ICELAND, cycling with a folded bike "Tern, Verge, P10" towards Askja, biggest volcanic caldera on Iceland, through deserted volcanic Highlands
My 3rd Icelandic Expedition nicknamed "Askja"
I started my expedition in Seydisfjordur, a small Icelandic Eastern fishman town, where I came with a "Smyril Line" cruise-ferry called “MS Norröna II” from Denmark (2 days sail). At the same day I crossed fjord ridge by the road 93 towards the biggest city in the rigion Egilsstaðir; it took me ~4 hr, 30 km (6-7 km steep uphill, then ~10 km a plateau with a foggy lake, and then ~7 km downhill), most of the way up I could not cycle, just walked, it was too heavy load (~30 kg) I had on my cargo trailer (Burley, "Travoy") In Egilsstaðir there is a nice camping site, I stayed there for 2 days, to get food supplies and to prepare for long-distance cycling tour heading to dangerous and isolated Highlands.
My next camping "Hofdavik" was near the lake called "Lagarfljot", a deepest (112 m) glacial lake on Iceland, and in the most forest-reach rigion "Hallormsstadur". The lake is very famous for a misterious "Loch Ness" alike monster, a sea-worm "Wyrm" or "Lagarfljótsormur", which might be living here in the lake's milky waters since prehistoric times. It was one of the best nights I spent on Iceland, although I was disappointed a bit, "Wyrm" did not visit me during the night, despite I was sleeping very close to the misterious Lagarfjot's water with the open tent (no mosquitoes)... :)
Next day I continued my bike tour along the lake towards South-East, and after about 12 km I reached a starting point, where there's a trail uphill to see a very tall (128 m) and beautiful waterfall called "Hengifoss". The trail is 2 km one way. I left my bike and the trailer and went for 2 hr hiking. That day I stayed at the nice Fljotsdalsgrund camping site, ~10 km farther along the lake from Hengifoss by the road 933.
Next day was supposed to be a very tough day, I had to climb at the altitude of ~650 m through a very long (~5 km) zig-zag road with many hairpin turns (8x). It took me about 2 hr of very difficult and steep walking uphill and pushing my bike with the heavy trailer. Almost at the top of this mountain ridge, or better to say the beginning of Highlands (this is why they are called "Highlands"), a big white-and-blue Jeep stopped by my side, and two rangers from the Vatnajökull National Park, which I was about to enter, had a chat with me, asking me a few questions about my trip and giving me a lot of advices on the road conditions, safety measures and some rules in the park farther in Highlands, it was a nice conversation.
...to be continued, and also soon it will be in a book...