FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the best time of year to travel to Iceland?
Ice cream or hot chocolate? Hard to choose between two delicious treats. It is often said that there is not an Iceland, but at least two. Up here in the north, the difference in seasons is for real. So take your pick, or try both:
Summer gives you the surreal midnight sun experience and more or less secure Superjeep access to parts of the interior like Landmannalaugar. Some remote inhabited areas like the hauntingly impressive Westfjords are best enjoyed in summer. June-August is also fishing season for trout and salmon. You can still take a snowmobiling trip in the summer though – on a glacier – as well as a plethora of other activities.
Winter in Iceland brings on the mystical, mythical Northern Lights, incredible snow covered landscapes, and expedition opportunities to remember for life. The best winter months for highland Supeerjeep exploration are usually January, February and March.
What is the weather in Iceland like?
Unpredictable. That’s the answer, in one word. So take sunglasses, raingear, T-shirt and woollies, as well as a good windbreaker. All in the same bag. Although our Superjeeps are supremely comfortable, outside weather can vary greatly in a day, and we will be visiting mountainous and exposed areas. To enjoy your trip to the fullest, we recommend you bring warm clothing and sturdy footwear. For activities like snowmobiling, insulated suits are provided. Although we can basically travel in any weather, some routes may be inaccessible. Activities such as snowmobiling depend on snow and other conditions. We may therefore have to adjust our activities or route accordingly. We will discuss options with you and refund if scheduled activities are cancelled.
What are the Highlands?
The Icelandic Highlands are vast areas of completely uninhabited and uninhabitable land in the interior of Iceland. According to official designations this comprises some 75% of Iceland’s total area of over 103.000 sq.km. Largely made up of glacier-scoured volcanic desert and dominated by a number of glaciers including Vatnajökull, the world’s largest ice cap. Some of the most incredible, remote and interesting parts of Iceland are to be found in the Highlands, such as Landmannalaugar and the region around Askja and Herðubreið. We’ll take you there.
What makes the Highlands so special?
After the settlement period in 874-930 the Highlands were regularly travelled during summer. Fear of real or mythical outlaws, fuelled by worsening conditions for life, kept the population out of the highlands for centuries. To cross the interior was never something to be undertaken lightly, countless lives have been lost there to this day.
Today the interior is traversed by mountain roads open only in summer. Most highland routes involve crossing rivers and the center of the island with its rocky deserts, jagged mountain peaks, ice caps, volcanoes, hidden valleys and hot and cold springs. In geothermal areas, rhyolite colours the mountains yellow, green and red with swathes of shiny black obsidian. Volcanic caves, huge calderas and craters also dot the interior. History, folklore, incredible scenery and natural wonders combine to make the Highlands a very special place to Icelanders, and other travellers.
Why do I need a 4×4 in the Highlands?
The 1.332 km long Highway 1, or the Ring Road, roughly follows Iceland’s 6.088km long coastline. From coast to foothills is the domain of some 333.000 humans, above which are the Icelandic Highlands, with 0 inhabitants. This sub-arctic island interior is accessible on foot, horseback, or in motorized vehicles along a system of rugged 4×4 paths. The local evolution to ubiquity of the Icelandic Superjeep was a response to their makers craving for dealing with the hardships of the “useless 3/4 of the country. Up there, vehicles need to not only handle rough terrain, but also deal with obstacles like sometimes torrential glacier rivers. Unless on foot, areas like Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar and other fabled interior destinations are accessible only by true 4x4s.
Who goes on our expeditions?
Families, groups of friends, colleagues. Mountain Taxi groups know no age limits. Because our expeditions are 100% customizable, and our itineraries flexible, we make trips for the avid hiker, for the casual walker, or for the invalid. High octane itineraries, or tranquillity above all. Basically, we’ll happily serve anyone who wants to see, hear and smell all that our beloved Iceland has to offer.
What kinds of accommodations are available?
Our expeditions are all custom-tailored to every group’s needs. Accommodation options range from basic mountain huts to comfortable guesthouses to luxury hotels.
All our vehicles are equipped with a full communications suite to quickly summon emergency assistance wherever you are. Helicopter medevac is effective and fast. Iceland is a highly developed Scandinavian society with one of the best sick care systems in the world.
What about small children?
Children are particularly welcome to Mountain Taxi, accompanied by an adult. Please let us know in advance if your party will include children for us to supply fitting child seats to our vehicles. To maximize the enjoyment of all of our customers, parties with small children may prefer to book a private vehicle or arrange to travel with other family groups.
Can Mountain Taxi accommodate guests with special needs?
We welcome special needs guests on our tours. Please be aware Superjeeps are tall and not specially outfitted for the disabled, and that outdoor activities may be restricted for guests with disabilities. However, our many disabled guests through the years have been fully able to enjoy the beauty of Icelandic nature from the comfort of our Superjeeps.
Does Mountain Taxi work with Travel Agents?
Yes. Mountain Taxi values relationships with the Travel Agent community. Check for our commission rates.
Does Mountain Taxi work with corporate groups or meeting planners?
Yes. Mountain Taxi is a Destination Management Company and has been planning and orchestrating corporate and incentive trips for 16 years. We offer destination management services to meeting planners and have accommodated large groups with complex programmes. Mountain Taxi’s size ensures unrivalled attention to detail and personal care.