6 Dec 2016

Our Own Odysseys - Iceland by ambulance

From Nights, 7:10 pm on 6 December 2016

Martina Lamberty and Nick Channon decided to drive an ex-army ambulance across Iceland for three months.

The old 1989 ex-British army ambulance was, Nick says, geared up to be “an Armageddon truck". And needed to be in a country of rugged climes and rough terrain.

"We stripped out the whole of the interior, rewired it, re-plumbed it, put in a kitchen, shower, double bed and solar panels," he says.

The pair drove out from the UK and made the eight-day trek to Iceland via Sweden and Denmark.

Nick says the country is a magical place.

“If you really want to escape society ... you can be without people for days on end. We were driving off in some parts and you felt very alone, it was quite wonderful actually.”  

Martina and Nick experienced 23 hour days, up close and personal encounters with puffins and the pleasure of watching Iceland knock England out of the European championships while they were in Reykjavik.

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