine Park
√ Fantastic asphalt and gravel riding
15 days tour – South-Africa best off-road riding – see wild-life – unique accommodations – ride a BMW GS – great excursions
An adventurous tour in terms of gravel road riding and interesting accommodation spots. It includes the most beautiful, less explored backroads and mountain passes of the Karoo and at some stages a bit more challenging than the standard jeep track. The route is designed to explore most of the exciting and breathtaking gravel road passes the Cape has on offer.
Are you up for collecting some dust on your suit?
√ 13 riding days
√ Fantastic riding whereof 60% on gravel roads
√ Start and finish in Cape Town
√ Swartberg Pass, Baviaanskloof, Garden Route and much more!
√ Including safari in a privat game-reserve, stargazing in Sutherland, guided tour in a town-ship
√ Visit Cape Town with Robben Island and the Table-mountain
√ Unique accommodations
√ Back-up vehicle, carrying: luggage, first aid, tools & spares, drinking water
A small amount of people (max 2-3 persons) can join us on our reconnaissance trips. Not everything has been arranged in detail, we are self sufficient and travel light. The route has been generally planned but has to be explored further. So, we might take a wrong turn, sleep in unknown places or face some other struggles on our way. But your help and teamwork is essential. Your input is needed to give us direct feedback for coming trips.
Do you need a hot shower and WiFi every day? Then this isn’t your kind of trip. We will stay on at home-stays, in small guesthouses, hostels, or out in the middle of nowhere. But if you have a flexible attitude, an open mind towards different cultures and are looking for a healthy dose of adventure, you might want to join us!
Are you up for a real adventure and pioneering? Check our travel calendar for the next coming one!
Taking nothing but memories, leaving nothing but tire tracks..
|Round the Kilimanjaro – Kenya/Tanzania Allroad Experience||14||7 February – 21 February||Fully booked|
|Round the Kilimanjaro – Kenya/Tanzania Allroad Experience||14||21 February -6 March||Fully booked|
|Upper Mustang – Nepal Allroad (recon)||17||4 – 21 April||Fully booked|
|Marrakech Express – Morocco Allroad Experience||8||9 – 16 April||Fully booked|
|Off-Road Skills (Wales) – course with Simon Pavey||2||1 – 2 May||Fully booked|
|Wild in Wales – Allroad tour Wales||3||3 – 5 May||Fully booked|
|Beaches & Mountains – Corsica & Sardinia Allroad Experience (recon)||14||9 – 20 June||Fully booked|
|Till Topps – Norway Gravel Tour med Elving Solli||7||26 June – 2 July||Fully booked|
|Rockin’ Romaniacs- Romanian Allroad Experience||–||2017||–|
|Fire & Ice – Iceland Allroad Experience||13||28 July – 9 August||2 places available**|
|13||11 – 23 August||2 places left**|
|Inca’s & Empires – Peru Experience / Asfalt tour||17||11 – 27 September||1 place left**|
|Upper Mustang, the last Tibetan Kingdom – Nepal Allroad||14||2 – 15 October||1 place left**|
|Marrakech Express – Morocco Allroad||8||22 – 29 October||Fully booked|
|Mighty Morocco Experience||9||2 – 10 November||Private tour|
|Surf & Turf – NEW Morocco tour (recon, email for info)||8||12 – 19 November||Fully booked|
|Tribal North Vietnam – All-road Experience (pilot tour)||14||3 – 17 December||3 places available**|
** Guaranteed departure
* Dates are possibly subject to change due to changes in timetables of airlines, trains and ferries.
