KIT LIST: NORWAY AND ICELAND
Written by Kevin Munsey, worldwide explorer and incredible photographer. See more of his work on Instagram @kmun71
- 4 season tent (wind and weather are unpredictable in both countries) and footprint to save your tent bottom
- 20 degree sleeping bag - I use a down and synthetic hybrid from REI’s flash series
- Sleeping pad with R-value of 5+ - staying warm is key to good night’s sleep!
- Day pack with rain cover or a dry bag like the one you sent along - it works nicely as a backpack and I found it entirely leakproof
- JetBoil and camp fuel for preparing dehydrated meals and coffee
- Layers! - Avoid cotton! It retains moisture and dries slowly. I suggest synthetic base layers, fleece, puffy, beanie, and rainproof outer shell, light rain pants (even if it doesn’t rain, the spray from waterfalls will quickly soak through your clothes)
- Wool socks and GTX boots for hiking - the trails are quite wet and muddy in both countries and there are numerous stream crossings
- Trekking poles for stream crossings and to save the knees on the descent
- Camera equipment including tripod and several microfiber cloths to dry lenses when shooting in the rain or at waterfalls - there are no shortage of views!
- I’d also recommend ND filters for your lenses to capture dramatic long exposure images of waterfalls, coastal waves, etc.
- Fast, wide angle lens for Northern Lights (f/2.8 or faster)
- Headlamp - some of the best views require a hike and I prefer to shoot sunsets or sunrises which will require a lit ascent or descent
- Hydration - either a bottle or a bladder for longer hikes
- First Aid kit
NICE TO HAVE:
- Lightweight camp chair - dry ground isn’t always readily available. I use a camp chair that weighs less than 2lbs.
- Down blanket - great for staying warm while eating a meal at a campsite or for adding to your sleeping bag on particularly cold nights. Mine packs down to the size of a grapefruit and makes a huge difference in comfort.
- Auto charger for camera batteries/laptop - you’ll take a lot of pictures and staying charged up is a challenge when camping. I always bring a charger that plugs into the car lighter port and can handle two standard plug ins (camera battery and laptop) and two USB charging ports for phones, tablets, etc.
- Ground tarp for rain cover in camp - I attached it to the vehicle and my trekking poles to have a rain free meal area
- Solar lantern for reading in the tent - also great to light a subject in the foreground if you’re shooting the Northern Lights!
- Camp towel
- Whiskey (personal preference - choose whatever you’d like)
- A good book