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From commenter Eywolf comes this scoop, fresher than Icelandic Hákarl shark: he was out driving in the Reykjavík city centre and saw what he identified as Top Gear USA filming an Icelandic special at the Hallgrimskirkja, slap bang in the middle of the city.
Let Eywolf tell of the sighting in his own words:
I was out and about in Reykjavik, and I spotted the crew of Top Gear filming three old beater SUV’s on snow tyres.
As you can see on the pictures they are next to Hallgrímskirkja – Church in the middle of downtown Reykjavík.
Unfortunately I didn’t have my DSLR with me this time, so they are of the “I shot this with a ham-sandwich” – cellphone type as the film crew didn’t want cars stopping traffic.
They are a Ford Bronco, International Scout, and an old GMC pickup, all with TopGear -logo plates.
Judging by the vehicle choice, I think this might be a follow up for the Alaska special on Top Gear USA.”
Eywolf didn’t see any presenters while driving by, but that would’ve been a stroke of luck beyond belief.
The Hallgrimskirkja is a weirdly-shaped church, and next to it is the statue of Leif Ericson, the Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Way back in 1995, I spent a couple of days in Iceland myself and stayed at the Leifur Eiriksson hotel just a stone’s throw from the spot where these trucks were spotted.
But back to Eywolf’s comments:
“If this would have been Top Gear UK, they probably would have had an easier time finding cheap Toyotas or Jeeps, these Full-size old american pickups aren’t that popular with the 4×4 crowd here as their MPG sucks, mostly Diesel Toyotas, and Diesel or gasoline Ford Econolines and Excursions for the tourists.”