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Old 08-05-2014, 04:56 AM   #1
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Vikings, Volcanoes, Geysers And Glaciers. DG And Jacks' Iceland Adventure

We had a fantastic time with the family last year as we jetted off to the States and did the whole Disney thing, but we missed our two wheeled Adventure.

Jack and I are not "sun seekers", we have travelled into Europe a few times, and as most of you guys know our last two wheeled adventure took us to another continent as we rode to North Africa with fellow inmates and experienced Morocco.

We wanted to go somewhere different and somewhere that was fairly accessible, I had thought of Iceland in the past, but dismissed it for some reason.

I started looking into it again, I found a couple of ride reports from fellow inmates and read with interest, I pinged a few PM's, Louisdut and Wildman was the most helpful, even sending me maps and a couple of books. You've gotta love this community.

A bit more research was done regarding the logistics etc and we decided to pull the pin and go for it. Jack jumped for joy!

I got on with the research.

We decided logistically it would be better if we shipped the bike and we followed by plane. The reason being is that we would have two weeks to explore the island having more time. We could (and would've prefered to) have gone overland via ferries sailing from Hull to Zebrugge and then up to Denmark to Seydisfjorour. On the return leg from Iceland we could have stayed in the Faroe Islands for a couple of days, but this would mean that we would only have one week in Iceland and Jack and I would have to book three weeks holiday from our work. The former is better all round and the difference in costs is pretty minimal.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been prepping the bike and fitted an auxillary fuel tank to the bike to give us an extra 100 miles range. The reason being is that we would like to visit the Highlands in Iceland. The Highlands is an area which is pretty much uninhibited, raw and moonlike landscape with only a handful of gravel roads. The area is only open between July and August due to the flooding and snow the rest of the year, to run out of fuel here would be pretty dumb, hence the extra tank.

I had to remove the rear fairings and convert the twin exhausts to a single, fitting a 2-1 link pipe (again big thanks to the Adv Community as fellow inmate Unkgd helped me out with the pipe there! ) and the space where the removed exhaust left the extra tank fits there.

Plumbed in, stickers applied and ready for testing.

Happy to say all's good. Time to pack and load ready for the road to the docks.

Arriving at the shipping company.

All the paper work was filled in and faxed prior to the trip and all went fairly smooth.

The bikes home for the next week.

And parked up ready for loading.

I just hope she gets there in one piece. We fly next Thursday from Manchester and all being well we'll pick the bike up the same day we arrive.

Jack followed me down in the car and it felt strange leaving the bike and an expensive lot of gear strapped to her back. Just got to go with the flow and put your trust in the guys doing their job.

Back to Leeds for us now.

Once we got home it was time to do one of the best things...........

Jack and I (as always) have been working extra shifts at work and earning extra money working for a friend of mine and it was time to open our savings.

We always feel a bit apprehensive when we force our way into the can, will we have enough dollar or not?

Of course we have

Three more work days for me to do, Jack has a week, but we will be travelling down to Manchester next Wednesday after Jack finishes work where we'll kick back and enter holiday mode.

Adventure high on the agenda list.

Bye for now

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Old 08-05-2014, 06:29 AM   #2
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:42 PM   #4
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Have Fun!

Hope the trip is a blast - and can't wait to see the ride report (and pictures of course)!
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:39 AM   #5
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Just arrived home and currently in the process of uploading the 1000 plus pictures.

All I can say is what an amazing country Iceland is, it has totally blown us away (and sometimes quite literally!), we didn't get to do all the things we'd have liked due to some of the roads being closed. This was a result of the ever increasing quakes around the Bardabunga Volcano in the Vatnajokull ice cap, which could lead to an eruption. Some of the roads we wanted to travel on were closed, but there were plenty of other suff to do to keep us busy.

Here's a couple to whet the appetite.

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:50 AM   #6
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So here we go, pics almost loaded, but I have enough to begin.

After we opened the tin we had to go and change some of it for the local currency and deposit the rest in the bank so we had enough cash to draw on while we were away.

And I had a birthday cake to finish and drop off on our way to the airport hotel, the cakes are a little sideline I do.

We then made sure we had all the documents, passports and riding kit. We filled the boot to the brim and off we set, Manchester bound.

The traffic was pretty light and we made good time over the Pennines.

We checked in and went down to get some food and wash it down with a couple of beers.

Early night as we had to be up at 4am for the early flight. We were both giddy, just like we were kids on Christmas Eve and we were both awake at around 3am, laughing at one an other for being awake so early. We decided to get up and get showered before we made the short drive to the airport.

We got changed into our riding kit in the airport car park and then hopped on a shuttle bus which dropped us off at the terminal.

We'd already checked in online and as we had no baggage to check in we immediately went to the check in, we drew sowe strange looks from fellow passengers as we trudged through with the heavy boots and riding kit.

Soon we were on the plane ready for take off.

Leaving a damp Manchester behind.

A couple of hours later and we got our first glimpse of Iceland, spotting one of the Glaciers down below.

A better view.

We're not fans of flying, but the flight was really smooth with no turbulence, we had a good landing and we were soon through the check in and we were straight onto one of the transfer buses to take us up to Reykjavik to check into our first B & B and then onto the port to see if the bike made it ok.

The journey gave us some indication of the terrain as we travelled through moss covered lava fields.

We got to the B & B OK and then ordered a cab down to the port and get the bike, a tad apprehensive I was as this is all a new experience to me.

I needn't have worried though, the company were excellent and couldn't do enough to help us. All the paperwork was present and correct and we were given a couple of hi-vis vests as we were led through the warehouse to where the bike was being stowed. She was there, no dramas, nothing missing, no damage. The guys left us to repack the bike and sort ourselves out and then we were on our way.

We made the short trip back to the digs, I double checked the bike over and then we got changed and went into Reykjavik.

We found some Vikings!

We'd worked up an appetite and we had also heard that the soup in Iceland was supposed to be top notch. We found a bar which served a good helping of soup in a freshly baked bread bowl, we decided to have a bit of that!

washed down with a nice cool one too!

Then it was back out into the streets for more of a wander around. We went to look at the concrete Cathedral, an impressive building.

Inside was as impressive and the organ has an amazing number of 5275 pipes!

While we were out and about I spotted a small supermarket with a peculiar name which bears some significance to us as our youngest son has a head full of ginger hair. I saw the sign and had to get a picture

This forum never fails to amaze me. Not only did fellow inmate Unkgd sort me out with the link pipe I needed, but after my first post on the Ride Report section with plans with our trip to Iceland I had a PM from another inmate G B who lives in Reykjavik who offered to come and show us some sights worth visiting once we were in the country, so we exchanged numbers and I said I'd text once we were sorted.

After a couple of hours down in the city we returned to the digs to meet up with Gudmundur.

I set the camera up to take a few snaps of the room as we chilled out with a brew.

I put the timer on and just as I got to the couch I went flying on the slippy floor!

Luckily I wasn't hurt, Jack was nursing bruised ribs though after all the laughing! Anyway I decided to try again, taking a bit more care.

Pretty soon G B had arrived and he set about marking some points on the map for us.

Gudmundur also supplied us with a garmin map of Iceland which had more details of the Highlands on it than our European version we had in our GPS. Once all the points had been made on the map he took us on a quick tour of the city.

We could see this building from the balcony of our room and I thought it was an observatory, but I was wrong. Basically it was four huge vats which held and heated water up for the city. On the top floor was a plush restaurant which slowly spun round 360 degrees.

Tomorrow we hit the road

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Old 08-29-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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Excellent pics - will look forward to reading the rest of the report.
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Great reading so far ! Excellent pics too.
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The wife and I watched a CBS news segemnt the other day on Iceland, and both commented it would be a great ride destination.

I am tuned in!!!
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Was just talking about going here the other day.....
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