And here’s a more useful map:
Am planning to do such a trip next summer. How come you skipped a few bits?
May 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm
There were different reasons why I missed certain sections of my planned route, but overall it was mainly because of time contraints and losing a few days cycling to some nasty weather. There were parts of the trip where I had to make the decision to either catch up time by taking the bus or risk having to miss out on some of the best parts of Iceland in the South. I still made sure not to miss out any of the best bits though. I also decided to take days off at Myvatn and Skaftafell to do some exploring and there were a couple of long distance planned days in the north where I decided to half the distance to give me more time to enjoy the destinations.
The only section I regret missing out was the route from Myvatn to Modrudalur which goes through the interior and desert landscape. Apart from that I decided to get the bus from Reykjavik to Borgarnes at the start because cycling this route seemed like a waste of time to me, I didn’t go to Iceland to spend my time cycling along a 3 lane motorway all day. Some people cycle this section, but I was really glad that I saved that time for more interesting parts of the country. I also don’t regret taking the bus from Skogafoss to Reykjavik at the end either, it’s not the most interesting and the last part of the ride gets quite suburban. I was also ready to stop by then and the scenery I saw from the bus didn’t really compare with the sights I’d left behind.
I seriously recommend the trip to Iceland though and I’d recommend keeping your travel schedule quite loose. I left there with a lot of unfinished business but I’m planning to return to see certain parts of the country that weren’t on my route.
May 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm
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