I'm going to be arriving early so I can do some sightseeing around the beautiful country. I am an amateur photographer so I am very much looking forward to the fantastic geography that Iceland provides. Honestly, the beautiful images I've seen are intimidating - the place looks so beautiful I would hate to take photos that don't do service to it. I'm not going to be trying to haul too much in the way of gear. I think that the real trick for packing will be getting the tripod along without having to pay for another bag just for it.
|From Brittannica.com: Aurora borealis over the Snaefellsnes peninsula, western Iceland, March 2013|
We'll be just at the end of the time period for aurora borealis, as I understand it, but it would be a nice bonus.
For all that I've heard about Iceland being well ... icy ... it amuses me that it is warmer there than it is in my home right now near Boston Massachusetts. Of course I've also heard that the Iceland climate is highly variable so it's best to plan for it to be colder. I can only imagine what the wind coming in off the North Atlantic is like. I've heard some negative comments about tourists trying to hike over glaciers in their jeans certainly so I'll make sure to bring some heavier clothes and snow pants. A layer of thermals sounds like a good plan too. If it is so cold that thermals, flannel lined pants, and snowpants doesn't cut it then I probably shouldn't be outside anyway.
If you're considering getting some sightseeing in while you're at Fanfest, and not just the CCP scheduled Sisters of Eve tour, I'd recommend checking out the blog I Heart Reykjavik. It has a nice sense of humor about it along with some very practical, non-salesy information. There are a lot of options for seeing Reykjavik and Iceland, particularly since tourism has been a huge part of Iceland's recovery from the banking crash that practically took out the country. Unfortunately it sounds like tourism has been so popular that there is a bit of backlash (see "Is Iceland Overcrowded with Tourists"). If you've ever lived in a tourist spot, you probably know how they feel. So, my fellow Fanfest attendees, please represent yourself, your country, and Eve players by treating Iceland and it's people well while you're there!
|Image from theplanetd.com|
Wow, right? All of these places are theoretically only two hours or so apart from one another on the highway. (yeah, "the" singular highway) However, there are so many cool things along the way that it's going to be slow forward progress really. Add to that the possibility of weather issues. Check out this google map of places to see on a southern route, courtesy of I Heart Reykjavik. I'm really back and forth between a tendency to want to plan all my details of each place and playing it by ear. The fact that work has been really busy has helped discourage me from too much overplanning though.
If you're planning on sightseeing prior to Fanfest, feel free to drop me a line. I'm fully planning on enjoying doing this solo as a decompression prior to the chaos of Fanfest, but I'm all for sharing notes or getting together for a coffee / beer / brennivin.