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Old 08-01-2009, 04:34 AM   #76
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Incredible ride report and photos. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventure with us.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:14 AM   #77
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North to Snćfellsnes

And now our ride from the north of Iceland to the Snćfellsnes-peninsula.

A lot of people just pass by and don't recognize and appreciate this region. And I have to admit that we did so ourselves in former times. But this part of the country don't deserves that. For hours (on an Enfield) you drive through nothing but big, big landscapes. Through gentle valleys and over some passes. There aren't a lot of people living here and even the gas stations and the cafés are rare. Fortunately we have a cooker with us.


That's still on streen No.1 and what you see on the photo is a very typical Icelandic farmhouse. Only 1% of the fertile land of Iceland is used for growing crops, 20% are used for stock farming, mostly horses and sheep. Most of the sheep are free meaning: free. They can go wherever they want during summer and are rounded up in September then. The good thing is: Icelandic sheep and lamb-meat tastes extremely good because they feed a lot of good herbs. The bad thing: sheep are everywhere and mostly on the streets. One of them even reckoned one of our tent pegs to be a big fat blade of grass. We found it 20 metres away from our tent then. Another one once jumped out of the fog just in front of me, but as my Enfield brakes are sooo good I managed to stay on the street.












An Icelandic horse, allone on its own range. They are so tough that they can eve be let out in winter. And they never seem to freeze, even in bad weather.





Some kilometres further on up the road we decided to have a small break for lunch on this river bench.





Almost nothing there.




Going over a mountain pass.












Finally we were looking for a good place to put up our tent and found this beautiful valley in the near of Búđardalur.
At 11 p.m. we went to sleep but were awaken by a big white humvee coming along the track. It were two guys from Switzerland who had rented the river for a week for fishing and they wanted to have a look at it. Yes, fishing is a great sport in Iceland...




The light was changing from minute to minute...







My Enfield and the last beams of the sun of today.

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Old 08-01-2009, 07:58 AM   #78
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Snćfellsnes - the north

Now some pics from one of my favourite regions in Iceland, from a small peninsula with a glacier on its tip and with some wonderfuls beaches and a few bird cliffs. In between some "cities" but mostly pure nature. And the streets are better.


I've now found a map on wikimedia (hopefully it's not forbidden to post it here) of this Icelandic region:





That's a picture that Bernhard took. It's me, reading a cool sign saying "Malbik endar" which means "end of tarmac". Most of the streets in Iceland have no tarmac.




We came from the north.



There are a lot of islands in the Breiđafjörđur, a fjord north of the peninsula. In former times, people lived out there, but nowadays only the biggest of the islands is inhabited - and only in summer. It's called Flatey, the "flat island", and not without reason. I really don't know how many people live there, 60 maybe? But they have their own library! And it is Flatey where one of the most famous and most important Icelandic saga manuscripts , the Flateyarbók from the 14. century, comes from.




Again, wonderful landscape.







Land something between the ocean and the sky.




Different layers of clouds.


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Old 08-01-2009, 09:04 AM   #79
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I have no words!

Your photos are spectacular and fantastic!!!!
We want more!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:23 AM   #80
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Great report and pictures!!!

A little off topic but, what camera and (most important) lenses are you using?

Thank's for sharing!
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:11 AM   #81
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:23 AM   #82
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Great report and pictures!!!

A little off topic but, what camera and (most important) lenses are you using?

Thank's for sharing!

Hi Quetzal!

Thanks and no problem - feel free to ask whatever you want...


I'm using a Canon EOS 5D - the older one, not MKII.

And you're right, the lenses are very important.

I now use three on my trips, a Canon 100-400 L IS, a Canon 16-35 L and the 28-80 from Canon (I have to replace this one one day... but I have to save some money still...).

In Iceland I still used a Sigma 17-35 as well but I replaced it by the much better Canon 16-35 L.

Greetings from Austria!

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:57 AM   #83
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outstanding photography!

spectacular landscape done justice by outstanding photography! way to go!!

any issues with the enfields at altitude and such?
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:04 PM   #84
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spectacular landscape done justice by outstanding photography! way to go!!

any issues with the enfields at altitude and such?

