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  1. Iceland PLUS 2017

    How the hell are you mate? Thanks for the invoice. I have forwarded it to my accounts department. They normally take forever to pay.

    I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to you and Dawn for being such incredible guides and people. Not only are you very good at what you do, you are also very passionate about Iceland. We could not have been in better hands. The week we spent with you was one of the best of my life. I know that Nekkies feels the same way. It was a great pity that we could not stay the full two weeks. Such is life.
    Patrick C .

  2. October Fly-drive (2017)
    '...I can honestly say that our week with you last October is in my top three destination ever...'
    Viv W.

  3. May Fly-drive (2015 sent 2017)
    '...I look at the photo’s now and can’t honestly believe that I took those pictures in that environment. Your attention to detail and the fantastic sights you were able to take us to were just amazing, I’ve been back to Iceland since and sampled the bus tour to the Golden Circle highlights with some friends and what you are able to introduce people to is far, far superior...'
    Harvey C.

  4. Iceland PLUS 2016
    We would just like to say a huge thanks to you and Dawn for the amazing two weeks we have just had in Iceland on your Iceland Plus expedition. Your passion for the country shone through as did your expert knowledge of the geology, culture and tracks. Thank you for also going the extra mile and changing the route to accomodate us as well as getting us up at 1am to see the Northern Lights - just wow! Anyway, thanks again.
    Graham J.

  5. Iceland Summer Classic 2016
    Thank you so much for the most amazing 2 weeks. We loved every minute mostly down to your perfect itinerary and great company. There was not one thing we would change so please keep up the good work. We missed the radio banter on the long drive home and could definitely have done with a couple of Dawn's tales to keep us going!
    Vanessa D.

  6. Iceland Summer Classic 2016
    What can I say, what an absolutely brilliant time I had in your company, faultless best sums up your efforts, thank you so very much. I believe you need a rear windo sticker: 'WE DID ICELAND WITH THE BEST WWW.VENTURE4X4.CO.UK'.
    Richard N

  7. Iceland Summer Classic 2016
    Thank you both so much for bringing Iceland to life for us- we both found the time spent with you was absolutely spot on -not only the itinerary and the management and pace of the days but the enthusiasm which you shared with us for the amazing part of the world that you have so evidently taken to heart. Should you ever find yourselves down in North Devon and you don’t want to be in the tent! please do look us up
    Michael N.

  8. Iceland April 2016 - Flydrive
    We joined Dawn and Andrew at the airport in Iceland and were taken to our first hotel. After our evening meal they, unexpectedly, drove us into the country side to look at the Northern Lights, returning about an hour later after watching an amazing light show. The rest of the week was just perfect. Dawns and Andrew knowledge about Icelands geology, geaography and culture was amazing. They took us into some amazing , out of the way, places and made every effort to accomodate our wishes, like altering the route to see a waterfall I particularly wanted to visit. One of the many highlights was when they took me out into the wilderness to look at the Norhtern Lights, we went out about midnight and got back about 2am. Overall an amazing adventure helped by Dawns and Andrew enthusiasm. Highly recommended.
    Anita and Keith B.

  9. Iceland Overland Expedition 2015
    Dear Andrew and Dawn,
    This 4x4 Trip was made possible by the meticulous 
    planning ,research,knowledge and experience of our caring Tour Guides -
    Dawn & Andrew .
    IceLand is certainly an amazing ,awe-inspiring,stunning,
    magnificent,volatile-sometimes Wet&cold-country,But one we will never 
    forget .Thank you both so very much for sharing your knowledge and 
    giving us the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience .
    We are 
    missing the Icelandic 'news'and folk stories! 
    With lots of love and 
    very best wishes to you both from Martin and Ruth xx

  10. Iceland Summer 2015
    Great trip with a great group and very passionate and experienced leaders - huge thank you to Andrew and Dawn!
    Brendon and Vic [2015]

  11. Iceland Summer 2015
    Hi Dawn and Andrew,
    Just writing to send you both a belated thank you for a fantastic trip. You were amazing tour guides. We particularly appreciated the out of the way routes and remote places you took us to. You seemed to pack so much into each day. I was amazed at the ever changing landscapes. Thank you too Andrew for taking us to the airport on our last day. 
    Ruth & Mark C. [2015]

  12. Iceland Summer 2015 Andrew and Dawn organised a fantastic tour for us.  It was totally hassle free , they organised everything for us which allowed us to totally relax and enjoy Iceland and all it had to offer.  They took us to places we would never have found on our own and they were good company too. Highly recommended!

