Extreme Iceland: Four-Wheeling the Back Country

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, Travel Tips | on September 2nd, 2010
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A truly mysteriously unique and beautiful country, Iceland really needs to be seen in order to fully understand this majestic land. After spending a day or two in Reykjavik you will be forever grateful that you booked an exciting tour of Iceland’s back country in a souped-up four-wheel drive vehicle. The tours take you through some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see.
The tour starts when specialized 4x4s pick you up from you hotel, a great way to start any tour. The vehicles are either a Jeep or a Landcruiser or similar, customized to handle the treacherous terrain that Iceland can throw at you when you veer off the beaten path. The vehicles feature heavy-duty suspension systems, reinforced steering, added horse power and of course huge tires that when deflated to 2psi, the 4×4 is actually lighter per square inch than a man walking across the snow.

The vehicles are all driven by guides who are both extremely knowledgeable about the terrain of Iceland and how to navigate the unforgiving landscape as well as highly experienced 4×4 drivers. The drivers come from both nature and hiking guide backgrounds that are enthusiastic with both 4x4s and the beautiful countryside of Iceland.
The journey starts as you make your way towards the Urridafoss waterfall, which is Iceland’s largest in terms of total water volume. The journey takes you through rough terrain to the foot of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Get out and stretch your legs out as you are able to actually walk behind this impressive waterfall and feel the power of Mother Nature pouring down in front of you.
Following a roadside lunch and refreshments the journey continues on as you travel deep into the back country of Iceland towards Myrdalsjokull which is Iceland’s fourth largest glacier. As you ascend this intimidating glacier through deep snow the views from the top are priceless. On a clear day you are able to see the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the very same volcano that caused mayhem for the air industry this past spring.
On your way back to Reykjavik you are given the option of a detour through a black sand beach towards the Solheimajokull glacier to view the beautiful blue glacier ice which offers great photo opportunities. The tour commences as you are dropped off in front of your hotel where you can take in all that you have experienced.
The best part of these tours is that they can only handle so many people per tour, so you receive very personal service and the tour can be customized to your likings. Plus the excitement and adrenal that you feel forging rivers, climbing steep glaciers and plowing through deep snow in an extreme 4×4 is an experience that you will never forget. Don‚Äôt miss your opportunity to see Iceland the way few people have. Book your flight to Reykjavik now and book a trip for a four-wheel drive adventure through some breathtaking vistas that cannot be described until you‚Äôve seen it first hand. It is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!

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