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    yeah, so we're adding the NW/North and that will be the focus. We're going to go down to Vik for a night since it's less than a day from the airport and has some know places the kids will love and a great pool... The question now is do we go:
    beyond vik by 1:40 to get to an awesome hike above a glacier and then a hike down ONTO said glacier?
    another 45 beyond that to get to the glacier lagoon?

    if I can find another glacier to go visit I will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
    yeah, so we're adding the NW/North and that will be the focus. We're going to go down to Vik for a night since it's less than a day from the airport and has some know places the kids will love and a great pool... The question now is do we go:
    beyond vik by 1:40 to get to an awesome hike above a glacier and then a hike down ONTO said glacier?
    another 45 beyond that to get to the glacier lagoon?

    if I can find another glacier to go visit I will.
    Hey I talked to a few of my friends I made while over there and they said if you didn't want to go out east for the glacier there is one within accessible through the Golden Circle.

    Lanjökull Glacier

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    https://intotheglacier.is/
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    ^ thanks! Yeah, I've found a few options but I think this is our rough itinerary:
    • Day 1: KEF down to Vik stoping at skogafoss and it's neighbor, Dyrholaey for puffins and then Vik's black sand beach and the pool in Vik
    • Day 2: Vik to Fjaorarglgljufur, Svartifoss and Jokulsarlon, do the glacier hike at skaftafellsjokull/svartifoss, back to either Vik or Seljalandsfoss.
    • Day 3: Vik/Seljalandsfoss back to Bruarfoss
    • Day 4: up to Snaefellsnes/Kirkjufell
    • Day 5: From there back to airport.

    Places for days 3~5 are Gjain, Hjalparfoss, Bruarfoss, Oxararfoss, Geysir, Hraunfossar, Glymur, Kirkjufell, Hellnar.

    I've got lots of stops in days 3~5 I just can't spell them to list them!!! One goal is to find something fun to hike/climb with the kids each day but then also have the afternoon a bit more "off" spending time in/around "town" and going to a pool with them and doing more cultural things. My kids LOVE hiking and waterfalls etc so they'll enjoy that bit but I don't want it to be the only thing we do. I know we'll need more down time with them so I'm trying to plan accordingly but I also very much want them to see some specific things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
    ^ thanks! Yeah, I've found a few options but I think this is our rough itinerary:
    • Day 1: KEF down to Vik stoping at skogafoss and it's neighbor, Dyrholaey for puffins and then Vik's black sand beach and the pool in Vik
    • Day 2: Vik to Fjaorarglgljufur, Svartifoss and Jokulsarlon, do the glacier hike at skaftafellsjokull/svartifoss, back to either Vik or Seljalandsfoss.
    • Day 3: Vik/Seljalandsfoss back to Bruarfoss
    • Day 4: up to Snaefellsnes/Kirkjufell
    • Day 5: From there back to airport.

    Places for days 3~5 are Gjain, Hjalparfoss, Bruarfoss, Oxararfoss, Geysir, Hraunfossar, Glymur, Kirkjufell, Hellnar.

    I've got lots of stops in days 3~5 I just can't spell them to list them!!! One goal is to find something fun to hike/climb with the kids each day but then also have the afternoon a bit more "off" spending time in/around "town" and going to a pool with them and doing more cultural things. My kids LOVE hiking and waterfalls etc so they'll enjoy that bit but I don't want it to be the only thing we do. I know we'll need more down time with them so I'm trying to plan accordingly but I also very much want them to see some specific things.
    Add in Black Sands Restaurant if you can. GREAT lunch spot when you come off Black Sands Beach.

    Bolded what I'm talking about.

    These two trips are a LONG LONG ride, just be prepared for that. I drove from Kirkjufell to Reykjavík and it was very long and I would consider it the most "boring" drive I had while in Iceland. Mind you it was boring relatively speaking of course.
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    I'e done the day 3 drive (longer, went to the airport after) and yeah, after the last falls/foss it was like 2 hours to the airport knowing we were done which SUCKED... So we'll try to fine tune that last day to shorten it as much as possible. Nikki and I did 225~300 miles each day. The longest day in the above itinerary is ~199. So they're shorter but that does NOT include any additional miles for random crap (which our actual numbers do). Still very early in the planning so I can add/subtract a lot. Another thought is do I need to go to braurfoss if we're going to go to Hraunfossar? They're both pretty blue falls. Maybe we could skip bruarfoss this time if we go to Hraunfossar instead (and Hraun has a great pool there and great camping).
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    So finally decided on the photo gear to take to Iceland:
    1) D800, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 and 200-500 (cabin)
    2) Lightweight tripod (check-in)
    3) Lightweight ballhead (check-in)
    4) Lee SW150 filters systems with filters for landscapes/waterfalls - circular polarizer, 6 stop ND, 3 stop ND and 2 grad NDs. (cabin)
    5) Nikon 1.4x TC (cabin)
    6) Battery pack for D800. (cabin)

    I think this is the lightest I've ever flown w.r.t. photography gear to a foreign country where I plan to do bird photography. Leaving the Nikon 500 f/4 at home this time around.

    I will be carrying all the cabin photography gear in a F-Stop backpack and a Crumpler messenger bag.

    When are you flying out Ben? We fly out this Sat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbert View Post
    Nice! Enjoy, Su.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smizar View Post
    I think this is the lightest I've ever flown w.r.t. photography gear to a foreign country where I plan to do bird photography. Leaving the Nikon 500 f/4 at home this time around.
    so, yeah, I'm trying to head that way too. I'm taking my light tripod and head. I'm taking my 10-18, 16-35, 70-300 for sure. 24-70 and or 18-55 might come as well. Then some primes for kids shots? That's the tough one as I want kids shots too. Then the other issue is timelapses and or video as well so the a6300 and a6000 are coming as well FOR SURE, that's where the lens questions come in because I need lenses for everything to work well. The real question is how much video will I shoot and same for time lapses because I have the kids, will I shoot more to document or less because I'm enjoying time with them? But yeah, making choices based on small size/weight primarily.

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    When are you flying out Ben? We fly out this Sat!
    we fly out 2 weeks after you!

    can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
    so, yeah, I'm trying to head that way too. I'm taking my light tripod and head. I'm taking my 10-18, 16-35, 70-300 for sure. 24-70 and or 18-55 might come as well. Then some primes for kids shots? That's the tough one as I want kids shots too. Then the other issue is timelapses and or video as well so the a6300 and a6000 are coming as well FOR SURE, that's where the lens questions come in because I need lenses for everything to work well. The real question is how much video will I shoot and same for time lapses because I have the kids, will I shoot more to document or less because I'm enjoying time with them? But yeah, making choices based on small size/weight primarily.



    we fly out 2 weeks after you!

    can't wait!
    I hear ya. I am not taking my primes or the Fuji. The Nikon gear should suffice. One of us will carry Sid in his carrier and the other will carry the photo gear. Pete is carrying his video camera (forget which one it is). It's pretty lightweight and he likes to throw together one long video of every trip we take.

    Have a great time! My sister has designed a pretty aggressive itinerary and considering we are 6 adults, 1 toddler, a 6 yr old and 2 teenagers - this will be a lot of fun or sheer torture Fingers and toes crossed on this...
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    good luck!
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