A bike tour around Iceland.



Full video diary (1hr27min) of a 26 day bicycle trek. Clockwise round Iceland. July/August 2010. 1495km. Not much cycling action until about 15min into the film, but lots from then onwards, so you may want to skip the first 15min.

The full route:
Cycle Keflavik to Reykjavik via Grindavik and lake Kliefarvatn. Bus from Reykjavik to Borgarnes, then Cycle Borgarnes to Grundarfjordur. Cycle Grundarfjordur to Stykkisholmur. Cycle Stykkisholmur to Budardalur. Cycle Budardalur to Reykir Campsite (Hrutafjordur) Cycle Reykir to Blonduos. Cycle Blonduos to Hofsos. Cycle Hofsos to Olafsfjordur. Cycle Olafsfjordur to Akureyri Cycle Akureyri to Godafoss Cycle Godafoss to Myvatn. Cycle Myvatn to Asbyrgi on F862 (very tough) Bus Asbyrgi back to Myvatn. Bus Myvatn to Egilsstadir. Bus Egilsstadir to Briedalsvik, then cycle Briedalsvik to Djupivogur. Cycle Djupivogur to Hofn. Cycle Hofn to Jokulsarlon. Cycle Jokulsarlon to Skaftafell (no food shops) Cycle Skaftafell to Kirkjubaejarklauster. Cycle Kirkjubaejarklauster to Vik i Myrdals. Cycle Vik i Myrdals to Skogafoss (finish line). Bus Skogafoss to Reykjavik Bus Reykjavik to Keflavik.

Music: snowy red – nowhere, the metronomes – a circuit like me, melanesian choirs – procession chant 1, dj krush & toshinori kondo – tobira 3, nick cave & warren ellis – martha’s dream, nick drake – horn, mum – moon pulls, the valerie project – an end to enchantment, clara rockmore – tchaicovsky valse sentimentale, lindrum larry cocopipe – fk.ping, lindrum larry cocopipe – i only pour a circled rpm, voice of the seven woods – dusk cloud, aphilias – collective memory loss, datach’i – mthel VII, geino yamashirogumi – kaneda, sonic youth – pocketful of sen sen, polygon window – quino-phec, acid mothers temple – untitled (vanishing version), chris clark – fossil paste, aphex twin – I, autechre – krib, chris clark – oaklands, wisp – around corners, mr projectile – i am back, melanesian choirs – procession chant 4, venetian snares – hiszekeny, plaid – tak 5, melanesian choirs – sunday service hym, aphex twin – avril 14th.


8 responses

  1. David

    Nice film. The beginning with the shaky camera and busy music was maddening, but the remainder of the film very nice. Music has a powerful effect on perception. Always nice to hear your commentary.

    December 11, 2011 at 4:01 am

  2. Geoff Harper

    Wondering how much you budgeted for food/day also the average cost of campsites? 50/50 campsite vs non-campsite?

    May 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

    • Food wasn’t cheap, but not that expensive. It depends what you buy too, certain foods can be twice the price you’re used to, whereas others are about the same, so you can work what you eat around budget. Have a look on here, looks about right http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries.jsp

      Camping isn’t expensive either, for me in 2010 I was paying between £8 and £12 per night. Free-camping didn’t turn out to be the easy option I thought it would be. The grassland is all fenced private farmland and the rest is rocky, camping along the beaches might be easier though. Also, every town seems to have some sort of designated camping spot. In the off-season you may find a lot of the campsites are closed, butyou can always ask a farmer if it’s ok to campm on their land.

      May 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

    • Cool. Thanks. I’ve reworked my trip just to hit the South Coast put up a wp blog too.

      May 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

  3. Colin Jones

    Superb video & website, it has now got me thinking…………maybe??

    July 31, 2013 at 8:13 am

  4. Chris Hodgkin

    Epic, hard journey, beautiful rugid country. All the more appreciated, through hardship. Nice one Michael, a great achievement!

    September 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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