Off Road crossing of Europe’s largest glacier

Connecticut-Based Overland Experts Team Crossed Biggest Glacier in Europe.

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Bruce Elfstom
CEO of Overland Experts
http://overlandexperts.com
bruce@overlandexperts.com
860.873.9640

About Overland Experts

We teach the science of off-road and 4x4 driving. At our training courses in Connecticut and Virginia, we train military, professional and recreational drivers to get the most out of their 4x4s, often using vehicles from overseas that are difficult to find in the States. We also run 4x4 expeditions each year to Iceland, Labrador, Mongolia and more. Our next Iceland expedition is in October.

Ever wondered what it might be like to cross the biggest, toughest glacier in Europe?

Overland Experts did just that last week, crossing Iceland's Vatnajökull. The team of seven Americans and four Canadians drove modified Land Rover Defender 110s west to east in three days, then dropped off the glacier on Iceland's western coast.

Led by Overland Experts founder Bruce Elfstom and Gudmundur Eyjolfsson. Bruce has made nearly two dozen expeditions to Iceland and Gummie has lifetime as a guide to the highlands of Iceland. The team had been trained at one of OEX's training centers and was experienced with arctic conditions. They'd originally planned to travel deep into the highlands of Iceland's interior, but decided to go for the crossing when they learned of unusually favorable conditions: a record-breaking snowfall over the winter months that covered crevasses and supported tires, not-too-low temperatures, plus low wind and high visibility.

Vatnajökull, which is about the size of Connecticut, is receding quickly from climate change, and soon may not be crossable at all. Bruce has been trying to cross for more than 12 years.

Please feel free to join OEX on this fall's return to Iceland.

Photos and videos available upon request.

Check out the GPS logs from this trip