Reed Travel Features
BLOOMINNGTON, Minn. -- What better way to traverse Iceland's
rugged, uninhabited and frozen lands than in a Hummer?
A Hummer is an eight-passenger, all-terrain vehicle originally
designed for the U.S. military. It is capable of pushing through
snow drifts and deep mud bogs and zipping up and down steep
Clients even can try driving one themselves.
Borton Overseas, a special-interest tour operator based here,
introduced a voyage that crosses Iceland from west to east as near
as possible to the latitude of 65 degrees north.
The tour begins in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik and
visits the fishing village of Arnarstapi, the Deildartunguhver hot
spring and a Reykholt farm before the four-wheel adventure
After an overnight at a farmhouse near the Husafell nature
reserve, participants leave civilization behind and drive off over
ancient paths and unmarked trails and across rivers.
The first stop is Surtshellir, Iceland's largest known lava
cavern at 4.3 miles in length.
After an overnight stay in a mountain hut in Hveravellir, the
group drives off on a trail through a moonscape of black sand
dunes, passing arctic vegetation, lakes and brooks.
Travelers will have time to go trout fishing and even play golf
on the volcanic sand.
The following day, clients cross the Sprengisandur trail to the
Trolladyngja volcano and Odadahraun, Iceland's most extensive lava
On the sixth day, the group drives east across glacial rivers
and through areas covered in pumice and ash, arriving in the Jokul
Dalsheioi and Fljotshioi heaths.
The night is spent in a hotel in the village of Egilsstadir.
The next day, participants head along Logurinn Lake and then to
the south coast on the Oxi trail.
The group spends the night on the Vatnajokull glacier in a
The itinerary continues along the glacier the next day, and
participants will have the opportunity to take a boat ride among
the floating icebergs in the Jokulsa glacial lagoon.
The final day of the journey takes the group across the Eldhraun
lava fields and a walk into the Eldgja gorge to see the Ofaerufoss
The route passes by the foot of Mount Hekla, Iceland's most
active volcano, and back into Reykjavik.
Departure dates are July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and 10 and Sept.
The cost of the tour is $3,353 per person and includes
transfers, the services of a Hummer and professional driver, all
meals, accommodations (sleep-ing bags are used in farmhouses and
mountain huts) and a guide.
The company also offers an 11-night Unforgettable Journey
Expedition on the Vatnajokull Glacier walking program.
Stops on the tour include Iceland's three national parks,
Vatnajokull glacier, active volcanic areas and dormant craters,
natural hot pools and the Geysir hot spring.
Along the way participants will hike, cross glacial rivers, ride
snowcats and snowmobiles and raft in a glacial river.
The program includes some difficult hikes and demands a degree
of physical fitness; however, the tour is not intended for serious
The cost is $1,890 per person and includes transfers,
accommodations, sightseeing, expeditions and a guide. Lodging is in
schools, hotels, farms and mountain huts.
Departure dates are June 23 and 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and
Aug. 4 and 11.
Borton Overseas also features a weeklong program for less-active
It is priced at $1,391 per person, double, and departure dates
are June 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, and Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23.
For further details, call (612) 883-0704 or (800) 843-0602; fax
(612) 883-0221; send E-mail to
The company has a Web site at