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ICELAND Adventure Awaits
| By Natalie King
Iceland is called the Land of Fire and Ice because it is a land of extreme contrasts. Wanderlust at it’s best – this is a place where you can truly experience immense landscapes of pure, untouched beauty and towering volcanic mountains. A steaming hot spring can be found moments away from a glistening backdrop of pure white snow, while a black desert made up of lava ash is juxtaposed by a lush landscape and aqua blue waterfall. Areas untouched by modern civilization create the perfect atmosphere to truly unwind and feel moved by your surroundings. The majestic landscape of Iceland is awe-inspiring. This is what drives the owner of Adventure Patrol Iceland, Arnar Már Baldvinsson, to create tours of the landscapes. “Every element of our tour is designed to create the most memorable experience and showcase these unique elements of Iceland” he says. Arnar is as passionate about the landscape as he is about the people of Iceland. “Iceland as a whole is very informal. The Icelandic people are very good natured and low key, this is a welcomed aspect by many of our travelers – it makes for a great experience”. Another draw of the Iceland experience is the Stopover-offered by Icelandair, which provides the chance to experience Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare on your way to more than 27 destinations in Europe. Group tours with Adventure Patrol can consist of an afternoon, all the way to a 7-10 day tour circumventing the entire country. Family tours are a great way to connect and have an off-the-grid adventure to celebrate
a milestone or adventure. A selfie with the Adventure Patrol fleet of cars is becoming an attraction in itself, as is taking pictures at these remote, breathtaking locations. The fleet owned by Adventure Patrol is made up of heavily modified trucks called superjeeps and are meant to tackle the tough terrain and climate and can accommodate up to 7 adults plus luggage. One favorite day tour is the Golden Circle Adventure, which includes all elements of water: from lakes and geysers to waterfalls and glaciers. This tour begins at Thingvellir National Park – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thingvellir represents the setting of the world’s oldest parliament, the Althing, and is located in the middle of the Mid Atlantic Ridge, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia come together forming fissures and crevices along with Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn. The superjeeps come in handy when the tour takes the guests to the Langjökull glacier, Europe’s second largest, where people can experience the blue glacier ice first hand. These tours are not just about a rugged experience. One tour consists of driving away from any city lights and experiencing the Northern Lights stream across the sky in vibrant shades of emerald, amethyst and sapphire. Peaceful and restorative elements like spa services at hotels and fine dining are easily added to enhance the trip. Along with a private helicopter tour and boating options, you are able to customize each element to fit what you’re seeking, from extreme adventure to rest and total relaxation among the beauty of Iceland.
Published on Feb 24, 2016