17-Jul-2019 -- This is the last out of eight reports reaching or attempting confluence points during a 2-week bicycle trip around Iceland. The story starts at 65°N 20°W and continues from 66°N 15°W.
Two days after my previous visit, I started from the town Eglistadir “very late” at 7:40 AM (normally I started a 5 AM), but I waited until the rain would stop.
Unfortunately, the rain continued once I was on the road, getting heavier and heavier. Soon I was completely wet even though I had lots of layers of clothing including an all-over raincoat.
The confluence is on the “Vattarnes” Peninsular just 750 m from the coastal road. This part of the road is not sealed and is constructed like a track for a roller-coaster with useless steep ups and downs. Well, I finally reached the nearest point to the confluence, parked my bicycle there and began my wet stroll to the zero location.
I traversed a couple of streams and had partially to hike through dense and high growing bushes (unfortunately being very wet). At the confluence is also a little stream and the ground is densely covered with a low-growing mix of herbs, flowers, moss and lichen.
I am not sure if it always exists, but I discovered a huge waterfall about 150 m from the confluence point. On the return, I made a little deviation to explore it.
After the visit, I continued the coastal road and spent the night in a guesthouse “Ejolfsstadir” far from any town. The next day – my last cycling day on this trip – I reached the town Höfn on the south-east coast. This was exactly the town where I finished my bicycle trip in the previous year coming from the south-coast. So I had completed a round around the island.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 750 m
- Distance to a track: 750 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 750 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 25 minutes
- Time at the CP: 11:54 AM
- Measured height: 89
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: herbs, flowers, moss, lichen.
- Weather: cloudy and light rain, 9° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Waterfall Confluence
The story finishes here.