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MapSource®-Map for Iceland


MapSource®-Map for Iceland.
To work with Garmin's MapSource®-Software and for upload to all mapable gps devices of Garmin.
The map can also be used - with some additional (self-)work - for GPS-devices of ALAN and with some additional (self-)work for Magellan Triton. You can find more information on Alex's website .
If you have a PDA (PocketPC) just have a look to i.e. Glopus.de, which can import bitmap-maps and the img-format.
There is no way (as far as I know) to import the map into TomTom-devices.

I got positive feedback from users handling with these Garmin devices:
- GPSMap 62, 62s, 62st und GPSMap 78, 78s
- Oregon (just the mapping devices)
- Montana (just the mapping devices)
- Colorado (just the mapping devices)
- Dakota (just the mapping devices)
- GPSMap 60C(S)(x) und GPSmap 76C(S)(x)
- Garmin 620
- eTrex-Series old (just the mapping devices)
- eTrex-Series new (just the mapping devices)
- Streetpilot 2610 GPS
- GPSMap 176
- GPS V deluxe
- iQue m5 und iQue 3600
- Quest
- Nüvi 250, 255, 300 und 350 (delux)
- Nüvi 660
- Zumo
- GPS 276C
- GPS C320
- G60
- Edge 705

At the moment the map contents the following objects:
  • Coastline and most of the islands
  • most of the common roads (~98% gps verified)
  • Maps of Reykjavik, Akureyri, Hafnarfjördur, Isafjördur and others
  • highland (4x4-)tracks (~98% gps-verified)
  • walking-tracks: Laugarvegurinn, Hornstrandir, Lönsoræfi, Seyðisfjörður, Kjalvegur and others
  • most common ferries to Vestmannaeyjar, Flatey, Grimsey, Seyðisfjörður, Viðey
  • glaciers and marked mountains
  • larger lakes and rivers
  • many mountain-huts (description of the huts on Dieter Graser's (german) homepage Isafold.de)
  • many interesting one-day-hiking trails
  • Some campsites (but not complete)
  • many POIs (Points-of-Interest), most of them can be searched in the GPS
  • many fords (but not complete)
  • 20-meter-contour lines, triangulations based on the data from Landmælingar Íslands (LMI)
  • But: the map is not routeable, neither in MapSource/Basecamp nor in the device !

  • How ... much ?
    The map is for free. You can use it both on your gps and on your computer with an installed version of MapSource® which you must buy. Alternatively you can also install Garmin's free software "BaseCamp"®.
    You can use the map on as many PCs as you want and you are welcome to join the map with other iceland-freaks.
    But it is not allowed to decompile the map or use the content in other maps without my acceptance. This map must not be offered neither via download nor via medias (like cd/dvd). Download is just allowed from this page. You are welcome to link this page.

    It would be great if you like to help to keep the map up-to-date. For that you can send me recorded tracks, positions of campsites, petrol stations, sightseeing objects and everything important, which is wrong or shouldn't be missed in the map. The positions should be recorded as accurate as possible with gps. Tracks might be saved just as ActiveLog with high accuracy to avoid reduction by the device.
    The data can be saved as MapSource®-format and of course in every other format that can be converted with G7toWin. Feel free to send the data via email you find at the frontside of our homepage.

    How ... is the map built ?
    The software I used:
    GPSMapEdit® (full version), to draw the vector-maps.  (thanks to Konstantin !)
    cGPSMapper® (shareware), to compile the vector-maps to MapSource®-IMG-files.  (thanks to Stan !)
    genTYP and MapSetToolKit for TYP definitions

    The contour lines, triangulations and all flowing or standing water and glaciers were taken from the Landmælingar Íslands (LMI) in consideration of the according license conditions.

    How ... to put the map into MapSource® or to a "map-able" Garmin GPS-device ?
    1. alternative:
    Viewing the map with MapSource® or Basecamp® (from there the map can be uploaded on your gps)
    Maps you installed before will not be affected.
  • Required is a full done installation of Garmin's MapSource®/Basecamp® software (doesn't matter what map: MetroGuide, CitySelect...)
  • Download the complete-installation and run it.
  • That's it! Start MapSource/Basecamp and choose the map "Island-Topo" (and zoom in, because Iceland is not so big ;-)).
  • Just Mapsource: for uploading the map into the gps-device select all maps with pressed left mouse button from the very north west to the very south east.
  • Just Basecamp: for uploading the map into the gps-device see this training video.
  • Alternatively you can use the original Garmin software MapInstall (for PC and MAC).
  • For any updates of the map just download the complete-installation and deinstall the older and install the newer version.

  • 2. alternative:
    Copy the ready-packed map directly to the GPS-device.
    This is just supported by the newer device like ...
    - GPSMap 62, 62s, 62st und GPSMap 78, 78s
    - Oregon (just the mapping devices)
    - Montana (just the mapping devices)
    - Colorado (just the mapping devices)
    - Dakota (just the mapping devices)
    - new eTrex-series (just the mapping devices)

  • Connect your device to the PC / MAC.
  • Download the IMG-file you find at the bottom of this page and uncompress it ...
  • ... and copy it with the file-explorer to the directory ..\Garmin of your mounted device.
  • (optionally you can rename the file, but never the extension!)
  • If supported from the device, do not forget to set the map visible within the map configuration menu.

