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A winter expedition around Iceland in December 2015

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#Iceland #IcelandMMXV #icebergs #glacier

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Travelling the whole way round Iceland with these couple of Apple fan boys. I'll be flying the banner for Microsoft of course. #IcelandMMXV

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This island is non stop glaciers. #Iceland #IcelandMMXV #glacier

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Glacier rolling slowly into the lagoon and into the North Atlantic #IcelandMMXV #Iceland

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#Iceland #IcelandMMXV #glacier #icebergs

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#IcelandMMXV Tonight's campsite besides a downed US Navy Douglas DC-3 #Iceland

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#IcelandMMXV Not a bad place to be stuck. Tow on the way.#Iceland

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The view from Vík beach in South Iceland #IcelandMMXV #Iceland

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Thinking of replacing the Focus with a Defender. This one has gotten us through some pretty rough conditions. #IcelandMMXV #Iceland #landroverdiscovery

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Sun-down at the Skógafoss, #iceland #icelandmmxv

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Touring a few waterfalls today this is the one at Skógafoss #icelandmmxv #iceland #waterfall #southiceland #Skógafoss

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Up close and personal with a waterfall #icelandmmxv

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Selkalandsfoss waterfall #icelandmmxv #iceland

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Horizon #icelandmmxv #iceland

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Sunset #iceland #icelandmmxv

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Filing station with a view #icelandmmxv #Iceland #selfossi

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Union Flag flying along side Íslenski fáninn randomly in the Icelandic Interior. #icelandmmxv #Iceland #flags #unionjack

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Heading to Þingellier National Park #icelandmmxv But, really posting this because I wanted an excuse to type the Icelandic 'þ' character. #Iceland

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Icelandic expeditionary force capturing the last moments of daytime #IcelandMMXV #Iceland #Höfn

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#icebergs #glacier #IcelandMMXV #Iceland #atlantic

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Land Rover Defender in its natural environment. #icelandmmxv #Iceland #landroverdefender #landrover

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Reached the national park #icelandmmxv #Iceland #þinvellir

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#icelandmmxv Behind the scenes with @jonathankerrphotography Capturing the native Icelandic Horse - it's really a pony but the remote Icelandic people don't know any better. #Iceland

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Iceland's Golden Circle today. Back into the mountains #icelandmmxv #Iceland #goldencircle

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I just point and click my phone. Iceland does the rest. #icelandmmxv #goldencircle #Iceland #þingvellir

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#icelandmmxv It is forbidden to build a personal snowball arsenal within the vicinity of this sign. #Iceland #funnysigns

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The mini geyser at #Geyser, #Iceland #icelandmmxv

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#Geyser #Iceland #icelandmmxv

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Steaming hot springs rising up 80-100'C #icelandmmxv #Geyser #Iceland

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Gullfoss Waterfall is big. #icelandmmxv Humans, middle left, for reference. #Iceland #Gullfoss #waterfall

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Mountains #icelandmmxv

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Home time #icelandmmxv

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Back in the United Kingdom (passport checks all being well) #icelandmmxv #belfast #ukborder #unitedkingdom

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Flashback to this time last month at Skógafoss. Only feels slightly warmer being back in Northern Ireland. #iceland #icelandmmxv

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Not quite up to the professional standards of @have_camera_will_shoot and @andiham01 with my lowly mobile phone camera #IcelandMMXV #Iceland

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Vík Church #Iceland #IcelandMMXV

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Plan of attack

Day 1: Monday 14 December 2015

Arrive: Keflavik airport -18.35
Depart: Picked up by ISAK

Arrive: Reykjavik – 20:00

Collect: Landrover Defender 4×4 from ISAK

Collect: Camping supplies

Collect: Food & Supplies for the trip

Depart: Reykjavik – 21:30
Arrive: Seljalandsfoss waterfall – approx. 00:30

Seljalandsfoss is a stunning 60m (200ft) waterfall located in southwest Iceland. The waterfall itself is spectacularly illuminated at night and presents a fantastic opportunity for night photography.

