Day 1-2 (0-92 km)
Whoehoeeee finally we are in Iceland! We have been looking forward to this for such a long time and now we are here. The last two days we cycled already 100 kilometers and we love it! Actually we didn’t really know what we expected of this trip. We never cycled before and from different people we heard Iceland isn’t that easy to cycle. Not because of the big mountains, but because of the weather. And that is what we have been experiencing already so far! First day it was raining all day long, not real hard rain, but enough to get really wet. Luckily we were able to keep dry with our raincoat and pants. From the airport we cycled west to the highest lighthouse in Iceland. Actually it isn’t that big, it is just 30 meters tall. When we arrived here we checked the time and it was already past 10 p.m. Huh? Already this late? We really didn’t expect this, because the light was still the same as at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. We knew the sunset was very late in Iceland, but it is still is a strange feeling to have it this bright at this time of the day. Anyway, we had enough light to set up the tent and cook us a meal. It was very windy and during the night it almost felt like the tent was blowing away! Luckily that didn’t really happen!
The next day we woke up with the sun shining in the tent and the wind was gone. We took some time to organise our bags and went cycling again. Today was a beautiful day, it was quite cold (about 11 degrees), but there was not a lot of wind and if there was wind we had it in our backs! We cycled through beautiful landscapes, saw another lighthouse, cliffs, and reached the bridge between continents! This is a bridge between the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates. Iceland is the only place in the world where this is possible, because all other borders between the tectonic plates are hidden somewhere in the seas. But in Iceland you can walk literally from the one plate to another, which is really really amazing! When we just wanted to leave this place we saw some interesting guestes: monks. With their bright orange clothes it gave a beautiful contrast in the Icelandic nature.
From the bridge we cycled to a hotspring. Amazing to see how the warmth of the earth is going out of the crust. All around the hotspring was warm too, so the ground is over 100 degrees in that area. Luckily they made some wooden footbridge to cross it. After the hotspring we cycled a little further to find a good spot to set up the tent. We went away from the road into a large grass area. There were some big rocks to give us shelter, so a perfect spot for the tent.
Today we woke up and the sun was even shining brighter. The sky is all blue and the temperature is warm enough to wear our short pants! We love it! We have a little more wind today, but we just take it easy. In our next blog you read what we did today!