10-year Iceland Anniversary|
In July, we visited Iceland with two 4x4s, kittet out for a trip to the island in the North Atlantic. One car was fitted with a Gordigear Explorer Plus 140cm and a Gumtree Awning, the other car was fitted with a Gordigear Explorer Plus 165cm. We arrived at Seydisfjördur in the East and discovered that some of the major mountain roads in the North East area were closed due to either flooding or snow covering the tracks. Winter had prevailed unusually long this year and even in the middle of July, it was quite cold. During our trip, even though we drove on tracks that were not closed, we had to back track quite a few times due to impassable tracks. For example we were blocked by a 3 meter high snow bank and 1 meter deep mud, stopping all forward motion.
On the other hand the landscapes were beautifully covered with remaining patches of snow and driving the - at times - monotone Sprengisandur this year was great fun, as a great part of the road was like driving in the middle of a river. After battling some of the wet tracks in the North East, we drove over Myvatn and crossed the central highlands towards the South West, where we found some nice and less known mountain tracks in the Pingvellir area. We headed towards the Southern parts of the highlands. We had a great stay at the campsite at Básar at Pórsmörk. Then we intended to drive to Landmannalaugar via Fjallabak-Sydri, but this 'highland highway' was closed, again due to tracks either being impassable or the authorities protecting the muddy tracks from too much tire damage until they dry up.
We detoured North around Hekla and visited a very cold Landmannalaugar for a nice dip in the natural hot springs. We then visited the Lakagigar area and climbed the mountain at Laki, and then went to see the puffins at Dyrholaey at Vik. After a visit to Reykjavik, we explored the small tracks in the area around Mýrdalsjökull before heading back North East. Near Breiðdalsvík we found a small track leading into the mountains and spend a day exploring the area in perfect sunny weather. Finally we headed back to Seydisfjördur.
For me it was the 10-year anniversary travelling to Iceland exploring new tracks in my 4x4. The roof tents gave us the flexibility to camp as we drove along, and setting up camp was done in no time. We now stock Gordigear products in Scandinavia: http://rathmann.nu
Artwork and/or text courtesy of Klavs Jorgensen.