Returning after an enforced minibreak of its own, Travel Man is back with new host Joe Lycett for a supersized Christmas special. On his maiden voyage Joe’s off to Iceland with comedian and dance champion Bill Bailey.
In a packed four-day itinerary they embrace local cuisine, alfresco bathing, and some of Iceland’s festive folklore. But first they explore Reykjavik, including an immersive visit to the punk museum, housed in a disused public toilet; an art installation featuring neon synthetic hair; and lunch at a restaurant where the theme is tomato.
With Iceland one of the most active volcanic regions in the world, and with all that heat close to the surface, Joe and Bill can’t resist trying to boil an egg in a hot spring. They experience an earthquake simulator and see the magical northern lights from the comfort of a heated plastic bubble. From Iceland’s second city of Akureyri there’s a scenic plane tour along Iceland’s longest fjord, crossing the Arctic Circle.
Joe and Bill also go husky sledding in the festive snowscape, take a dip in the geothermal ‘nature bath’ at Myvatn, and sample some snowflake flatbread.
Travel Man: 96 Hours in Iceland – Monday at 8.00pm on Channel 4.