The land of Ice & fire
Iceland is an amazing place and we’re glad to see that you are considering joining HERO for the third adventure around this stunning island. Rural Iceland is a land of contrasts of wild beauty and endless space, made up of rivers, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, cold and hot springs and so much more that wherever you are able to look you will see stunning vistas.
Iceland – Lunar, volcanic, dramatic, inspiring, magical. The Icelandic Saga in 2019 will be a nine day adventure with seven competitive days, covering a greater area of the island than the 2015 Saga. The route will consist of a mixture of handling and maneuverability tests, regularities and link sections, along with magnificent and breathtaking views.
Crews will have the chance to stop at the picturesque locations of the Geysir, a hot spring and favourite stop along the Golden Circle, The Godafoss waterfalls – one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and the incredible Myvatn Nature Baths, a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths.
On one of the competition days, there will be an opportunity for those that want to keep their adrenaline levels up, a half day Skidoo driving. On a separate day, competitors will be able to relax and experience the wonder of Whale watching from the glacial oceans off the northern coast of Iceland.
After cars clear customs
Crews arrive Thursday evening (5th)
Friday 6th September
One or two simple maps
(Exp 31st May 2019)
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Balance due 31st May 2019
Confirmed shipping cost wont be available until early 2019. Departure will be from Hull (Immingham) or the Netherlands.
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crews arrive via Keflavik International Airport and make their way to Rally HQ in Reykavik.
A free evening to saunter into town and enjoy the bars and restaurants or a meal in the hotel that is rally HQ.
Crews collect their cars from customs at the dockside then make their way to Scrutineering before processing through documentation.
Another free evening to enjoy Iceland's bustling social scene.
Start your engines - Leaving Reykjavik behind the event heads to Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss AKA ‘The Golden Circle’ before turning towards the highlands via Thjorsardalur, crossing one of the largest rivers in Iceland. Majestic views of the South can be seen before heading towards equestrian country and the volcano Mt. Hekla. The day finishes with a test at Gaddstaðaflatir equestrian showgrounds and an overnight at Hella.
From Hella we venture through one of the most famous Icelandic Saga locations - Niall’s Saga, took place, before passing the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss and of course the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Why not walk on the black sand beach at Vik or take a look at the glacier lagoon with its diamond like ice clumps before the possibility of skidooing on Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.
The route takes you north to the eastern part of the island with its long firths and mountain passes. Regularites make use of the winding mountain roads and picturesque valleys stopping for tests at the local fishing villages. The last test of the day will take place at the Alcoa aluminum refinery after which you stop for the night at Egilsstaðir, where the local cuisine regularly features reindeer.
Leaving Egilsstaðir you travel along the highest road in Iceland, starting of course with a hillclimb. Once over the mountain you will carry out a test in the village of Vopnafjörður before heading west passing the salmon river Prince Charles has visited numerous times throughout the years. Lunch is at Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland - filling up with petrol there is an experience worthwhile. Next stop is the Earth Baths in Myvatnssveit, time will be factored in to experience them, before the last regularity around Lake Myvatn - one of the few places where Aegagropila linnaei (moss ball) is found outside of lake Akan in Japan.
Going north following the Laxá river you drive past what some say are the most beautiful surroundings in Iceland. Turning west you will stop at the Transport Museum at Ystafell for coffee then after passing through a tunnel into Eyjafjörður, the first thing you will see is Akureyri. Often referred to as Iceland’s capital of the north, here you will complete a test followed by lunch. You then head to Siglufjörður where you can go whale watching, enjoy a round of golf on a unique course or just spend a leisurely evening at Sigló Hotel.
The path from Siglufjörður will take you through the mountains back to the coastal road. You will have a short stop at the village of Hofsós for coffee before continuing along the northern coast of Iceland. Here you will be travelling along some of the best agricultural areas in the country with rivers brimming with salmon. After passing over Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, where the weather often changes from one side to the other, you stop for the night at Reykholt. This is where Iceland’s greatest medieval writer, poet, scholar and statesman Snorri Sturluson lived.
Before commencing your final day you are free to view the Snorri exhibition that includes examples of his work as a scholar. Shortly after leaving Reykholt you will find Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Regularites and tests will take you to the Agricultural University and War and Peace Museum in Hvalfjörður that brings to life the unique atmosphere of the North American and British troops occupying Iceland (1940–45). Returning to Reykjavik, the finish line at Harpa and a glass of celebratory bubbly awaits…
An early morning start to return the cars to customs and the shippers before making your way to the airport, or your hotel if you have opted to stay on for a few days.
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|2||Massimo Fila||TBA||Lancia Aurelia B20S IV||0||0|
|3||Christian von Sanden||Patrick Hudde||TBA||0||0|
|4||Marc-Philip Zimmermann||Lukas von Luedinghausen||Vovlo Amazon 122s||1775||1965|
|1||David Blumer||TBA||Porsche 911||0||1965|
|2||darren bowler||gary hogg||alfa gtv2000||2000||1973|
|3||ALESSANDRA BURKE||CONSUELO CATTANEO ADORNO||TBA||0||0|
|4||Phil Cheek||Chris Rhodes||Hillman Hartwell Sprint Avenger||1600||1971|
|5||Samson Chow||Yan Yan Go||TBA||0||0|
|6||David Cottam||Jane Cottam||Triumph TR4||0||1962|
|7||David Coxon||Pete Hawkins||Austin Healey 3000 MK111||2912||1965|
|8||john gearing||Gregor Prattley||porsche 911sc||3200||1983|
|9||Rod Hanson||Clare Grove||TBA||0||0|
|10||Liam Hammond||Mark Simpson||Rover P4||2600||1960|
|1||Albert De Mey||Stephan Meyers||Chevrolet Coupe||3800||1936|
|2||Andy Lane||Richard Crozier||Volvo 123GT||1780||1967|
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