Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 1 of 2)
As part of my trip to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton in November 2016, the Stopover Buddy service from Icelandair took us out of Reykjavík for an incredible adventure riding ATVs around Three Horn Mountain near Lambalækur, Iceland. Unnar Gardarsson of ATV – Óbyggðaferðir was our leader at the site, and I must admit he took us on one of the best trips I can remember as we slid through snow banks, forded icy rivers, admired waterfalls and volcanos, and then ate a wonderful lunch in an eighth-century monk's cave on a cliffside. As I said at the time, it was the most intense fun I've ever had with my clothes on. Unnar pushed me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way. And yes, there was some brennivín involved.
On the first part of our adventure (featured in this blog post, and soon to be followed by another post covering the rest of the day), we were greeted in the Canopy lobby by Sigrun G Bates and other members of the Stopover Buddy service. They drove us in vans out of the city to southern Iceland towards Lambalækur. Before we arrived at ATV – Óbyggðaferðir though, we stopped at a roadside rest stop at watched a glorious sunrise as Sigrun whipped us up a batch of traditional Icelandic pancakes I think called pönnukökur. I absolutely stuffed myself on them, not kidding; they were so good. They are a light crepe (cooked in little pans that mothers hand down to daughters in Iceland) that are rolled in sugar. Yum.
From there we went to ATV – Óbyggðaferðir by Lambalækur. Unnar and his two little fluffy dogs Hercules and Goliath outfitted us in warm snowsuits, boots, gloves, and helmets for our ATV ride. Vroom vroom vroom!
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