Escaping the heatwave 2019

by Kostadin Mutafchiev

8609km in 26 days · 410 views

Day 1, Friday, August 2

485km in 5h · 51km/h
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  • 17:18 40min Packing and strapping everything up.
  • Traveled 42km in 42min
  • 18:42 Stop for 3min
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  • 18:56 Stop for 11min
  • Traveled 286m in 46s
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  • Traveled 231km in 2h 15min
  • 21:33 20min First fill up after a biblical storm near Nis
  • Traveled 197km in 1h 52min
  • 23:45 10h 20min Stop for the night in Novi Sad. The lady is a bike fan, made us promise a photoshoot with the bikes

Day 2, Saturday, August 3

632km in 9h · 56km/h
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  • 11:33 Stop for 9min
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  • 11:52 26min Almost out of gas entering Hungary. Breakfast for bikes and bodies.
  • Traveled 260km in 3h 28min
  • 15:46 34min After the exclusively boring Hungary and the outskirts of Budapest, a fill up and rest is necessary.
  • Traveled 85km in 1h 09min
  • 17:30 1h 15min Lunch in Banska Bistrica. Not very nice service and not very nice food. Would not recommend.
  • Traveled 30km in 25min
  • 19:11 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 103km in 1h 31min
  • 20:45 Stop for 6min
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  • 21:24 Stop for 5min
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  • 21:37 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 523m in 4min
  • 21:45 13h 12min A night in Poland. Welcome drink - vodka.

Day 3, Sunday, August 4

665km in 9h · 66km/h
  • Traveled 220km in 2h 49min
  • 13:47 Stop for 33min
  • Traveled 134km in 1h 59min
  • 16:20 1h 09min Managed to find the most crowded KFC restaurant in Poland
  • Traveled 151km in 1h 31min
  • 19:02 Stop for 19min
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  • 21:14 Stop for 8min
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  • 21:50 1h 43min Greek restaurant working in Sunday evening in Germany. Ouzo and souvlaki for everyone.
  • Traveled 875m in 1min
  • 23:35 8h 51min Monument-camping in the park.

Day 4, Monday, August 5

826km in 9h · 79km/h
  • Traveled 34km in 28min
  • 08:55 16min Fill up before hitting the highway
  • Traveled 157km in 1h 20min
  • 10:31 19min Fuel prices outside the highways are 20 cents down.
  • Traveled 184km in 1h 41min
  • 12:32 31min Filling up on the cheap(ish) before entering Denmark.
  • Traveled 139km in 1h 46min
  • 14:50 42min Roadside lunch from a 7eleven.
  • Traveled 251km in 2h 42min
  • 18:15 1h 10min Walk to Grenen and around.
  • Traveled 38km in 31min
  • 19:56 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 17km in 15min
  • 20:18 1h 57min Spoiling ourselves a bit with a restaurant before the sailing.
  • Traveled 5km in 12min
  • 22:29 10h 08min As the camping was full we resorted to finding a place for pitching a tent for the night. Raining a bit.

Day 5, Tuesday, August 6

6km in 0h · 35km/h
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  • 08:41 31min Gas station breakfast and fill up. Iceland is more expensive than Denmark.
  • Traveled 3km in 3min
  • 09:17 51min Checking in and boarding the ferry
  • Traveled 321m in 57s
  • 10:10 2d 01h To Iceland!

Day 6, Wednesday, August 7

Day 7, Thursday, August 8

458km in 6h · 51km/h
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  • 12:06 Stop for 4min
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  • 12:51 Stop for 3min
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  • 13:22 18min Escaping the rain and 3 degrees temperature in Seydisfjordur and first offroad experiences.
  • Traveled 9km in 18min
  • 13:58 21min First *foss (a suffix for waterfall in Icelandic)
  • Traveled 24km in 19min
  • 14:39 23min Stop for snacks and beer.
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  • 15:12 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 33km in 22min
  • 15:37 20min Random seaside viewpoint
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  • 16:05 Stop for 3min
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  • 16:39 24min Starting point for Vesterhorn
  • Traveled 486m in 1min
  • 17:05 37min Vesterhorn itself. And abandoned props from a viking movie scene
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  • 17:45 Stop for 3min
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  • 17:50 Stop for 14min
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  • 18:24 Stop for 36min
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  • 19:54 46min The Glacier Lagoon - Jokulsarlon
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  • 20:41 Stop for 2min
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  • 20:45 28min Where the icebergs from Jokulsarlon enter the sea.
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  • 22:00 16min Another lake at the skirt of the glacier.
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  • 22:19 Stop for 3min
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  • 22:55 1h 15min Hike to Svartifoss and its bassalt columns
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  • 00:55 Stop for 7min
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  • 01:03 Stop for 4min
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  • 01:09 11h 19min Camping for the night. A bit shocked that Icelandic campings do not offer the level of facilites we are used to.

