Many adventures await you in Iceland, one of them is traveling to and on the glaciers in style.
Well, you can do one or the other, or for that matter, both. Taking an extreme adventure trip to glaciers in Iceland is a once in a lifetime experience; and you just might want to come back for more!
If you are not an “all-out” type, you might want to choose a less extreme experience than riding on top of a glacier, as so much variety is on offer. Icelandic drivers and tourist companies have become experts in transporting people through Iceland's raw nature, be it individuals, small or big groups and even huge groups when companies come on incentive tours for their employees. There is also the possibility to get a photographer to take you on tour, upping your odds of getting your snaps right, and in good focus, while experiencing the jaw-dropping landscape. Whatever you choose just know that these tours are worth every krona.
There are many well respected companies and drivers doing a good job in this field. One of the leading companies in extreme self-drive tours is Artic Trucks Experience, and with them you can drive yourself with good guidance in your own vehicle and sometimes, if you prefer, with a group of people who share the adventure. Artic Trucks are well known in the business and are now even taking people to the South Pole, but let's stick to Iceland for now.
“We offer people the chance to drive by themselves, experience driving on glaciers and teach them how to react to these conditions. They have their own guide assisting them when needed,” says Freyja Ágústdóttir at Artic Trucks Experience. The company runs a fleet of expertly modified 4x4 Toyotas on 38 inch tires. “People learn how to lower the pressure of the tires to be better able to drive on snow and ice, and if they get stuck, they learn how to get the vehicles free. So it's the full experience of driving and learning how to drive a Supertruck on difficult terrain,” Freyja adds.
The 4x4s used by Artic Trucks have space for four people and all resemble the ones the hosts of hit TV show Top Gear used when they drove to the Magnetic North Pole and made headlines some years ago. No lesser a man than Prince Harry of the United Kingdom drove such a car in Iceland last year when he was here training for a South Pole expedition, and you can too, it's an experience you'll never forget.
Many companies in Iceland offer chauffeured rides to the glaciers with tourists, and the guys at Dreki Adventures are among those. They have their own operation as well as working for local tour companies. What makes them unique is that they run a pair of 6x6 Toyotas, which means each vehicle has drives on all six wheels. They are completely road legal, even with their 44 inch tires. “We sometimes organize long and highly demanding trips, to wild and remote places, especially during the winter, and our vehicles allow us to carry heavy loads, for example for scientists or film companies, and we get a lot of photographers as well,” says Norwegian Arild Moland. Arild is co-owner of Dreki Adventures with his fellow countryman Odd Joar Moen and Englishman Mike Herbert. “The blend of snow, fire and ice, is something to cherish on tours, with breathtaking views of the nature. I love the people, the nature, the country, and I have made friends here for life.”
By Gunnlaugur Rögnvaldsson
Photos: Courtesy of Artic Trucks and Dreki Adventures