Where The Wind Blows: An Icelandic Gravel Audiobook

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An eager Hannah heads to one of her dream destinations, only to discover it’s not like she imagined at all.

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Issue 143 of Singletrack World contains a story about Hannah’s gravel riding trip to Iceland. We turned it into a sort of visual audiobook, and here it is for you to enjoy.

Words Hannah, Photography Hannah and Snorri Thor Tryggvason

Iceland Air’s safety announcement features very little of the usual plane stuff. Instead, there is an improbably healthy and relaxed looking woman hiking her way across the mountainous landscapes of Iceland. Instead of heading for the exits, she walks serenely towards a pass between two hills. She dons a life jacket as well as a wetsuit, and prepares to canoe down a river, clear waters revealing a black river bed which cuts through lush green terrain. She leaps not down the emergency water slide, but instead off a waterfall. She’s not assuming the brace position, she’s doing yoga. Her child (I told you she looked improbably healthy and relaxed) sits happily beside her in the plane as they both relax under a blanket and take a nap. It’s an effective video: I ignore all the safety stuff and look forward to seeing this outdoor paradise for myself...

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Issue 144 will be hitting the digital doorsteps and real world letterboxes in early August. Join us by 25th July to get your copy, in whichever format suits you. Will you take the downtime option and sit back with a printed paper copy and some quite time to yourself? Or just bring some quality curated content to your digital device of choice – quit doom scrolling, and let your screentime be an escape to a world of bikes?

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