ICE2017 Aftermovie – YouTube Release

Since our return from Iceland in August, we have been reviewing and editing, all data sets recorded during our adventure.

Read More: Post-Expedition Equipment Sort-Out & Clean-Up


We acquired quite a lot of video film clips, from both our GoPro cameras and various Mobile Phones.


After careful review, Gunnar has edited together some of these video clips, to create a cool 05:38 (5 minutes 38 seconds) after-movie.



This short film provides a quick “taste” of our adventures and experiences, during 6 weeks traveling around Iceland July-August 2017.

Music was generously provided by Expedition Sponsor Magnus H. Tellmann.

Read More: New Expedition Supporter – Magnus H. Tellmann


We really hope you enjoy this short film, and of course like & share it with your friends.


To all our Sponsors & Supporters – Once again, thank you for everything, for all your help and support – We really appreciate it….

Read More: Acknowledgements





4500km Round Trip

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We have now collated all the Tracking Data, and from the Trip Master on Expedition Vehicle 2 dashboard, the total distance covered during ICE2017 was 4,500km.


Map below displays collated data set, showing almost everywhere we drove during our ICE2017 travels.

However, some occasional roads we driven with only Expedition Vehicle 2 – without Tracking System to record the route.


As you can clearly see, we once again “circumnavigated” the whole of Iceland…



What is also interesting about this 4,500 km value, is that it is coincidentally almost identical to the total distance covered during ICE2015.


We initially expected to drive more, but due to change of Agenda plans and routes taken, following our unfortunate horse riding accident during Day 27,
the total distance was reduced from the initial estimate of 5,000-6,000 km.


When we combine the Tracking Data sets from both ICE2015 and ICE2017, the map below clearly shows how extensively we have explored Iceland during our last 2 expeditions.



As you can clearly see, we have certainly “circumnavigated” the whole of Iceland…


However, what is clearly missing, is our exposure to the central interior of Iceland.

We had plans on ICE2017 Agenda to experience and cross this area on more than one event, but these had to be postponed until future expedition events.


We hope you enjoyed following us on our daily blogs, and our daily Tracking Data maps.

It’s been interesting to see how it came together, as we progressed during our travels.


If you would like more information on our Tracking Data, please Contact Us.

Post-Expedition Equipment Sort-Out & Clean-Up

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Now that we are all back home in Norway, after 6 weeks on the move, the long task of Post-Expedition Equipment Sort-Out and Clean-Up begins.


All equipment taken on ICE2017 will now be cleaned, examined, fixed, sorted, packed, and made ready for the next adventure.

This process takes time.

However, once completed, and all equipment made ready for storage, the next adventure planning can begin.


One of the biggest tasks is washing and drying of equipment, especially tents, which take up a lot of space to dry out properly.


Once these tasks are completed, we will have more free time to concentrate on editing & releasing photos and video material taken during ICE2017.

We will then post a number of blog articles, showing these images, along various themes.


Please keep following……..

Day 42: North Sea (Northbound) – Stavanger

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Day 42: Sunday 13 August 2017


Good night sleep, but unfortunate early wake-up call at 05:45.

Weather at start of day was cool and overcast, but no rain.


Arrived Tananger Ferry Terminal, Stavanger, Norway at 06:30 AM, on schedule, which meant a very early rise and start to the day.

The overnight crossing was smooth, and we all slept well.



Once we had departed the ferry and passed thought Norwegian Customs, we drove straight home, where we unpacked the 2 Arctic Trucks of all the expedition boxes and gear.

We then spent the remainder of the day, unpacking, sorting, cleaning, washing, drying and generally getting as much achieved as possible.



It been a truly fantastic adventure, and we still have a lot of images, videos and blog articles to deliver – so don’t go away !!!


Similar situation to what we experienced during ICE2015.

See ICE2015 Blog Article: Day 30: North Sea (Southeast Bound) – Hirtshals

Day 41: North Sea (Southbound) – Hirtshals (Denmark) – North Sea (Northbound)

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Day 41: Saturday 12 August 2017


Weather at start of day, and for most of rest of day, was clear blue skies, cool slight wind, occasionally overcast.

Sea conditions became much more calm, reducing roll of the boat to almost nothing.


After another good nights sleep and relaxation on the ferry, we packed our belonging and arrived at Hirtshals Ferry Terminal around midday – on schedule.



