Biking in Iceland

28 December 2013
Iceland

This summer I spent three unbelievable weeks in Iceland, alone in a land where nature is powerful and takes great effect.
My Fargo and thousands of sheep kept me company and cheered me up.
After reaching Iceland, I left from Keflavik and I made for the northern lands along the famous Kjalvegur F35. Pedaling along this road alongside glaciers was extremely incredible, and it seemed that the road was endless.

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After traveling north, I proceeded along the Ring road going past Dettifoss, the powerful waterfall, and Myvatn, a stunning lake with banks formed by lava flows from ancient volcanic eruptions. Thereafter, I reached Egilsstadir, riding through its fabulous fiords to the east.
Nature rules in this land. A day can change from sunny to rainy in a few hours and the wind never quits blowing, and sure enough, riding against the wind was very strenuous.

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Unfortunately during my 20-day trip, I had 17 days of wind in my face, but I got used to it day by day, and the incredible landscapes helped me forget my exertion.
One of the most memorable moments of the trip, which really touched my heart, was in the southern part of the country, in the Jokulsarlon Lake area.

The day I arrived at Jokulsarlon Lake was my most difficult, as I spent 20 hours to ride there! But my goal was to sleep in front of its spectacular panorama.

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My emotions were uncontrollable in front of this breathtaking view, iceberg blocks were moving slowly along the river facing the biggest European glacier, and after a hundred meters they gradually went away, reaching the ocean.
A glacier and the ocean, hundred of birds fishing, so many sounds and colors. So much water and a bunch of sea lions. It was almost too much to take in at one time. This place is not for the weak of heart.

Landmannalaugar is another unforgettable place in the southern lands. Its colored hills are painted like an artist’s painting. I had the chance to go through these beautiful hills, and then I joined the F26 road, and finally reached the Ring road. This road was the most beautiful one of the whole trip. Here, each shape and color seemed like entering another dimension. It was like being on another planet!

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This country did not remind me of any place else I’ve been. I had the chance to appreciate the true spirit of the journey during my solo trip in Iceland. The nature and surroundings constantly encouraged me to keep up the pace.

Iceland was truly fantastic and I would visit it hundreds of times, but for now, there are many other places to explore while riding my bike.

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Thank you Salsa!

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