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ICELAND: HIGHLANDS' TOUR - Seljalandsfoss to Vik

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Distance
126.67 mi
Elevation gain
9,101 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
9,140 ft
Max elevation
2,183 ft
TrailRank 
45
Min elevation
58 ft
Trail type
One Way
Time
3 days 9 hours 58 minutes
Coordinates
2295
Uploaded
August 29, 2020
Recorded
August 2020
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2,183 ft
58 ft
126.67 mi

near Ásólfsskáli, Suðurland (Ísland)

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Itinerary description

Tour per la zona dels Highlands islandesos, vorejant la glacera Myrsdalljökull.
Cal advertir que els Highlands són una zona deshabitada, inhòspita, abrupta, on la metereologia pot ser molt dura fins i tot a l'estiu i on cal creuar rius glaçats, que de vegades són perillosos per la violència amb la que baixen. Cal informar-se sempre de la meterologia, estat de les pistes i situació dels rius, ja que en ocasions no es podran creuar.
Només es pot dormir en tenda o, en alguns sectors, en cabanes-refugi (convé informar-se de la disponibilitat de places).
Molts camins i pistes estan en molt mal estat, especialment quan es voregen les ribes dels rius que donen accés a la zona, cosa que cal tenir en compte en el tipus de bicicleta i càrrega a escollir.

Dit i advertit tot això, la bellesa d'aquesta zona interior, la variabilitat dels seus paisatges (que no es troba seguint la famosa "Ring Road") i la satisfacció que aporta circular per les pistes gravel de lava de la part alta són difícils de descriure.

Aquest tour de 3 dies es va fer en bicileta gravel i bosses de pikeapcking: en certes parts, sobretot accessos a la zona vorejant rius, es troba a faltar -i molt- la suspensió, però el rodatge per les pistes gravel de les cotes altes és simplement espectacular. La méteo va ser molt adversa, amb molta pluja, fred i vent, tot i ser plè agost.

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1st gravel trail

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Alftavatn lake

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Hólmsárfoss

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Singletrails to hot pool

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Crossroad to campsite (Vik)

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Bratthálskvísl river crossing

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Innri-Emstruá river crossing

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Strútur river crossings

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Crossroads Strútur (Maelifell)

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Emstrur huts

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First bridge (Gamla Brúin)

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Snow peaks, Strutur

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Gluggafoss

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Srútslaug (natural open hot pool)

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Hvanngil bridge river crossing

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Hvanngil hut

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Mountain hut (unstaffed)

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Near Vik

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Gravel lava trail 1

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Gravel lava trail 2

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Trail with Maelifell's peak views

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Plane surrounding glacier

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Bridge and lava rocks (Bláfjallakvísl)

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First glacier views

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Markarfljót river, beside waterfall

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Markarfljót river, upper viewpoint

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Riverbank, Highlands' entry

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Seljalandsfoss

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Strútur huts

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Highlands' last gravel traiils

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Vik

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Curious peak views

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Blossomed valley

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