Hi Srileo,

no, the Enfields performed well, no staggering stories I could tell about them . Hopefully they're doing fine in Ireland too... but we always have some essential spares with us and of course a lot of tools.

And we do some basic "routine maintenance" every now and then: checking everything, doing some lubrication and things like that. Sometimes we have to adjust the carburettor a bit, mostly the idle. That's all.


Fine motorcycles however.
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:04 PM   #85
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Snćfellsnes - the north

One more from the dirt road - seeing Iceland from my point of view.




Some more pictures from this bright day in the north of the peninsula. Meanwhile we had a bath in Stykkishólmur, the biggest town in the area. It has about 1000 inhabitants and is hence one of the biggest towns in Iceland outside the area around Reykjavík.

And bathing - that's a special thing in Iceland... it just belongs to Iceland. In every town or even sometimes just near the road, in the "great nothing" there's a hot pot where you can jump in and relax. In big cities such as Stykksihólmur is, there is an open air swimming bath with a big swimming pool for swimming and there are always some hot pots, often pots with different degrees each. So you can start with a "cold" pool that has 38°C, then you head for the one with 41°C and maybe you end up sitting in the one with 43°C or even 45°C. I tried the 45°C pot once and will never do that again. That's too hot for me, I'm not a lobster.

Fresh and clean we rode to the west of the peninsula and finally put up our tent in the near of Ólafsvík and enjoyed the sunset.



Farmhouse near Stykkishólmur.






Behind the many clouds is the "magical" Snćfellsnesjökull. If you want to see the glacier you have to be quick because due to our climate change it may soon disappear - as so many other glaciers.





My Enfield on our campsite ready for the night.




That's the view from our tent!




We had an evening stroll around the area.




Seemed to be farmed.




Our campsite.




Near the waterfall you see on the picture above, there were those rocks. It's basalt.




Bernhard took the chance for a rest while I was taking photos.

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Old 08-01-2009, 02:25 PM   #86
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In my present 48 years experience on planet earth I've never seen better quality photography/images!!

I was once a fine art black/white landscape photographer many years ago.

You should really have a personal photographic exhibition some day, they are simply STUNNING shots!
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #87
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:04 PM   #88
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You give us what we come here for.

Your report stirs up the wanderlust in all of us.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:29 AM   #89
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Snćfellsnes - north to south

Once more some photos from the small peninsula.

During our evening walk the weather was changing and storm and rain were on their way. Beside the fact that we got wet once more, the light and the mood was great.

And I have to say that I even like the raindrops on the plane of the tent. As long as I'm in it.


That's something that is typical for Iceland: never trust the weather and although the sun may be shining, there can be a storm a few minutes afterwards. But at last you can hope that the sun will return soon. And sometimes she really does.




Storm arising.





And then, next day. We rode some kilometres just around the corner to the city of Ólafsvík with its 1000 inhabitants and saw, that the clouds and rain only stayed over our camping site and in the north but now, in the south, the sun was shining.

We came from the clouds.








Just around Hellisandur you have this view to the glacier behind.







As already mentioned, this is a somehow "magical" place and most of the people that are interested in elves and trolls come here. I don't know if it's only a good story or real, but it is said that the president of Iceland himself had been ask whether he believes in elves or not.
...
Remember: it's the president of Iceland.
...
And what did he answer? He said: no... I'm from the western fjords. We have trolls out there.




There is even an "delegate for elves", named Erla Stefánsdóttir. Whenever there is a big project for building new streets or buildings, she is asked if there were any elves living in the stones. Then sometimes the streets are built round the stones or so. I'm not joking, you even can see such stones in between Reykjavík and Kópavógur or in Grundafjörđur. The street had to be narrowed there because of such rocks.



Now some pictures of a beautiful beach at Búđir.








The small, black church in the middle of red sand and green grass.










And then we made our way down to Reykjavík for some shopping and things like that. They have good music stores there!



And a final documentary picture of the tarmac. Once more: this is TARMAC! Well, the grip is very good actually but I don't want to have an accident here - I think even leather wouldn't help you then...



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Old 08-02-2009, 03:03 AM   #90
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Mystical places. Your absolutely stunning shots capture it.


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