  • 3. alternative:
    Import and view the map in QuoVadis (just import the tdb-file!). From there the map can also be uploded to the device.
    Advantage of this alternative is that the map can be overlayed over a scanned and calibrated raster-map.
    More informations about QuoVadis you will get by the link above.
  • Download the complete-installation and run it.
  • For any updates of the map just download the complete-installation and deinstall the older and install the newer version.
  • Import the map easily into QuoVadis by reading the online-help of QuoVadis. Important: always import the tdb-file! (Time to import less than 1 minute)

  • 4. alternative:
    Direct upload to the device without any loop way of MapSource®. For that you need i.e. the software "SendMap":
  • SendMap (freeware, WIN), application to upload the img-files to the gps-device.
  • SendMap (freeware, DOS), to upload the img-files to the gps-device. (example: sendmap20.exe -tUSB 77330101.img 77330102.img ...)
  • SendMap (freeware, LINUX & PalmOS & PocketPC).

  • A good GUI for SenMap is img2gps

    5. alternative: (tested by Martin)
    on Pocket-PC with WIN-Mobile 5.x (tested with Asus A626) and the free software ...
  • Garmin Que for PocketPC with GPS10 Ver.2.90
  • Img2gps Ver.2.81
  • How to do:
  • Download the the map and install it in a folder on your pc
  • Install img2gps Ver.2.81 and start it
  • Open all map files(.img and .typ) with img2gps Ver.2.81 and create a complete Garmin-map with img2gps Ver.2.81

  • Important: save this compiled Garmin-map with img2gps Ver.2.81 in a file and don't send it via COM-Ports
  • Install Garmin Que for PocketPC with GPS10 Ver.2.90 on your Pocket-PC
  • Transfer your compiled map on your Pocket-PC in the folder 'Garmin' via USB
  • Start Garmin Que for PocketPC with GPS10 Ver.2.90 (and have fun)

    6. alternative: exclusively for Mac-users and tested by Christian and Hans:
  • Download the zip-file below
  • Due to some incompatibility MacOS does not correctly unzip the zip-file. So it is necessary to unzip the file i.e. with the free software "Stuffit Expander". You can get Stuffit Expander within the Apple App Store or directly from the manufacturer.
  • You can also unzip the package with the free tools Keka or The Unarchiver
  • After installation of the software drop the zip-file on the Stuffit window and the map will be unpacked. As a result you get a file named Island-Topo.gmapi.
  • Get Garmin MapManager to convert this file for using with Garmin BaseCamp.

  • 7. alternative: Using with Android-based devices
  • Download the app "Oruxmaps" within the Android-Marketplace (it is running with the free and non-free version without any limits!)
  • Download the img-file below
  • Connect your Android Hmobile with your PC and harddrive - (activate the devices approval)
  • Search the loaded img-file and copy it in the directory /oruxmaps/mapfiles
  • Disconnect your mobile and start Oruxmaps
  • Load the map ... offline
  • Offline wählen
  • And choose the Island-Topo-Map
  • -> done!

  • Important and good to know ...
    The map is and will be tested and used on a Garmin GPSmap 62st by myself. On my gps the map is ok.
    The density of the map-details depends on the zoom and the settings in MapSource® and on the device.

    Disclaimer (I have to tell you):
    I do not take any responsibility or liability ...
  • For damages or errors on your software-installations including also your operating system
  • For damages or errors on your gps-device
  • For damages or errors which are caused by the use of this map
  • As well as for the content of the map itself

    Map errors can not be completely excluded because of limited possibilites of verfication by myself.
    Last but not least: highland-tracks and rivers (and their fords!) can vary year by year. And earthquakes, glacier-runs and eruptions can change landscapes rapidly.

    The data must not be used for life-critical navigation purposes.
    Everyone navigating with gps must also know how to navigate without it.

    AND: Highland-tracks are almost exclusively suitable for 4x4-vehicles and experienced drivers!

  • Downloads ...
    Here is the download:

  • Complete installation as EXE-file   (48.974 kb, status: Feb 4th 2014)
  • OR as IMG-file   (49.249 kb, status: Feb 4th 2014)
  • OR as zip for Mac-users   (49.303 kb, status: Feb 4th 2014) (see alternative 6 above)

  • Please read description above for FIRST-TIME-INSTALLATION & UPDATES.

      last changes & history ...

    The map will be actualized unsteady, just take a look at our homepage.
    Maybe you are also interested in our fotos and travelogues from Iceland and other places ...

    The contour lines, triangulations and all flowing or standing water and glaciers © by Landmælingar Íslands
    Based on data from National Land Survey of Iceland
    MapSource® and BaseCamp® are copyrighted by Garmin Ltd.TM
    More about Garmin's gps-devices and MapSource® you will find at Garmin.com

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