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11/29/2017 09:23:57 AM · #1
YUP!!!

March 9th-15th I will be going to ICELAND!!!!

Me and my beautiful girlfriend booked the flight yesterday during a sale that was going on. I am beyond excited!!!

There will be plenty of planning to do so please please please post links, photos, tips, tricks, places to see, or anything else your heart desires! I will be posting my general itinerary once we have an idea of our traveling plan on the island. Once that happens I would LOVE some help navigating the spots or finding those hidden gem's.

Please don't be shy on suggesting things to do or places to see! We are on a budget but if the attraction is worth it, I'm willing to spend the money to see it. Anything is fair game for us!

Can you tell I'm excited???
11/29/2017 11:10:32 AM · #2
I am more than happy to help you find those hidden gems and navigate the area. please send to all-expense-paid tickets. I'm pming you the email to send it to. :P

Seriously though, I'm very jealous!
11/29/2017 11:51:11 AM · #3
You'll need some assistance with schlepping all the gear. I'll do it for nothing. Just send me a ticket. Wendy and I will bunk up to save you some $$.
11/29/2017 01:19:31 PM · #4
Haha! You two aren't the first people who said this!

11/29/2017 02:36:27 PM · #5
Sounds like a great trip. I look forward to seeing some pictures.
11/29/2017 03:13:18 PM · #6
Talk to 31_F.gif Denise she went last May/Jun
11/29/2017 03:19:21 PM · #7
You might check out these threads:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=1354436

http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=1348180
12/01/2017 12:30:03 PM · #8
Is there anything that I need to know when it comes to camera equipment protection?

What I mean by this is, I've heard of cracked glass when going from REALLY cold (outdoor) to REALLY warm (indoor).

Thoughts?
12/01/2017 01:00:46 PM · #9
Cracked glass sounds pretty extreme and is probably rare, however, the conditions you describe seem primed to create a significant condensation problem. When you bring the camera in keep it in the camera bag or other (partially) insulated container and let it warm up slowly.
12/01/2017 01:07:21 PM · #10
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Cracked glass sounds pretty extreme and is probably rare, however, the conditions you describe seem primed to create a significant condensation problem. When you bring the camera in keep it in the camera bag or other (partially) insulated container and let it warm up slowly.


Being from FL the humidity is nuts here. So I do know this part... I wonder how humid it will be there...?
12/01/2017 03:19:07 PM · #11
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Cracked glass sounds pretty extreme and is probably rare, however, the conditions you describe seem primed to create a significant condensation problem. When you bring the camera in keep it in the camera bag or other (partially) insulated container and let it warm up slowly.


Being from FL the humidity is nuts here. So I do know this part... I wonder how humid it will be there...?

It's not the humidity itself, it'll be cold there so when you go inside your camera will get fogged up (and vice versa when you go from warm to cold).

It would need to be REALLY cold for you to get cracked lenses. I lived in Finland for 12 yrs and had extreme cold (-25 Celsius) and managed to take photos without any problem whatsoever, aside from the above mentioned fogging when moving from hot to cold or cold to hot.
This was taken at around -30 C



Message edited by author 2017-12-01 15:20:55.
12/01/2017 03:23:12 PM · #12
Originally posted by salmiakki:

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Cracked glass sounds pretty extreme and is probably rare, however, the conditions you describe seem primed to create a significant condensation problem. When you bring the camera in keep it in the camera bag or other (partially) insulated container and let it warm up slowly.


Being from FL the humidity is nuts here. So I do know this part... I wonder how humid it will be there...?

It's not the humidity itself, it'll be cold there so when you go inside your camera will get fogged up (and vice versa when you go from warm to cold).

It would need to be REALLY cold for you to get cracked lenses. I lived in Finland for 12 yrs and had extreme cold (-25 Celsius) and managed to take photos without any problem whatsoever, aside from the above mentioned fogging when moving from hot to cold or cold to hot.
This was taken at around -30 C


Awesome info. Thanks! This let's me breath a little easier when thinking about renting a lens.
12/01/2017 05:17:45 PM · #13
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Awesome info. Thanks! This let's me breath a little easier when thinking about renting a lens.

