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The Great Crossing of Iceland »Explorersweb


From June 30, 2021 to July 17, I traveled the road from Cape Gerpir to Cape Bjargtangar. These are the two most extreme points (EW) in Iceland

I did the route independently, non-stop, alone and it took me 17 days and 7 hours. My route is 1,061 km + 25,000 / -25,000. I had all my equipment in my backpack and took food, gasoline and power banks from the depots that I had hidden on my track. I had a total of 6 deposits.

My trail is the shortest way from Gerpir to Bjargtangar, of course beyond highway 1 ;-). After take off, I followed the local trails through the East Fjords, heading for Route 910. Further through wild terrain, through a vast desert to the base of Dreki. Then I followed the old trail that leads through the Black Desert, near the Vantajókull Glacier. There was a big problem with the drinking water at this point.

Then I reached the Kistufell volcano and reconnected with the F910 trail and after 43! hours after running out of Dreki, I reached the closed Laugafell base. There is a hot spring there :-). the area between Dreki and Laugafell is Iceland’s wildest area. At this point I had a choice of two options, the safe but longer trail f 752, or the shorter, very difficult and dangerous old trail along the Hofsjókull Glacier. I chose the shorter path and set off through the vast wilderness to the Hofsjókull Glacier. In very difficult weather, after crossing the first three rivers that emerge from the glacier, I was forced to retreat. The power of the rivers was enormous. On the way back, one of the rivers kidnapped me, but I managed to get out. Now I know that the rivers there are too big and too strong in summer, and I strongly advise against traveling in this region. I set off again, ran to F752 and through the mountains to F35 and Afang base. I stayed there 12 hours, I rested my body tired and injured by the accident of the river. Then I went to the Langjókull Glacier to join the 578 trail. With the combination of trails I reached civilization and after 700 km from the start visit the first store on the road !!!

I continued west through bad weather and tough times in the mountains. After 12 days I reached the west coast and thus completed the EO crossing (728 km). Then I headed for Bjargtangar. I was running through the majestic west fjords, with very strong winds and frequent rains. I reached the finish line 5 days later. I finished my route which I called the Grand Carrefour d’Islande. The most difficult trail on the beautiful and dangerous Island of Fire and Ice.


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