Iceland tracks

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  1. 1.Rider

    1.Rider Been here awhile

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    Iceland &#8211; the land of the sagas &#8211; is definitely a land for off-road adventure! Friendly people, magnificent scenery &#8211; and plenty of gravel roads, trails, and open wilderness. Add some decent camping gear, riding equipment, and a few secret dreams &#8211; and get moving&#8230;:freaky <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    For bikers starting from Europe, Norröna, the Smyril line ferry from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Denmark</st1:country-region></st1:place> http://www.smyrilline.com/ is a good starting point. For others, renting a bike is probably the way to go, or a guided tour from a company like bikingviking (http://www.bikingviking.is/).:1drink <o:p></o:p>
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    The season is basically summer (June-August). And you find a lot of updated information of Road conditions and weather at http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather Information on road conditions is entered from 7:00 - 22:00 and are displayed almost immediately. Outside these hours, information remains unchanged and is erased at some point after midnight. Weather information comes from automatic weather stations and is therefore updated on a 24-hour basis.:deal <o:p></o:p>
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    The best routable Garmin map is: GPS <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Kort</st1:City> <st1:country-region w:st="on">Iceland</st1:country-region> <st1:postalCode w:st="on">2009</st1:postalCode> <st1:State w:st="on">NT</st1:State></st1:place> (V4.0) http://www.nordicstore.net/gps_map_of_iceland_2492_prd1.htm Plenty of free non-routable gps-maps around, but if you can afford to go, you will probably want this map&#8230; :clap (Please note <o:p></o:p>
    City Navigator Europe NT 2010.1 does not cover <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Iceland</st1:country-region></st1:place> sufficiently at present).<o:p></o:p>
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    A good starting point is the Icelandic F-roads. These mountain roads are mainly single track 4x4 roads. The road surface may span from gravel to loose (volcanic) sand and rocks &#8211; and most are not bridged &#8211; so be prepared to ford some rivers and do some vading.:wink: <o:p></o:p>
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    F985 is a nice slightly technical steep single track gravel and rocky road, (at places in the range of 30%). It will take you from sea level and the ring road up to Jöklasel at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="15,2 km">15,2 km</st1:metricconverter>, <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="800 m">800 m</st1:metricconverter> amsl, and the edge of Vatnajökull, (the part called Skálafellsjökull). If the weather is nice you will have a splendid view from the top and on your way down.:D
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    20090716 - <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="32 km">32 km</st1:metricconverter> total up and back down – just over one hour of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80.:clap

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    You may read others opinion on LookingForAdventure’s post #22 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=485324&page=2<o:p></o:p>

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    F208 is a beautiful <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="87 km">87 km</st1:metricconverter> drive through <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Fjallabak</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place> between Vatna- and Myrdalsjökull. :clap

    Lonely planet <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Iceland</st1:place></st1:country-region> recommends it with a small warning: ”The road deteriorates into a valley route along a riverbed and effectively becomes a 10 km-long ford interspersed with jaunts across the odd sandbar or late snowfield”. When I made the trip in mid season (mid July) I counted 13 wadings (marked with waypoints) and several minor splashes. The first one (coming from the coast) being the most difficult with some current, leg deep and withh rocks and boulders.:evil The others mainly with sandy bottom.:1drink Going solo with a heavy bike I chose to dogpaddle the first, and ride the rest after walking them first to find the best path to cross.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    About <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="10 km">10 km</st1:metricconverter> aftert the last wading (WP13) you can take left at F224 for a short km to Landmannalaugar. (This spot is very popular with hot pools, and can be easily reached from the Northwest with out wading).

    Along F208 (after the F208 F224 intersection) you will find some areas of loose volcanic sand, but nothing really technical – even with a big bike.:puke1 <o:p></o:p>
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    20090717 - <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="100 km">100 km</st1:metricconverter> total from the ring road to 26 – just short of five hours of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80 aired down to F 1,8 and R 2,1 Bar.<o:p></o:p>
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    I recommend to read Kim and Mike's “Most Excellent Adventure” RR, (F208 at post #136-138 and post #160-161), with stunning pictures :clap http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=443916&page=10

