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Firefighters cycle 750 km across Iceland

Nine firefighters from the capital region fire department completed their ten-day, 750-km cycling tour yesterday, from Fontur, the tip of Langanes peninsula in northeast Iceland, to , the tip of Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland.

The fire fighters cycled to collect money for the support and charity fund of firefighters in Iceland. The charity collection will continue until September and people can make donations via the fund’s website, Morgunbladid reports.

“It was extremely satisfying to finish this,” said Jón Vidar Matthíasson, the director of the capital region fire department. “It was a huge project so we expected that someone would quit along the way, but fortunately that didn’t happen.”

The cycling firefighters were lucky with the weather, it was dry and sunny the whole time, but the roads were very dusty, making the cycling more difficult, as Matthíasson explained.

Matthíasson said the 40-km route across the desert by Dreki mountain hut had been the dustiest and most difficult. “We simply had to let air out of our wheels like the jeeps do when they drive across glaciers and snow. We let out some air to float better and that’s how we cycled.”

Two cars followed the cyclists the entire time and carried their equipment. “And the wife and daughter of one of the firefighters cooked delicious meals for us every evening and made sure we were well nourished,” Matthíasson said.

Mattíasson said the group had always been determined to reach their goal, and that had been the best part of their journey.

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