Today, I fly out to Iceland for a six day photographic and filming trip on the island. I’m taking my Nikon photo gear as well as a DJI UAV (Drone), to capture the many beautiful sights Iceland has to offer. I need to pack 2 hold cases, one for clothes and kit, the other just for the photo and drone gear. A combination of the DSLR, lenses, tripod, monopod, filters, cable releases, not to mention batteries and chargers, mean it’s difficult to travel light! The drone is self contained within it’s own specialist hard case, although CAA rules stipulate that Li-Po drone batteries must be carried within the cabin.
I’ve rented a Mitsubishi Shogun 4WD to navigate around the island. There’s still snow and ice on the ground and it’s a requirement, if you decide to venture off Iceland’s one main road – Highway no1! My base for the first 4 nights is Husafell, a 200km, 2hr drive north west from the airport. This location will allow me to visit most of the location’s I’ve selected to film, including the ice waterfalls, ice caves, volcanoes and craters. Some of these locations have also been filming spots for major films like Tom Cruise’s Oblivion, Prometheus, Interstellar and 2 Bond films.
On day 5, I head south east and stop over approximately 80km from the airport. From here I can access the south of the island and possibly go out on a boat to see the whales. I’m hoping to add to this blog on some of the evenings, depending on excursions outside in the dark to photograph the Northern Lights.
Steve – 12.50pm, 5th March 2019
Aboard a Boeing 757 at 33,000ft.