MACEDONIA – DAY 7 – BITOLA – JUST BEFORE EDESSA

Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.), Stories, Travel

Sasho was unhappy, we had the habit of sleeping with our window open to keep the fresh air coming in, but since our room was right next to the street, which was adjacent to the main square there was a lot of traffic. Early in the morning (around 6:30am) a car had stopped and two guys were “talking” (read shouting) to each other about something. I was blissfully drooling with my headphones on.

MACEDONIA – DAY 3 – Skopje to Gostivar

Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.), Travel

The idea was to get an early start, but we just couldn’t get ourselves out of bed. We had a deal with the host to come and pick up the keys at 9:30am which then dragged to just before 10am 🙂 Eventually we showered, packed up and were ready to go. The host gave us a few ideas and critically made our minds up on which route to take to Ohrid. There are two options, the main road South or the one going through the North through Mavrovo national park and lake areas. The host was adamant that the latter is much more scenic and we decided to follow his advice.

Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) – on the road to discovery – Day 1

Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.), Travel

Tools, pedals, saddle, toothbrush, lights, helmet… I was starring into the darkness, my mind was rushing. It was 6:30am and a week before I had quit my current job to start a new one. I was still due to go to work that day, but my mind was racing, trying to grasp the sequence of events and the list of stuff I had to make sure I had packed for the trip ahead.

Cycling around Iceland – Plan of days and distances

Iceland, Travel

I have read a lot before starting my trip in Iceland, but I struggled to find useful information about a reasonable daily itinerary to go around the island at a reasonable pace.

There are many ways to cycle in Iceland, but yet not as many as in other countries. The roads are few and the good tarmac ones are even less (yet still better from what I read than 5 years ago). The reality is that if you want to cycle around the whole island there are (with few exceptions) only two options. To cycle on road #1 clockwise or counterclockwise. You can extend or shorten the trip by avoiding or adding to your journey the:

  • Snaefellsjoekull National Park peninsula
  • North-Western fjords
  • Coastal line in the North-East (from what I’ve read the roads are poor in the very North-East tip of the island)

Here is my initial plan for going around the island in 18 days. You can shorten the trip by linking the shorter days into single days. I think it will be harder to extend the 18 days to more unless you wild-camp as there is little in between the locations mentioned.

Day km Place
Day 1 ~50 REYKJAVÍK ECO CAMPSITE
Day 2  ??? AKRANES CAMPING SITE
Day 2 112 BORGARNES CAMPING GROUND
Day 3 78 Hotel Edda Laugar Saelingsdal
Day 4 128 Blönduós Camping Grounds, Gladheimar
Day 5 143 CAMPING SITE HAMRAR
Day 6 93.6 Husavik Campground
Day 7 54.5 Bjarg campsite
Day 8 166 Egilsstaðir Campsite
Day 9 92.3 BREIÐDALSVÍK CAMPING GROUND
Day 10 64.2 DJÚPIVOGUR CAMPING GROUND
Day 11 104 Hofn Camping and Cottages
Day 12 ~130 N/A – Tjaldsvæðið í Svínafelli
Day 13 ~75.8 Camping Site and Cottages Kirkjubær II
Day 14 ~102 Skogafoss
Day 15 110 Tjaldsvæði Campground
Day 16 111 SOUTHCENTRAL MOTEL
Day 17 90.1 GRINDAVÍK CAMPING SITE
Day 18 47.1 N/A – Keflavik International Airport

For the sake of presentation I’ve reduced the information in the table, but if you want to see the original table with contact information, notes, etc., please follow the link below.

See the original google spreadsheet

Please note that I didn’t actually follow this plan to the note (as you can see by the posts I’ve been doing on the trip), however it was a very good baseline for me. I am sharing it in the hopes that it will be of use to others as well.

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