The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I am planning a ride in Iceland late next summer - with a friend, or my wife, or solo... depends on who wants to commit.
Anyways, I would really welcome any suggestions for itineraries and routes for a trip of a week or so. Where to ride, where not to ride, what to see, what not to see, where to stay, what to eat, and so forth. But most importantly, route alternatives.
I allways like to plan for a route with a plan "B" a bit into the trip, to either extend or shorten the distance - i.e. if I am behind or ahead of schedule. For instance planning a long trip, but have a short cut back to Reykjavik, or plan for a shorter trip but nearer the end of the trip, have a detour that I can take if I am far ahead.
If I travel Solo I can do long hours every day. But, riding with others, I would plan for shorter days.
I will be riding a f650gs Dakar and would like to do a klot of it off pavement.
It's for me two years ago now that I've been there, but believe me you don't need a plan in Iceland at all. You can do bush camping where ever you want as long you dan't stay on someones property or within 150 meters of it, and off course leave it the way you found it. The people over there are extremely friendly and the population is very low.
Let the people tell you where to go, because where ever you go in Iceland it's worth to go. The ring or the interior it's beautiful in any way.
If you are in the north, the only short cut back to Rekjavik would be to take route 1. Riding through the interior is an adventure but not a quick way to get anywhere. As said above, just arrive, buy some maps and most importantly ask for advice. I navigate by weather report, and that has worked well in Iceland. Yes the weather changes every 5 minutes, but knowing when and where the North Atlantic gale is blowing in is important.
I went to Iceland last August and spent seven days touring the country. It was absolutely fantastic trip and mind blowing landscape. There are a lot of really interesting routes in Iceland. There is no reason to go off-road plus it's illegal. It's taken extremely seriously if people are caught doing any off-roading in the fragile landscape. The mountain roads, so called F-Roads, are fantastic. They consist of everything; old tarmac roads, gravel roads, sand roads, fine rocks, big boulders, mud, dried up riverbeds, lava, fine lava sand, roads which are also rivers and everything in between. Sometimes you would be driving a road that starts as 'normal' gravel road, which has sections of fine lava sand and big boulders, crossing rivers, very rocky surface all on the same road. Plus there are a lot of river crossings in some parts of the country, small and enormous rivers. At one occasion we had to turn back from a planned route as one of the rivers had grown so much in the last 24 hours it was impassable, from being only few inches deep few days before into four to five foot deep. Upon going back we returned to one of the rivers we had crossed an hour before and it was impassable as well, plus it had one of these highland buses with massive tyres stuck in middle of the river waiting for the rescue team. It wasn't that we had bad weather but the thing was that it was sunny, warm and very windy so the glaciers melted very very quickly and added enormous amount of water into the rivers. On another occasion there was so much sandstorm and the sand was so fine on the road it took us about five hours to travel measly seventy-five kilometers. So things can change very quickly in the highlands, there is an Icelandic saying if you don't like the weather wait five minutes and you will have another season upon you. It’s not advisable to be on your own if you are going into the interior in Iceland. Sometimes we would be driving for several hours or half a day without seeing anyone on the roads. So therefore if something happens it might be quite sometime before anyone shows up. But it was magical and fantastic trip.
Also it depends when you are going in the summer if the highlands are open as I think this summer most of the routes didn’t open until mid or late July, ansd some didn’t open at all. But you do get the twenty-four hour daylight in July. You can check the conditions of the roads on The Icelandic Road Administration website:
I would definitely avoid the Ring Road: it's tarmac practically all the way now. Go to the highlands in the interior. It's breathtakingly beautiful, desolate (if that's your thing, but that's Iceland), and moonlike (NASA used it to practice for the Apollo moon project..).
I cycled the two major pistes North-South, The Kjolur and the Springisandur.
See Cycling the Kjolur and Sprengisandur in Icelands interior - YouTube for an impression.
So many beautiful paths to take. Infrastructure maintenance roads often twist through mindblowing landscape as if nothing were more natural. I'm new to offroad motorcycle travel so I can't give specific information other than what has been presented - but I can tell you to be mindful of the weather. It changes very quickly - totally different weather in an hour and again the next hour. Be prepared, know another way down, check weather reports, check in with someone from time to time. There is surprisingly good sms connectivity in the otherwise barren highlands (but don't count on it of course).
It's all worth it, but you have to do it right.
Some underestimate how quickly the weather can change; To try to paint a picture, being used to the weather as something ever changing, when travelling abroad I always feel strange and almost uncomfortable when the weather just doesn't change for say three days in a row. Feels like the clock has stopped. In the highlands, a day of crisp cool sunshine can turn very cold very quickly, even in summer.
Icelands all good even the ringroad and anywhere you turn off it onto minor roads will be gravel anyway!
Must have been round Route 1 at least four times now and in both directions. Part in a Landrover, Jeep, GSx2, hirecarx2, quadbike and even by bicycle.........!
Snaefellsnes was an eye opener for me on my trip there in May..........I'd never been around the penninsula before at it was amazing with it's mini icecap at the end. I also spent a lot of time with friends in the Eastfjords looking after Icelandic horses and also visited my friends farm near Skogar who has the Eyjafjallajokull 'Iceland Erupts' visitor centre.
I also used Icelandic hostels for the first time aswell and ended up staying at them most nights although they're not the best way to meet Icelanders as they are mostly run by 'utlandingurs'!
Heimaey(The Westmann Islands) is good too and i've been there three times by bicycle, GS and on foot and the shorter ferry crossing is much quicker and calmer now!
If you can... try road F862. That one is a great twisty ride from Dettifoss (waterfall) to Ásbyrgi. Ásbyrgi is well worth the time to look at.
Then there is road F867. That road has been closed due to a new all year paved road but it is well worth it to take that trip. The road gets no service anymore since it was discontinued some years back and is marked with signs as closed. If you are willing to try you will get 34km´s of pure pleasure.
If you go to the Westfjords there are at least 3 roads that are a "must"
F612 to latrabjarg and off that there is F614 to Raudasandur.
The third one is F622. That is an insanely beautiful route to take with the road carved into and under cliffs and great mountain view all the way.
Not many people go this road and you should ask in the gas station at Þingeyri if the road is open. It closes every Winter due to landslides and falling rocks.
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