Just don't breathe on the lens ... ;-)
12/01/2017 06:59:53 PM · #14
Just got back a month ago.

Saw the whole island - I can send you the whole itinerary.
12/01/2017 08:25:41 PM · #15
Originally posted by LanndonKane:

Just got back a month ago.

Saw the whole island - I can send you the whole itinerary.


Yes please!!!!!
12/01/2017 08:31:31 PM · #16
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Is there anything that I need to know when it comes to camera equipment protection?

What I mean by this is, I've heard of cracked glass when going from REALLY cold (outdoor) to REALLY warm (indoor).

Thoughts?


If you are worried about cold... then I would suggest you stay away from Canada, since the average temperature in Iceland in March pales by comparison to the much colder weather we experience here.

Ray
12/02/2017 12:38:19 AM · #17
ICELAND

http://www.hostel.is/SampleItineraries/IcelandontheRingRoadessentials/

Gas Station Map:
https://www.rent.is/blog/gas-stations-in-iceland/

Parking in Rekyavik

https://iheartreykjavik.net/2015/01/parking-in-reykjavik/

Flight in - Friday October 20th

Arrive 4:15am.

Day 1 - Saturday October 21st

Pick up rental car when we arrive? Sat morning.

Go to blue lagoon.

Have dinner in Reykjavik and explore

*Jonathan booked airbnb
Check in after: 2:00 PM
Check out before: Noon (12:00 PM)

Day 2 - Sunday October 22nd

**not sure where to eat, so bring food from Rekyavik

Leave reykyavik, drive to Foraging - Hvalfjörður 41 minute drive

Drive from foraging to Hraunfossar 1 hour drive

Hraunfossar to kirkjufell - 2 hrs

Grundarfjördur Hostel

*Lanndon booked this hostel

Day 3 - Monday October 23rd

Wake up, check Kirkfufell for the sunrise

Drive through Snaefellsjokull National Park
See Vatneshellir Cave

Drive to Arnarstapi to look at Gatklettur

Drive to Budakirkja church

Drive to Grabrok (volcano) crater for a quick stop - 1 hr 46 min drive

From Grabrok, go to Blönduós for food - 1 hr 40 min drive

Go from Blondous to Hostel in Akureyri HI Hostel - 1 hr 40 min drive

*Jonathan booked this hostel
Check in between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Check out: Before 11:00 AM

Day 4 - Tuesday October 24th

Wake up, drive to Goðafoss - 40 min drive get there for sunrise to see

From Gooafoss to Mývatn Region- 32 min drive approx

When we get to the Myavtan, do the southbound route on 848 and then see the stops:
Skútustaðagígar - climbing pseudo craters
Dimmuborgir - rock hole
Grjótagjá cave
Reykjahlíð - stop here to get food

Myvatn to Reykjahlíð - 8 min drive, we are stopping here to get food
Reykjahlíð to Námafjall, also check out Grjótagjá cave

After we explore this region, go to Krafla and Víti - 30 min drive roundtrip

From Krafla, drive to Vogafjos farm resort (make changes by october 21st).................................................
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*Lanndon booked this hostel
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: Until 11:00 AM

Day 5 - Wednesday, October 25th

Wake up and go to Húsavík (48 min drive). Possibly go whale watching, get food, explore town for 5 hours

https://www.northsailing.is/timetable/ - book whale watching at 10:00 AM

Drive to Asbyrgi - 49 minutes
Drive from Asbyrgi to Dettifoss - 1 hr
*you can hike down to the falls, so depending on how cool this is, might skip Jokuldalur
Drive from Dettifoss to Jökuldalur - 1 hr 20 mins
Drive from Jokuldaulur to Airbnb

Arrival: After 6:00 PM - Midnight
Check Out: Does not specify.