    Cheers G [2015]

  13. Iceland summer 2015
    Hello Andrew and Dawn.
    Good to hear you are back home safely. Needless to say some r & r will be the order of the day for a while, you certainly deserve it.
    Our trip certainly exceeded all expectations, I had no idea just how wild and beautiful Iceland actually is. The whole experience of not many tourists, cleanliness, well organised days, good trails and friendly people made this holiday one of the best we've had so far.
    Also the small group size made it seem more personal, just like one big family !
    We certainly intend to come next year, the Iceland Plus and even more remote trails will be just too good to miss. Put my name on that one for a start.
    Tim and Lek J.[2015]

  14. Iceland April 2015 - Easter Fly Drive

    We have just returned from a fantastic fly/drive holiday with Venture 4x4 in Iceland. Thank you to Andrew and Dawn for making our holiday so exciting. We feel we have seen the real land of fire and ice.

    The scenery was amazing and people so friendly. The itinerary arranged by Andrew and Dawn was very interesting and varied. Their organisation made our  holiday  relaxed and stress free with a little adventure thrown in. We loved the glaciers/waterfalls/geysirs/ mountains and icebergs. The scenery just goes on and on and on !!.
    Thank you Venture 4x4, a holiday to remember and one we will never forget.
    Glynis and Ron C. [2015]
  15. Iceland has been a place we’ve wanted to visit for the past five years but had concerns of how to experience as much as possible in just two weeks. We had the good fortune of meeting Andrew and Dawn of Venture 4x4 at the Overland Show in Stratford and with their knowledge and experience we felt confident enough all would be okay, in fact it all turned out perfect, from help and advice with organising the ferry booking all the way through to receiving a surprise cd of all the photos Dawn took of our adventure, everything was efficiently well organised yet remaining flexible throughout to any needs we may have had.
    The overland driving was more than we could have wished for or even imagined, I’m a novice off road driver but with Andrew’s guidance my confidence grew daily. The terrain is so varied and the landscape so amazingly breath taking at every turn. Andrew & Dawn were never short of surprises and with their knowledge we visited places that weren’t even on the map!  Even the local guides couldn’t compete  with their  knowledge and enthusiasm for Iceland .
    With out a doubt we saw more, did, more, experienced more and learnt more than we ever could  have done with out them, the whole adventure exceeded our expectations, thank you again.
    Errol & Jackie [2014]

  16. "My partner was searching on line for a break in Iceland to see the Northern lights as I kept saying i would like to see them. He found the venture 4x4 website and had a look. He liked the idea of travelling around Iceland in a 4x4 vehicle with someone who knew the areas to visit and the size of the group. He showed me the site and I too liked the idea. He got me to make a phone call to find out more information about the tour, from that first phone call to the end of our tour was nothing but professional.

    There was no such thing as a silly question and all questions were answered fully whether it was asking about vehicle spec to camping gear. The booking was so easy, Andrew and Dawn booked the ferry for us with frequent communication. Confirmation included a map of Iceland and some other goodies. Nearer to the time of departure again information was relaying at a frequent pace.

    We finally met Andrew in Hirtshals and Dawn in Iceland and from the first meeting they were both very friendly with a professional manner making us both feel very much at ease. Thought our trip Andrew and Dawn were very knowledgeable of Iceland. If we asked a question and they were unsure of the answer by the next stop they had the answer. It was a very full itinerary throughout the trip but if we requested to go somewhere off the itinerary Andrew and Dawn would try to accommodate our request.

    We saw some amazing sites, got wet on several occasions some through our own fault. Experienced some amazing glaciers and waterfalls. One of my favourite walks was through the canyon and my favourite view was from Laki looking down the line of fissures.

    Words can not express how Andrew and Dawn made our trip a memorable one and can't wait to return.

