THE STORY //
In July 2019 my Swedish friend Pana and I set off on a bikepacking adventure through the land of fire and ice.
What once started with an Instagram story and me naively replying to it, became an adventure we should never forget.
11 days through lava fields, geothermal areas and deep black sand. Brutal terrain and harsh weather conditions. A challenging journey deep into the Icelandic highlands, riding along the Mid-Atlantic ridge, separating two tectonic plates, leading us from nothernmost to the southermost point of Iceland.
△ = shots taken by my partner in crime Pana Mogren
|Ascent: 9641 m||Paved Road: 10%|
|Highpoint: 1141 m||Rock / Lava Road: 12%|
|Distance: 672 km||River Crossings: 20|
|Duration: 11 days||Pushing Bikes: 20%|
|Gravel / Mud Road: 67%||Energy Bars: 144|
|Deep Sand Road: 11%|
Julius - life safer.
For all my life I have always gone with the guts. I never overthink stuff. It either feels right or it doesn’t. When I commented Pana’s Instagram post: "Not sure what you are up to but can I come and take the photos?" it did somehow feel more than right. We barely knew each other back then, but I think we already knew we could trust each other and that we had a lot in common.
Even though I had pushed my limits with other adventures in the past, this one was different. I had never travelled with someone, usually did trips on my own, met people along the way and continued by myself again. I always enjoyed that type of travelling because I had all the freedom to do what I wanted, and there was something about that loneliness. Thoughts go a different way when you spent a few days by yourself or have to figure stuff on your own and can’t rely on someone else.
Looking back at this journey I feel like the shared memories I made and the bond that this created with Pana, is something that I have undervalued in the past. Getting to know someone through a trip like this one is just as special as getting to know yourself. You can hide your weaknesses from people you encounter when travelling alone, not so much when you heavily rely on each other
Thank you for an unforgettable adventure. One I will never forget.
To many more to come.