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Iceland 2004, an expedition by Ice-X

800 km by ATB around Iceland, northbound

February 10, 2004 Ramon Sijmons and Boris Krielen started their unique expedition "Iceland 2004": 800 kilometer by ATB around north Iceland. On February 24 the team reached Egilsstadir, the end of their route. We were the second team that biked this part of Iceland in wintertime.

Snow storm in the stone desert between Reykjahlid and Egilstadir

Snow storm in the stone desert between Reykjahlid and Egilstadir

(Photo credit: Ramon Sijmons)

January 1997 Boris was the first to bike solo around the south coast in wintertime, during the Dutch Iceland Expedition 1997.

This time the northern part of Iceland is the goal. More mountains, high mountainpasses, bad roads, 250 kilometers of rocky desert, blasting winds, icy rain, snow, thick layers of ice on the road. A great new challenge!

The route

Map of Iceland with the route via the north coast

The route follows the nr. 1, Icelands main road that goes all around the island. On most parts of the route the road is in pretty good condition, but further away it can get worse, ending with some long stretches of gravel road in the north east. And with that comes the risk that roads can be covered with solid ice, maiking it extremely hard to bike.

Distance table

Route Distance Cumulatif
Kevlavik 0 0
Reykjavik 48 48
Borgarnes 116 164
Blunduos 178 342
Varmahlid 58 400
Akureyri 102 502
Reykjalid 107 609
Egilsstadir 177 786


Biking for CliniClowns

to the CliniClowns website

The expedition Iceland 2004 is the first of the project 'Biking for CliniClowns'. All kilometers of the trip will be sold for 1 euro each. Buy a km and become a donor on Ice-X.nl. For 25 km you'll even receive a special donor certificate. All revenue is for the Dutch CliniClowns Foundation.

More about the project Biking for CliniClowns »

Jens Hegler & Jakob Maercker first to bike around Iceland in winter

Jens Hegler & Jakob Maercker were the first ones to bike around Iceland in wintertime, Februari-March 2003. Read all about it and see photos on their website.

Jens Hegler & Jakob Maercker on the mountainpass on the south coast near Höfn

Jens Hegler & Jakob Maercker on the mountainpass on the south coast near Höfn