Depart: Seljalandsfoss–01:00
Arrive: Downed U.S. Navy Douglas DC-3 Cargo plane – 02:00

On the 24th November 1973, a U.S Navy Douglas DC-3 Cargo plane ran out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing on the Sólheimasandur black sand beaches of southern Iceland. The pilot and crew survived the crash and were eventually rescued, however, the wreckage of the plane remains to this very day, in what has become its final resting place. This dramatic scene provides a unique opportunity to shoot a macabre, apocalyptic setting that is atmospheric, contrasting and laden with melancholy.

This site is where we will make camp for the night, allowing for both long-exposure night-time and early morning sunrise shooting of the crash site.


Day 2 Tuesday 15 December 2015

Depart: Douglas DC-3 Cargo Plane Crash Site: 08:00
Arrive: Vik, South Iceland: 08:30

Breakfast

Depart: Vik, South Iceland: 9.30
Arrive: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: 14:00

The glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón is one of the most explicit visual reminders of just how fragile the world we live in really is. The lake itself is relatively ‘recent’ and is a direct result of climate change. Large chunks of ice break off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and flow into the lagoon, providing stunning visual effects as the light glances off their surface. This site provides a perfect opportunity for both long-expose shots and time-lapse videos.

Depart: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: 17:00
Arrive: Höfn, South East Iceland: 19:00

Höfn is an Icelandic fishing and harbour town located in southeast Iceland and provides beautiful scenic views of Vatnajökull Glacier.

Pakkhúsor humarhofnin restaurants

Depart: Hofn: 10:30
Arrive: Djúpivogur: 01:00


Day 3 Wednesday 16 December 2015

Depart Djúpivogur :09:00
Arrive: Egilsstaðir: 12:00

Make call with road conditions on visiting Gufufoss
If road conditions good go to A. if bad go to B.

Option A

Depart: Egilsstaðir: 13:30
Arrive: Gufufoss: 14:30
Depart: Gufufoss:15:30
Arrive: Dettifoss : 20:00

Option B – Find things to do (salt café) and get food for waking up beside waterfall

Depart: Egilsstaðir: 15:00
Arrive: Dettifoss: 19:00


Day 4 Thursday 17 December 2015

Depart: Dettifoss – 12:00
Arrive: Grjotagja – 14:00

Getting to Grjotagja

From Reykjahlíð (village East of lake MYvatn) take road 1 towards the East (Egilsstaðir). After about 1 km take exit togravel road 860 where Grjótagjá is clearly indicated. This is accessible to 2WD and there is a large parking in front.

Below are pictures of the right entrance. As you can see there are big rocks that fell off, allowing us to admire the work of nature. Be careful as the roof is not stable.
At the bottom of both entrances you can fit 3 people to admire and take pictures so if a group arrives at the same time as you, you might have to wait a long time before getting inside.

Depart: Grjotagja – 16:30
Arrive: Akureyri – 17:30

Enjoy coffee/dinner and STAR WARS!

Depending on travel conditions may need to make a start toward Reykjavik


Day 5 Friday 18 September 2015

Depart: Akureyri
Arrive: isak 16:00

Check in to apartment.

SHOWER…. ALL THE SHOWERS.


Day 6 Saturday 19 December 2015

Collect car from Reykjavik airport 12:00

Pick-up station:

Reykjavik Domestic Airport Reykjavíkurflugvöllur
101 Reykjavik Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00 Holiday: 08:00 – 18:00

Directions: Meet & Greet Service: Please note that there is no Sixt branch at the airport. Sixt staff will welcome you in the arrivals hall with a Sixt sign. Please provide your e-mail address and mobile number.

Golden circle.

Gulfuss and Geysir


Day 7 Sunday 20 December 2015

Reservation for Grill Market 19:00 to get our Whale and Puffin on.


Day 8 Monday 21 December 2015

Depart: Reykjavik : 10am
Arrive: Blue lagoon between 11-12

Depart blue lagoon: 16:00
Arrive Keflavik airport: 16:30

Easyjet flight 6748 – departs 19:15

Home to recover.