Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour – first leg!
Hello all! Here's the first proper account of my cycle trip round Iceland, after a little over one week's cycling round Snaefellsnes, some unseasonal and untypical good weather, and some hardcore offroading! Hæ to all Icelandic viewers, and Hello to all you good folks at home!
The Finest Workhorse
Rachel* – plus luggage and flag – in familiar pose by the side of the road. Looks like a proper touring machine, doesn't she?
Sorry for such a long wait for my latest update – shouldn't be surprised that internet access is harder to come by than I'm used to (though in fact perfectly possible as the whole country is dotted with tourist signs showing, amongst everything else a visitor could want, the @ symbol at interweb-equipped locales), but finding enough time to check emails, keep in touch and look for info, AND upload pics at a sensible speed, at a convenient time of day, and at an affordable cost, is harder to fit into my schedule than I imagined (I spent 1500Kr, or about eight pounds fifty, on internet usage on Monday and still couldn't find how to log into my own webage's email!) Time to take an afternoon off, spend some kronur and let y'all know how I'm doing.
Peak District, eat your heart out!
So reminiscent of the Monsal Trail – but this scenery is BIG. And you turn another corner and there's a whole lot more of it.
Pretty well, actually – there are pluses and minuses but so far I am healthily in credit on most fronts! I've passed my first objective (cycled round Snaefellsjökull, or the volcano Jules Verne wrote of in Journey to the Centre of the Earth), trekked up a river valley to see Iceland's highest waterfall (the amazing twin falls of Glymur, at 190m.. ), met some good friends old and new, relaxed, exercised, explored, and encountered many different weathers – and done over 570km of my trip so far! I'm in touch with Icelandic radio (Andri's midmorning show from 9-12 on Ras 2 – their equivalent of Radio 2, but with a more modern and more adventurous musical remit), and am looking forward to my first feature in Icelandic print in two weeks' time (The Reykjavik Grapevine, a refreshingly liberal English and Spanish fortnightly publication that aims at polyglottal locals, visitors and ex-pats alike) – a bit of TV or mainstream news couldn't hurt though! By far the most effective tool for publicising my trip has been Facebook though, with the Kvennakor Kopavogs (Icelandic choir), Ljosið, friends and family all supporting me and helping spread the word – this trip is indeed proving to be expensive and it does help having a meal and a bed for the night rather than having to put up a tent, trying to cook on a tiny stove, warm up and brew up in the morning and pack it all up before I can leave the next day!
My first campsite, in Kjos, perhaps 30 miles from Reykjavik. Not a bad introduction to sleeping rough in Iceland!
Carry on to find out more about my trip so far... (next page)
(* I'm told every steed should have a name, and seeing as I created Rachel from the bare bones of frame and forks, maybe she should be called Eve.. however for historical reasons (and frankly because it's a name I quite like), Rachel is the name she shall henceforth bear! No resemblance to persons living or dead, real or fictitious, etc. etc.)