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|We arrived in Keflavik on July, 3rd. Our first destination was Bláa Lónið, the "Blue Lagoon", which is a tiny lake of warm and intense blue excess water from a thermic power plant. The solved salts make it a good medicine for psoriasis and eczema and the steam of the power plant gives the lagoon a mystical touch. Besides that (and more important for us) you can have lots of fun (we re-visited it four weeks later before leaving Iceland) by relaxing or swimming closer to the plant, where the water gets hotter and hotter....|
|Reykjavik, which is the only real town in Iceland, was to be visited again at the end of our tour. So we didn't stay there too long. We only bought a new tent (because we believed our tent to be good - it is, but not for the icelandic rain) and a gas cooker (the old one was left at Vienna Airport because of danger of explosion in the plane). If you want to know more about shopping, sights, museums, restaurants, etc., go down on this page or visit the Homepage of the City of Reykjavik.|
|Outside Reykjavik we always tried to camp
for free. This is allowed as long as you don't leave any rubbish. Mostly
we left a village in the evening after an (extensive) use of the gas station's
cafeteria, cycled some kilometers and looked for a fine place (flat, dry,
soft, protected against wind, running water nearby) with as many positive
criterions fullfilled as possible.
We left the A1 and the road conditions became worse but hardly any cars interrupted the loneliness. We visited Thingvellir (romantic canyon, where the ancient lords held their "althing") at the Thingvallavatn and the Laugarvatn with warm springs (but we didn't take a bath).
Other impressing spots you shouldn't miss are Geysir, an area of geothermal activities with natural hot fountains (with Strokkur, erupting ~10 m high every 5 minutes, the famous, name-giving Geysir, which isn't active yet, and many other tiny hot springs), and last not least, Gullfoss, the "golden waterfall", whose spray shines in rainbow's colours when the sun is shining.
|After we had passed the Hjalparfoss,
we took a highland route to Landmannalaugar. On this roads (??) there are
no bridges, so you have to cross the glacier-rivers (ice-cold, brrr!)
by packing your bike and bags on your shoulders. Because of heavy rains
we soon were completely wet and did no longer take our shoes off to walk
through, which was much faster and the peaking stones did not hurt anymore.
Besides that, strong headwinds, extremly steep hills and a broken gearshift
also slowed our run so that it took three days to do 130 km. We hadn't
thought of buying enough food in stock and because of the complete lack
of shops we soon were in real trouble. At last we were saved by icelandic
and belgian people, who took us to a shelter in their cars, while our bikes
were left back. There we got food and spent a dry night. Our bikes were
fetched by the hut-keeper.
THANX to all the kind people!
|One of the most impressing sights is this lake, where big blocks of ice brake from the Vatnajökull-glacier into the lagoon and swim slowly to the sea. The whole lake is full of these huge icebergs, glimmering in the sun (fortunately sun was shining there). There is a little shop/snack bar, where camping is tolerated on the lawn behind it (small space - be fast!). There we experienced one of the most wonderful sunsets (which is directly changing into sunrise - this lasts for hours!)|
|In the Myvatn area there are many interesting locations. We smelled the sulfur odor at the hot springs of Namafjall, climbed Hverfjall (a huge volcanic ash cone), visited Dimmuborgir (weird lava formations along an old lava fissure - said to be a door to hell) and saw Herðubreið (the "Queen of Icelandic Mountains"), the pseudocraters of Myvatn (which means "lake of gnats" but we didn't see any!) and the majestic "Fall of the Gods", the Goðafoss.|
|In the North we had warm (about 20°
Celsius) and (mostly) fine weather for two weeks, which compensated the
bad luck in the south (7-10° Celsius and long raining periods) .With
gained sunburns we visited Akureyri and after 8 days of cycling in beautiful
landscape with some widely scattered farms we finally closed the circle
. . .
|There we had a day off, walked through the city and bought some souvenirs (e.g. Icelandic National Soccer Team shirt and short and a sheep-woolen cap).||At last we re-visited the Blue Lagoon too, and after spending one night at the Keflavik camping site (watching TV for the first time since weeks!) we cycled to the airport to go back to Vienna via Copenhagen|