Day 8, Friday, August 9

281km in 5h · 39km/h
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  • 13:48 22min A very beautiful waterfall, far from the tourist flocks.
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  • 14:18 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 13km in 23min
  • 14:47 26min Monumental river crossing. The first of quite a few (20 or more)
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  • 15:34 Stop for 2min
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  • 17:06 51min Stop at the basecamp for Landmann peak - Landmannalaugar
  • Traveled 14km in 19min
  • 18:17 20min Miscommunication and regrouping.
  • Traveled 27km in 30min
  • 19:08 15min Refil after a day of offroading
  • Traveled 123km in 1h 15min
  • 20:39 31min Looking around Seljafoss
  • Traveled 684m in 1min
  • 21:11 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 87m in 25s
  • 21:15 16h 09min Camping right next to the waterfall

Day 9, Saturday, August 10

417km in 5h · 75km/h
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  • 13:50 Stop for 2min
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  • 13:58 16min The plainwreck of a DC-3 and the threats of the bus driver.
  • Traveled 17km in 15min
  • 14:29 Stop for 36min
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  • 15:10 Stop for 56min
  • Traveled 18km in 13min
  • 16:20 2h 21min Restauranting again
  • Traveled 34km in 23min
  • 19:05 40min Skogafoss waterfall
  • Traveled 49km in 31min
  • 20:18 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 63km in 42min
  • 21:05 23min Kerid crater. Already quite windy
  • Traveled 41km in 26min
  • 21:55 Stop for 3min
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  • 22:19 28min Gaysir, the original. We only had a chance to see a smaller one - Stokkur - erupt.
  • Traveled 132km in 1h 20min
  • 00:08 13h 01min Back to the camping next to Seljafoss

Day 10, Sunday, August 11

223km in 3h · 49km/h
  • Traveled 69km in 47min
  • 13:57 48min Using a KFC to have brunch and to get a bit warm after a windy night.
  • Traveled 62km in 43min
  • 15:29 Stop for 6min
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  • 15:44 30min Gullfoss waterfall. Quite remarkable.
  • Traveled 42km in 39min
  • 16:54 38min A warm-up stop at a hut on the F35 on our way to Kerlingarfjöll
  • Traveled 30km in 46min
  • 18:19 Stop for 4min
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  • 18:53 32min A decision to sleep in a cabin here was made
  • Traveled 66m in 25s
  • 19:25 16h 29min A nice two-storey cabin for the night. Snow outside.

Day 11, Monday, August 12

599km in 7h · 77km/h
  • Traveled 147km in 2h 10min
  • 14:05 53min Some time to get warm and to get some calories in after the 100 km offroad and then 50 km in pouring rain.
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  • 16:14 Stop for 2min
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  • 17:40 1h 41min A supermarket stop to have some lunch and stock on some breakfast supplies.
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  • 20:01 1h 02min A nice walk in the lava fields around Londrangar
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  • 21:22 Stop for 3min
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  • 21:33 Stop for 14min
  • Traveled 139km in 1h 33min
  • 23:21 13h 41min An unattended but well maintained camping and philipine restaurant for dinner.

Day 12, Tuesday, August 13

626km in 7h · 68km/h
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  • 13:05 Stop for 9min
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  • 13:16 20min Fill up and get the forgotten water bottle
  • Traveled 194km in 2h 03min
  • 15:40 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 35km in 22min
  • 16:09 38min Fill up after the futile attempt to see something from the Westfjords. The weather didn't let us go in at least relative comfort.
  • Traveled 175km in 1h 55min
  • 18:43 25min A nice rock formation almost on the beach. Whether it is a troll or an elephant doesn't actually matter that much.
  • Traveled 76km in 49min
  • 19:58 46min Gas and some calories for the bodies after the battle with the winds on the road.
  • Traveled 144km in 1h 26min
  • 22:11 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 104m in 38s
  • 22:14 14h 56min Very nice and cheap (for the local standards) hostel. Warm shower and a roof above our heads.

Day 13, Wednesday, August 14

361km in 4h · 81km/h
  • Traveled 6km in 6min
  • 13:17 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 21km in 12min
  • 13:35 34min Godafoss, the Golden Waterfall.
  • Traveled 38km in 23min
  • 14:34 45min Myvatn - rather regular view in the company of what we've seen in Iceland the previous days.
  • Traveled 12km in 8min
  • 15:28 Stop for 2min
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  • 15:42 1h 17min Leirhnjukur - an active geothermal site. It is not a coincidence that one of the bigger geothermal electric power plants (Krafla) is in the area as well.
  • Traveled 70km in 57min
  • 17:57 41min The East viewpoint to the Detifoss waterfall - the most powerful in Europe. Road was "unsealed" and full of potholes and inadequate drivers.
  • Traveled 160km in 1h 49min
  • 20:28 45min Snack and gas stop.
  • Traveled 35km in 20min
  • 21:34 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 9km in 6min
  • 21:45 13h 08min A night with Hogni and Unnur, that have been referenced by Melanie and Greg Turp. A great evening with talks about adventures and stories from the road. Also, they got us copies of their book about the trip they've made to Mongolia in 2014.

