Last week I was fortunate enough to visit Reykjavic, Iceland for six nights and seven days. This turned out to be approximately 168 hours of sunlight and 14 hours of darkness. Among other amazing things, I learned that baby puffins are called pufflings, Bjork lives in a large black box near the coast and hot springs really are hot. Also, do not call an Icelandic horse a pony because this may cause hurt feelings.
On my tour of the city and outlying area, I saw many dedicated cyclists with rucks full of gear, traveling the island and camping along the way. Opting instead for the 2.5 hour bike tour of Reykjavic, I was not one of these cyclists.
That said, I can’t think of a better way to see the city.
A North American’s guide to biking in Reykjavic, Iceland:
1. It is breezy. Not just medium breezy, but heavy winds that sometimes have you biking in one spot. Wear a windbreaker and expect to work your leg muscles.
2. Cyclists are pedestrians. You heard me. Because the roads are so narrow, cyclists are accustomed to riding on the sidewalks with pedestrians. You can imagine how much this can offend the sensibilities of a well-meaning road cyclist from the west, but you get over it surprisingly quickly.
3. There are no bike thieves. Okay, this may be a small exaggeration, but it has some truth. At least 50% of bicycles are not locked up when not in use. In fact, both times the tour stopped to check out the inside of a building, we left our bikes unlocked outside, next to the racks of other unlocked bikes.