冰島冬季冰凍探險行前(Before Iceland the frozen north expedition)

地處北極圈的冰島對我們生活在台灣的人來說的確是個遙遠的地方,我第一次前去是在2008年夏天七月中左右,首次的冰島行是非常好奇和期待

To us who live in Taiwan – a tropical island, Iceland that at the edge of the Polar circle is a place far away, my first trip to Iceland was in 2008 in Summer around July, which was a curious and expecting travel,

的,由於當時有關冰島的旅遊資料不多但其中一本提到環島的建議,於是如法泡製在當地租了一輛Nissan 休旅車開始了約一星期的環島探險旅程,大致行程是由首都雷克雅衛克出發沿南邊海岸由西往東,時而走沿海公路時而走山路原則是白天開車晚上趕到旅館休息,由於GPS導航資料提供了明確路線資料依預定的旅館來規劃每天行駛的里程,印象較深刻的是兩個溫泉分別是,Blue Lagoon在西南及Myvatn在東北,由於只有一星期時間要環島一周大部份時間都在趕路,但自己開車的確也提供了有效率和自由選擇的靈活性,對攝影來說途中無數大大小小的瀑布群,著時另人嘆為觀止。

 there are less information about Iceland at that time, but from one of the travel book that suggested to have a surrounding trip by car, I think it is a good idea to try, so a rented Nissan SUV for a week trip was started, the itinerary was from the capital Reykjavik heading to the southern coat toward the east, we planed our driving in the day time and stopped in the evening for the hotel, we changed the route sometimes along the coast, sometimes climbing the mountain track, with the help of the GPS we can manage the mileage every day, the most impression spots along the trip were the hot spring of Blue Lagoon in the south west and Myvatn in the north east, a limited one week time we had most of the time on the road, but on the contrary,  with driving we were more freely to stop in some spots and the lots of waterfalls spotted along the route were really splendid.

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今年在事隔6年後選擇在冬天希望能發掘冰島不同季節呈現的地貌和大自然景觀如火山冰川等,尤其是半結冰狀態的瀑布群其中最有名的”上帝瀑布”(GodaFoss),此次探險由冰島當地的攝影導遊Deniel Bergemann和紐西蘭的極地攝影師Joshua Holko代領,在有限的10天旅程中找尋最有價值的攝影地點來創作,參加西方的攝影團體主要是吸取他們對旅遊和攝影的專業,包括行程、裝備、團隊的互動、安全行動的規劃等,這是一般國內攝影團體較少能提供的。

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個人的旅遊行程規劃是各多一天在旅程的開始及結束,可有一些充分的時間調適也可多了解當地的社會人文,致於機票和住宿現在網路有很多專業網站如易遊網等,可容易的依個人喜好挑選規劃旅程,當然唯一能節省費用的辦法是愈早規劃愈好,有時真能找到便宜的機會。

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This year which is about 6 years away from the last trip, I choose the winter time to explore a different face of the landscape in Iceland, such as the volcano、glaciers、waterfalls etc., specially the frozen waterfalls, among them the most famous one is the Godafoss, this trip are guided by the local photographer Deniel Bergemann and the New Zealand polar photographer Joshua Holko, I like to join the foreign photography group is I can benefit from their travel and photography expertise, including the itinerary、equipment、the group social interchange and safety movements etc., which I can’t normally find locally.

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Normally the schedule arrangement must have one day before and after the journey, The flight and accommodation now a day can be conveniently arranged on the internet, but the earlier the cost can be lower always.

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根據提供的行程安排我們將從首都雷克雅衛克出發往西南到達海邊小鎮Vik,此地將可拍攝潮水及結冰的海岸,由Vik小鎮再往西到達了廣闊的冰蓋及冰川區域Vatnajokull,我們將拍攝由冰形成的冰窟和冰窖,並直達山巔。

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接著我們的行程繼續向北到達Myvatn地區,在此將拍攝Namafjall的周邊地貌,同時造訪冰島最大的 “上帝瀑布” (Goda Foss),然後行程將回到首都雷克雅衛克而結束。

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3月份在冰島白天已日漸增長,我們將有每天約10小時的光線可儘情拍攝,此季節的陽光大都在低空,因此提供我們非常柔和的光線品質,冬天在南部可見到美麗的海岸風光,也有可能觀賞到下雪的海岸,由於行程中仍處於冬季,夜晚的天空是完全漆黑,提供我們拍攝北極光的絕佳機會,清晰乾冷的氣候下天空將會出現大片強烈的北極光芒。

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這個行程已有越來越受到歡迎的趨勢,在冰島能感受到大自然的雄偉和澎湃的氣勢,此未受到人類干預或破壞的環境是珍貴而獨一無二的,文章最後許個願,希望行程中老天爺能給我們有個好的氣候,回來後再給大家報告。

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According to the itinerary of this workshop we are going to start from Reykjavik, heading to the southern west to Vik, a town along the sea side, we will photography the tides and the frozen sea shore, then we will head to the west into famous Vatnajokull, an extensive area of the ice cap and glacier, we can get in to the ice cave and climbing to the peak.

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We continue heading north to the Myvatn in the north east area, we will photography the area surrounding Namafjall, and of course the famous Goda Foss, we then will go back to Reykjavik to end the spectacular expedition.

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In March, the day time is getting longer that we have over 10 hours time for the photography, the sun will be lower in the sky during this season which provide a very soft light for the photos, in the beautiful southern sea side we might in counter a snowing sea shore, the total dark sky in the winter offer us a perfect chances for viewing the northern light (Aurora Borealis), specifically during the dry and clear nights, the northern light with the strong rays spreading all over the sky.

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This itinerary of the frozen Iceland has become popular is because we can enjoy the great landscape of the natural power, which are not polluted and stays its original faces.

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Well, I have to stop now and wish there will be a great frozen Iceland journey in March, and I will back to you again,enjoy!

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攝影器材準備 (My gears):

  1. 相機(Cameras):
    1. Canon 1Ds MK III
    2. Canon 5D MK III
  2. 鏡頭(Lens):
    1. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
    2. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
    3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
    4. Canon Tele Extender 2x
    5. Canon Close Up Extension Tube
  3. 腳架(Tripod legs):
    1. Gitzo GK2580 traveler tripod
  4. 雲台(Ball head):
    1. Gitzo G2272M, 3D low profile Head
  5. 減光鏡(neutrual density filters):
    1. Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filter
    2. Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  6. 記憶卡(Memory cards):
    1. Lexar Professional CF 64GB 1066x
  7. 快門線(Shutter release):Canon TC-80N3