Watch one man's journey around Iceland on a bicycle. A fun travel documentary overflowing with waterfalls, volcanoes, and flat tires.
Hi, my name is Murtza. For a long time I have been fascinated by Iceland. It is the combination of the country's remote location, natural beauty, and Viking heritage that intrigues me. This May I am packing a camera, a bicycle, along with an adventurous spirit, and traveling to Iceland, where I will film a documentary that tells the story of the country's stunning landscapes and friendly people.
"Iceland on Two Wheels" will follow my three-week journey on a bicycle around Iceland's 832-mile Ring Road, a highway that runs around the island. When I am not cycling or hiking to see waterfalls, you will see me talking with local people to understand Icelandic culture. To keep costs low while filming this documentary, I will be sleeping outdoors in a tent and be cooking my own food using a small stove. I hope to capture all of this on film.
With your help, I can make this documentary and share it with the world!
Covered in the Documentary
I plan to shoot about 20 hours of content, and edit this down to a 70-minute travel documentary about Iceland's landscapes and people. The story will follow my 832-mile bike ride around the island. Some of things you will see in the documentary:
- Brief history of Iceland.
- Attempting to learn a few basic phrases in Icelandic.
- Eating Hákarl, fermented shark.
- Interviewing local people.
- Exploring the two biggest cities in Iceland, Reykjavik and Akureyri.
- Hiking to see waterfalls and volcanoes.
- Cycling through the Icelandic countryside.
- Bathing in the Blue Lagoon.
- Flat tires.
- And more.
- 1. Reykjavík
- 2. Borgarnes
- 3. Blönduós
- 4. Akureyri
- 5. Egilsstaðir
- 6. Höfn
- 7. Selfoss
What are my qualifications for making this documentary? I have a lot of experience getting things done. For example, here is a book I wrote called "Start Importing from China" and here is a website I launched called WikiCancel. Second, I have a lot of travel experience, which makes me comfortable in foreign countries. Third, I am not afraid of trying things or approaching new people, which means you will see a lot of interesting things on the documentary.
- May 5, 2013 - I will fly to Iceland.
- May 5, 2013 to May 22, 2013 - I will start biking.
- May 25, 2013 - I will fly back to the United States.
- May 26, 2013 - June 14, 2013 - I will edit the documentary.
- June 15, 2013 - I will publish the documentary.
Please message me if there are any particular things you want to see in the documentary, and I will do my best to include them.
If you live in Iceland and I can interview you, please send me message. Alternatively, if you know somebody in Iceland who would be interested in participating in this documentary, please send their information and I will contact them.
Questions, Comments, or Advice
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or advice. You can either send me a message through Kickstarter or reach out to me using the contact information listed on my website: http://murtza.org/.
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I have never biked more than ten miles in one day, so filming this documentary will be physically challenging on my body. If I survive the journey, another potential challenge is that the documentary could take longer to edit than I estimate.
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