This is a map journal of a three week cycle tour in Iceland in June 2015. Labels show each day's destination and clicking on them will show the entry and photographs for that day.
My original plan was to cycle through the interior via the Southern Highlands and Sprengisandur and Asja but unusually high snow levels meant my plans changed and I took the eastern coastal route instead. It was a great trip, Iceland is a brilliant place for touring if you don't mind some long distances and windy weather.
For equipment I took a hardtail mountain bike with rear rack, pannier on one side and bungee-corded rucksack on the other with a tent stowed on top of the rack. This worked well, I never felt I needed any more storage space and because I could put everything in the rucksack it gave me the flexibility to go hiking. The items I missed most were a proper sun hat and a solar panel to charge gadgets. I carried clothing and equipment for very extreme weather but I never really needed them, lighter alternatives would have been fine.
I camped every night and spend around 3000 kr (£15/€20) per day, mostly on camping and occasional evening meals in restaurants. I could have got by comfortably on less by wild camping more and eating out less. Apart from some luxury items, Iceland was no more expensive than my native Scotland.
Practical bits and bobs
By far the most useful thing to pick up is the cycling map. That link goes to the 2014 version but it seems to be updated every year as the paper version I have is for 2015. It is very useful and it is free. Make sure you pick one up in Reykjavik as I did not see any in any tourist information leaflet racks anywhere else.
Tips and observations
Map created by Alexander
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