“Does anybody have sunscreen with them?” Our first day in Iceland began differently than expected. Like most travelers, when thinking of Iceland we had visions of rain, strong winds, and inhospitably rough conditions. Yes, the wind was our constant companion. It was hitting us from the front, from the side, from behind, pretty much everywhere. Unlike what we expected, we experiencedsunburn instead of hypothermia and were wearing short-sleeve shirts instead of rain jackets. During our entire trip, it was unseasonably warm. We asked ourselves a number of times if we really did end up in Iceland and not perhaps Lanzarote or Fuerteventura. But let’s start at the start: What are we doing here, what have we taken on, and who is really this “we” I speak of.
We are Ross, Micha and myself, Chrissi, three sports enthusiasts and DYNAFIT colleagues from Germany and Italy who have taken on crossing Iceland on mountain bikes.We travelled from east to west and from lighthouse to lighthouse, staying true to the saying, “The journey is the goal.” In front of us was 800 kilometers and some 9,200 meters of elevation gain in eight days without motorized assistance and with minimal gear.Before this trip, none of us had ridden and sat so long at one time on a bike - so we knew this was going to be an adventure. (We were accompanied by our videographer Dario)
We wanted to get out of our comfort zones, take on a new challenge, as well as get to know a new country and its people. We are not mechanics or pro-athletes, and we know each other from work – so there is a certain measure of uncertainty in the air before we start the trip. Are we psychologically up to this endeavor? Did we think of everything? What do we do if we have a larger breakdown with the bikes? How will we function and harmonize as a team?