Incredible Iceland with Jon Clifton

Jon Clifton has captured the stunning and raw beauty of Iceland for FulGaz for the very first time.

Jon recorded this collection whilst on a family holiday, renting a “very old and clunky bike” from the only bike hire shop in Reykjavik.

However, this trip wasn’t without its challenges for Jon who had to cancel or shorten a few routes due to adverse weather. But the stories and the journey behind the rides are why we love the human element of the recording process.

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HJáLPARFOSS WATERFALL

We start this ride along the River Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river (143 miles), which is a glacier river in the Þjórsárdalur valley sitting at the foot of the Langmannalauger National Park. Look and listen for the Whooper Swans where the river is close to the road, their distinctive honking call can just about be heard. We cycle over flat lava fields and eventually finish our ride at the Hjálparfoss Waterfall where the rivers Fossá and Þjórsá meet.

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18.85km
DISTANCE
00:48:43
DURATION
78m
ELEVATION

PINGVALLAVATN

Starting along the shores of Lake Pingvallavatn (pronounced Ting-vatla-vatn) and with a heavy sky, we set off. Note the volcanic black sands that line the lake which lies in one of Iceland’s oldest national parks and is Iceland’s largest lake. We ride on to finish the ride at the amazing setting at the lonely church in the bay at Olfusvatnsvik.

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7.83km
DISTANCE
00:21:55
DURATION
87m
ELEVATION

KERID CRATER

An early evening ride starting at Burfell close to the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route in the south of Iceland, we soon join an F road (none paved Icelandic road) which can be tough going on a heavy hire bike. Look out for the steam rising from the thermal pools at Hæðarendi which remain at a constant 38c. We then re-join terra-firma on route 35 with distant views of Ingolfsall (551m) and finish the ride looking into the Kerid Crater, an extinct volcano, approximately 3,000 years old.

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12.58km
DISTANCE
00:36:37
DURATION
161m
ELEVATION

HOFN

Starting in the harbour of the small town of Hofn (pronounced hup) in SE Iceland, the name simply means ‘harbour’ and is the second largest town in south-eastern Iceland which we will take a ride though. The main economy here is not surprisingly centred around the fishing industry. We very quickly leave the town and pass by the airport which is easily missed and finish at the Route 1 junction.

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5.58km
DISTANCE
00:12:30
DURATION
19m
ELEVATION

VESTRAHORN

The Vestrahorn! A ride of two huge emotions...Just looking at the incredible start point of this ride in SE Iceland where you are about to start at the peninsula amongst the black larva sands and look up towards these magnificent peaks, think of Game of Thrones, James Bond and Batman, all movies that have been filmed in this location, you know you going to be in for a scenic treat. We head towards the cliff bases where signage warns you of impending rock slides, will we make it in time before we are crushed or even chased by dragons...No one will know. Enjoy what scenery you do see as you will be quite amazed! Please note that due to a camera battery failure the ride ends premature.

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3.56km
DISTANCE
00:14:49
DURATION
33m
ELEVATION

JOKULSARLON - THE ICE LAGOON

A difficult ride on a heavy hire bike with wide tyres and heading into a 35km head wind. We start on Route 1, the famous Icelandic Ring Road, and head out over the Sudersveit, a long and barren coastal strip where impressive looking mountains soon disappear and we are left out in the open. Keep going as you will soon start to see large glaciers in the distance, namely the Breiðamerkurjökull, a tongue of Europe’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull which will get closer until we finish at Jokulsarlon, the famous ice lagoon which is filled with meltwater and icebergs.

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13.67km
DISTANCE
00:53:30
DURATION
49m
ELEVATION

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