Between elves and trolls: In a MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 by Iceland’s Wild West.

Reykjavik. Anyone who wanted to know where elves,
fairies, gnomes or trolls lived could once ask Erla Stefansdottir. She
was Iceland’s elfin commissioner and mostly suggested a building
government so that new roads would not cranky enchanting places. In this
respect, when travelling by automobile from a collateral Reykjavik along the
few paved and unpaved roads to a many westerly places in Europe, one
need not fear waking sleeping abnormal beings. Especially not in
a MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (fuel expenditure combined: 6.5 –
6.2/100 km according to EU, CO2 149 – 142 g/km).

If we wish to knowledge Iceland, we can’t equivocate regulating partial of the
Ring Road 1 from a collateral Reykjavik. Even here, a MINI Cooper S
Countryman ALL4 with a smooth-running two-litre four-cylinder engine
shows usually how good it is to transport with 131 kW/178 hp. The MINI
Cooper S Countryman ALL4 – upheld by a eightspeed Steptronic
gearbox – accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. However, it
can't live adult to a probable tip speed of 222 km/h since some-more than
90 km/h is not accessible anywhere. On sand roads – and there are
many of them, as in Iceland usually about 4300 kilometres of highway are
asphalted – a limit speed is 80 km/h, and even that can be too fast.

Heading west, a “1” initial takes island explorers to
Bogarnes, a mercantile centre of West Iceland with a fabulous
breathtaking view. The town’s prohibited H2O comes from Iceland’s largest hot
H2O spring, Deildartunguhver, with 180 litres per second. From here,
it is value holding a road along highway 54 to the
167-square-kilometre Snaefellsjökull National Park, dominated by a
1446-metre-high volcanic cone. Thousands of seabirds stock the
Londrangar stone towers. Also value saying is Dritvik Bay with the
hull of a usually fishing hire and a black lava sand beach of Djupalonssandur.

Even yet many paths along a coasts can usually be explored by feet,
a ALL4 all-wheel expostulate complement provides Icelanders with a best
traction wherever cars are authorised to drive. After all, lax ground
and H2O crossings are hackneyed on roughly each debate in
Iceland.The complement is formed on an electromechanically handling centre
differential that distributes a expostulate energy invariably between the
front and behind axles – depending on requirements. Up to 100 percent
can be destined to a rear; a normal pushing condition ensures a
50:50 distribution. The 16.5 centimetres of belligerent clearway of the
MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 has a relaxing outcome on Iceland, because
even pavement roads warn with low potholes due to frost, among
other things, that a MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 can simply cope
– interjection to copiousness of space underneath a building and a worldly chassis

Continue to a tiny fishing city of Stykkisholmur, once a trading
centre of a German Hanseatic League, now unapproachable of a striking
complicated church and many aged homes. Turn left from a 54 onto a 60
streamer north, heading travellers to a quite furious and
primitive Westfjords landscape, where a land masses between the
fjords demeanour like fingers stretching towards Greenland. The 60 and 62
lead to a westernmost indicate of Europe, Bjargtangar lighthouse, on
a 14-kilometre-long Lätrabjarg cliff. Among other things, thousands
of puffins live on rocks with a limit tallness of 440 metres – a real
change from a steer of a many sheep and Icelandic horses that
differently stock a island.

Maybe this is a right place to spend a night – since not in a roof
tent carried along by a Italian manufacturer Autohome? The black box
weighs 58 kilos and measures 210 by 130 centimetres. With a carrier,
a MINI is usually 2.05 metres high. Setting adult a tent is easy: unlock
a box during a front and back, gas vigour springs open a flap. The
tent is boarded around an aluminium folding ladder. Mesh pockets reason the
small things people need each night, and an LED light provides a
transparent view. The subsequent morning, a box is sealed again with straps, and
that’s it.

Freshly fortified, we continue to a subsequent destination, Bildudalur –
and since we are in a land of elves and trolls, we contingency revisit the
creepy Skrimslasetrid Museum for Sea Monsters and Monsters in
Strandgata 7 to suffer interactive and multimedia entertainment. Things
get louder serve north during Dynjandi, where you’ll find the
“Thundering”, “Roaring” or “Raging”:
Iceland’s substantially many pleasing rapids is around 100 metres high
and shines with 6 steps. The stable healthy relic is 30 metres
far-reaching during a tip and 60 metres far-reaching during a bottom and intensely impressive.

Almost like a MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4, that during an overall
length of 4.3 metres and a wheelbase of 2.67 metres, it offers plenty
of space for 5 people. A few some-more live in Isafjördur serve north
– with 2700 inhabitants, a city outlines a Westfjord capital with
captain’s houses, fishermen’s relic and an archway done of
whalebone. This is a right place for commemoration shopping, that can be
safely stored in a foot with a smallest ability of 450 litres. If
usually dual people are travelling, a souvenirs can be most incomparable – in
this box a MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 can reason adult to 1390
litres. Enough space to take a small salt with you: In Reykjanes,
it’s value visiting a “Salzverk” – salt is extracted from
a earth in a climatefriendly approach with a assistance of 100-degree
prohibited water.


Fuel consumption, CO2 glimmer total and energy expenditure were
totalled regulating a methods compulsory according to Regulation VO (EC)
2007/715 as amended. They impute to vehicles on a automotive market
in Germany. For ranges, a NEDC total take into account
differences in a comparison circle and tyre size, while a WLTP
total take into comment a effects of any discretionary equipment.

All total are already distributed on a basement of a new WLTP
exam cycle. NEDC values listed have been distributed behind to a NEDC
dimensions procession where applicable. WLTP values are used as a
basement for a clarification of taxes and other vehicle-related levies
that are (also) formed on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for
a functions of vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on
a WLTP and NEDC dimensions procedures is also accessible during

For serve sum of a executive fuel expenditure total and
executive specific CO2 emissions of new cars, greatfully impute to the
“Manual on a fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption
of new cars”, accessible during sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil
Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and during


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