A short video showing some of the highlights of our traverse of Iceland during the summer of 2014. It took us 21 days to cross about 500km from the northern shore at Hraunhafnartangi to the southern coast at Skogar.
Our route is mapped here:
Our route was based off of the traverse by Jonathan Ley and David Cobb who crossed the island in 2006. Jonathan's website is a really good resource for those who want to make a similar trek.
We were forced to take a route further west to that of Jonathan and David due to late snow in the north and a series of depressions that fell upon Iceland during our time in the highlands. This is also why we don't have much footage of the middle section of our trip!
We had 2 food parcels on the route - one in myvatn and another in landmannnalaugar. This meant the maximum amount of food we had to carry was 12 days giving a backpack weight of between 15 and 25kgs. We also got caught in a storm in the highlands midway through and had to use our SPOT device to get picked up by Iceland's amazing Search and Rescue volunteers. So a big thank you to them and the great work they do - icesar.com
please feel free to comment and ask any questions if you are planning to make a similar trek we'll be more than happy to offer you advice from what we have learned.
We filmed each other using a Sony NEX7 with Pentax prime lenses (90mm, 28mm, 50mm) and hope to make a longer film with the narrative of our journey later in the year.
Big thank you to Siggi @ Sagatravel.is, Inga, Florian and Guillaume, ICE SAR, and our friends and families.
You can find some stills of our trip on Flickr here: