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Hi, Has anyone biked in Iceland? My husband & I are thinking about doing a self contained biking trip this summer, 2015. Any info would be welcomed. We would also welcome others who are interested in cycling in Iceland. We have toured West - East Canada. Last summer biked from Whitehorse to Inuvik.

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We loved Iceland by bicycle

Hi,
We went for one month by bicycle to Iceland and loved it. Late May and most of June. Not many tourists had arrived so the campgrounds were practically empty. We had very little rain which we heard could be unusual. But there was a lot of wind. If you are planning on camping, then plan on bringing a tent that will hold up to the wind. The Snaefellsness peninsula was lovely. Many cyclists that we met were sticking to the main road (the N1) but we tried to avoid it as much as possible. A Dutch cyclist that we met had cycled the northern fjords and his photos were amazing. He spent three months exploring Iceland that summer. I made a video of our route: http://youtu.be/7TDs2fuHFIg (my husband did the french version: http://youtu.be/LcwiRIQ0uVs). I loved Iceland and would love to go back. I saw on your profile that you cycled Ireland - can you suggest a route there, for about two or three weeks?
Michele (and Benoit)
www.vagamonde.net

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Bonnie Blundon
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Hi Michele & Benoit,
Thanks again. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, I would strongly recommend biking the Dempster Hwy from Whitehorse or Fort St. John to Inuvik! It is challenging but well worth the ride. Beautiful vistas and mountain passes. A short plane ride from Inuvik will get you to Tuktoykutuk. A gem that sits on the edge of the Arctic ocean. Doug & I did a supported bike tour there last summer. It can easily be done unsupported as well. It was the first fully supported bike trip for us. Not knowing what to expect, we opted for a supported tour, mostly because of the distance between communities. We met other cyclists along the way hauling their own gear. We are now undecided about Iceland for this year, but it is definitely on our radar for sometime in the not too distant future. We are always looking for bike tours off the beaten track, that are challenging and inspiring at the same time. We would welcome suggestions. Paddling in the Yukon, Northwest Territories is also both challenging & inspiring. We have paddled the Yukon River from Dyea to Dawson City and hiked the Chilkoot trail as part of the trip as well. Life is full of adventures.
Cheers
Bonnie & Doug

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ireland

Hi,
Thanks for the info on Iceland. My husband & I biked in Ireland in 2010 with out two sons. We flew into Dublin, stayed there for a couple of days at a hostel, stashed our bike boxes at the hostel, then took a train to Limerick. From there we biked from Limerick to
Ballingarry, Tralee, Kilrush, Country Clare, Doolin, took a ferry to the Aran Island, day trip, well worth it, very few cars, lots of horse and buggies. Then up to Baleyvaughn up over the Burrow, another great side trip from there to Ennis, back to Limerick and train back to Dublin. Found a great hostel in Doolin, Ailee River Hostel, spent several days there. Great food, great pubs with lots of music. We were in Ireland for 13 days. Lots of drizzle, but mostly only for brief periods of time. Stayed in hostels the whole time. Next time we plan to bike in Northern Ireland.
Cheers
Bonnie & Doug

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Write us if you have more questions about Iceland...

Hi Bonnie & Doug,
Thanks for the Ireland info. Not sure when we'd go, or if we'll go, but one can always dream. Another note or two about Iceland... we regretted not having better tires for some of the gravel roads that we took, especially the ones with big hills to climb. If you're sticking to the main road, then this won't be a problem. Also, we loved how much light there is during the night. It took away the worry of night falling before we had found a place to sleep the night, I recommend an eye mask for sleeping. Near Lake Myvatn, there are a lot of flying insects (supposedly "vegetarian", meaning they don't bite) but we appreciated having our bug hats to avoid breathing them in as we rode. Have fun in Iceland!
Michele & Benoit
www.vagamonde.net

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