|Round the Kilimanjaro – Kenya/Tanzania Allroad Experience||14||25 February – 11 March||6 Places available|
|Discover Nepal! – tarmac tour on Classic Enfield motorcycles.||14||17 – 30 March||6 places available|
|Upper Mustang – The Last Forbidden Kingdom – Nepal Allroad tour||14||2 April – 15 April||1 place available**|
|Surf & Turf – Morocco All-road Experience||8||8 -15 April||Places available|
|Wild in Wales – Off-road course + 3 day off-road tour||5||30 April – 4 May||4 Places available**|
|Rockin’ Romaniacs- Romanian Allroad Experience||10||10 – 19 July||Places available|
|Fire & Ice – Iceland Allroad Experience||13||10 – 22 August||Places available|
|Alps Maritime – France/Italian All-road Experience||8||10 -17 September||Places available|
|Beaches & Mountains – Corsica & Sardinia All-road Experience||9||19 – 27 September||Places available|
|Marrakech Express – Morocco Allroad Experience||8||14 – 21 October||Places available|
|Tribal North Vietnam – Allroad Experience||14||11 – 25 November||Places available|
Being passionate about travelling by motorcycle, always looking for new areas to explore and whether you decide to travel with us for a week or a longer period, our aim is to give you a genuine overland experience, off the beaten track and with a healthy dose of adventure!
Motorcycling is about giving you the feeling of ultimate freedom and flexibility. So within our itineraries, you can join the tour leader but you are also free to ride at your own pace, in your own way and decide where and when to stop. All the rest is being arranged, so no worries about where to stay or what if something goes wrong.
Picture: courtesy of Minesh Bacrania, Yosemite Park USA, 2011
Combining two passions: traveling and driving a motorcycle. An unbeatable combination that led me to more than 40 countries by motorbike the last ten years. The feeling of freedom and really being in the present when my bike, the road and environment are in harmony with each other, is what I enjoy most. Traveling means to me to broaden my horizon, deepen my perspectives and meeting the unknown and new people. To experience a wide variety of cultures, lifestyles, scenery and adventure, and off course to go for a ride!
In 2011 I ended my 16-year career as an officer in the Netherlands Air Force and immigrated to Sweden. Being only 39-years ‘young’ I decided to take the jump: to combine my passions with my former job experience in the military and more than 20 years of travel-experience around the world. Until now, not a single day of regret and only more eager to explore those hidden gems of our beautiful planet!
I always have enjoyed traveling. However, meeting Chris meant getting introduced into the world of motorbikes, which added another dimension to exploring the world. Whether it’s for my work or for pleasure: traveling thrills me! Since our six months long trip through North, Central- and South America on our motorbikes in 2011, I’m convinced that driving your bike is one of the best ways to discover our planet. So, as often as possible I will come along as support crew or as one of the riders.
From owner of a gingerbread factory to the mining industry, Jon has done it all and has lots of experience in the Swedish industry on different management positions. He learned to walk on gravel up in the North of Sweden, but he is even harder to beat on tarmac. On the race track even faster and that is his real passion!
But since he retired early he got hit by the travel bug. In 2014 he drove with three other guys on their bikes from Sweden via China to Thailand for three months. Then followed by Kenya and Tanzania, Morocco, Spain, Norway and Iceland. Nowadays as a “time-millionaire” he divides his time between his grandchildren, racing, enduro riding, hunting, fishing and his work as a tour guide.
A gravel-guru and a legend in Sweden and Norway amongst off-road enthusiasts! He worked for many years for SMC, the Swedish Motorcycle Association, as tour-guide and a journalist for motorcycle magazines. Spending time nowadays with his family and grand-children, fishing and of course riding his bike(s) all year around.
With more then 40 years of experience of gravel riding in Sweden and Norway, he knows what gravel riding is all about as nobody else. There are no secret tracks, water passages or gravel roads for him in Sweden and Norway! This means he can easily adapt the routes to the level of riding skills or when weather conditions require so. His tour, in Sweden known as “Til Topps”, is the most popular gravel tour and already sold out for more than 15 years in a row. But now this tour is also available for riders outside Scandinavia, so it’s possible for you to find out what gravel riding in Sweden and Norway is all about!
Jes is a two metre tall Viking from Denmark. He loves nature in all its varieties and the challenges it throws at you. That being whether you travel by foot, on a motorbike, by kayak or on a bicycle. He loves the company of positive folks who are always able to make the best of things. Especially in moments where life or travels sometimes turns out differently than planned.
He might be kind and smiling, but years in the military and police has also taught him, when leadership is necessary to make things happen. Forty years on motorbikes and a life with serious memories from what the power of a motorbike can do to yourself, friends and family makes him care and pay attention to the more insecure and untrained in a group. He hates cooking but he loves a good whiskey..