    Good luck with your future ventures!

    Ps we both miss the Icelandic folk tales"

    We both wish you every success for the future and good luck to Dawn with her photography as she has taken some amazing photos.

    Kind regards Amanda and Mark [2014]

  17. Thank you Dawn and Andrew for a wonderful time. For anyone reading this, I initially made a telephone enquiry about going to Iceland. After a deal of discussion Dawn and Andrew booked my flights, collected me from the airport in Iceland and showed me around. Their expert knowledge of Iceland complimented the trip which was outstanding. Some of the best bits: bathing in a hot river in the mountains, climbing a volcano, watching the sunset over a glacier… Thank you so much for your help, kindness etc.  I would highly recommend them.  (Lauren F (LLB)) [2014]

  18. Here are our thoughts regarding our Iceland trip.
    A 4x4 adventure with first rate leaders and guides in Andrew and Dawn.  They not only took us on a tour of the island but also visited many places of interest as we travelled from camp site to camp site.  Dawn was always ready with the geographical history of the area and readily answered questions via the CB.  There was plenty of non-damaging off road driving through absolutely stunning scenery.  We crossed lava plateau, were up close and personal with glaciers, forded river crossings, saw many waterfalls, stood atop volcanoes, bathed in geothermal pools and a stream and watched geysers erupting.   We were lucky enough to see five humpback whales on our whale watching trip.  The sunny days we had brought out the best in the astonishing colours of the island.  We camped in some remote areas, in the mountains and next to glaciers in some instances, stocking up with food for up to two or three days at a time.  All campsites had good facilities and were clean.  On this trip we felt we saw a lot of what Iceland has to offer and would love to go back. (Neil and Jane) [2013]

  19. Superb organisation, thorough pre trip information and excellent tour. Really enjoyed myself. Thank you Dawn your knowledge of the country and its geology was brilliant. (Bespoke - Whit half term trip) Linda W. [2013]

  20. Venture 4x4 took us on a whirlwind tour of Iceland, we went to some amazing places and we saw some incredible sights.We took up Venture 4x4's offer of making all of our bookings for us so that all we had to do was to pay and turn up.This went very smoothly and everything was as it was supposed to be when we checked in to board the Ship to Iceland.Venture 4x4 helped us in our preparations giving us invaluable advice leading up to and during the trip.Without Venture 4x4's expert knowledge of Iceland, we would've missed many of the “off the beaten track” attractions.Andrew and Dawn's running commentary kept us informed and ensured that we didn't miss anything.Dawn's frequent picture taking supplied us with fantastic souvenir pictures of us in our Jeep crossing Iceland's wild landscapes.Our expedition to Iceland with our family was made much easier and comfortable with Venture 4x4's round the clock support.This support either came in the form of immediate off road driving advice or how best to shelter from Iceland's wild weather.Venture 4x4's expertise shone through with their local knowledge, allowing us to see Iceland at its best. (Robert and Lorraine) [2013]

  21. Robert & Lorraine - part 2: I must say a big thank you to you and Dawn for taking us around Iceland, it was an amazing trip and for anyone reading this, if you're thinking of visiting Iceland, I can recommend that you check out Andrew and Dawn's guided tours of Iceland, there's a huge amount of things to see and they'll ensure that you see a lot of it.
    I'm still sorting out the hours of video, but am getting through it, although very slowly.
    BTW, Dawn's picture of our Jeep was voted into Expedition Portal's 2014 calendar, I did get you a copy and will send it on to you with our DVD of pics too, there was also a small prize awarded for the photo which we'll pass over as well.(Robert and Lorraine) [2014]

  22. Hi Dawn and Andrew, Just a few words of thanks for a brilliant holiday experience and all the help and advise you gave both before we went and during our holiday, rearranging the itinerary in order to make sure we had the best possible time, and the details of where, what and why it was gave us an insight into the structure of Iceland, you must have done considerable research to be able to impart the information to us.      The photos and video's don't portray how fantastic a place Iceland is and what it actually looks like, the only way is to experience it. The contrasts between the coast with its farms, fields and black beaches against the interiors barren larva fields, volcanos, ice fields, ash desert, fantastic waterfalls, thermal areas and not to mention the very interesting and sometimes exciting river crossings  makes for something interesting in every mile. The photos cannot portray the scale of it all, indeed when your there the scale is hard to comprehend. Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  Hope to see you again  Mick and Liz.  [2013]

