Iceland… the video

Movie editing takes quite some time. I posted on that subject earlier: https://tomvanlamoen.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/movie-editing/ And I am still using Pinnacle, but I did upgrade to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate. So little over a year after our Iceland vacation the movie is ready, we watched it this weekend, so now it’s time to put it online. I specially like the intro.

Even though on some days we did not film at all, the video gives a good overview of our entire trip. Comments are welcome, not only on the video itself but also on the trip.

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Iceland by mountainbike

After last years vacation on Mount Kilimanjaro, safari and diving, this year asks for another great, but totally different vacation.

The plan
We  want to go to Iceland and make a tour to see all the wonderfull things nature has to offer. Because we have limited time (2 weeks) we only focus on the southern part of this island. We are not going to rent a car…. we are going by mountainbikes 🙂

We want to fly in from Amsterdam on Friday, take a bus to Skaftafell on Saturday (11 hours!) and from there bike back to Reykjavik while visiting cool places on the road. This should bring us back to Reykjavik in time for Menningarnótt, a huge party with concerts, fireworks and almost 1/3 of the icelanders attending :). After a well deserved day of rest we want to use the second week for visiting the area between Geysir and Keflavik, where we will end in the Blue Lagoon before flying back home.

I really look forward to it. We are still planning a lot of stuff… finding out the route, needed materials, should I buy a new bike or not, etc. If you have any advice: pls comment. 

Mountainbiking in Érezée

Yesterday it was 20 degrees and sunny. So what to do? Of course… get sweaty and dirty: mountainbiking 🙂     I like mountainbiking a lot. It’s nice a nice work-out, and specially with some height difference it can be a nice challenge. And I need it, because work is not really good for your endurance 😉

Yesterday Frank and me wend biking in Érezée in Belgium. The Belgian Ardennes have lot’s of height differences, which we don’t have in the Netherlands (except for Limburg a bit). So when there is enough time and the weather is OK, I like to go there, and it’s only a two hour drive, so why not. Because mountainbiking in NL is only practising for the real work.

After about 3 kilometres we entered a forest and we saw the sign: no access because of hunting, October 11, 2008. Yes that was yesterday 😦     Frank mentioned: “We can try…. you brought your first aid kit”. And yes I did, but no we don’t… that’s not a risk I am willing to take. Strange how that managing of risks also comes into play when I’m not working…. on the other hand, that’s a major issue in lead climbing, off-piste snowboarding, mountainbiking, canyoning, parasailing, etc. Our mitigation plan: don’t go through the hunting area but try to go around and pick up the route from there.

Routes are marked with this sign:

After a really cool track through the forest, lot’s of mud, sweating up the hills, speeding down, we found our track again… so we thought. And while exciting the forest we saw we were again exiting the hunting area, hmmm….

But… there are a lot of routes in the Ardennes, almost all villages have some, so after some time we found ourselves indeed on a mountainbike route, but from another village. But no problems there, via the normal road we found our way back to the car.

So in the end, we had fun biking and did not get shot, so we live another day.