The countdown for travelling to Iceland has begun. I agree totally with what Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But I may not totally agree his other saying, “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” You know Lao Tzu is no ordinary traveller.

Thanks for one of my friends and colleagues Lucy. When I started reading some more information about Iceland, Lucy sent me the link of the following website:

I heart Reykjavík

On I HEART REYKJAVIK, you can find everything about Reykjavík and Iceland. This is the best link so far: very informative and most of the posts were written from personal experience. The site was set up by Auður Ösp, a native Icelander in her thirties, with other active contributors such as Helga and Craig. At the moment Auður and Helga are on a expedition of around Iceland in 10 days and their posts are very interesting with so many things and people to cover. I do hope things written by the locals are closer to the truth.

Don’t forget to read more to discover the element of propaganda in many travel tips and guides. Some of those online reviews with high scores are fabricated. I once checked in a family-run hotel awarded top scores in Kyoto, Japan only to find out that it was one of the dirtiest hotel I have ever come across.

Nobody really hates travel.  Travelling to a new place becomes a process of knowing and learning. However, since I now live down under, every travel to another continent means taking long hours of flight in terms of the distance, not counting the cost. In this itinerary we will stop over at Helsinki, Finland; then taking another flight to Reykjavík, Iceland. The photographic gears I intend to bring to travel are:

  • The Leica M9 body
  • The Summicron-M 50 mm f/2.0
  • The Elmarit-M 28 mm f/2.8
  • The Leica SF24 mini flash
  • The Canon 6D body
  • The Canon EF 70-300 mm DO IS f/4.5-5.6
  • Hyperdrive Colorspace 1TB
  • The iPad

All these should be well packed into my old Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home camera bag. The Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home has a new design with which you can tie a tripod. The Crumpler bags are sturdy, excellent in quality. Personally I think their camera bag series is one of the best. 7 Million Dollar Home is made with light fabrics and you won’t feel sick after carrying it on your shoulder all day long.

I am considering bringing a travel tripod too. As David duChemin mentions in his blog,  there is no best travel tripod. It depends very much on the photographer, type of travel and the need of supporting the camera and the lenses. I have an old Gitzo tripod but it is too heavy to carry.  A monopod is almost of no use if I want to take shots in long exposure.  Anyway the modern tripod built to be used for travel are mostly made with carbon fibre, which is very light in weight and can be stored in most of the cabin baggage bags.

This travel is a self-drive trip, guided by maps instead of GPS. The whole travel around Iceland will last 13 days. Then we will move over to Greenland, another destination covered with ice.

My first stopover is Hong Kong before travelling to Iceland. I will strive to keep posting my travel account on this blog although I am not quite sure how good the internet connection is available in most of the hotels.

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Featured image: The parrots. Canon EF 70-300 mm, DO, IS at 185 mm, ISO100, f/5.6, 1/30 sec

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