Once again, the car stacking system was extremely tight, making it difficult for most folks to get into their cars.



Once we landed in Denmark, we visited the North Sea Oceanarium (Nordsøen Oceanarium) for a couple of hours, where we experienced the biggest aquarium in Northern Europe.


Some of the “fish tanks” were simply enormous, and quite fascinating to just sit and watch, as the many fish types inside made their way around the tanks.
We even experienced a live show with a diver / guide in the main large tank – interesting.



We also had the pleasure to experience the feeding of the Seals outside, which was quite fun.
Some of them performing minor tricks (flipper waving, flipper splashing, nose high-fives, etc.), to gain the attendants attention and gain more food.



We then returned to the same ferry terminal we had left just a few hours before, to join the overnight Fjordline Ferry to Stavanger.



Dina even found the time to do a little nail polish, before boarding…



This time, we were parked along with the larger lorries and trucks, so we had a lot more space to move around between vehicles.



Once on board, we did the usual Duty Free Shopping, before eating dinner and relaxing to the cabin.

The sea conditions were very calm, with “flat sea” all the way.

This was our last night away on holiday, as tomorrow morning we return home to Norway.


Similar situation to what we experienced during ICE2015.

See ICE2015 Blog Article: Day 30: North Sea (Southeast Bound) – Hirtshals

Day 40: North Atlantic Ocean – Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) – North Sea (Southbound)

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Day 40: Friday 11 August 2017


Reasonably good night sleep for all.

Weather all day was overcast, low cloud, cool, windy and occasional light rain.


We all really benefitted from a nice, long, relaxing and trouble-free night, sleeping in comfortable cabin beds.
It’s probably what we all needed after such a long period of camping, sleep deprivation, injuries, and 5-6 weeks on the move, etc.


In the middle of night (ca.03:00 AM) the ferry called into Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, to drop-off / pick-up passengers.
Fortunately, this only slightly disrupted our sleep, due to our cabin NOT being located directly above the upper car deck (as was the case during ICE2015).


Sea conditions throughout the day were reasonably calm for the North Atlantic, with only the minimum swells and rolls, totally within expectation of a ferry boat of such size on these Oceanic currents.
However, this did once again affect both Gunnar and Dina, making them stay in the cabin most of the day, to prevent sea sickness.



Before evening dinner, Neil and Tuva went to the ferry cinema, to seen the new film “Despicable Me 3” which we really enjoyed.


After evening dinner, we all returned to the cabin for relaxing evening and another early nights sleep.


Altogether, a similar experience to what we experienced during ICE2015.

See ICE2015 Blog Article: Day 29: North Atlantic – North Sea (Southeast Bound)

Day 39: Egilsstaðir – Seyðisfjörður – North Atlantic Ocean (on route to Faroe Islands)

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Day 39: Thursday 10 August 2017


Good night sleep in hotel bed, but very early rise…

Weather at start of day was cool and overcast, with occasional drizzle in low cloud areas.


Early breakfast in Hotel Restaurant before leaving Hotel Edda Egilsstaðir.



Drove Road 93 (Seyðisfjarðarvegur) east to Seyðisfjörður (Visit Seyðisfjörður Website).

Lots of traffic, all heading towards to the Ferry Terminal – either to board the ferry, or meet someone arriving with the ferry.



The traffic queue around the Seyðisfjörður Ferry Terminal, was bordering on serious chaos and gridlock.

Hundreds of vehicles in the small town, all trying to either get out of town (new arrivals) or get to the ferry terminal check-in gates.

Quite stressful once the time got nearer and nearer scheduled departure time……


What really didn’t help, was the fact that there was another 2 cruise ships in the small harbour area at the same time – with lots of passengers disembarking to join coach trips into Iceland mainland.

This just added additional chaos and gridlock to the already over-stretched town road system.



We eventually boarded the Smyril Line ferry (M/S Norröna) and once again experienced the very tight squeeze parking arrangement, similar to what we experienced during ICE2015.
See ICE2015 Blog Article: Day 28: Seyðisfjörður – North Atlantic (Southeast Bound)



Once on-board, we visited our cabin, and prepared ourselves for 2 full days at sea.


Went for walk around upper decks and made ourselves once again acquainted with the layout and services on offer.

Nice to stay outside on deck, watching our departure from Seyðisfjörður and Iceland.



