Toyota Hilux conquers the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

These amazing pictures of a Toyota Hilux at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano were taken just hours before the volcanic eruption that stunned the world – and brought European air travel to a complete halt in 2010.


Scientists tracking Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano used a modified Toyota Hilux to set up monitoring equipment as the volcano prepared to fill the skies with ash at 30,000 feet.


If you’re thinking this Hilux looks familiar, it’s probably because the same Arctic Trucks ‘extreme environment’ model was used by Top Gear for its expedition to the Magnetic North Pole in 2009. This vehicle really can go anywhere!


Unfortunately, you won’t find a similar spec Hilux on sale at your local Toyota centre, although the current Hilux range is more than enough for most people!

    If you're ever faced with an active volcano, make sure you've packed one of these!

If, however, this extreme activity has whetted your appetite for an Icelandic adventure, why not get behind the wheel of an Arctic Trucks Hilux yourself? Click here to find out more.

Of course, the intrepid Top Gear team couldn’t miss another opportunity, so a few months after the eruption they sent James May to find out just how close it’s possible to drive to the mouth of an active volcano…

Details correct at the time of publication.


  1. Are these artic toyota hilux’s available on sale in the uk, becaue i think this would be very beneficail for toyota to introduce these cars in the Uk, i would buy one because it would help when the uk has snow days like it had recently and the return on invesment would be instant for people who need to travel to work when its snows badly.

    1. Hi Eddie,

      You cannot buy a ready modified Polar Hilux from a Toyota Centre; the modifications on our Hilux were carried out by Arctic Trucks. If you would like more information about Arctic Trucks, please click here.

      Please note that having the modifications can have implications on the manufacturers 3 year or 60,000 mile warranty


  2. hello my name is michael o toovak from barrow alaska i have a 2006 nissan titan i would like to modify any suggestions i do allot of 4 wheeling i want to gear it bigger tires i travel on top of the ice in the cold winter months

  3. hello my name is michael o toovak from barrow alaska I have a 2006 nissan titan i would like to modify any suggestions i do 4 wheeling here in barrow i travel across the ice in the cold winter months

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