Adrenalin Rush in Iceland

By: Stuart Cheese

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I would like to take this opportunity to share a wonderful experience that I had in Iceland recently.

I have been very fortunate in my life and the hard work that I have put in over the years has lead to me being able to experience some wonderful things that the planet and it's various cultures have had to offer over the years. I never take any of this for granted and each experience opens up something new that is as exciting as if I had never done some of the other fantastic things in life.

Iceland is a most spectacular country to visit for the pure diversity of its natural landscapes and geological interests so you can imagine my delight to experience some of these in a vehicle known in Iceland as the super jeep. I was greeted at my hotel in Reykjavik by the roar of what can only be described as a monster truck pulling up outside. I had to climb up into this beautiful machine, if you are a female you will need appropriate clothes, and was whisked away out of the city. The wheels must have been at least 3 ft tall so you can imagine how high up the main body was.

I was pleasantly surprised that you can drive pretty much where you want to go in Iceland and the rebel in me enjoyed this fact greatly. I was shown bore holes that had been freshly made that are left for a few months to become stable, ensuring that and debris has blown itself away prior to the pressure to be controlled for future use to generate electricity. To reach this bore hole that appeared to be growling from the depths of the earth, the driver drove his way through the thick snow with what I can only describe as a metal pole with a small triangular flag, something like what you see on ski slopes, showing the way. They were only of any help when they were visible of course so when the steam from the bore hole was blown in front of the car enveloping us we were completely blind. I had great faith that the driver new what he was doing but must admit that the uncertainty made the adrenalin start to flow.

One of the destinations for the day was to be the south west coast of Iceland. I had a little idea what it would be like but I could never have imagined just how beautiful it really was.
It was just becoming light, around 10.30 am in mid December, and we approached a small cliff having driven off road for a good few miles. I felt a little concerned that the driver had stopped too close to the edge of the hill. Before I had the chance to get out the driver drove over the edge leaving my stomach on the roof of the car. I was totally unprepared for this and at home in England have been known to offer some profanities when my partner deliberately drives too fast over a humped backed bridge. Luckily I had packed extra underwear for the journey! Noting my dilemma the driver, rather wickedly drove up an even steeper part of the bank and pretended that the jeep could not handle the job, whilst in a position much like an astronaut waiting for take off, he slowly slid the super jeep backwards down the hill with I'm sure a mmmwahahaha sound coming from his throat.

Any fear that I may have had soon disappeared when I saw the sight in front of me. No really in a strange way it was a thrill and seemed right for the setting. The "sand" was very fine black volcanic lava and the "cliff face" which was also black looked like hexagonal upward facing tubular shapes. The sea was really wild due to the very high winds the night before. It was very unpredictable and did not appear to be following the patterns of ebbing and flowing that I am used to seeing in Clacton-on-sea!

The tyre marks of the super jeep cast long prints of which ours were the only ones added to the atmosphere the place and made it seem as though we were the only people on the planet. I am not really a people person so being in Iceland and having most of the sights to myself was a fantastic experience in itself.

As we drove further along the beach we saw some whale bones and skull, it's whiteness in stark contrast to the blackness of the "sand". After taking a few photos we exited the beach in search of our next destination. I totally loved the joy of travelling in the super jeep and it is an experience I will never forget.

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