Later in the evening, we all went to the cinema to see “Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales / Salazar’s Revenge” – which was great fun.



Sea conditions were Slight-Moderate waves, with some gentle rocking of the boat, which unfortunately affected both Gunnar and Dina.

Due to everyone being so tired, we all had an early night, to help our recovery process.


Tracking Data for today:

Day 38: Egilsstaðir

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Day 38: Wednesday 09 August 2017


Last full day in Iceland on ICE2017 !!!


Weather at start of day was sunny and dry, after a night of rain.

However, the rain returned before we had time to break camp, making the tent and many items very wet before storage for the journey home.

Exactly the weather we didn’t need when breaking camp for the last time……



Eat tail-gate breakfast outside Egilsstaðir Camping site building, in a short break between rain showers.



We then washed both Expedition Vehicles for the last time, to make them reasonably clean for the ferry journey home.



Spent the whole day in Egilsstaðir.

Relaxed at SALT Cafe & Bistro, enjoying coffee whilst working on internet tasks, generating blog articles, etc..

Last minute gift shopping around town.



Headed to Hotel Edda Egilsstaðir as soon as we could have access to our room, so that we could shower, change, relax and prepare for our journey home.



Repacked equipment, expedition transport boxes, personal bags.

Prepared both Expedition Vehicles as “Ferry Ready” for tomorrow mornings early departure to Seyðisfjörður, to catch the Smyril Lines Ferry (M/S Norröna) back to Denmark.



Both Tuva and Dina enjoyed the Hotel Internet.



Eat evening dinner in Hotel Edda Restaurant, which was very nice.

Relaxing evening.


No Tracking Data today.

Sponsor Feature – Arctic Trucks (Iceland, Norway) & AT Experience

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This is the ninth of many “Sponsor Features” that we will publish during our travels, where we say a personal thank you to our sponsors individually, and show how we are using their donated equipment / items on our travels.



The ninth Sponsor Feature in this series is collectively “Arctic Trucks” (meaning: Arctic Trucks Norge, Arctic Trucks (Iceland) & Arctic Trucks Experience)

Sponsorship for this expedition is equipment donation based.



Read More:

Arctic Trucks (Iceland) Visit Confirmed
Additional Promotional Material from Arctic Trucks Iceland
Arctic Trucks – Marketing Material Boost
Continuous Exploration Sponsor – Arctic Trucks Experience (Iceland)


Photos below shows us using “Arctic Trucks” logo merchandise: Hats, Beanies, T-Shirts, Sweatshirt & Trousers.



And of course, the real heros of the journey, the Expedition Vehicles themselves (including Dreki Adventures) which made the whole trip possible:



We would like to once again thank Arctic Tucks Iceland for their immediate help, when we needed it the most.



Special thanks once again to Brynja Ísfeld Eyjólfsdóttir of Arctic Trucks Experience, for all the Sponsorship items & Support, and for facilitating the “quick fix” when we needed help – really highly appreciated.

Read More: Day 16: Hafnarfjörður – Arctic Trucks – Keflavík – Reykjavík – Hafnarfjörður



We would once again like to say a very big Thank You to both Freyja Ágústsdóttir and Brynja Ísfeld Eyjólfsdóttir at Arctic Trucks Experience (Iceland)

and both Alexander Ferner and Børre Bratvold at Arctic Trucks Norge for all their positive help and generous sponsorship & support.


It’s really great to have “Arctic Trucks” supporting us in this very positive way.

We have not only enjoyed using their products in Iceland, but also look forward to using them on other exciting trips into the future.


Day 37: Egilsstaðir – Kárahnjúkastífla – Lagarfljót – Egilsstaðir

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Day 37: Tuesday 08 August 2017


Weather at start of day, and for rest of day, was sunny, overcast at times, cool, but no rain until evening.


Late start to day, with full English breakfast (brunch) – Bacon, Eggs, Baked Beans & Toast.



Drove Road 1 south, Road 931 (Upphéraðsvegur) and Road 910 (Austurleið) up to lake (reservoir) Hálslón, the source of Jökulsá á Dal river, and the Kárahnjúkastífla Dam and Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant.



Drove on along the southern shore of Lake Lagarfljót, on Road 931 (Upphéraðsvegur).

Passed Mount Snæfell (1833m – Iceland tallest mountain (excepting glaciers)) along the way – always in the background.



