Monday, May 11, 2015

Biking the Steam Valley

After breakfast at the Viking Hotel, we the 10km north into Reykajavik and parked at the Dalfoss Travel Inn Guesthouse, where we would spend that Monday night.
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 Magne, the owner of Icebike Adventures picked us up in a giant Landrover Defender and we headed off into the steamy mountains.

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The power grid of geothermal wells under the domes
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We steadily gained elevation and the presence of snow increased with it. Then when it looked like we could go no further, Magne hopped out, deflated the tires to 7psi and we headed right into the snow.
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Being the first group out this year with Icebike (we were a few weeks early for the prime 'season' and it's been the longest winter in 100 years or something) Magne rode out with us a bit and showed us some highlight spots:
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Extremely hot, sulfured areas
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Boiling, bubbling cauldrons:

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The fat bikes were a little more squirely to handle than expected, and it was a bit slow going in the snow,
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 but after a distance you could see the trail clearly and Magne let us on our way into the valley:
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And we pretty much rode to the sea:
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The trail wove down the hillsides and towards the valley containing the Hot River
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And getting in was one of the most amazing things ever: 
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"Reykjadalur (literal translation: 'Steam Valley') is one of the easiest hot spring areas to reach from Reykjavík. A short drive (45 minutes) brings you to the town Hveragerði and from there you can hike up to the warm river that flows down Reykjadalur." I could have stayed a few more hours in it, but we finished all our snacks and didn't have any water or sunscreen, so we pushed up and on out of there:
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And Magne was waiting to take us back into the city! All-and-all it was an amazing day! There were about a dozen other hikers out there (it's only about an hour walk from the parking lot up to the hot river area) and 2 bikers. Can't imagine how crazy it gets during the prime June/July months!
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