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Iceland 2018 (Off-Road)

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Iceland 2018 (Off-Road)

Hi,

I visited Iceland about 6 month ago and became hooked, however there's a few areas I didn't get a chance to do and I'm converting a 20" foldy into a BMX style hybrid to go back and tackle them. I'm looking at around Mar/April for two/three weeks before the snow has melted as the run-offs were a particular challenge in June.

The main areas of interest are the F821 up and the F26 through the middle and back. It's likely the tracks will be shut to traffic and that should indicate what you'll be up against. It'll be a very rewarding challenge, but you will need suitable camping gear, knobbly tyres and a sense of humour!

Cheers,

Andrew (UK)

 

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Hi Andrew. It´s not just

Hi Andrew. It´s not just likely that the roads you mention will be closed for traffic in mar/apr - it´s 100% certain. You also need more than knobby tyres and a sense of humor. Would just skip the bicycle and bring the cross country skis :)

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I'll have to check nearer the

I'll have to check nearer the time but they're open in May I believe? the idea is before it melts... some of the fords in June were shall we say interesting. It should also mean less tourists, also a problem!

I know riders have used the closed roads before and survived to tell the tale. What's an adventure if not a challenge!

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May may be the worst time

May may be the worst time when things starts to melt and get muddy. F821 never opens until july but F26 maybe 2 or 3 weeks earlier. You would be the first man in the history to cycle these roads in the winter or early spring. Thats quite a challenge :)

She frame on page 2 for first possible, average and last year openings of the montainroads. Unforunatly just found this in icelandic but you should be able to figure out the numbers.

http://www.vegagerdin.is/vefur2.n/Files/Opnun_fjallvega_is_2017/$file/Opnun_fjallvega_is_2017.pdf

 

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I was under the impression

I was under the impression the melting is at it's peak around July. That's when I was there and for some of the crossings my bike was floating!

I can see how going earlier may be muddier. In the heart of the interior I've only done the F35 (during July) and it was pretty easy going. How it compares to F26 I don't know.

I'll check the link out, thanks!

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F35 is by far the most

F35 is by far the most accesable of the main interior routs. F26 is alright when condisions are good but much more sandy and some river crossing and less serviced.