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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Next we moved onto Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the also 60 meter falls. Leaving here there was some very gusting heavy winds. This is the same location where near the end of our trip the highway was closed due to high winds that had blow several cars and a camper off the road.



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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived in Grindavik in the south west of the Island with the intention of camping, but the winds were howling and it was 4 degrees and raining. It is shocking how expensive a room in a guesthouse (shared bath) is on Iceland. Almost as much as Scotland Gino. We did not have much choice and hunkered down for the night.





    We woke up to a dreary day, but it was barely raining now and not really very windy. From Grindavik we rode up to the airport to meet our friends Gord and Adrianna who have come from Vancouver to spend 2 weeks with us exploring Iceland.




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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did some touring of the Reykjanes Peninsula including a visit to the Viking museum and Bridge between the continents. This is a bridge that allows you to cross the continental divide from the Eurasian continental plate to the American plate.


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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had tickets to the Blue lagoon today, but instead of taking the paved road there we rode cross-country on a dirt track that was on the GPS, but not on the map. This was thru a lava fields. Along the way there were several steam vents visible and finally the pipes for “harvesting” the steam.



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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Blue lagoon itself is very expensive for a soak in the wastewater from the nearby geothermal plant, but was a relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon.



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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we continued north towards Reykjavik, but stopped for the night in nearby Hafnarfjordur, which according to the signage is the city of Vikings, Elves, and lava. It apparently has the largest concentration of elves, dwarves, and hidden people on the island! It is set in a 7000-year old lava field and is home to a large Viking festival every summer. That said it is a very picturesque fishing town with brightly colored metal or wood clad houses.



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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first stop was at Geysir to see the hot water eruptions. The Great geyser was dormant before an 1896 earthquake and by 1910 was active about every 30 minutes this frequency declined over time and then only rarely. Since an earthquake in 2000 it became active again but by 2003 was only erupting about 3 times a day. The nearby Strokkur geyser erupts up to 30 meters every few minutes. It is very cool to stand there and watch the pool start to swirl and then splash over the sides. This increases in intensity until suddenly a large bubble appears followed by a huge plume of hot water.




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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Next we rode over to Gullfoss, which is one of the most popular attractions on the island. The river makes a sharp turn and flows down a wide 3-tier staircase and then abruptly crashes into a 32-meter deep crevice. From a certain angle it looks like the river disappears into the earth. There was a lot of controversy here since the plan was to use the river to generate electricity. It was saved because of the failure of investors to raise the money and the land was sold to the state for protection.


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  15. kgbkgbkgb

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    Good geological observations!)))
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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks so much. Wait until you see Myvatn region!
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We tried to make a circle route by heading further east to get one of the infamous “F” roads (F338) back, but arriving at the start of the dirt road we found it was blocked off due to snow! We backtracked a bit and headed to the campground at Thingvellir.



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    Here several other riders joined us. We had run into these 3 German guys several days in a row and so we felt it was time for a photo op.



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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In the morning we toured the National Park. This is an important site as it was the location of the first parliament established in 930 and remaining here until 1798. The park was founded in 1930 to mark the 1000 th anniversary. It is also a location where you can see the continental plates are pulling apart.


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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our plan for the day was to head north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.



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    We did take the long way around the fjord and not the tunnel shortcut and we also took 40 km loop on the dirt roads towards the west coast to see the wetlands. Here you can see a lot of the famous Icelandic horses.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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