Iceland August 2013. Trip information and advice for those going.
I noticed a lot of information about Iceland is either out of date or spread across several different threads......so I am going to make a bit of an informal thread with some info/advice/ideas from my trip last month ( Aug 2013 )
Rider and Bike
I would class myself as an average rider in ability, I am quite happy off-road and travelling mostly solo..but I do not hold any special skills when it comes to snow/ice/sand etc.I tend to travel some big distances when the mood takes me, but you can use me as a marker point for most riders I reckon.
The Bike is a BMW G650GS, the one with cast alloy wheels and the 650cc single engine. It too is what I would class as an average bike, it has a few modifications such as very robust engine bars and belly plate...barkbusters..soft pannier/bash frames..led lights etc....nothing special at all. Average fuel range/power etc.
Who would love Iceland?
In my honest opinion, those riders who love going " off-piste " or forging across virgin ground at high speed and need to travel in the region of 80mph plus would be very unwelcome in Iceland, and you will find it hard to find your kicks without upsetting the locals ( and paying some huge fines )
Other riders who have a mind to travel at a slower pace, following tarmac or diverting onto dirt track and maybe going for some ( a lot in fact ) rather challenging ( for the average rider ) off-road routes, while respecting the absolute rigid need to stay on authourised tracks will find it very enjoyable.
The pace is sedate, compared to other countries.