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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:51 pm 
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I was thinking about visiting Iceland mostly to see if it's kiteable but there's gotta be climbing/interesting terrain. Anyone ever been? Flights are cheap, like $500 round trip.


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Kiteable?


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i spent 3+ weeks backpacking solo there in 2002. there's no shortage of pretty places and quirky people & things.
there's also no shortage of weather. i, uh, gained a lot of invaluable outdoors experience on that trip. i've spent exactly one night outdoors in the last 7 years that was as miserable as some I spent in Iceland. totally worth it, though.
("good judgement comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgement")

look into doing the Laugavegurinn trek, generally rated top-3 (with GR-20 and Milford Track, for the curious).
start in the north end and continue past Thorsmork to Skogar for a total of 70-80km. no guide needed. part of it looks like this:

beware though that a lot of stuff in Iceland shuts down from around 15 Sept to 01 June, when school is in season, tourists are out of season, and there are fewer people available to staff things that few people are visiting.

feel free to ask me more at the pub.

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I think the uniqueness of Icelands landscape is worth checking out on its own merit-

Perhaps the coolest 'vertical' like topography I have seen photos of is what looks like eastern washington columnar basalt topography, like Vantage, but moss-covered, and with giant waterfalls spilling over the edge!

To get a good feel of the variety, just go to google maps on the web, turn on satellite view, and check 'photos' under the extras. There are enough photos of interesting craggy things that are easy to access. There is no forest to hide the geology or brush to complicate the approaches -- perfect for a bit of exploring, solo or otherwise...

Perhaps even more to the discerning expedition climber, backpacker, or kayaker, Iceland is also the gateway to Greenland, and the fjords of southern Greenland have some fine granite alpine country indeed (just search for Ketil).

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