Icelandic people are hearty. For years, they have been bred and born on this tiny island in the North Atlantic, hundreds and even thousands of miles away from other countries. They have learned to self-sustain, use everything (no waste) and adapted tricks to ensure survival against the extreme weather conditions each season brings. They have grown up in and are used to bad and stormy weather conditions. They are not only raised in it, not only know how to handle themselves in it, but also how to encourage and prepare others to get through any sort of scary snow storms and windy storm weather conditions.
The weather in Iceland is the most unpredictable (some may even say volatile) you will ever encounter while travelling, anywhere. Specifically, in Vik Iceland, the landscape is so diverse, which is what creates those amazing natural wonders in the first place, is actually that extreme weather. Iceland is the land of fire and ice for a reason after all! We often have wind storms, sandstorms, snowstorms, hail/sleet even in summer and Vik is on average one of the more rainy parts of Iceland.
That said, our 4×4 Super Jeep adventure tours in Vik Iceland operate rain or shine. Because honestly, if we only did tours in perfect weather (IE, sunshine and light winds) we would not be able to share these amazing, unique local areas with anyone! And that would be such a shame because our adventurous locations outside of Vik allow you to experience the untouched pure (non-touristy) side of Iceland which very few actually get to experience. So don’t worry if the weather is bad on your scheduled adventure tour with us, because our team is more than capable of how to handle it and keep you safe all the way through it. Today we would like to walk you through what that means when you book an experience with Katlatrack Adventure Tours in Vik Iceland, no matter the weather.
When bad weather comes during a scheduled 4×4 super jeep tour in Vik Iceland, we embrace it! Why? Because our guests will get a very real Icelandic experience. Our team is also very skilfull in handling themselves through it to ensure your safety at hand is #1. We prepare in advance and have an advantage over other adventure tour companies. You might be curious to how? Allow me to elaborate below:
Experienced Super Jeep Drivers:
All of our Katlatrack super jeep guides are thoroughly experienced drivers in all vehicle types and in all conditions. They all must have a specific commercial driving license and be trained up to our standards in maneuverability. Driving through snow and heavy rains becomes an art-form. And by training… I don’t just mean being able to drive the super jeep itself, I rather mean we go out and drive in blizzards, wind storms, etc to ensure they are able to handle it all. So from crossing mountain passes or driving through rivers or storms, our team is fully trained and experienced.
During storms and heavy fog in Vik Iceland, one can often become disorientated if tracks are not tried and true beforehand. Our top of the line geographical highland navigation system helps our guides adventure through all conditions clearly and accurately. This not only ensures your safety in the 4×4 super jeep but also the safety of the landscape (IE, remember from our Driving in Iceland post, off-road driving is illegal).
Local Knowledge of Vik Iceland:
Being based in Vik Iceland, our guides have a local knowledge of the area that is superior. We have been doing tours specifically in Vik Iceland professionally since 2009. This gives us an overall advantage to know and understand how the rivers behave, what it means when winds are coming from a specific direction or when they are at their strongest and when tide levels are high or change. Also, we visit the glacier every day and see and feel the changes that happen, which allow for us to make judgement calls on what is safe and not for our group (or what gear is needed to safely venture in) to explore during an ice cave tour for example.
First Aid Trained:
If the worst case, something were to happen during one of our Vik Iceland Adventure Tours or during an Ice Cave Tour, please remain worry free, as each Katlatrack team member is trained in first aid and can carefully work through any type of situation that may arise. We are also skilled in keeping situations calm.
Although, some people may get scared/worried/stressed when the weather turns bad on an adventure tour at the glacier, rest assured our team is experienced and ready for you!
Until next time,
Guðjon + Katlatrack Team