14th - 29th July 2018
ICELAND - "Ice and fire" is commonly used to summarise Iceland - but in such a succinct phrase so much is lost. Its one of the most sparsely populated places in Europe, about the size of England, with only 320,00 people but on Iceland is Europe’s largest ice cap, its most powerful waterfall, the highest geyser, the largest puffin colonies, the newest islands, the biggest volcano ………, the list goes on. Iceland and its people will constantly surprise you, sometimes sombre and wild, sometimes hot and steamy but always so much more than just some of the most exciting off road driving in Europe.
I’ve been to Iceland many times and it still fascinates me, it’s a young landscape, changing under natural forces that twist and batter the rocks constantly. Eruption’s form whole new landscapes, a lake that existed in 2009 was literally blown off the map in 2010 by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. We will spend virtually the whole of our time in Iceland away from tarmac roads. On the interior gravel roads, only passable with 4x4 vehicles, we’ll ford deep glacial rivers, transect the great glacial plains of the interior, pass around the northern side of the Vatnajokull ice cap, the third largest mass of glacial ice in the world, to explore the icecaves at Kverkfjoll. We will drive up onto glaciers, search for volcanic glass blown from deep in the earth, watch for whales on the Arctic Ocean, bath in hot springs on a shore line crusted with ice, join in the famous runtur, super cool Reykjavik’s legendary pub run, walk on still steaming lava and see the famous Iceland Sagas come to life. Not to mention the waterfalls, the iceberg studded lagoons, the geysers, the active volcanoes, the midnight sun, the soaring seabird colonies, the lava tunnels plunging deep into the bowels of the earth - this is an expedition you’ll remember for a long time. We are offering two shipping options for this trip, a containerised option from Hull Immingham to Reykjavik and fly to collect your car, cleared and ready to go, perfect if you are tight on time.
Alternatively take the luxurious Smyril Line boat from Denmark via the Faroes and enjoy the journey.