July 7, 2009
Paralyzed man to cross Iceland on ATV
A paralyzed Icelander with a love for the outdoors plans to cross his country's rugged interior on a specially designed all-terrain vehicle.
Jon Gunnar Benjaminsson, who normally travels in a wheelchair, has selected a route beginning at Lake Myvatn in the north Wednesday and ending in the capital, Reykjavik, Iceland Review reported. The region is one of Iceland's best-known natural areas.
Iceland's rugged highland interior has no paved roads or permanent residents. It is crossed by tracks usable only by four-wheel-drive vehicles, although for a few weeks in the summer there is scheduled bus service.
Benjaminsson said he decided on the trip after the clothing company 66 Degrees North offered to sponsor him.
Then I figured that it would be a good idea to combine my interest in outdoor recreation with raising funds for a good cause, he said.