Iceland is considered part of Scandinavia

Iceland by bike, part 2

About whales, earthquakes and lovable dive bombers

Maybe one or the other has already read the first part of my trip. If not, here is the link to the first part again:

From Mývatn to Akureyri

The main road winds like a hunchbacked sea monster over every hill, the route strongly reminds me of the vastness of Canada.

The steady north wind degrades me to a snail that creeps through the vast expanses at 8-10 km / h to reach the small town of Húsavík. The next day the thermometer shows almost 20 degrees Celsius, the streams are glittering in the sun, the sheep are lounging lazily in the grass and the colors are so clear and intense that many who have not seen it with their own eyes would only say: » That is impossible!". Halfway to Akureyri is Goðafoss (translated: "the fall of the gods"). According to legend, the last pagan Vikings were converted to Christianity here. The few cars get lost in the huge parking lot, and the bus parking lot is completely empty.

For my taste, the deep gorge is almost even more beautiful than the waterfall, which can be admired from two sides. On perfect days like this, I just want to keep going, and at the end of the day there are 102 km on the counter. In addition, as a cyclist, you take the detour via the old road and not through the new tunnel. I don't reach Akureyri until around 10 p.m., pretty broken. Since it is light around the clock in summer, I can particularly enjoy the intense evening moods.

The green capital of the north

With just under 20,000 inhabitants, Akureyri is the largest city outside of Reykjavík and the surrounding area and is in constant competition with the capital to see who is the "more beautiful" one. Akureyri is in any case a very green city, avenues of trees line the streets and small front gardens as well as the diverse botanical garden almost make you forget that you are only about 100 km south of the Arctic Circle. Those who have previously traveled through the often treeless regions in the interior will appreciate the cozy atmosphere of the small town with its cozy pedestrian zone.