Analog Iceland

 

A few years ago, Scandinavian Jesus, Charlie the Bikemonger and I went to Iceland for a long ride. Jesus did some fine write-ups of the trip and you can find them HEREHERE and HERE. I took along a little point and shoot 35mm film camera on the ride and recently I revisited the photos. I didn’t care much for them when I first got back so I just put them in a stack with all the other mediocre photos. But looking back at them now, they evoke so many great memories. I feel these images, in all their grainy imperfection, really capture the vast emptiness of the highlands and some of the dramatic beauty of the Icelandic landscape. Instead of keeping them tucked away on a hard drive forever, I decided to dump them all here to share with you. Cheers!

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The black sand beaches of Vik at the end of our ride
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Scandinavian Jesus taking a victory lap on the beach
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Beach beers at the end of a long ride.
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Hike-a-bike
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That’s not fog, that’s steam coming out of the ground.
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One good thing about a volcanic island: hot springs everywhere!
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Charlie enjoying a mid ride soak.
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The Highlands of central Iceland is the biggest desert in Europe. It’s real big.
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A couple days of desert.
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Navigating around glaciers in the summer means lots of water crossings.
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big views.
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singletrack hunting.
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The trails above the northern town of Akureyri.
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Riding up stream.
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#singletrack
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that thousand shot stare…
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Charlie prefers tins of smoked oysters on his multi-day bicycle adventures.
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moody as fuck.
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which way?
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No, really. Which way?
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Analog selfie.
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Ride into the big empty.



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About dirty biker

I am a fan of singletrack, singlespeeds, single malt, and single women. Tempe, Arizona, USA

11 thoughts on “Analog Iceland

  1. Damn, lad. Yes it was a mistake to shelve those pics. Quite nicely captured the feel of the bleak and the big skies.

  2. One of my life’s highlights was solo slog around Iceland on my Coconino singlespeed. That and drinking like a fish throughout the countyside.