    <o:p>And at Zwerver’s RR, (post #6 Day 11, to Landmannalaugar)<o:p></o:p>
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    The Kjölur highlandroute F35 between Lang- and Hofsjökull starts just north of Gullfoss, (which is one of the most popular tourist waterfalls on <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Iceland</st1:country-region></st1:place>), and ends about <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="150 km">150 km</st1:metricconverter> north close to Eiðsstaðir. The road cuts through the interior and connects the Southwest to the Northwest. It is an easy, but fairly long drive. :D <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Along F35 you will find some rocky portions and a little sand, but nothing close to technical – even with a big bike. All river crossings are bridged, only one minor splash remains.:D
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    20090718 - <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="136 km">136 km</st1:metricconverter> (of the 150 odd km before I turned off at a local track) – just over three hours of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80.<o:p></o:p>
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    I recommend having a look at Zwerver’s RR, (F35 at post #7 “Part 3 - Day 15, over the Kjölur to Hveravellir...) http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269604<o:p></o:p>

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    F690 is basically a mountain route along a valley from jct 690 and 602 to 61. You will find some rocky portions, but most is smooth hard packed sand/gravel. Nothing close to technical – even with a big bike. Only one minor wade (or splash when I rode it) remains.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    20090720 - <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="17 km">17 km</st1:metricconverter>, just about half an hour of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80.<o:p></o:p>

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    F862 runs <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="52 km">52 km</st1:metricconverter> north from the ring road #1, just East of Myvatn and Krafla, to #85 through <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeName w:st="on">Dettifoss</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st="on">National Park</st1:placeType></st1:place>. About midway you may take F886 for about <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="3 km">3 km</st1:metricconverter> to the parking for Dettifoss and Selfoss – two of the best of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Icelands</st1:place></st1:country-region> very scenic waterfalls.:clap

    The ride is pleasant :D only a few odd rocks and potholes to look out for and some portions with a shallow layer of sand. Nothing really technical – even with a big bike - only a couple of splashes when I rode it, (but this may be different early in the season).:eek1

    I recommend having a look at post #77 of Kim and Mike's Most Excellent 2009 Icelandic Adventure RR : http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=443916&page=6<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    20090722 - <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="58 km">58 km</st1:metricconverter>, with the short detour down F886 to Dettifoss. Riding time, just about one and a half hour of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80 aired down. :1drink <o:p></o:p>

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    We were out a little east of Vik. Rental 4x4. Wife was going to drive back so put the hotel in Reykjavik in the GPS (some Garmin from the rental company) even though it was obviously west on the ring road.

    Damn GPS said to turn EAST on Rte 1, and gave a drive time of like dunno maybe 17 hours! And it kept saying to do that, over and over, even trying to hit Detour, even turning it off & on, etc. etc. We just drove with it off until we were all the way back to Selfoss, and then it routed correctly.

    Now the scary thing is, Wife usually sets a GPS to "Track Up". I usually use North Up so that I can see which way I am going in relation to the planet. Wife has no sense of direction so if she had set it herself (I was going to take a nap). With Track Up as far as she would have been concerned, of course she would be going the right way, straight up, and it was what the GPS said.

    So anyway, it was disturbing but we were wondering if it was from Rte. 1 being a "ring road" so the destination could be reached by driving in either direction...
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    Hard to say what the exact problem was for you. I suspect mapping software:huh I experienced NO such problems with the mentioned GPS Kort Iceland on my Garmin Zumo 660 during the entire tour of Iceland:freaky
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    This local 4x4 route from the northern part of F35 to 722, also called Svinadalur-Vatnsdalur route is about <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="150 km">26 km</st1:metricconverter>. The road cuts NW from F35 to 722 and then the ring road. It is less travelled and a nice escape from the touristy F35.
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    Along the route you will find some rutted and sandy portions, which depending on wx might starts to get a little technical – with a big bike. The descend down to Vatnsdalur is steep and with a few rocks thrown in.:D

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    20090718 - <st1:metricconverter w:st="on" ProductID="136 km">26 km</st1:metricconverter> – just short of one hour of riding – Solo w/camping gear – ‘08 GSA w/TKC 80.<o:p></o:p>

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    1.Rider Been here awhile

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    Thanks, you are right. The route previously named F35 is now officially route 35. Ref map at http://www.vegagerdin.is/media/umferd-og-faerd/Halendi.pdf from the official Icelandic road agency. Btw a great map and web site
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    PS The prefix F stands for Fjallvegir (Fjall=Mountain and vegir=road). As you can see on the map they put a V (Vad=vade/ford) on the route to indicate (major) fords. There is how ever not a requirement to have a ford to be a mountain road (Fxxx) allthough most F-roads do have them. (Eg F985, F936, F946 ... has none)

    PPS Your pictures are stunning:thumb If you have any track files please feel free to poste them!
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