Iceland on an OSSA (1980)
|The Transit was parked in Bergen and we boarded the ship
"Smyrril". To Iceland is a 3 day journey. 1 day to Faroeys where we had
to stay 24 hours, something we did not know about. So we had to put up
our tent in the rain and had the time to drive around the main island
where Thorshavn is situated. About a 100 km trip. It is very impressive
to arrive to the Faroeys. These huge rock islands rising from the see in
the middle of the Atlantic.
Thorshawn may have a few thousand inhabitant but they all had different cars. There was not 2 cars the same. I guess it has something to do with individuality. I am just thinking about keeping spareparts....
During this 24 hours Smyrril went to Scotland to pick up more people. Another 24 hours on this tiny ship in the Atlantic made me feel sea sic.
|We were not the only bikes on the boat. A dane on a Honda 400F, 2 Swiss with Yamaha DT125 and French guy on a MZ 250 that would not start. Also I remember a german on a 3 speed standard bicycle. This was before the age of moutainbikes.||
|We arrived in Seidifjördur which is in the north east
corner of the island. Reykjavik is at the opposite. Seidifjördur is
very small village, a few hundred inhabitants. The smell of the whale
cookery is something one never forgets. Without this boat coming a few
times a week there would be very few tourist in this lost corner of Iceland.
First night we camped not far from the harbour in the rain. We had expected rain but...Next day woke up, cloudy and only a light rain, duggregn. Well, at least we were here so we hit the road and started climbing the mountain from the fjord into the country. Once we came over the mountain the sky cleared and everything just felt great. Beautiful scenery and gravelroads that really fitted our bikes. My OSSA fully packed behaved much better on the road than when unloaded .
On my homemade tank I could strap a large bag, matrass and some other stuff I stapped on the handle bar so did not have to heavy a laod on the back. The bike was very balanced.
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