Iceland undoubtably offers a melting pot of magical mountain landscapes and has captured my adventurous mind for quite some time. Initially, thoughts of a bike packing trip rattling in my brain, but then I came across the Glacier 360, Iceland’s first UCI stage event and my racing legs jumped at the chance.
From Scotland’s Highlands to those of this beautiful Nordic country, the race is set to cover 290km over 3 days and totting up an altitude gain of nearly 4000m. Spanning Tolken-like scenes, we’ll ride, sweat and smile our way through a range of geothermal areas, rugged gravel trails, steep volcanic climbs and as I’m used to in Scotland, a scattering of river crossings. With around 300,000 people – the entire country has a lesser population than my home town of Edinburgh, so remote and free will be the order of the ride.
To add to the spirit of adventure, we’ll be camping at each stop along the way, the ideal chance to meet other riders, share each others stories of the day’s ride and lap up the zen-like powers of the bubbling waterholes of famous geothermal hot spots.
I’ve since race the 2017 event, to read my account, visit my Adventure Stories.