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Old 08-22-14, 07:22 AM
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Iceland Ring Road

Watched a show last night that said they had completed the ring road around Iceland. 800 miles of lightly travelled road with fantastic scenery. Sounds like a great ride for the bucket list.

Route 1 (Iceland) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Originally Posted by Bbike4ever
Watched a show last night that said they had completed the ring road around Iceland. 800 miles of lightly travelled road with fantastic scenery. Sounds like a great ride for the bucket list.

Route 1 (Iceland) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I managed to ride Rt1 from Reykjavik to Egilstaddir a few years ago......hardest cycling of my life, but it was truly awesome. One day I intend to do it again and complete the whole ring road.
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Originally Posted by nun
I managed to ride Rt1 from Reykjavik to Egilstaddir a few years ago......hardest cycling of my life, but it was truly awesome. One day I intend to do it again and complete the whole ring road.
What made it hard, the road, terrain or weather?
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I want to go there some day but do not have any dreams of a circumnavigation.

A good article on driving the road published out of the UK.
https://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5140627a-9...#axzz3B8FsWLEq
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Originally Posted by Bbike4ever
What made it hard, the road, terrain or weather?
Travel reports I've read seem to suggest that no matter which direction you go, you end up pedaling into a 30mph headwind
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Originally Posted by Bbike4ever
What made it hard, the road, terrain or weather?
yes.......

The road surface is quite rough, it's lonely, but the worst is the wind....also I was on a schedule and that made things tougher than they needed to be.
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We rode the Ring Road in 2008. Yes, the wind was sometimes against us, and that was challenging. But it was sometimes behind us, which made for VERY easy riding. There are so many great reasons to ride in Iceland that outweigh the wind and rain:

1- Well-stocked grocery stores in even the tiny towns
2- Very little traffic once away from the Reykjavik area
3- The Blue Lagoon!
4- Affordable camping opportunities abound
5- Unbelievably beautiful landscapes
6- Most towns have public pools, where you can pay a small fee for shower access and swimming in non-chlorinated, geothermically-heated pools
7- The Ring Road has few sustained climbs, mainly just small rollers
8- Lots of interesting Viking history

Oh man, now I want to ride there again.
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Originally Posted by niknak
We rode the Ring Road in 2008. Yes, the wind was sometimes against us, and that was challenging. But it was sometimes behind us, which made for VERY easy riding. There are so many great reasons to ride in Iceland that outweigh the wind and rain:

1- Well-stocked grocery stores in even the tiny towns
2- Very little traffic once away from the Reykjavik area
3- The Blue Lagoon!
4- Affordable camping opportunities abound
5- Unbelievably beautiful landscapes
6- Most towns have public pools, where you can pay a small fee for shower access and swimming in non-chlorinated, geothermically-heated pools
7- The Ring Road has few sustained climbs, mainly just small rollers
8- Lots of interesting Viking history

Oh man, now I want to ride there again.
It gets hilly past Hofn and there's some steep stuff near Akureyri and Egilstadir.
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Originally Posted by nun
It gets hilly past Hofn and there's some steep stuff near Akureyri and Egilstadir.
Yeah, there are a few climbs of note, but the majority of the Ring Road is relatively flat.
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I'm planning a Route 1 tour this summer but am limited by time and am hoping to utilize the buses. I have read that there are some more boring parts of Route 1 that I am considering taking the bus for. For those that have done the trip, could you advise on the sections that are more boring/less bikeable?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by plasticookies
I'm planning a Route 1 tour this summer but am limited by time and am hoping to utilize the buses. I have read that there are some more boring parts of Route 1 that I am considering taking the bus for. For those that have done the trip, could you advise on the sections that are more boring/less bikeable?

Thanks!
First, ride clockwise, you'll get the best of the prevailing winds. The section out of Reykjavik up to Blonduos is quite boring. From there round to Hofn and Jorkleson is amazing. Really strange and beautiful. KirkjubŠjarklaustur to Vik across the Sandur can be brutal, it is flat and featureless apart from the rivers and the bridges. There are some good waterfalls from Vik back to Reykjavik.

The buses are very good, but it's best not to have a really tight schedule as Iceland can throw bad weather and closed roads at you in very random and intense ways.
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Originally Posted by plasticookies
I'm planning a Route 1 tour this summer but am limited by time and am hoping to utilize the buses. I have read that there are some more boring parts of Route 1 that I am considering taking the bus for. For those that have done the trip, could you advise on the sections that are more boring/less bikeable?

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We rode counterclockwise, starting from the airport and heading directly east to the Blue Lagoon. We didn't get to Reykyavik until the end of the trip. The small town next to the airport has a hostel/campground that can store your bike box. In the town you can pick up groceries, so you don't have to go to Reykyavik immediately.

The Blue Lagoon and Geysir are definitely worth visiting, despite the higher tourist traffic. We really enjoyed the the south and southeast portion of the ride. We were by the coast most of the time. We took a boat to a small island to view the wacky puffins.

I'd recommend at least riding to Egilsstadir if you decide to ride counterclockwise. The northern section past Myvatn was the least interesting for us. We took the bus a couple of times to see a national park in the northeast.

Probably the worst riding was coming into Reykyavik from the north. Lots of traffic and we ended up on the highway at one point. Once we got into Reykyavik itself, riding around the city was fine, although we chose to walk quite a bit instead.

Enjoy your trip!
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i just took a little tour via "Google Maps". apparently they've driven the whole thing. reminded me a little of Montana's "high line" route east of Glacier.
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This one has been on my bucket list for a while. Now I just need to buy a surly world troll, build it up, and buy some plane tickets, .
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My wife and I stopped there three years ago on our way back from a 3-month bike tour through several European countries. We were flying with IcelandAir, which has a free stop over policy. We spent several days there.

Our first indication of how strong the wind was, was when we had to tack across the parking lot from the airport terminal (Keflavic) to the taxi stand with our bike boxes.


We had our boxed bikes with us, and planned on riding during our stay. It was mid-September, and the winds were blowing at 25-30 mph, it was 33-40 degrees F, and it was raining. We decided to try a different approach. We were a little bike weary from our ride, and being off the bike felt pretty good. Actually, we just wimped out. It was the "off" season so we rented a car for a very reasonable price, and played car tourist.

We met a couple of loaded cyclists at various places, and all of them had resorted to using the bus system, mostly because of the winds.

When we asked a couple of young cyclists at the airport, "if they enjoyed their tour"; one answered, "enjoyable is not quite the right word, but it was memorable."

It is a beautiful country and the people are great, but my wife and I both agree that it is not high on our list for a return visit for a bike tour. Having said that, we are flying IcelandAir again this summer for another multi-month stint in Eastern Europe, and will be stopping there again on the way home. It will be a little later in September, but maybe the weather will be a little better. We will have our bikes with us and who knows


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