What to bring

On this page we shall try to give you some ideas to help you enjoy your tour more.

This is not an ‘ordinary’ tour/holiday.  We shall be living out of a single vehicle and visiting many remote sites via rough mountain tracks only suitable for well equipped large 4X4s.

We will make every attempt to make your trip comfortable and relaxing, however to gain the flexibility to go virtually anywhere, there are compromises that have to be made.  Mainly these are weight and space.  

Iceland has highly changeable weather and we will be tight for space.    Four of us will have to live, eat, sleep and shoot from this vehicle for seven days.    In addition to this, as we are travelling ‘off the beaten track’ we need to be self sufficient and carry recovery and safety equipment.

Because of this there is a limit on how much space we can allocate.  Each guest will be limited to 2 bags equivalent to the maximum carry on size for Easyjet (56cm x 45cm x 25cm).   Your camera equipment, clothing, toothbrush and towel will need to be distributed between the two bags.  There is no weight restriction on these bags during the tour.

Below we have given you an idea of the clothing that we take with us so that you can get an idea what to bring.

As you will each have your own preferences regarding camera brand and type, there will be no specifics regarding equipment.    However we have added some general guides and tips which will help you prepare.

 

Clothing

  • Work on a many layered principle
    • Tee shirts/base layers
    • Fleece tops
    • Windproof jacket/layer
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Waterproof over trousers
  • Good walking boots
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Washgear, toothbrush etc.

At some points you may be wearing all of these!

The temperature will only vary a few degrees, but the windchill can make it feel seriously cold.  In addition it can rain, a lot and for a long time.

Please be aware that there will be no laundry facilities throughout the trip so please bring sufficient clothing to cater for the whole tour.

Photographic equipment

  • Lens cloths
  • Lenses
    • You will find subjects across the entire focal length range (including macro).  I have used everything from 12mm – 500mm.
  • Polarising filter (reflections and blue sky)
  • Shutter release
  • Waterproof cover (Really important near waterfalls)
  • More lens cloths
  • Backup camera body (if you have one)
  • Plenty of memory cards.  I suggest smaller size and more of them.  Possibly one per day unless you have a portable backup system.
  • Consider a UV/Skylight/protection filter (sacrilege to some, but really useful when you’re under a waterfall)
  • ND filters (10 stop)
  • ND grads
  • Camera battery charger (USB,12v, or 240v)
  • Did I mention the lens cloths?
  • Tripod is optional.  To keep your baggage size down we carry two Manfrotto 190XPRO3 specifically for client use.  They are fitted with Manfrotto ball heads however they have a 3/8″ thread so you are welcome to bring and fit your own head if you wish.

General

To explore Iceland and really immerse yourself the landscape, you have to camp.  The problem with camping is the amount of kit you have to carry to be comfortable.  Sure you can have a lightweight one man tent, a foam roll mat, a meths fuelled trangia, instant packet meals and a 40lb backpack.  Apart from the pain of lugging all that, as well as your camera equipment, through the airport is that really a comfortable way to travel?  For some, yes it is.  However we want to make it easier.    

We supply each client with a Quechua ‘2 Seconds Fresh & Black 3 Person Camping Tent, a 3’ (90cm) flock inflatable mattress, a Vango Aurora Grande 3 season sleeping bag, liner and pillow.  Which we will erect and pack away for you each day.  In addition we also carry additional fleece blankets in case it is exceptionally cold.

We provide a comfortable chair so that you can relax and eat at a table.

Breakfast, lunch and evening meal will be prepared for you using local fresh produce and hot and cold non-alcohol drinks will be available throughout the day.

We even have two spare tripods so you can limited your luggage.

If you wish we can also backup your images, each day, to a local rugged hard drive.  We can retain these until you are back home and have completed your own backup.  Once this is confirmed we will overwrite the files.

The only thing that isn’t included is your transports and flights, to and from Iceland, and the optional Whale watching tour.

Each client will be asked to bring a sealed envelope containing details of their emergency contacts, a list of their prescription medication and any allergies or medical conditions they may have.  This envelope will be kept secure throughout the trip and returned unopened at the end.  In the unlikely event of an emergency this will be handed to any medical staff.