Iceland from the East to the West?

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by summittoppler » Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:07 pm

Borderer wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:31 pm
Nice. So can you just pedal up to a wee hot spring somewhere remote and hop in? Because that would definitely seal the deal for me.
Yep, this was about a mile from the end of a ride me and JC did. This was quite a busy one which locals used.
Image20170731_200558 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Be careful though, it can get quite hot under foot......
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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by Borderer » Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:05 pm

Ouch :o

looks amazing though. Ok I'm sold.

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by summittoppler » Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:14 pm

More pics here:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150809418@N08/3jH9p2


I want to go back myself now :-bd

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by Borderer » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:27 pm

summittoppler wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:14 pm
More pics here:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150809418@N08/3jH9p2
Cracking photos, thanks for sharing those.

So what's the best month to go? Do they have midges?

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by Gari » Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:44 pm

pretty bad flies in the Highlands in july to Sept if there's no wind!! fortunately that's not that often. While riding Rte35 one summer they were so bad I was really annoyed that I was riding with a following wind, it meant the little buggers could keep up :lol: :roll:
The wind tends to get a little stronger mid morning to early evening, I would often ride until about lunchtime and then stop to eat for a while if the wind was particularly strong, to I had made it to a fuel/fuel station.
I preferred late in the summer as the river crossings are usually lower if your doing the interior roads, and of course you may get fewer tourists.
something I noticed on my first trip, which also dictated how I planned my days if visiting a well known site/attraction od that most folk work on a 9to5 timescale! they usually have breakfast and then drive to where ever in the rental or coach tour, then head back around 5:00/6:00 for dinner in the hotel or local restaurant. as a consequence you often get the places practically to yourself effectively. Given you have pretty much 22hrs of daylight its no problem at all from that point of view.

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by summittoppler » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:07 pm

Gari wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:44 pm
....if visiting a well known site/attraction od that most folk work on a 9to5 timescale! they usually have breakfast and then drive to where ever in the rental or coach tour, then head back around 5:00/6:00 for dinner in the hotel or local restaurant. as a consequence you often get the places practically to yourself effectively. Given you have pretty much 22hrs of daylight its no problem at all from that point of view.
Aye, that's what me and JC implemented for the visit to the Solheimasandur plane wreck. Had a good hour there early on and it was only when we left did we see the first visitors :-bd

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by htrider » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:00 pm

We went early June which meant that the interior would have been very snowy but the south west was fine. We were told that June is often warm and sunny but I think this was tourist patter.

Some pics of the greener bits:-

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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by whitestone » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:46 pm

Jeff, were those hot springs up the valley from Hverager∂i? Was a bit different weather wise when we rode through.

Timings at the tourist hot spots - we did the Golden Circle one day and arrived at each just as the wave of coaches was leaving. A bit of luck on our part really.
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Re: Iceland from the East to the West?

Post by summittoppler » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:52 am

whitestone wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:46 pm
Jeff, were those hot springs up the valley from Hverager∂i? Was a bit different weather wise when we rode through.
Yes it was. The Reykjadalur hot springs, it was great to take a dip straight at the end of a ride :-bd
The descent down to the spring
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