With the world finally opening up and vaccines available to everyone within Western Europe it was time to start planning for 2021 Moto trips. Iceland was on the cards this year with borders opening and the restrictions easing.
Iceland 🇮🇸had been a dream of mine to travel through, ever since I started riding motorcycle's and would be the prefect destination for a dual sport expedition around the country on the famous Road 1 while also splitting off, taking in some of the F (off- road) tracks available throughout the country.
My gear consists of:
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports.
Givi luggage rack with Givi soft bags 35L.
SW Motech Drybag side and top bag.
Honda tank bag.
Full tool set with tube spares.
Parrot Anafi drone for some aerial shots.
MSR Hubba bubba single man tent
Nordica mummy bag
A mixture of Jetboil and Sea to Summit cooking gear along with the usually camping gear and recreational clothing.
The first day would set the scene for the next 3 coming days, as it was the first push to the ferry port of Hirtshals, Northern Denmark to catch the Ferry to Iceland. Quite a lot of anxiety set in knowing that there was a 1600km push but also I was looking forward to spending some time in the helmet to reflect on the past year of Covid lockdown periods and also focus on the task at hand and into the future.
Mixed weather was in store for the coming days, so breaking up the rides into 4-5 hours at a time would be the best suit. Lucky the border between Switzerland and Germany was completely uneventful and pre Covid lockdown operations were restored to normal with no checks or Covid vaccine proof needed! So far so good💪🏻
Tonight I would spend the night in a Tipi near Mannheim at Camping Erlichsee to avoid the heavy rain forecasted for the evening. Approximately 430km completed on day one.
Day 2 started very wet and after a rough sleep in the Tipi due to some thunder and lightning during the night, today was a little bit more challenging. And quick breakfast, coffee with the Jetboil and packing of the bike was in store. I was happy to leave the camping quickly to focus on the next millage haul.
Todays goal was to make it to a hotel which I booked on Hanover. The journey was very strange forward with one scary phantom breaking moment on the Autobahn 😅 however in general the German drivers are extremely curtious to all motorcycle riders, giving plenty of space for breaking and early indication.
450km in total today got me to the the beautiful city of Hanover.
Beautiful start to day 3 with glorious sunshine and no wind..prefect day for riding. Today was the last push on the Autobahn to get into Denmark and to the coastline camp site of Anslet strand camping.
Similar to the past 2 days, the journey was very straight forward to the border of Germany and Denmark, circumnavigating around the busy industrial zone of Hamburg city.
At a layby parking, I stopped for a bite to eat and met a female biker on her way to Nord Kappa (6000km trip) on her fully loaded Royal Enfield Himalayan 400. Proper Adventure chick! 😎
The boarder with Denmark again proved very easy and straight forward, proving proof of the Vivid vaccine and I was away!
The Danish countryside is very flat but beautiful, wild, green and full of vibrancy but also complimented with modern renewable energy sources of solar panels and wind turbines as far as the eye can see. 90% of Denmark's energy comes from renewable energy generated, maybe a lesson for other countries with an abundance of wind and sun power.
Swiss soccer game
Meeting Marc In the morning
Taking the boat
Planning the trip.
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