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Beni Grind

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Sadly we're on the plane home and our bicycles are stores somewhere below us in a box.

Keflavik Intl. Airport is a huge mess these days, not the cozy little airport it used to be, where people sleep on the floor. Guess we wont come back to #Iceland in Summer - at least until they're done ruining their environment and taking down tourism along with it.

See you soon, Iceland.

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#cyclingiceland
  
We're in Reykjavík and tomorrow is our last day in #Iceland. We have to pack our bikes for the flight and write the last few postcards. #cyclingiceland
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Stykkishólmur
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A lava field on the way to the Laugargerðisskóli
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Cows in Iceland eat oversized marshmallows....
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Laugargerðisskóli: Usually a school building. During the summer holidays (1st June - 15th August) it's used as a hotel and its surroundings as a camp site.
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#cyclingiceland
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A warm pool is still one of the best ways to relax after cycling. Today we had this nice warm pool all to ourselves...

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#cyclingiceland
  
What's wrong wit these tourists who travel in motorized tin cans? They seem to think we're some kind of attraction that doesn't talk. They keep taking pictures of us. Today one of them was literally standing two meters from us shooting away without asking or even saying a word. She was very astonished when her "attraction" suddenly started talking - quite angrily for that matter. Apparently she was fascinated by us travelling on bicycles.... So what's wrong with talking to us and saying so???

#cyclingiceland

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I wonder whether our bikes have a 4x4 drive, we don't even have four wheels...

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That's what you'd need the 4x4 jeep for....

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but apparently a 2-feet drive works as well even though it's quite slow.

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The locals wondering what these weird tourists on two wheels are up to.

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Even though crossing rivers was some work, the scenery was beautiful.

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Crossing the last river.

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Our bicycles talking to each other about how much they like paved roads.

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#cyclingiceland
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Here are more random pictures from our #cyclingiceland trip...

More fog...
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We've seen more rainbows in the past few weeks than ever. But as nice as they are, they still mean more rain...
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... and with more rain Icelandic gravel roads sometimes become quite messy.
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Finally the rain stopped and the sun came back.
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We stopped at a camp site with its own pool which was always crammed with people. Thanks to a local we also knew about the hot pool just a few meters off but well hidden from curious campers.
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More nice weather at the pool.
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My bike setup: notice the most important device, the specially made anti-sheep bell.

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That's exactly the kind of restaurant I need after 85 km of cycling on a gravel road with strong headwinds... #cyclingiceland

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After ~15'000 km my carbon belt finally gave in to Icelandic mountain roads. If I hadn't tried to cross that stream on the bike and pushed it instead it probably would still be in one piece (technically it still is...).

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#cyclingiceland
  
The bigger issue is finding replacement belts in rural Iceland. Best of luck.
  
I brought a spare one. I knew it would eventually break, That's the downside compared to a chain, where a few spare links are enough.
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Today was the perfect day. First we cycled in dry weather with strong tailwinds to Blönduós where we enjoyed the hot pot in the local swimmig pool. Then we hitched a ride to the camp site in Reykir. I never hitch hiked with two fully packed tourig bikes before. Luckily we met a Dutch family with a huge truck they converted to a mobile home...

Now we are having tea to this:
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#cyclingiceland
  
Yay, after a rain-free day on the bicycle the day gets even better: a new Pepper&Carrot.

http://www.peppercarrot.com/en/article379/episode-18-the-encounter

#pepperandcarrot #cyclingiceland
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On the way from Ólafsfjöður to Siglufjörður we had 11km that were guaranteed to be rain-free...

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#cyclingiceland
  
tunnel like in Switzerland
  
@Chris en This tunnels have almost no similarities to Swiss tunnel. This is one of the few tunnels with one lane for each direction. For one, in Switzerland a tunnel like this would be too narrow to allow bike traffic.
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Akureyri

The typical Icelandic football field.
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Graffiti...
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The typical inhabitant of Akureyri. Some small red spiders moved in as soon as we had put up out tent.
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Dimmuborgir

A real dragon, spotted in the wild at Dimmuborgir
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Mývatn

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Caves with warm water (~43C). For some of us it was to warm to bathe, but our Icelandic friend just jumped in right away, I guess it's in his genes.
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Ólafsfjörður

Just the sea before entering the tunnel to Ólafsfjörður.
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#cyclingiceland
  
@Mario Vavti Wouldn't it make sense to have a way to edit the categories or tags of a post without notifying everyone about the change? I only added the  tag for the post to turn up in the tag list.
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I'm still wondering, why the posting appeared without comments at first and the comments appeared with some days delay

edit --

PS: meanwhile both (posting and comments) might have been present to me
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@Rebeka Catalina basically what (i think) happened is:
  • Beni edited his post
  • You got only the edited post because Beni's server didn't know that you didn't already have the complete thread
  • You got the comments later beacause you liked Beni's edited post

@Mike Macgirvin may be able to shed more light onto the inner workings of the mighty ZOT...

@Beni Grind
Wouldn't it make sense to have a way to edit the categories or tags of a post without notifying everyone about the change? I only added the  tag for the post to turn up in the tag list.

Categories and tags are initially federated with the item. It would be weird (check this spelling guys :wink:) if the edits of those weren't federated imho...

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A Snjóbíll (Snow Car) in Húsavík

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In case you come across my bicycle this is how you recognize it's mine.

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Hitting Road 1 and therefore a big increase in traffic.

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We chose to cycle into Akureyri over Vaðlaheiði, which was a good decision traffic-wise but the weather up there was terrible. Windy, raining and freezing. Luckily the other side looked nicer and on the way down we got a nice tailwind and didn't have to pedal for the full 10 km down to Akureyri.

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In Akureyri we even found a nice, dry spot on the campsite with good wind protection. The first dry campsite in days.

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And yes, this is a cup of #coffee.

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#cyclingiceland
  
After another cold day cycling in the wind and rain it's nice to finally arrive at a dry camp site in Akureyri #cyclingiceland

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@Chris en Even Swiss people go on holidays eventually.... ;) But don't worry, I'll be back in August.
  
I wanted to say you were on holiday in Switzerland. Iceland seems so wild and interesting.

Thank you for sharing your adventure
  
@Chris en I try to spend my summer holidays in places that don't get much warmer than 20°C, which means either further north than 64°N or above 3000 m.a.s.l.
  
Honestly, the rain isn't funny anymore, you can stop now....

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#cyclingiceland
  
No nice pictures today as we cycled throght rain and fog. Now we are at the camp site waiting for the local bath to open. #cyclingiceland

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Today we went looking for the most northern point of Iceland's mainland. As we were told it was in Hraunhafnartangi and it would be only a short walk to the light house. When we arrived we found the following information:

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Apparently Hraunhafnartangi isn't the most northern point after all, we need to look for Rifstangi. Therefore we checked our GPS for the new location and headed off to find a barely cyclable track.

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We cycled on until our touring bikes wouldn't make it no more.

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From there we continued on foot. There was nothing to be found but emptiness and solitude.

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But we finally made it to the real Most Northern Point:

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If you look really close, you can see the Arctic Circle on this picture as it's only a few meters from the shore. Of course the most northern point of Iceland is on the island Grimsey which even crosses the Arctic Circle.

#cyclingiceland
  
Some random pictures of our trip today... #cyclingiceland

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Wow, beautiful photos. Where's the jealousy emoji?
  
@Andrew Manning  The good thing about #Iceland is that it's so beautiful you don't even have to be a good photographer to shoot awesome pictures ;)
  
Some random pictures of today's ride #cyclingiceland

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