• Jan 18, 2010
Arctic Trucks' tours of the North Pole – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Top Gear went to the North Pole – actually, to be specific, when Jeremy Clarkson and James May went to the North Pole, they went in a Toyota Hilux prepared by Arctic Trucks in Iceland. Richard Hammond went via sled-and-dog-team, which, believe it or not, looked a lot less comfortable than the satnav-equipped Hilux.

In what seems like a predictable (yet awesome) result of that odyssey, Arctic Trucks is now offering multi-day tours of Iceland in their ultimately prepped Toyotas. Having just returned from a trip to Reykjavik and the glaciers – sadly not with these blokes – we can tell you it would be an excursion you will never forget. No, it isn't the North Pole, but we'd argue it might be even better: more variety and nicer people, and no polar bears.

Follow the jump to read the press release on Arctic Trucks' offerings, and to watch video of Top Gear's epic polar expedition as seen in three parts. Photos your of your balloon-tired chariot can be found in the high-res gallery below.



[Source: Arctic Trucks]







PRESS RELEASE

CONQUER THE ARCTIC WITH TOYOTA HILUX

15th January 2010 – Millions of television viewers around the world witnessed the mighty Toyota Hilux becoming the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole, with Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson at the wheel. Now intrepid drivers have the chance to get behind the wheel of a similarly awesome Hilux and test their skills across the frozen wastes in a new range of adventure off-roading tours.

Reykjavik-based Arctic Trucks, the specialist company which engineered the Hilux to cope with the extreme conditions of the Top Gear challenge, is offering trips of between two and five days and longer expeditions through the wild landscape of Iceland. Its fleet of vehicles includes two Toyota Hilux Invincible Double Cabs equipped with special features to meet the demands of tackling the country's tundra, glaciers, lava fields and mountains, including a set of giant 38-inch tyres that allow the vehicle to traverse deep snow and thin ice.

Arctic Trucks began business as part of Toyota Iceland in 1990 and has since built up impressive experience and a worldwide reputation for modifying 4WD vehicles for use in extreme conditions. Toyota models prepared by the company have supported expeditions to both the North and South poles, outperforming more familiar arctic vehicles such as half-tracks and Snowmobiles.

Those looking to enjoy the benefits of Hilux ownership for more everyday driving duties can take advantage of Toyota's new 2010 revised model range. Notably Hilux's 2.5 D-4D has been given a 20 per cent increase in power and more torque, significantly enhancing performance. The high-power 3.0 D-4D engine is now exclusively available in the Invincible Double Cab.

More than 12 million Hilux have been sold globally since its 1972 debut, and in terms of annual sales it ranks as Europe's most popular pick-up.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "Sould we fast forward to the frozen penis?"

        • 4 Years Ago
        Awwwe what was he doing with his willy hanging out?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the truck, but the TOP GEAR episode wasn't the best, in my personal opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One of my personal all time favorite Top Gear episodes.

        (Sad thing though, they went to Magnetic North... as was listed in 1996.)
        If you look on Google Earth, you can see it's not even halfway to the real North Pole. ;)

        Magnetic North is actually in a different position from when they went, because it moves.
        http://science.howstuffworks.com/question782.htm

        Still an awesome episode though. :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        Personally, I found it quite boring overall. There were good parts, yes, but I was yawning by the 20 minute mark. It all seemed quite predictable. I like something that'll surprise me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saying bad things about Top Gear on Autoblog is like saying bad things about MacGyver to Pattie and Selma Bouvier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clarkson gives us the finger at 2:22...lool.
      JDM Life
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOVE TOYOTA TRUCKS.

      Used around the world in allll kinda of horrible weather and harsh trails.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I'm going to say I love Toyota Hilux, but not the Hilux ones made in Thailand. The ones in Thailand is n.th, but a krap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Name one Toyota you don't "like" or "love" or is "pure sex".
      • 4 Years Ago
      i went to Reykjavik end of Sept for two weeks and had a blast. such a great small city and once you get out of there you can see much more great landscapes and good old nature.

      hbh, when i go back (hopefully this year again), i'd love to get in the truck for a tour.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You who think a Tundra would do better with same specs, you're wrong

      I live in Iceland and if you want huge truck to get anywhere, You would need, huge tires, and lots more work than on a Hilux,

      Plus It's better to have them smaller, than it's more unlikley they will fall through Ice and sink in the snow, the lighter, the better...

      It's Not the Size of the Engine, truck og tires, it's the weight that can help you the most

      F.e. A Suzuki Jimny on 35inch tires can go much further on powder snow than maybe a Nissan Patrol on 44", because the Suzuki is much more lighter and floats on the snow
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jonathon Ramsey:
      You mean to say you were here in Iceland without letting us local Autoblog regulars know? We would have made sure you got a ride in the actual TG Hi-lux, it's on show in Arctic Trucks' showroom. Let us know next time, OK?
      • 4 Years Ago
      wish they would bring the hilux to the us.... such an awesome truck
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hilux is a great truck. I think it shares a platform with the 4Runner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im surprised the Frame didnt rust out and break like most toyota pickups...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meh, the rusty ones were only from the 90's and early 2000's... The new Toyo trucks are much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Hilux is a nice truck, I've seen a lot of them on the road and in my opinion it is way better than the Tundra.
        JDM Life
        • 4 Years Ago
        NO way.


        Build a Tundra to the same specs as this Hilux and the Hilus stand NO CHANCE. Tundra is a much bigger and way more powerful.

        The Tundra already took first place in a offroad race it took part in. I forgot what race it was but the Tundra has stock engine (5.7 liters) and with only slight suspension work it took first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        JDM, you do understand that the lighter the truck the more likely it stays on positive side of ice?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Tundra only took first place because all the other contestants were laughing so hard at it they could'nt consentrate on driving.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Caddy-v

        You're right. That's exactly what happened.

        Douchebag
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enjoyed the episode overall, but nothing really stood out that much....

      Okay - that lighter fuel trick on the rear tire was awesome.
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