Borton Takes Clients on 'Hummer'Journey Across the Tundra

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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 hills.

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 begins.

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 field.

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 mountain hut.

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 waterfall.

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. 1.

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 climbers.

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 clients.

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

[email protected]

The company has a Web site at http://www.borton.com/overseas.html.

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