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Course organisation pre-course information 10 / 10
  venue / site facilities 9.5 / 10
Course content appropriate to your needs 10 / 10
  course objectives met 10 / 10
  course material 10 / 10
Instructor punctual, reliable, friendly, supportive 10 / 10
  effective presenter 10 / 10
  all trainees fully involved 10 / 10
  technical demonstration / knowledge 10 / 10
General how did you rate the overall event 10 / 10



Testimonies: Off Road Driving

Latest comments:
  1. Good afternoon Andrew you beet me to it I did mean to email you this morning, once again I like to thank you for a truly enjoyable day we both thought the level of tuition was of the highest standard I really did learn a lot apart from enjoying the day and Devon being able to enjoy the Experience as well was most appriciated. Stephen H.
  2. Thank you very much indeed for giving us such a wonderful, perhaps even life-changing - experience yesterday. Everything was perfect. It is clear to me that you are an utter professional in everything you do but at the same time you made Akiko and I feel very much at home and that we were in completely safe hands. Indeed, you made me feel proud to be British (and Grimbarian)! The off-road driving lesson itself was extremely educational - not to mention huge fun - and we both felt that you were a superb teacher, especially when dealing with Akiko and her nerves. Actually, after we got home Akiko was so exhausted that she went straight to bed for two hours! Nevertheless she said she had enjoyed herself and would like to have another go so we may well be asking you to give us another lesson next year. And your interesting stories about Iceland have certainly whetted our appetite to go there one day so you might find us calling on your expedition guiding services again one day.
  3. Thank you for the training, it was most enjoyable and the feedback from the staff is that it has been one of the best and most useful courses we have every sent them on so thumbs up all round (Notts County Council)
  4. Thank you for an excellent day. We all enjoyed the experience. The driving was real fun and the bit of winching we did was really good. Thanks for taking the time to take us to a water crossing. David T.
  5. The afternoon was amazing. So much information and driving. I have been on other professional 4x4 courses and the level of knowledge and instruction imparted during the experience was excellent. Highly recommended. Thanks for the photos as well. Martin G.
  6. Thank you so much, my hen party with my friends was excellent if not a little scary at times. Thanks for picking us up, taking all those photographs and so much more. Brill. Pauline W.
  7. Excellent day, very informative. Sue D.
  8. Excellent day, good instruction and we have already used our new skils at work. Thanks Andrew. Helen H.
  9. Excellent course Andrew; excellent particularly in the areas of explanation and building confidence to execute practical tasks. Chris
  10. Excellent day and very well presented by our instructor Andrew. Steve H.
  11. A very good refresher course. Mike P.
  12. Andrew, very patient, and realy enjoyed the course. Ben S.
  13. This course was great. All objectives were met. Fantastic tutor and knowledge. Thank you :-). Richard C.
  14. Pre course material could have been sent before the event, otherwise excellent: Jonathon G.
  15. Very good site perfect for training / assessment. Very good instruction. Very well explained: Steve G.
  16. Excellent. brilliant day. Tim S.
  17. Excellent course, friendly instructor, thanks. Simon H.
  18. very informative and excellent fun. Henry T.
  19. Very knowledgeable instructor, good demonstrations, excellent day thanks: Simon P.
  20. Excellent course. Darren R.
  21. Excellent throughout. Paul M.


Testimonies: Winching

Latest comments:




  1. Excellent day, better than expected Paul M.
  2. An excellent informative day in relaxed surroundings Marc C.
  3. Superb day, real life recoveries due to weather, learnt a lot. Thanks: Tim S
  4. Helpful and knowledgeable instructor, good day, good to go through a number of recoveries and use a variety of winching equipment: Paul J
  5. Many thanks: Mark F
  6. Good qualification will help at work. David K
  7. very wet day, so it was good to see just what the winch equipment would do. Can it be warmer next time: Paula S
  8. Excellent day, many bits of equipment used. Thanks. Margaret S.


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