Hi - this is my first ever Exodus trip and I am both excited but a little unsure of how well prepared and equipped I will be. I am looking for guidance from anyone who has done this trip before or who is going on the trip and has started packing!
Hi, this is my first Exodus trip too, and also very excited too!! Planning on taking thermals, ski tubes / socks, thin and thick gloves (to wear at the same time!), thermal hat, lots of layers....not sure if I'll take my ski jacket or hire the waterproof gear yet.....less sure about what to take on the camera gear side, as I only got my slr back in November, so am a relatively new user....tips anyone??
Also anyone going alone?
Hi. This is our second trip with Exodus. The first was to Peru - I can honestly say that the trip was excellent, well planned, with expert guides and an experience that I will never forget.
The Spitzbergen trip sounds equally as exciting - I have been going to photography classes for the last 12 weeks, and when I saw this adventure, I immediatly thought that I must go. As I have only just booked I haven't received any info regarding what to take etc.
I would be interested in hearing any photography tips before going - ie equipment to take etc, as well as how many pairs of secks I will need!!!!!
We are interested in doing sea kayaking on this trip. There is a minimum number
required to do this, so would anyone else be interested?
This will be my third Exodus Trip - but have done a number of "adventure" trips. First time I have ever gone North though. I will be travelling alone. Not started packing - I tend to be a last minute packer. Have emailed all my friends to see what I can borrow gear wise. I am really excited about going though. A couple of our local adventure shops have a sale on their winter stuff so will be checking them out.
I am not too good with camera's - I am a point and press and hope for the best person - but we should get loads of tips from Simon Calder. Quite exciting that he is coming on this trip
This is my second trip with exodus, the first was India; http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/cricket-comes-to-the-rescue-of-indias-tigers-468442.html , this is the first planned trip to a cold place for me, so a bit unsure of how much cold weather gear to take. On the photography side, I am taking lenses, digital SLR, borrowing another SLR, and enough memory for about 1000 pictures. Not sure about taking a flashgun? I am also not sure whether to take walking boots? Paul Goldstein provided some good photography tips on the trip in India.
Hi guys and gals, done countless trips with Exodus and so far only one was a slight let down. Last one was also photo based with Paul G and was fantastic. Who said something about packing already, its still a month away? for such enthusiasts - layers is the word -lots of midweight layers that can go on and come off easily incl liners fro gloves etc that are thin enough to operate camera through preferably. And yes I want to go Kayaking - do we need prior experience or knowledge? And yes I am travelling alone - sharing a cabin with someone....
We travelled in the 'Vavilov' to the Antarctic in Jan 2007. There were two computers in the lecture room via which you could transfer your photos to your own CDs/DVDs. They were MACs but I had no trouble as a Windows user getting my pictures onto disc. There was also the facility to transfer your best pictures to the MAC for inclusion on a DVD with which we were all presented at the end of the trip which contained all the guests pictures plus useful logs and trip info from the staff.
Re thermal gear - we hired the waterproof jackets and trousers available on board as they were much better than our own gear at keeping out water - and kept us warm as well. We could also borrow wellingtons left behind by previous guests as well - plenty to choose from!
Hope this helps
The Vavilov had disk download facilities when we travelled in it in January 2007 so photo storage is no problem. What would have been useful was a tripod as the wind was sometimes so strong and for video, a decent screened microphone would have cut down the wind noise. Flash, off the ship, was never necessary on that trip.
In the Antarctic we went ashore in the Zodiacs wearing wellington boots and most of us kept them on while ashore so walking boots were not really necessary.
I'm glad there is someone else interested in the kayaking. I don't think two will be enough but perhaps others with take the plunge(!). From what I read some experience is required but nothing formal, better not to be the first time I think. It has to be booked in advance so come on the rest of you, lets make the experience even better.
Really sounds as you know what you are talking about, I think I have the layers sorted. I bought some Army Surplus gear cheap, although I fear I may look like I am on some military mission. I was looking to purchase a digital camera for under £30, as you mentioned a camera what would you recommend ?? - also sharing a cabin with someone.....
