24-Aug-2001 -- After taking some pictures on confluence 66N
20W we couldn't wait to get this confluence. This plan involved crossing
2 degrees longitude along the 120 km long pass road from Saudarkrokur to
Akureyri (despite heavy winds and rain in our faces). We arrived in Akureyri
at 11 p.m. and stopped - tired like a sheep - at the first Pizza Take Away.
Many thanks to Domino's Pizza, their
too small fish pizzas do not really satisfy the stomaches of two hungry
bikers, but still saved our lives. Sorry for putting up our tent
right at the shop's backyard).
From Akureyri the confluence can be
reached by following route 1 and 83 direction Grenivik, making a right
turn around 4km before Grenivik (65°56'17.7"N / 18°07'11.1"W).
If you follow the mud track (F839) and go on for around 10km you reach
a bridge crossing the river (65°59'33.7"N / 18°03'50.3"W). This
is in fact the only bridge in this valley and there are many more rivers
to cross. We used our TEVA sandals to push our bikes through the glacier
drainage water by feet or just took the risk of biking
through the shallow water with enough speed (and getting out with wet
hiking boots, but that's another story...).
The 3km long hike to the confluence from the bridge was very scenic,
leading through snowfields, bright green colored mosses, lichens and cotton
grass contrasting the black volcanic rock formations. We got to the exact
location on 24th August 2001 after around 2 hours of biking and 1 hour of walking, the weather being
quite windy and drizzling. The photographs were
taken with freezing fingers. The panoramic
picture shows snow covered mountains around the confluence. In this
area snowfall can happen anytime during the year. The soil is in a permanent
state of freezing and thawing so hiking is a pretty wet experience for
After taking another quick glance at the wonderful panorama
of Icelandic nature scenery we headed back to our "base
camp" near Grenivik and enjoyed a bunch of carbohydrates as a tasty
confluence-dinner with smashed potatoes, eggs, cheese and with a sweet
chocolate cream before sinking in sweet dreams. This was a very rewarding
and nice as well as adventurous confluence trip! We enjoyed it so much
and recommend it to anyone visiting Iceland.
(Note: The waterproof
confluence signs (66N / 18W) on our backs confused the few passing
jeep drivers quite a lot!)