I could wax poetic for 1,000 words of how awesome Iceland is, but just trust us that this part frozen, part lava, part desert island in the middle of the North Atlantic is an incredible adventure destination. Members of the ExPo and E7 team were recently in Iceland for some glacier training and we took an opportunity to document the local wildlife - in this case, the amazing Icelandic Trucks!
I found the tire pressure placards an interesting idea
Companies are starting to modify the Mercedes Sprinter vans, fitted with 44" or 48" tires. They swap over to a full solid front axle.
Here is a Mercedes G-Wagon in for service at the dealership in Reykjavik. Standard vehicles can explore the island, but are relegated to the highlands and deserts.
Iceland has interesting laws on vehicle importation. Anything that is Euro4 or EPA approved can be imported. So they can get the best from Europe and North America. This Super Duty is on 54" tires with portal axles.
One of the two HZJ78s we drove across the Vatnajokull glacier
A sweet HiLux on 42" tires with custom 15" rims. Arctic Trucks builds them low and wide.
A nice HiLux based camper. These fiberglass camper units are made in Iceland.
An impressive Tacoma project, featuring long-travel suspension and the ability to run the AT-38 tire or a 44" tire for glacier travel
Toyotas are the vehicle of choice in Iceland, and for good reason - they survive the conditions
We came across a classic car show in Selfoss, complete with old Willies Jeeps
Anyone know what this is? (hint: it is not a Ford)
A nicely restored 60 series diesel Land Cruiser
This 60 series diesel is owned by a cousin of Thor from Viking Off-Road. They traveled with us for the crossing of Langjökull glacier.
Sinuhe Xavier piloted this seemingly benign, but shockingly capable Prado on the glacier. I sat shotgun and attempted to take photographs.
Most of the rescue vehicles seem to be Nissan Patrols. They are known to be nearly indestructible. I think they look the best of the bunch on the 44" tires.
A near-stock 110 camped along a glacial stream
Even the Toyota guys praise the performance of the 110 on the glaciers. They are known to traverse the same terrain with a much smaller tire.
130 Crew Cab - my favorite. And if you have only one life - better life it. . .
Lada Niva = awesome
A bone-stock 110 that you can rent from Hertz - perfect
More Patrol rescue trucks
Another 110 serving more domestic duties
A nice series I Discovery.
80 series Land Cruiser. These are also popular for glacier travel
Want to cross a glacier in Iceland?
By Land Rover: http://www.overlandexperts.com/recreational/travel/iceland.php
By Toyota: http://www.arctictrucks-experience.com/?PageID=3906