In the summer of 2012, I traveled to Iceland with my friend and ex-college Roommate, Brandon Roesler. Brandon and I sat next to each other in a Freshman English class, became roommates the following semester, and stayed close friends throughout our college education. Throughout our college years, I spent my summers bicycle touring across the […]
Reykjavik Bike Tours is a small, but well-run bicycle touring operation that gives informative and entertaining guided bike tours around the city center of Reykjavik, Iceland. The tours aren’t long or particularly challenging (anyone who knows how to ride a bicycle can participate), but the experience of cycling around downtown Reykjavik while at the same […]
European travel doesn’t have to be terribly expensive. I proved that once before, when I traveled through Europe for nine whole months and spent an average of just $1,250 USD per month. This year I’m working to prove this theory again, as I’m back in Europe on another multi-month bicycle touring adventure. And like in […]
One of the things that makes Iceland such an incredible location for a long-distance bicycle touring is its endless array of camping spots. Finding an area to pitch your tent each night isn’t difficult. The most difficult part about camping in Iceland is figuring out which direction to set up your tent so as to […]
Instead of cycling back to Selfoss from Jökulsárlón, Brandon and I decided to take a 6-hour bus ride back to Iceland’s second largest city with the Sterna bus company. For a small extra fee, our bicycles were loaded into the back of the large passenger van. For six short hours we enjoyed the company of […]
While bicycle touring in Iceland this past May, Brandon and I decided to make a short video showing off one of our typical wild camping sites in Iceland. Watch the video above and you will see how we hide our camp in the trees, how we set up our tents, and how we position our […]
Jökulsárlón is the name of the large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland that extends out of the base of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier – the tongue of the larger Vatnajökull glacier. It is also the most eastern point in Iceland that Brandon and I would visit during our bicycle tour in the country.
Moments before reaching Iceland’s famous Jokulsarion floating icebergs, I stopped to take these self-portraits of myself and my bicycle. Just having fun here with this wacky set of iceberg photos from my bicycle tour in Iceland.
After crossing a long, flat and somewhat boring region in southern Iceland, Brandon and I were rewarded with a spectacular campsite beneath the massive Havannadalshnukur glacier in southern Iceland. Brandon even went so far as to say that this was his favorite camping site in all of Iceland.
When you cycle around Iceland’s exterior on the infamous Ring Road (Highway 1), you’ll be treated to an infinite number of bends in the road that look a little something like this. When the sky is clear and the weather is good, the views are even more spectacular!
We pushed our bikes uphill through the snow, then we were forced to turn around and head back the way we came while cycling through a massive dust storm. By the time we reached the tiny town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Brandon and I both needed a break. We set up our tents in an empty campground […]
The thing I was looking forward to most in Iceland was cycling on some of the rocky interior roads that the country has to offer. The thing Brandon was dreading most about his time in Iceland was cycling on those same dirt roads. In the end, I think both of our expectations came true. I […]