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In Iceland, the leviathan you see in the picture above is called a "jeep." Here in the U.S., it would be called a massively tricked out F-350 Super Duty, or probably just "monster truck." The 6,000 members of Iceland's 4x4 club use them to explore the barely reachable sections of the island nation, trusting 4-foot-high studded tires and a bevy of custom modifications to get them back to civilization.

The problem is that Icelanders are having their own currency issues, with a free-fall even worse than the dollar's being just the start. When gas is almost $8 per gallon, that puts a fill-up somewhere around the $500 mark. And that puts a hurting on everything -- especially when you have to spend even more money getting your truck hauled out of the ice it just fell through. Not that any of this really stops them, because, well, there isn't much else to do in Iceland. So follow the link and check out the trucks in the slideshow. It's big-wheel badness.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Iceland's a beautiful country with plenty to do, including the aforementioned Icelandic beauties, a nightlife that just won't quit, culture, Icelandic beauties, good schools, and a network of public pools designed to be enjoyed when it's freezing out. You can even rent a Speedo if need be. Don't ask.
        • 7 Years Ago
        90% of the US economic wounds are self inflicted. Fiddling with the sub-prime rate to appease Wall St. greed has its drawbacks. The govt. needs to step back and let the inevitable blood-bath happen. Funny though, we always seem to find money to aid the wealthy, and allow the poor and middle-class to suffer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hehe, my brother (a typical Icelandic 4X4 nut) wasn't impressed at all with Top Gear's Toyotas... the trip would probably have been much easier in one of those F-350 pictured above, the small tire size on the Toyotas (only 38") made the rough stuff much more of a hassle than it probably needed to be.

      The tricked out Econoline which Gunnar Egilsson (another Icelander) used to reach the south-pole in record breaking time is much more like it.


      Naturally, he built the thing himself.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wicked Trucks for sure. Driving on sand can be a challenge but Snow covered lakes ahhhhhhhhhhhh

      Truly taking trucks where they are suppose to be (in the wild)

      • 7 Years Ago
      Top Gear used a Toyota Hilux tricked out by Icelanders to drive to the North Pole. That was an amazing voyage and that was an amazing truck.

      I liked the Econoline in the WSJ video.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hello !
      Take a look at my italian 4x4 truck "Stóribrjótur" in the icelandic landscape:
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      • 7 Years Ago
      filling up my Opel Astra costs me more than one-fifth of the 500$ mentioned here. Since my car is six times smaller than a F-350 the five hundred bucks isn't shocking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aside from the desert....Where could you take a truck like that in America without someone crying foul over it's carbon footprint?
        • 7 Years Ago
        San Francisco would be a good starting place...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, that is what would happen!
        I guarantee you'd get firebombed, shot at, and vandalized every time you stopped/parked
      • 7 Years Ago
      We have been seeing this same thing in our area. We've been with a gas tax so gas prices are unusually high. So if you have laws being passed, make sure that you understand their implications. I would not have voted for the gas tax if I would have known how much prices would increase. More people in my area are purchases everything except SUVs, trucks, and other gas guzzlers. Check out what has been happening at our local auto shop geared for those who need to finance fuel efficient cars to save on their monthly payment: Dick Says Yes
      • 7 Years Ago
      The thing that amazes me most, is those vehicles are street legal in iceland, even with the massive studded tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Not that any of this really stops them, because, well, there isn't much else to do in Iceland."

      So true. I'd love to go back to Iceland sometime. Icelandic is an awesome language, too. Já!
        • 7 Years Ago
        So not true! Iceland has some of the hottest clubs! And how about those hot springs? Wonderful to swim and relax in!
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is plenty to do in iceland, including this :)

        • 7 Years Ago
        Suddenly I want to go to Iceland. And I couldn't care less about the trucks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        funny, me too
      • 7 Years Ago
      Or you can just stay in/or hit the closest hot springs with some 6ft tall Icelandic blondies.
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