An Icelandic Saga

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Wildman, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Putting this back up.

    Three days out from the UK through France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany to Hirtshals at the northern tip of Denmark. Arranged to meet up with Modman from this parish:

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    Bikes safely stowed:

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    Arrived at the Faroe Isles en route:

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    Overnight to Iceland.
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  2. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Very picturesue leaving Torshavn. Real pity that I didn't have the time to spend a couple of days here but as it is, I've only got a week on Iceland. At least there's a reason to come back sometime!

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    Wildman In my castle

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    Early Thursday morning, the weather is set fair and Iceland comes in to view:

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    The MS Norröna slides into one of the eastern fjords:

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    Seyðisfjörður, our destination:

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    heavy_-j Need me some Adv!

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    Now theres a country I would LOVE to see by motorcycle! Or just see in general.......enjoy guys! That should be awesome.....
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    will be stunning scenario, waiting for more !! :clap:freaky
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  6. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    First destination, Dettifoss, Europe's larges waterfall by volume made famous in the opening scene of Prometheus:

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    We take the "bad road" to get the good view giving us our first off road experience on Iceland.

    Pushing on, we arrive at our target destination of Lake Mývatn in good time and pitch camp:

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    With a commanding view over the lake:

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  7. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    It never truly got dark overnight and Friday morning slowly greeted us with a chilly, wet and windy start. We eventually got tents packed away and hatched a plan to take an easy day riding to the top of the Kjalvegur aka the Kjölur Route, Iceland's main north/south thoroughfare; 104 miles of unpaved road.

    What cheers the soul and warms the heart on a cold, wet and windy day? Bacon for lunch!

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    The lack of photo opportunities does give me the chance to introduce the travellers. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Wildman aka Mildman to anyone who's met me in meatspace:

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    The Wildman moniker comes from my mothers side of the family and is just a name that I use. In fact, if any of you Cannucks knew Cariboo Motorcycles in Port Moody, BC a few years back, you may know my uncle Dave Wildman. Here I am, still damp from the ride to the ferry, settling into my sumptuous accommodation on board the MS Noronna:

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    My fellow traveller is Modman. He's a bit younger than me prompting a few, "Is this your son", comments and a more experienced and more confident off-road rider than me. He's also got 'ants in his pants' and can't sit still for one damned minute!

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    Saturday and still he rain falls but the forecast is fair and we set off in hope of a fine ride. I'll let the pictures tell the story:

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  9. Wildman

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    You may be getting the impression by now that one of us speeds off at break-neck speed and stops every now and then to le the other catch up and that the "other" is me! We are the hare and the tortoise made real.

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    The Kjölur Route spits you out at Gulfoss and Geysir:

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    Wildman In my castle

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    So how do you beat a day on the Kjalvegur? Go to Landmannalaugar and ride the Fjallabaksleið!

    A quick visit to Godafoss ...

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    ... and Haifoss ...

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    ... which was awesome ... and we're off on the F208 and the fantastic F225:

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  13. ROYMACNIC

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    Looks spectacular Wildman,great photo's ,I hope to get there myself one day,looking forward to the rest.
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    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    This is an awesome thread and I'm very much enjoying it already. Thanks for sharing with us
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    Wildman In my castle

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    Thanks fellas. :thumbup

    So where were we? Ah, yes, riding like Gods through the rivers of the Fjallabaksleið in Landmannalaugar. :D

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  16. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    ... and through the lava fields:

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  17. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    .. and across the muddy plateaux:

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  18. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    ... and generally into what feels like the middle of nowhere so that the last thing that you expect to see, let alone catching you at a rate of knots, is ...

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    A damned bus!
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  19. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    no matter how many times I see pictures from there I just cannot get over how desolate and beautiful it looks. Keep those awesome images coming. You could never post too many for me
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    Great keep'em coming!!
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