I replied to Claude as I though he might know about cameras, having mentioned it in his message. I see that you also mention cameras, lenses and a flashgun which all sounds very impressive. Having sorted my layers out could you recommend a cheap digital camera for about £30 ? Time is pressing so any guidance would be very helpful. Like Claude are you also sharing ??
Is Simon Calder on the 28th June trip then?
Thanks Sarah, good point, I will raid some of my friends wardrobes I think! :-) Think I'll also get the wet weather gear on board after Tonys comments - less to carry afterall!
Hi Tim, digital camera under £30....there aren't many around that I know of let alone good ones! 3 sites you could try - ebuyer, 7dayshop or ebay, or 2nd hand at a local camera shop - if you're planning on taking shots of polar bears you'll probably need better than a 3x optical zoom (doubt we'll get that close!) I previously had a casio elixim which was a decent point and shoot, I've also heard the Panasonic Lumix is half decent - both more than £30 though - don't forget you'll need your cards / storage on top of that too!
25th June....I'm not going till the 28th, and I've got an overnight in Oslo on the 28th - Presume there aren't 2 trips going at the same time, so hoping you've typed the wrong dates Sandi?
Hi there fellow travellers. Anyone travelling on the Vavilov trip, leaving Heathrow this Sunday? We'll be packing lots of layers and lots of camera stuff. Not really sure what to expect, but getting very, very excited!
Jayne & Richard
Yes I'm going - most of the posts here seem to be about the later trip but there will be 30+ Exodus people on our trip. I am having a bit of a packing crisis at the moment as I normally travel light but all these layers won't fit in a little bag! Look forward to meeting you.
Tuesday 24 June Edinburgh to Stansted.
Wednesday 25 June Heathrow to Oslo
Thursday 26 June Oslo to Longyearbyen
You gave me a fright! I have checked 10 times and I am sure it is right. Hope I am not travelling alone!! You have a great time on your trip Louise - or do you have the dates wrong! haha
Sorry for the alarm Sandi, I've just checked and the one I'm on is the Spitzbergen Adventure on the Vavilov - I've created a new forum topic for this one - names were too similar!!
Hope you have a fab time tho, and we'll be out there the same time and so maybe we'll get to wave between the boats!
Spitzbergen Trip #1 of season
Hi there ,
we fly out on Saturday afternoon from Newcastle (anything to avoid HeathRow) so get into Longyearbyen early on Sunday afternoon. Really looking forward to this trip, weather on webcams looks ideal - clear blue skies and still some snow.
Not sure how much to bring as I suspect that the weather will be similar to early Spring/winer up here in the North East so will probably end up packing layers and see how it goes.
All the Best
Bill & Helen
no , on Vavilov on June 9 , leaving this Saturday not quite from Airdrie , Garrowhill. Is it such a giveaway, I thought it would be neutral an an English? And you?
Hi Tim, seems I was on the wrong forum as I'm off on 28th hence my lack of reply...I will be taking a full Digi SLR and selection of 3-4 lenses, 8+ memory cards and a portable downloader... the panasonic Lumix is supposed to be pretty good for a compact but as someone else said not £30...
Claude as in Claudia : )
Hi Sandi, I'm flying out of Heathrow (according to website T3) on 25 June as well. Travelling solo & cabin sharing. Looks like there are at least 11 other Exodus travellers. As we arrive into Oslo before dinner, I was looking at catching a train into Oslo to look around and have dinner. As for camera gear, I'm taking a digital SLR, many memory cards and lithium batteries (these seem to last the longest in cold climates). Happy packing, Kerri-Ann :-)
Hi All. We are on the trip, flying out of heathrow T3 on Sat 28 July, with stop over in Olso that night. We cant wait for the real adventure to start. I will be loaded with camera, tripod, memory cards and memory storage etc. Have decided to get wet weather gear on board ship as it saves trying to pack it.
Looking forward to meeting people either in Oslo or as we get on board the boat x
See you all in just over a week
Shane & Stuart
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