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'A GREENER APPROACH TO TOURING'
A native of Iceland, accredited tour guide and owner of Reykjavik Bike Tours, Stefan Valsson really enthuses visitors with his obvious love of his homeland, ‘let us go and soak up the scenery', he extols.
We gathered at the Old Harbour in Iceland’s delightfully accessible capital Reykjavik. Its charm is self-evident - the ocean, boats, the view, historic buildings, and fishermen sitting mending their nets and telling tales of the sea.
Reykjavik roof tops
From the Old Harbour we travelled by mini-bus and bike trailer to Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls, where we were to start our ride. The journey to Gullfoss traverses the surreal volcanic landscape, which is like no other. Along the way, Stefan provided engaging stories and history updates. At Gullfoss (Golden Falls) there are convenient staircases allowing those brave or foolish enough to look over the edge and revel in the sheer beauty.
The rugged, raging Gullfoss (Golden Falls)
Once on our superb suspension hybrid cycles, we set off for the Geysir geothermal area where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.
We continued through Thingvellir National Park (Parliament Plains), Iceland’s most important historical site, the foundation place of the Icelandic parliament, and now a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
All in all a heady few hours of invigorating clean air along with stimulating vistas of this rugged age-old volcanic landscape combined with the bonus of exercise. With the ever vigilant Stefan never far away watching his ‘flock’ from the support vehicle, we made our way some 27 kilometres along a swooping tarmac ribbon of a road seemingly painted on to the undulating panorama.
Specs in the dramatic landscape of Iceland
Iceland has plenty to offer the visitor looking for ‘something different’. The fact that this island has no trees tells the tourist to be ready to expect the unexpected. And in the summer months this far north you are also blessed with virtually 24 hours of daylight which gave rise to the longest most impressive sunsets I have ever witnessed as the sun momentarily dips to the horizon before making its ascent once more.
There is a lot to be said for viewing life the leisurely way from the saddle of a bike. It was certainly a great introduction to the many wonders of the uniqueness that is Iceland.
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