When it comes to countries with an incredible truck culture, it’s easy to forget Iceland. After all, the nordic island just beneath the Arctic Circle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean barely has cars, and has just one national highway that travels the circumference of the country, as its population of just 364,000 lives along the coastline. With this lack of transportation infrastructure, Icelandic pickup truck enthusiasts have managed to create a culture all their own, largely based around off-roading. An example of this is Iceland’s Arctic Trucks, which have a reputation of creating some of the most incredible off-roaders meant to explore the frozen and volcanic reaches of the island, and beyond. While their portfolio primarily consists of Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs and Hilux pickup trucks, they’ve recently turned their efforts on an American pickup truck: the 2020 Ford F-150.
Named the F-150 AT44, those are 44-inch Nokian Hakkapeliita studded winter tires you see there. Essential for both finding as much grip as possible in the ice and snow, as well as distributing weight more effectively over a fragile surface to prevent beaching. As you can see, extensive body work had to be applied to properly fit the massive rubber effectively. The suspension behind those massive tires is said to be largely fabricated and set up by Arctic Trucks itself, although something tells us the company took an approach similar to American Expedition Vehicles, and did its best to maintain stock suspension geometry. Otherwise, the truck would be sitting a lot higher. Underneath, there’s a tactical amount of armor plating to protect vital components should they scrape
Under the hood is not immediately known, but considering AT’s focus on diesel engines, more than likely this 2020 Ford F-150 is utilizing a 3.0L Power Stroke V6 diesel engine. We’ll report back if we hear otherwise. Just the same, pricing is not yet known. But presumably, the donor F-150 probably doesn’t have to start with a mid-trim Lariat.