11-Jul-2019 -- This is the third out of eight reports reaching or attempting confluence points during a 2-week bicycle trip around Iceland. The story starts at 65°N 20°W and continues from 66°N 20°W.
The next day I got up at 3:30 AM and started cycling at 5:15 AM. Iceland’s summer enjoys 24 hours of daylight, so it is the traveller’s free choice at what time of the day to sleep and when to be active. All other travellers tend to stay up longer, so I seemed to be the only one shifting the stay-up time into the very early morning. The advantage was that the roads where empty of cars and so where the guesthouses when I arrived in the afternoon.
The confluence is not next to the coastal road but is right next to a minor alternative road with a mountain pass of 409 m elevation. I wouldn’t have taken the coastal road anyway, because I would have had to cycle through a 16 km long tunnel. I rather opted for the gravel road with the mountain pass and the confluence visit.
Surprisingly, the confluence is only 30 m from the road in a meadow with yellow flowers. There aren’t any other houses in the near or far vicinity, but just at the confluence there is a single, little house. A signpost with “Hvammur” points to the house. A campervan was parked at the driveway – just 50 m from the confluence. But nobody showed up during my quick visit. Since the sun came out and it was pleasantly warm, I enjoyed this beautiful place with its cover of yellow flowers.
After the confluence visit, I went over the mountain pass and spent the night in the nearby harbour-town called Dalvik.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 30 m
- Distance to a track: 30 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 30 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 30 seconds
- Time at the CP: 11:26 AM
- Measured height: 109 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: grass, yellow flower carpet.
- Weather: sunny, 18° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Campervan Confluence
The story continues at 66°N 18°W.