Is it possible.. Iceland with passenger (onroad and easy gravelroads)

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  1. Gilbo

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    Hi all,

    I am planning a trip to Iceland and am wondering if it can be done with passenger (my wife).
    So;
    -Are there easy gravel roads that can be done with a GS1200Lc with 3 full panniers and 2 persons? With easy I mean without river crossings no loose sand or big stones.

    -Is end of september, beginning of october a good period?

    I have been there already for work, but that was another adventure :)

    Please help me out with some advice?

    Thanks and greetings from Belgium!
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  2. pip_muenster

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    Yes.



    Hello!

    The limiting factors are the weight of the bike and your experience riding it. Most gravel roads you'll find on a map aren't that difficult, the main challenges are water crossings and soft sand - both of which are marked on good maps. Avoid the sand and let her walk through the water.

    The local road atlas ("Kortabok 1:300,000") will have all roads you'll ever want to ride and important items as sandy areas, water crossings and gas stations marked on it. Always talk to other people about road conditions, but be aware that people driving cars have a different view on difficulties. Browse through Iceland reports and check if you would ride the pictured roads.
    The ring road and most of the west fjords are definitely possible, as well as every road without an F in its name. This includes road 35 which goes across. Many tourist attractions have well maintained access roads as well.

    We had the first freezing night around mid-August, so I would guess, there's a chance of cold nights in September. Iceland can be extremely windy and rainy, so you'll want excellent weather protection that late in the year. I would prefer mid-July to end of August.

    Don't look for excuses, Iceland is a must-see!

    Pip
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  4. Gilbo

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    Thanks for your reply! The river crossings I have seen so far look quite challenging so I will try to avoid this as much as possible


    I asked the above question also on FB in an Iceland Q and A group and the reply I got there is that in the period I would like to go there will be already icy roads.... so next year it will be a nogo for us, and we will try to go in summertime.. petty because I don't like crowdy places

    Advantage in the summer is we could sleep during the day and travel at night


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    None of the places we've visited in July/August 2011 would classify as 'crowded' in my book, and as soon as you follow F roads, you'll be happy to meet a few cars a day which may give an update on conditions ahead ...

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  6. Gilbo

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    Done, great report! Makes me wanna go now. Only the watercrossings fear me off since I have no experience with this matter..


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  7. Taxpayer

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    I would say go for it! I went to iceland past summer. This was my first multi week motorcycle journey, my first ever encounter with 'adventure riding' ( and rivercrossings). I did the trip on my KTM 1190 ADV R, this is a massif bike next to me. I'm only 174cm tall and 65kg. So i figure if i can do it, most other people can do it!

    The rivercrossings, well you get used to it, slowely you start to look forward to the next crossing, but there are difficult ones to cross! Not going to lie about it. But when it gets to difficult, just power walk the bike through the river! No shame in that! I did it about 3 times, because i didn't want to risk drowning the bike. I probably don't have to explain that taking a risk is fun when you're playing in your backyard like close to home. But when you are out and about a few thousand km's from home, having to catch a Ferry on time, you will have to play safe.

    I started alone on this trip, but quickly i met a couple from France, (this info wil intrest you). Two up on a BMW GS, fully laden with alu panniers. We decided to give it a try and stay together for the first days of travel in iceland. Since none of us knew exactly what to expect on the F pistes / mountian tracks. I can tell you they did exactly everything that all the solo riders did! From rocky pistes, hard packed gravel to loose sandy sections. (there issn't much loose sand, i only experienced it 2 times for very short distances. So this should not scare you off). Except for the rivercrossings, the wife got off the bike and walked through the rivers while the husband rode the heavy GS through the river.

    Riding iceland two up issn't an impossible task to complete. Besides you can always change the route a bit and stay on tarmac ( ring road) I went to iceland to ride as much as possible on the pistes and through the rivers, but even on the tarmac i enjoyed myself very much! The views are SO spectacular! You and the misses just have to be prepared to have wet feet! And no the boots don't dry over night!

    What more can i say...

    The west fjords are a MUST DO! But take atleast 3days! Sometimes the road 'stops' and becomes gravel. But no rivers here.

    F550 and F35 will give you the best highland experience without rivercrossings.

    Askja, F910 and F88, F910 route is longer and has about 4 rivers to cross, but overall easyer. The F88 is the shorter one but most difficult, starts or ends up near myvatn area. On the F88 there is this one crossing which can be tricky, 30m wide, 70cm deep and with quite a strong flow of water. Offcourse all this depends on weather conditions. Total of 3 crossings with one being difficult to cross.

    F26 or sprengisandur route, because of good weather conditions i got the light or easy version of it. Even the river near Nyidalur was reassonable easy. But if they have a wet summer or the last days have been full of rain i guess it can be tricky route to tackle. Long, quite a few rivers to cross. But you can camp in the middle @ Nyidalur campsite.

    Go on the Ferry, talk to other Bikers which there will be plenty and chances are you don't have to travel alone or atleast you could team up with others and help eachother get past the first rivercrossing.


    All in all i would advice you to go!! Like i said before if i can manage most others will do just fine.


    My RR

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/respect-the-elves-or-else-iceland-rr.1172748/
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  8. Gilbo

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    Thanks for your reply, great tips
    I already read you trip report, nice trip.

    Since we already had planned our days off for 2017 end September, beginning October we will not be able to go to Iceland this year but we will definitely go in 2018, should we stay healthy that is

    So now I have a whole year to plan our trip! Again thanks for your usefull tips

    I keep using this thread should we need more advice.




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  9. Gilbo

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    I just notice we are from the same country


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