Cycling Iceland’s Westfjords

I really enjoyed a brief stop on the Westfjords (or West Fjords) during my 2011 rent-a-car tour of Iceland.

… very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. These indentations make roads very circuitous …

… total population in 2020 was 7,115 …

CHRIS BURKARD put together a gravel tour of the region he called WESTFJORDS WAY.

  • 575 Mi.(925 KM)
  • 40% unpaved
  • pushing your bike about 10% of the time

Biggest worries for me riding solo are the weather — “Riding in fjords guarantees a headwind and a tailwind. The wind can be so severe that it will push you off your bike …” — and the remoteness. Not many bike shops or resupply points.

BUT I downloaded Lael’s map from the adventure to Komoot. So I’m ready to try it if I get the chance one day.

In a perfect world where everything goes right 😀 … I might even try it summer 2022 as part of my planned Norway & Faroe Islands cycling tour.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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