This Icelandic Car Culture Instagram Account is Totally Truck-Tastic - Maxim

This Icelandic Car Culture Instagram Account is Totally Truck-Tastic

Keep on truckin', Icelandic off-roaders.
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Land Rover Defender. Photo: Cars of the World via Instagram

Land Rover Defender. Photo: Cars of the World via Instagram

Iceland is a crazy place, with volcanos underground, lots of snow and solar particles illuminating the sky with the Aurora Borealis, so it should come as no surprise that the Nordic nation's drivers have adapted to their rugged conditions with some amazing trucks. Icelandic auto enthusiast Gylfi Blöndal's @IcelandCarCulture account (and hashtag) is trying to collect the very best of them.

Think your truck has big tires? Icelanders like them bigger, like the ballooned wheels on the Land Rover Defender pickup pictured above.

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: r3dmax via Instagram

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: r3dmax via Instagram

Sometimes even big-ass tires and four-wheel drive aren't enough. In those situations, Icelanders go for six-wheel drive, as in this custom Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Iceland turns out to be a hotbed for lifted 4x4 vans too, like this Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with four-wheel drive, balloon tires and a snorkel for fording deep water.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

But sometimes civilian-grade hardware just isn't enough. In that case, there are industrial-strength vehicles like this Mercedes-Benz Unimog.

GAZ 69. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

GAZ 69. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Or you can go full military, like this Russian GAZ 69 army truck. But these are just examples of the crazy trucks Icelanders build for their extreme environment, just take a look at some of these others spotted from #IcelandCarCulture—it's definitely worth a follow. 

Volvo C202 "Laplander". Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Volvo C202 "Laplander". Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Jeep Grand Cherokee. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Jeep Grand Cherokee. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Photo: Donal Boyd via Instagram

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Photo: Donal Boyd via Instagram

Chevrolet 4x4 pickup. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Chevrolet 4x4 pickup. Photo: Gylfi Blondal via Instagram

Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Photo: Helga_b23 via Instagram

Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Photo: Helga_b23 via Instagram

Toyota 4Runner. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Toyota 4Runner. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Toyota 4x4 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Toyota 4x4 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Land Rover Defender. Photo: Donal Boyd via Instagram

Land Rover Defender. Photo: Donal Boyd via Instagram

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

Toyota HiLux 6x6 pickup. Photo: Dreki Adventures via Instagram

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