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Old 03-07-2014, 03:38 AM   #16
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After the tire was pumped up and the wheel in the bike again we got moving. We wanted to look at a route that we read about in a offroad guide for Iceland. There was one watercrossing that was warned about. It was supposed to have big rocks and need more than the rider to get the bike across.



When we reached the crossing there was just a 4x4 coming from the other direction. We watched it cross. The water wasn't very deep, but the 4x4 was bouncing around quite a bit. Since it was supposed to be the only notable crossing and I didn't fancy wet pants and boots the rest of the day I stripped and put on my sandles.





The water was ice-cold and and I could hardly stay on my feet. The rocks were the size of a soccer ball, covered with green slim, and slippery as hell. I only made it half way through then turned around. There was no way Sandra and I could keep the bike upright through this. Maybe with more helping hands it would work but not like this. We had to turn around.

Since we were so far in the west allready we decided to make a tour through the western fjords. And then the weather turn good. Sun, oh yes.



There is water everywhere.



During a break Sandra found blueberries that made a nice snack.



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Old 03-07-2014, 05:22 AM   #17
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Great thread, subscribed!

I'm planning to ride Iceland coming August / September, so I'll be reading with great interest!
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:44 AM   #18
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In perfect weather we went around the fjords.
There were nice views..





and at the end of this dead end road you reached a cliff with some cute little inhabitants.



Aren't they cute.



There were thousands of puffins on this cliff and you got really close to them to watch.



On the way there and back we past a ship sitting on the beach. No idea what's the story.





We then made our way down to Reykjavík and the weather turned bad again.





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Old 03-11-2014, 05:55 AM   #19
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Amazing pictures, keep them coming! I've now booked the ferry from Hirtshals on Sept 13th. Now I'm really looking forward to the trip...!
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:57 AM   #20
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Garoar oldest steel ship in Iceland

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Old 03-11-2014, 06:31 PM   #21
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It's nice to see that they have cleaned her up a bit.
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Old 03-12-2014, 03:58 AM   #22
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In the capital.



With a modern church





We even went to eat some strange stuff like mink whale and even puffin breast. Was good.





Leaving Reykjavík in the rain we came across some more old turf houses.





Then we prepared for the highland again.
Because the doctor always says you should drink alot, and because the local liquor shop that we accicentaly stumbeled into had a special offer we ended up with some fluid that just fit in my tankbag.



Then we went for a ride on the moon.



Spectacular scenery .







And before we arrived in Landmanalaugar and the campsite there was a bit of water.





It was a cool windy evening with some drops every now and then. It took two to get the tent up and some shelter from the wind to get a meal ready. We were in bed early and had a cup of grape juice (or two)before falling a sleep.

The next morning was different and we woke up to this.

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Old 03-12-2014, 04:02 AM   #23
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Thanks everyone for your kind replies. I'm glad you like the report so far.

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Hey BIG^DALY, thanks for clarifying the boot story. Interesting. Cheers Thomas
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:20 AM   #24
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hi tomas glad you had a nice time in iceland .....great pictures i lived in the westfjords for 20 something years how did you like it there ...i shall be doing a
bit of riding this summer westfjords mostly on my 88 rdo3 africa twin there are just so many places to ride here on duelsport bikes...keep sending your pics i
hope to add some iceland pics this summer...iceland
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:24 AM   #25
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We decided to go for a hike and put our walking boots on.

Here some impresions of the landscape there.



























When we came back to the tent it was around noon and there was still time to go on. So back through the water.

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Old 03-13-2014, 05:14 AM   #26
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Nice photos. I'm sure Iceland is even more beautiful to be there, than the pix reveal. Thanks for posting.

BTW, nice name!
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #27
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Beautiful pictures Thomas. I hadn't seriously considered taking a trip to ride in Iceland before. Now I know that I will go ride there someday.

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Old 03-14-2014, 04:14 AM   #28
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hi tomas glad you had a nice time in iceland .....great pictures i lived in the westfjords for 20 something years how did you like it there ...i shall be doing a
bit of riding this summer westfjords mostly on my 88 rdo3 africa twin there are just so many places to ride here on duelsport bikes...keep sending your pics i
hope to add some iceland pics this summer...iceland
Hi icelandmg066, the westfjords were nice exept that you didn't get anywhere. Riding around a fjord you pass the place you have been an hour ago but is just a couple of meters across the water.
Cheers Thomas
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Old 03-14-2014, 04:27 AM   #29
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Thanks for your replies the rest of you. Glad you like it.

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The route Sandra picked next was going to have 10-20 watercrossings (cann't remember the exact number) as the guide book said. It turned out that there were a lot but nothing really bad. Most I did 2up. Sandra only had to walk very little.












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Old 03-14-2014, 05:03 AM   #30
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Hi icelandmg066, the westfjords were nice exept that you didn't get anywhere. Riding around a fjord you pass the place you have been an hour ago but is just a couple of meters across the water.
Cheers Thomas......

i have heard people say that about the fjords its a long way in and out but at least they have the roads surfaced now to the north of isafjordur.....and i think very beutifull scenery i noticed on your map of the route you took you didnt do ..snæfellsness.. its on the west side of the country....maybe next time but you did a lot of highlands and it looks like you both had a good time great pics you have....iceland

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