Iceland tickets booked

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)

  1. Arriving at Keflavik Airport 07.30 – transport to Landmannalaguar
  2. Hiking starts – Landmannalaugar to Alftavatn
  3. Alftavatn to Þórsmörk
  4. See Þórsmörk – different excursions
  5. 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.

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A picture that I took back in 2002.

First impressions – KS Ultralight gear Imo Pack

KS-Ultralight-Gear-IMO-Pack_2015-04-17_17-03-43_DSC00365 The Japanese post service sure knows how to haul stuff! Received my Imo Pack today, Friday after a five day transport from Japan to Sweden.

I’ll try to sum up my first impressions of the KS Ultralight gear Imo Pack here. Later on I will have to follow up with some reflections after taking the pack to the trail.

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KS Ultralight Gear

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. 

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Imo Pack in red X-pac fabric. Front pocket in 70D Nylon, note the mesh bottom for water drainage – Photo by Laurent Barikosky

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Patagonia – Better than new

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.

Photo tips and tricks

For those of you who are not photographers per say these small tips and tricks might come in handy to improve you’re (outdoor) pictures. Simple things that makes every picture a little better.

Robert Capa is known for redefining wartime photojournalism. His work came from the trenches as opposed to the more arms-length perspective that was the precedent. He was famed for saying,

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”