Iceland is a dream vacation spot for a lot of bicycle vacationers. Click on right here to look at my Iceland bike tour video.
This European island is the house to a mere 300,000+ residents and comprises a number of the most huge and spectacular landscapes in all the world. I’ve been eager to expertise Iceland for myself for a number of years now… and I’ll be getting that likelihood this coming Could!
On Could 4th, I land in Iceland with my buddy and school roommate, Brandon Roesler, and collectively we are going to cycle roughly 800 miles round Iceland over a interval of 24 days.
24 days might look like a whole lot of time to see such a small nation, however bicycle touring is a gradual endeavor and we plan to do extra than simply rack up the miles whereas within the nation.
Above you will notice a map of the approximate route we plan to take round Iceland on our bicycles… and a extra in-depth breakdown of this route will be discovered under.
Fly Into Keflavik Worldwide Airport
We fly into Iceland on the morning of Could 4th. After we land, we’ll assemble our bicycles and take off towards Reykjavik. It’s a brief 30 mile experience from the airport to Iceland’s capital, in order that’s in all probability all we’ll do on day primary.
Inventory Up In Reykjavik – The Capital
We’ll spend a day or two in Reykjavik – each exploring town and stocking up on meals and provides for our enterprise into the wilderness. Whereas in Reykjavik, we’ll even be collaborating in a brief one-day bicycle tour with Reykjavik Bike Excursions.
Discover Our Environment At Thingvellir Nationwide Park
We’ll then cycle north towards Thingvellir Nationwide Park. A lot of the campgrounds in Iceland don’t open till Could fifteenth or later, so we’ll must fend for ourselves and camp within the wild with out entry to bogs, showers, or any fashionable facilities.
Marvel At The Geyser in Geysir
Then we’ll experience a brief distance additional north-east to Geysir, the situation of Iceland’s most well-known hot-water geyser.
Off-Highway It To Friðland Að Fjalllabaki
After Geysir we start an extended and exquisite off-road experience towards an extremely scenic and distant space of Iceland referred to as Friðland Að Fjalllabaki. We plan to spend a number of nights tenting on this remoted area of the nation earlier than persevering with south and hitting up with the Ring Highway.
Roll Onto the Ring Highway At Kirkjubaejarklaustur
The Ring Highway is the 832 mile (1,339 km) street that runs across the perimeter of Iceland. We had initially considered biking all the best way round this street whereas we had been within the nation, however determined that doing so would stop us from seeing a few of Iceland’s extra remoted areas.
Camp On The Edge Of The Vatnajokull Glacier
Touring north on the Ring Highway, we are going to cycle our technique to the bottom of the Vatnajokull Glacier and camp out for a day or two within the Skaftafell Nationwide Park. Throughout our time right here we are going to discover the close by glacier and soak up the great thing about the ocean.
Head West On The Ring Highway
Then we’ll leap again on the Ring Highway as soon as once more and head south, again within the path we beforehand got here from, and proceed previous the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, again in direction of Vestmannaeyjabær, Pörsmörk, and Selfoss. We’ll then cycle again by means of Reykjavik and proceed biking north in direction of the Snaefellnes Peninsula.
Cycle Alongside The Snaefellnes Peninsula
It would take us about three days of heavy biking to succeed in the peninsula, however as soon as we get there we can soak up a few of Iceland’s most lovely beach-side landscapes. I’m hoping to see some puffins and different native wildlife as effectively!
Soak It All In At Snaefellsjoekull Nationwide Park
Then we’ll end the journey with a fast cycle across the Snaefellsjokull Glacier, earlier than turning round and heading again to Reykjavik and the airport at Keflavik. At this level, Brandon will fly residence, again to america, and I’ll proceed on the UK and mainland Europe after that.
Word: This route round Iceland isn’t essentially set in stone, and I’m certain that our journey plans will change a bit as soon as we land within the nation. However hopefully this offers you a common sense of the place we plan to go throughout our 24 days within the nation, and the kind of surroundings we anticipate to come across alongside the best way.
What do you consider the route we’ve got deliberate? Do you might have any ideas on what else we must always see and do whereas we’re there? Go away a remark under if in case you have a query or a remark.
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