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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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    There are also a number of tunnels. The 7 km Vestfjaroagong tunnel that opened in 1996 and ended the winter isolation of 3 villages by connecting them to Isafjordur. There are actually several side tunnels from this tunnel of 2.9 and 2.1 kms. This was the last tunnel with one-way sections built here in Iceland.


    [​IMG]north fjords 144 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The going in was pretty good, but the going out was into the wind and much colder and harder work.


    [​IMG]blonduos 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Here in Blonduos there is a not bad campground that was luckily out of the wind. The best part was the N1 across the road where you could get a cold beer. This is a difficult thing in Iceland since you buy liquor at special stores that have very limited hours. At the gas station restaurants they can sell you a beer if they open it. Otherwise they only sell low alcohol beer.
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yesterday was just about making miles out of the isolated western fjords and toward the Northern section of the island. Today is much the same, but over a smaller distance with more scenic stops on the way to Husavik.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 6.14.47 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    From Blonduos we went northeast across the peninsula on the small roads and then up the nest to the pretty town of Hofsos. Here there are some basalt columns from cooling lava, and hot pools.




    [​IMG]husavik 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    We headed south to the city of Akureyi, which is the largest in the north. Here we could stock up on food at the famous Bonus discount grocery store. Here we were back on the highway 1 and continued east to the famous Godafoss falls. Legend says that in the year 999 the “lawspeaker” made Christianity the official religion of Iceland and after his conversion he threw his statues of the Norse Gods into the falls.




    [​IMG]husavik 42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is the whale capital of Iceland and the start of the Diamond route in north Iceland. The main sites on this route are the town of Husavik, Asbyrgi Canyon, Lake Myvatn, and Dettifoss falls. The campground here is situated with a nice view and about a 500m walk to the center.



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 6.15.30 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    Leaving town north we spotted one of the many sod houses you can see here.


    [​IMG]mytvan 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]mytvan 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Dan found a motocross track and had to take the fully loaded 800 for a spin.



    [​IMG]mytvan 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]mytvan 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We took the paved road up and around to stop at the visitor’s center at Asbyrgi Canyon. This canyon is a horseshoe shaped depression in the Vatnajokull National Park. It is 3.5 km long and 1.1 km across. It is divided for about half the way by a rock “island” popular for hiking. The canyon cliffs are 100 meters high and there is a nice nature walk at the trailhead.



    [​IMG]mytvan 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]mytvan 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we took the dirt road on the west side of the Jokulsa a Fjollum river. The narrow road has a surprising amount of traffic especially nearer the south end. The busses just come flying down the road towards you with their huge dust cloud.



    [​IMG]mytvan 11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    Midway you can stop to see the lava echo rock formations at Hljodaklettar. The clusters of basalt rock columns are horizontal here instead of the usual vertical ones formed when lava is rapidly cooling. This creates an echo effect that makes it impossible to tell in which direction the roar of the river is coming from.


    [​IMG]mytvan 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



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    Absolutely stunning .
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey thanks so much, but the photos do not do Iceland justice! It was constantly jaw dropping!
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    As you continue on the road south it gets a bit sandy in spots and speeding mini busses become a hazard. The road is paved jut at the entrance to Dettifoss. These falls are 100 meters wide and the drop is 45 meters and said to be the most powerful falls in Europe.


    [​IMG]FILE0667 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    The road continues south to meet the highway 1 and we went east towards Reykjahlid on the northeast shore of Lake Myvatn. On the way you will find the geothermal park of Hverir. This moon like landscape has boiling mud pots, steam vents, and colorful mineral deposits. The stench of sulphur can be a bit overwhelming.



    [​IMG]mytvan 39 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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    Nearing the village there is a nature bath and an ice blue lake created by the geothermal plant.



    [​IMG]mytvan 50 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We did stay at the campground here despite warnings of horrible midges for which the lake gets its name. There was a breeze and cool weather and so we were midge free. The local rec center has a hot pool so we all went for a soak.


    [​IMG]mytvan loop 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


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