The Kárahnjúkastífla Dam is 193m tall, 730m long and straddles the Jökulsá á Dal river.
It is made of 8.5 million cubic meters of material, making it the largest dam of its type in Europe.
Construction on the dam began in April 2003 and was completed in November 2006.

The Kárahnjúkastífla Dam does not create the reservoir alone, as the dam is higher in elevation than the two valleys that flank the river valley.
To create the desired level, auxiliary or saddle dams were built.

The 60m tall and 1,000m long Desjarárstífla Dam is adjacent and to the east of the Kárahnjúkastífla Dam.

The Sauðárdalsstífla Dam is 4 km to the southwest, 25m tall and 1,100m long.

Both auxiliary dams were built between April 2004 and October 2006.
The reservoir began to fill in September 2006.
Water used for hydroelectricity production in the reservoir is discharged in the Jökulsá í Fljótsdal river to the northeast.



Very impressive views of the canyon below the dam wall, which we drove accross.



Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant (Icelandic Kárahnjúkavirkjun) is a hydroelectric power plant in Fljótsdalshérað municipality in eastern Iceland, designed to produce 4,600 gigawatt-hours (17,000 TJ) annually for Alcoa‘s Fjardaál aluminum smelter, 75 kilometres (47 mile) to the east in Reyðarfjörður. With the installed capacity of 690 megawatts (930,000 hp), the plant is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Iceland. The project, named after nearby Mount Kárahnjúkur, involves damming the Jökulsá á Dal river and the Jökulsá í Fljótsdal river with five dams, creating three reservoirs. Water from the reservoirs is then diverted through 73 kilometres (45 miles) of underground water tunnels and down a 420-metre (1,380 ft) vertical penstock towards a single underground power station. The Alcona smelter became fully operational in 2008 and the hydro-power project was completed in 2009.



We then retraced our route back along Road 910, taking a detour at Laugarfell, to view their Nature Hot Pools, which old folk tales say that the water is known for its healing powers.

We didn’t have the possibility to try them out this time, but now we know where they are, and what they are like.



Visited Snæfellsstofa Visitor Centre, which opened June 2010, and is the first BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certified building in Iceland.
The Visitors Centre also has an interesting exhibition and information about the area, the wildlife and the nature.



Visited Skriðuklaustur which is an ancient manor estate in Fljótsdalur. From 1493 – 1552 a monastery operated there. In the years 2002 – 2012 an extensive archaeological excavation took place on the cloister ruins which are now open to visitors. The writer Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889 – 1975) bought Skriðuklaustur in 1939 and built a large house there designed by the German architect Fritz Höger. The writer moved to Reykjavík in 1948 and donated Skriðuklaustur to the Icelandic nation. In 2000 the institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson resumed operation in Skriðuklaustur as a centre of culture and history. In the summertime Skriðuklaustur comes alive with various exhibitions, cultural happenings and guided tours for visitors around the writer’s house and the archaeological site. It is now one of the Visiting Centers for the Vatnajökull National Park.



Along the tree-lined driveway, there was a lot of white plant seeds, giving the impression of snow along the pathway.



Tuva and Neil tried out the rope walkways, stepping stones and maize challenge – despite the cold winds – good fun.



At Lake Lagarfljót, we drove on along the northern shore on Road 931 (Upphéraðsvegur) northeast, passing Hengifoss.


Lagarfljót (also called Lögurinn) is a lake situated in the east of Iceland near Egilsstaðir.
Its surface measures 53 square kilometres (20 sq miles) and it is 25 kilometres (16 miles) long; its greatest width is 2.5 km (1.6 miles) and its greatest depth 112 m (367 ft).
The River Lagarfljót flows through this lake.

The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógur is found near the lake.

As with the Scottish lake Loch Ness, a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljótsormurinn by locals, is believed by some to live in the depths of Lagarfljót.
Unfortunately, we did not sight it during our travels around both sides of the lake…




Once back at the campsite, we dismantled the roof rack system and removed the spare wheel from Expedition Vehicle 2.

This was a good decision, as a short time later, it began to rain heavily.


Stayed overnight again at Egilsstaðir Camping site.

Heavy rain all evening and night………..not what we wanted on our last camping night in Iceland !!!

Anja arrived home in Norway safely today – ending her Iceland experience for this trip.
Both dogs and cat were happy to receive her home again…


Tracking Data for today:


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