Reality is coming, we’re actually going to Iceland this summer! Booked the plane tickets today so now we’re underway, no looking back.
There are still things to do before everything is set, but as far as equipment goes there aren’t really any major things that need to be bought or changed. Our travel plans are quite good, still need some more details in the hiking schedule I think, just so we don’t miss anything that you really must see along the trail.
Our hiking schedule looks something like this (per day)
Arriving at Keflavik Airport 07.30 – transport to Landmannalaguar
Hiking starts – Landmannalaugar to Alftavatn
Alftavatn to Þórsmörk
See Þórsmörk – different excursions
Þórsmörk to Skógar – transport back to Reykjavik
It’s gonna be a blast but not even close as long as our trip to Jotunheimen last summer if we look at the distance. But that’ll give us time to explore and do excursions along the way which I find attractive. Especially as the nature in Iceland is fantastic, can’t wait to go back. It was the first thing I said to my parents when I came home from Iceland in 2002 – I must go back there! And now I’m doing it, 13 years later.
This is my first guest post here on Andrés blog. André and I have been hiking together for years now and it’s about time that i contribute with some material here. /Jon
One of the things about UL-hiking I really like is all the Cottage Manufacturers making excellent equipment for us hikers. I like the oportunity to support a small scale industry with design and manufacturing in house. But a large bonus is also the possibility to customize the equipment you want to purchase. As a Design Engineer this is kind of a kids dream coming true, I can get equipment exactly the way i want it!
Last week I found the small (Even by these standards) Japanese/French manufacturer KS Ultralight Gear. They make various versions of ultralight backpacks in interesting material choises as X-pac, Silnylon and in some cases Cuben.
Imo Pack in red X-pac fabric. Front pocket in 70D Nylon, note the mesh bottom for water drainage – Photo by Laurent Barikosky
Patagonia is my favorite brand and basically all of my outdoor clothing is made by them. I also have casual stuff that I carry when ever I’m not at work and they all hold very high quality and are made by good materials that are environmental friendly which is important to me.
When my Patagonia gear wears out I’ll most definitely send them in for repair. Their customer service is very good and they’ve been very helpful when I’ve been in contact with them with different questions.