Day 14, Thursday, August 15

70km in 1h · 75km/h
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  • 11:00 Stop for 3min
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  • 11:06 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 57km in 39min
  • 11:48 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 174m in 48s
  • 11:53 17h 53min Again on the ferry. Next stop - the Faroe Islands.

Day 15, Friday, August 16

126km in 2h · 54km/h
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  • 05:50 58min Gas and maintenance after a slow and VERY early disembarkment between 3 and 3 a.m. local time.
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  • 08:09 16min The most remote point of the islands accessible via road (w/o ferries)
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  • 08:37 Stop for 2min
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  • 08:42 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 35m in 6s
  • 08:46 5h 11min Waiting for the rain to stop, but without any results.
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  • 14:01 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 22km in 18min
  • 14:24 1d 00h Very welcoming hosts in a small village on one of the islands.

Day 16, Saturday, August 17

195km in 3h · 67km/h
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  • 14:47 Stop for 7min
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  • 15:16 Stop for 2min
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  • 15:32 7min The legend says that this horse lures people to pet him then drags them to the bottom of the lake.
  • Traveled 6km in 7min
  • 15:47 7min One of the scenic places and start of one of the buttercup (scenic) roads.
  • Traveled 728m in 46s
  • 15:56 Stop for 2min
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  • 16:07 Stop for 1h 58min
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  • 18:27 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 29km in 28min
  • 18:58 10min Rain, but we need gas.
  • Traveled 55km in 38min
  • 19:47 18h 26min Back to base for the night.

Day 17, Sunday, August 18

121km in 2h · 41km/h
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  • 14:35 Stop for 32min
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  • 15:36 Stop for 2h 54min
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  • 19:30 Stop for 1h 22min
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  • 20:57 Stop for 3h 35min
  • Traveled 243m in 2min
  • 00:36 Stop for 26min
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  • 01:03 Stop for 1d 09h

Day 18, Monday, August 19

Day 19, Tuesday, August 20

406km in 5h · 56km/h
  • Traveled 186km in 1h 42min
  • 12:23 Stop for 9min
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  • 12:32 Stop for 41min
  • Traveled 167m in 33s
  • 13:14 1h 29min Ferry to Odde
  • Traveled 105km in 59min
  • 15:43 Stop for 7min
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  • 15:52 Stop for 43min
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  • Traveled 63km in 59min
  • 18:30 Stop for 11min
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  • 18:47 Stop for 28min
  • Traveled 169m in 30s
  • 19:15 Stop for 2h 52min
  • Traveled 3km in 6min
  • 22:15 9h 46min Skipping Germany

Day 20, Wednesday, August 21

894km in 12h · 68km/h
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  • 08:08 Stop for 7min
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  • Traveled 179km in 2h 22min
  • 11:11 Stop for 26min
  • Traveled 81km in 1h 01min
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  • Traveled 181km in 2h 29min
  • 15:12 Stop for 35min
  • Traveled 184km in 2h 28min
  • 18:16 Stop for 36min
  • Traveled 176km in 2h 13min
  • 21:07 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 50km in 51min
  • 22:08 Stop for 12h 14min

Day 21, Thursday, August 22

698km in 9h · 69km/h
  • Traveled 306km in 3h 56min
  • 14:19 Stop for 3min
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  • Traveled 170km in 1h 50min
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  • Traveled 148km in 2h 01min
  • 21:32 Stop for 15h 18min

Day 22, Friday, August 23

1km in 0h · 26km/h
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  • 12:53 Stop for 1d 21h

Day 23, Saturday, August 24

Day 24, Sunday, August 25

517km in 7h · 61km/h
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  • 09:56 Stop for 17min
  • Traveled 209km in 3h 08min
  • 13:23 Stop for 25min
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  • 14:31 Stop for 2min
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  • 15:07 Stop for 3h 03min
  • Traveled 195km in 2h 31min
  • 20:42 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 16km in 22min

Day 25, Monday, August 26

Day 26, Tuesday, August 27

Legend

  • Generic stop 34
  • Gas station 19
  • Beautiful sight 15
  • Tourist sight 7
  • Hotel 6
  • Restaurant 6
  • Camping 6
  • Natural sight 5
  • Something special 4
  • Ferry 4
  • Coffee 1