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French Family Travels in Iceland on Tandem Cycle

Damien Artero from France, his fiancé Delphine Million and their eight-month old daughter Lirio are currently traveling around Iceland on a tandem cycle with a bicycle trailer. They’ve been here for two weeks and will stay for another month.

Sólheimar where they cyclists were located when the interview was made. Photo by Lissa Gotwald.

“We began the trip in Seydisfjördur—came with Norraena [the ferry]—and then traveled along the southern coast and to Reykjavík. From there we went to Sólheimar [in Grímsnes], where we are now. We plan to cycle across Kjölur and to Akureyri and from there back to Seydisfjördur,” Artero told Morgunbladid.

When asked whether this mode of travel isn’t difficult, Artero replied it isn’t as hard as people imagine. “It isn’t exactly easy to travel around Iceland on a bicycle but it is far from being the most difficult country where we have traveled.”

Artero and Million have traveled widely around the world including South America, Asia and Western Europe, always on their tandem cycle. The most difficult places were the mountains of Bolivia and the Himalayas.

This is Lirio’s first trip. She sits in the bicycle trailer which is specially equipped for babies. The bike weighs approximately 100 kilos with all the necessary gear.

“It has been a very interesting journey,” Artero says of their trip in Iceland. “We have met many good people along the way who have been both friendly and helpful. I suppose the bike draws considerable attention as does our daughter. We have also been lucky with the weather so it has been great.”

Artero said his family never spends much time at their home in southeastern France but travels 80 percent of the time. He and his fiancé work as photographers and filmmakers and often travel to film festivals.

“We have learned to make ourselves feel at home wherever we are in the world. What is important is to be among good people. That’s all we need,” he concluded.

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