Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Trip Transport

Trip Transport Shipping the bike and yourself.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

UK Motorcycle Shipping Experts!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 25 Oct 2001
Ian Ian is offline
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: UK
Posts: 427
Eastern Canada to Iceland?

Anyone shipped a bike (by sea) along this route?

Thanks in advance
Reply With Quote
Old 27 Oct 2001
Susan Johnson's Avatar
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Canada
Posts: 710
Hi Ian

I would be surprised if you found anybody shipping from Canada to Iceland, the only info I could find says that ferries to Iceland run in summer from Europe (Bergen, Norway and Hantsholm, Denmark) and the Shetland and Faroe Islands. The ferry company is Smyril Line - http://www.smyril-line.com.

There are also shipping companies which run year-round, but their websites are in Icelandic, so no help there.

"The country’s location in the middle of the North Atlantic makes sea transport less feasible in winter, as the sea can be very rough. Thus sea transport is used for tourism mainly in the summer."

Good luck and let us know if you're successful!

Susan www.horizonsunlimited.com
Susan Johnson

Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jan 2002
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 943

Have you tried contacting one of the international airlines that are based in Iceland and asking them if they would be interested in shipping your bike on a 'space available' basis?

If you are planning to ship during a time period that is low or shoulder season for air travel, then you could get a very good deal from the airline. If they have aircraft going out with less than a full loads by weight and cube, then they would probably be happy to pick up US$ 1,000 or perhaps even less for taking your bike. This is a whole heck of a lot less money than 'positive space' air freight would cost you.

A used motorcycle is considered 'dangerous goods' so far as IATA is concerned - UN number 3166, which is "Vehicle, flammable liquid powered" but generally all you have to do is comply with IATA packing instruction 900, which you can get details of from any airline cargo office. Usually, this means you show up with less than a gallon of gas, and disconnect the battery.

Two airlines you might want to contact are Icelandair and Atlantica. I'm sorry I don't have contact info or URL's for either of them. If your motorcycle is large, you will probably be restricted to a widebody aircraft that can accept a LD6 container.
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jan 2002
Susan Johnson's Avatar
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Canada
Posts: 710
Icelandair's website:

Can't find any contact details for Air Atlantica, just a reference that it exists.

Good luck and safe travels!

Susan Johnson
Share the Dream at <A HREF="http://www.HorizonsUnlimited.com

" TARGET=_blank>www.HorizonsUnlimited.com

Susan Johnson

Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Jan 2002
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Matane, Quebec
Posts: 90

My girlfriend and I spent a year up in a small inuit village on the North Hudson Bay Coast of Quebec, Puvirnituq. After several attempts at riding across the Hudson bay on spiked tires we grew tired of the cold. I shipped out Honda xrs down south by boat. The shipping season by boat was only several months going Northern Canada, but I think that there are some flights that may get you going North in the general direction of greenland. The planes are faster and fly year around Check out First Air Cargo, they have links with some other shipping companies that go in that 'general' direction, but I don't know if Iceland is on the list. Look into it, they are based out of Mirabel Airport in Montreal. Air Inuit, might be of some help. I have friends that work with them and maybe just...
Sorry I don't know the name of the boat shipping company.
If not wait for January and ride there, if you change your mind you can come join us here in Zanzibar, the only ice is in my gin and tonic
good luck
Reply With Quote
Old 5 Jan 2002
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 943
First Air makes the occasional charter flight to Greenland, but I don't think their business takes them to Iceland much. Here's a link to their scheduled services:First Air sked route map
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 16:08.