With a degree in Industrial Design and Engineering she has been involved in various projects all over the world and is accustomed to and enjoy working in multi-national teams, where the ability to speak six languages has been an asset.
With a spirit of adventure, she can be found lots outdoors, driving 4×4’s round the world in the Land Rover G4 Challenge or speedboats through the South Pacific during the Camel Trophy. A yachtmaster since the age of 19, her passion for competitive sailing has allowed her to travel all over the world.
She recently also obtained her motorcycle drivers license, so we will probably see her more often on two wheels in the future.
By making use of local guides and small local businesses and accommodations we try to stimulate the local economy as much as possible. And not only that: they have often much more knowledge of the area to be explored, which gives us the opportunity to get a more genuine experience!
Exploring the unknown..
We do not organize minute-to-minute planned tours. We would like to give you a genuine experience and they are exploratory in nature, team-centric and flexible. Challenges and hurdles can all be part and parcel but these make the journey more interesting and are often the best and most amusing parts when looking back.
At Explore360°, we put the structure in place to enable the group to have an amazing experience. Our founders military background ensures only the highest standards of planning and safety. We have contingency plans in place for most likely scenarios and prepared incident and emergency plans if something goes wrong.
What we believe in:
– We believe in having a genuine experience. By exploring breath-taking landscapes, riding magnificent roads and maybe being a bit out of your comfort-zone or undergoing a culture shock. But simply always having good a time and fun will give you a once in a lifetime experience!
– We believe that motorbike travelling is for everybody! It doesn’t discriminate age, gender, sexual preference or type of bike and so on. You need a flexible, open-minded attitude and the rest will follow!
– We strive to make every Explore360°-experience a unique one! So no itinerary will be exactly the same. In this way it will also stay fun and exiting for us.
– We believe in small intimate groups who want to have fun and a great time together. Fun, not only while driving but also when not driving!
– We believe in having a support vehicle (> 4 persons). This provides more security if a bike brakes down or something else happens. And it gives you the opportunity to drive your motorbike in the most free way possible and enjoy it to the max!
– We believe in stimulating the local economy by making use of additional local guides and small local businesses and accommodations instead of big hotels.
Your own or a rental motorcycle, all is possible! But it’s amongst others depending on the destined country and availability of course. But for some countries (like Iceland) we ship/transport your own bike but you can also rent a motorcycle. Just get in contact when you want to be sure!
Within our itineraries there is place for flexibility and therefor we have scouted different alternative routes. Depending on your wishes, competence and/or weather conditions we offer the possibility to choose from these different routes, what to see and where to eat during the day. Where to sleep is being arranged, so you know where we’ll be at the end of the day. This is another story for our scouting trips though..
This is depending on the destined country, the type of tour and your riding skills and experience. An All-road experience will generally go over asphalt and gravel roads, so a passenger could join on the bike. But some locations, or routes are less suitable for having somebody as a pillion. Just ask what is possible or not. Another option for your partner to come along, is to join in our support-vehicle (limited places available).
Simply e-mail or call us! You can also find more information in the different brochures (PDF). For a “reconnaissance-trips” (recce) we don’t have a brochure yet. Pictures will be taken, and information will be gathered during that trip.
Just fill in and sign the registration form and return it (signed) by e-mail or post. Read before booking the general and specific travel conditions.
See the general and specific travel conditions for our cancellation policy. We do recommend that you arrange a travel and a cancellation-insurance yourself. Check your own (travel and/or house) insurance for the specifics.
We make sure that we at least have been one time ourselves to the destined country during our past travels or a reconnaissance-tour. So we actually know how it is to travel there. For most of our tours we do the reconnaissance, planning, organising and guiding of our travels ourselves. Though, we do co-operate with other motorcycle tour companies and we might hire an additional guide, technician, support-vehicle driver or rent motorbikes locally. This is depending on the destination, type of tour and the size of the group.
Explore360° has lodged security with the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“Kammarkollegiet”). So you are protected under the Swedish law.
Sometimes you simply need a brake, and take in the effect that nature has on us..