Velkominn til Íslands.

Welcome to Iceland. A country so epic in scale, no wide angle lens can showcase its extent. Geothermal, wild, untamed and natural Iceland invites you to get lost and wander. Turn your vehicle anywhere off the ring road and you are “Hiking” without rules which constrain from setting up camp, you are free to find the front porch of your choosing. With only 4 days and 5 nights to explore, my trip (itinerary below photos) was more of an extended location scout for future adventures. Covering the Western and Southern areas of the Island (including the secluded Westfjords region) with a Land Rover Defender 110, my FULL camera bag and focused imagination. The goal; To create automotive and outdoor lifestyle imagery for my portfolio and for the Evergoods brand of crossover bags.

5/11

  • Travel DTW -JFK -KEF 3:30pm

5/12 

  • Arrive Reykjavik 6:45 am 
  • Secure Land Rover Defender Shuttle Service Keflavík Airport DL 446 (ISAK 4×4)
  • Drive to ION Adventure Hotel to check in
  • Head south to Vik, Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Return to ION Adventure Hotel for night

5/13

  • Breakfast & travel to Fosshotel Westfjords, Aðalstræti, Patreksfjörður, Iceland (home for 2 nights)
  • Hellulaug, Iceland (HOT SPRINGS)
  • Rauðasandur, Iceland (Red Sand Beach)

5/14

  • Bolungarvik, Iceland
  • Súðavík, Iceland
  • Tjöruhúsið, Neðstakaupstað, 400 Ísafjörður, Iceland (Dinner)
  • Travel to Fosshotel Westfjords, Aðalstræti, Patreksfjörður, Iceland

5/15

  • Travel to City Park Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland Hallarmúli 1, 108
  • See Blue Lagoon along way
  • Enjoy Reykjavik for evening 

5/16

  • Wake up 4:30am
  • Drop off Land Rover Defender IFAK 4×4
  • Shuttle to Keflavík Airport DL 246 
  • 8:30am Flight Departure

IMPORTANT INFO

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The Garden Island of Kauai & The Kalalau Trail.

Kauai. The Garden Island of Hawaii. The longest over ocean flight from the United States mainland that a passenger can take. Worth every minute and dollar spent traveling. Upon Arrival you feel the humidity, the lifeblood of this oceanic island paradise. Senses become heightened and your spirit awoken. A lush landscape for adventure and relaxation at your fingertips. Below you will find my story. From the Beaches of Hanalei Bay, the treacherous footfalls of the Kalalau Trail. Wailua Falls, Waimea Canyon and the natural spa of Queens Bath.

Mahalo nui loa.

The NĀPALI Coast. Kauai. Eleven mile trek one way to Kalalau Beach on the Kalalau Trail. With each step, some of the most amazing scenery one can witness on earth. At Kalalau Beach where the trail ends, life draws us together like magnets… Never random, always with purpose… From diverse areas on the planet we unite and join with like minds. Over the course of this 22 mile round trip hike lasting 3 days and 2 nights (two total days of hiking and one zero day on the beach) I carried a simple kit. The Camera Contents are linked here, and here in a few videos snapped from my hotel room in Princeville. The Outdoor Gear consisting of the following:

Granite Gear Crown 2 60L Backpack
MSR Mini Works water filter
Pace Lid foot care kit on top of 32oz Nalgene Bottle
Sunnto Core watch (altimeter is key, also the only way to track distance in the wild is by time. Knowing your pace and applying math)
Snow Peak titanium cookware
Sea to Summit 10L bucket filter water at camp. Simply fill the bucket at the water source then carry it to camp for a more efficient and contained filter experience.
MSR Pocket Rocket stove
Enlightened Equipment 20 degree down blanket
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 & Mummy Air Core pad
INOV8 TraiRoc Shoes
Morakniv Carbon Steel Bushcraft Blade w/Ferrocerium Rod
Leki Trekking Poles
Exped Pillow
Adventure Medical Kits Med Kit
Brunton Compass
Source 3L Low Profile Bladder
Shemagh Scarf. Dust and sun protection.
Two athletic fit t-shirts & two pair board shorts.

Total pack weight was 34 pounds (1o pounds being Drone and Camera Gear)

 

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Colorado. Nil Sine Numine. Nothing without Providence

A Traverse of the Medano Pass with the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner TRD PRO.  Great Sand Dunes National Park. Colorado, USA

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The Switzerland Trail. CO, USA.

The 2017 Ram 2500 HD in Estes Park, Colorado traversing the Switzerland Trail.

Commissioned work produced over a three day period in November of 2016 for RAM and FCA. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) I captured these images using my Fujifilm XT2 and X-Pro 2 mirrorless cameras mounted with various prime lenses. When a story requires speed and flexibility these systems produce the best results. Small form factor with maximum image quality, they are mobile and deployed quicker than traditional DSLR cameras. Mission and assignment always dictate kit.

I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters. -Christopher McCandless

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