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Shared Territory: Iceland –  Ian Matteson

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Shared Territory: Iceland – Ian Matteson

Shared Territory: Iceland
Photos by Ian Matteson, video by Justin Balog, and words by Remi McManus

The plan was simple… Ride across Iceland following a little know, and even less explored medieval route through the highlands of Iceland. A route that skirts Europe’s second largest glacier, numerous active volcanos, and areas which had recently been closed due to emission of poisonous natural gases. A route by which all accounts is made up of mostly deep black sand, jagged lava fields, frigid glacial rivers, steaming geothermal fissures, and is populated only by ghosts, witches, trolls, and hidden people.

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Fjord Stuntin’

The thing about Iceland is it’s really difficult to capture its vast fjords and cascading waterfalls. The place is just pure magic. Mark Matthews takes to riding in this majestic landscape.

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The Glacier 360 Race

I had never heard of this race, until my friend Kym took it on this year. Having spent some time in Iceland, I can honestly see it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I cannot imagine what it’d be like to race there! Check out the two other videos from this event below.

Our Raidō in Iceland and Embracing the Weather

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Our Raidō in Iceland and Embracing the Weather

Raidō is the r-rune of the Elder Futhark, an old proto-Germanic language, used by northern European civilizations. Its meaning translates to the ride or the journey and has been the icon of this website for years, at least in spirit. For Cari’s birthday this year, we wanted to do something new and challenging. We both had our picks for a vacation. Mine was a bicycle tour in Madagascar and hers was backpacking in Iceland. Luckily for Cari, it was her birthday, so she had the final say in the matter. All she wanted was to be on a trail during the Summer Solstice and her birthday, so we began planning…

The Radavist 2017 Calendar: July

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The Radavist 2017 Calendar: July

This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2017 Calendar, entitled “Ring Road” Shot with a Leica M10 and a 135mm lens in Mývatn, Iceland

“If there’s one thing that is both beautiful and wildly intimidating, it’s the Ring Road, a ribbon of tarmac that circumnavigates the island. The conditions of this road are ideal for cycling, yet the weather often has other plans, with sudden changes and high winds.”

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The mobile background this month is from Iceland and is one of my favorite photos from our trip! Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.