Day 6 - Thursday, October 26th

Wake up in airbnb near Reyðarfjörður, drive to Fáskrúðsfjörður (20 min drive), have breakfast

Then go to Breiðdalsvík via road 96 to see the black beaches (40 min drive)

Then continue on highway 1 towards Berufjörður (40 minute drive)

On our way to the hostel below, drive through Hofn

Check In: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Check out: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Noon)

*Lanndon booked this hostel

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Day 7 - Friday, October 27th

Wake up from Grunholl Country Guesthouse

Drive 36 min to Jokulsarlon (Glacial Lagoon)

Then Jokulsarlon to Skaftafell (45 min drive)
Explore Skaftafell, then take the glacier tour: http://www.mountainguides.is/day-tours/glacier-walks/from-skaftafell/blue-ice-experience/

*Jonathan booked this

Departures: All year: Every day at 10:00, 10:30, 14:00 and 14:30. July 1st to August 31st: Departures every hour from 10:00-15:00
Duration: 2½-3 hours in total, 1½-2 hrs on the glacier
Meeting point: Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in Skaftafell (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 20 min prior to departure

Drive to Kalfafell, stay at Fosshotel Núpar

*Jonathan booked this hotel
Check In: 4:00 PM - Midnight
Check Out: Noon

Day 8 - Saturday, October 28th

Wake up from hostel, drive through Eldhraun

Drive to Reynisfjara 1 hour 16 mins

Go to Dyrhólaey (23 min drive)

Drive to Sólheimasandur Plane Crash (19 min drive)

Drive to Skogafoss (10 min drive)

Drive to Seljalandsfoss (25 min drive)

Drive to Selfoss for food and to see the Selfoss waterfall (53 min drive)

Drive to Green rocks - Hvaleyri for sunset Sunset (1 hour drive)

Day 9 - Sunday the 29th

Drive the golden circle:

https://iheartreykjavik.net/2014/12/drive-it-yourself-the-golden-circle/

Airbnb for

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM

Day 10 - Monday the 30th

Drop off rental car and GTFO

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Green rocks - Hvarleyri, Hafnarfjörður at sunset

Golden circle

Skogafoss - waterfall
Sólheimasandur Plane Crash (Day 6 or 7)

Snaefellsjokull national park

Blue lagoon

Skaftafw

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Rental car:

12/03/2017 04:01:33 PM · #18
I see renting a car is expensive here... Tips? Tricks?
12/03/2017 11:46:58 PM · #19
No way around the car cost. Stuff is super expensive in iceland except for the flights.
12/04/2017 09:52:29 AM · #20
Already one of the world's most expensive destinations, Iceland is considering introducing a new tax on tourists in a bid to prevent overcrowding
12/04/2017 10:02:12 AM · #21
Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Is there anything that I need to know when it comes to camera equipment protection?

What I mean by this is, I've heard of cracked glass when going from REALLY cold (outdoor) to REALLY warm (indoor).

Thoughts?

This image happened because I didn't let my camera come to room temp before I used it going from single digit (F) temps outside.

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_611406.jpg

I thought it was kinda cool.....pun intended!
12/04/2017 11:04:49 AM · #22
Is renting a 4wd car seriously worth it? I hear all over that it's almost a requirement...

Thoughts?
12/04/2017 11:05:21 AM · #23
Originally posted by Tiny:

Already one of the world's most expensive destinations, Iceland is considering introducing a new tax on tourists in a bid to prevent overcrowding


When? Before or after my trip? Lol.
12/04/2017 12:22:41 PM · #24
Well I would hope it was after, if not don't worry I will send funds whenever needed.

Do have a lovely trip and remember to stay safe.
12/04/2017 03:06:41 PM · #25
Originally posted by Tiny:

Well I would hope it was after, if not don't worry I will send funds whenever needed.

Do have a lovely trip and remember to stay safe.


I'm sorry, you'll send funds whenever needed? I don't understand. Lol.

And of course I'll be safe. Contrary to most 26 year old guys (I'll be 27 when the trip comes around), I'm actually pretty relaxed when it comes to being dangerous. Maybe a few small things here and there that could get me into trouble but overall, I'm kinda boring when it comes to dangerous activity. Lol.
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