Anyone going on this?
I'm on this trip ...first time with Exodus. Will be travelling on my own!
Desparately trying to find suitable layers ...no one seems to think anyone over size 14 is active!!
I've just ordered a couple of bits from this place, just waiting for them to come through but went there via an amazon link so looks ok....
Thank you for the tip. had a quick look whilst at work and it seems lots of choice.
Are you staying overnight in Oslo or are you in the 'half' that travels straight to Longyearben?
Yes I'm staying overnight in Oslo, are you?
Ordered a few bits (including handwarmers for camera betteries!) on Sunday and got an email today to say it's been despatched 1st class, so hopefully see if any of it fits tomorrow! ;-)
Not long now :-)
and like Louise, I was on the other Spitzbergen forum....confusion and panic all round. I'm part of the overnight in Oslo group too.
Apparently it's too late to organise Kayaking as no-one had let them know, I'm very disappointed as I was dead keen to give that a go.
Claude (as in Claudia)
Has anyone bought any of the recommended books on the reading list ? Can't afford the space/weight to bring the whole lot and was wondering if they could be on board anyway ?
Rob & Ali Slade
Just got back from the June 9th departure on the Vavilov. We had a fantastic time - I won't say say any more so you can experience it all afresh for yourselves, but thought you might appreciate some practical pointers.
There's a full library on board and the expedition staff are all highly knowledgeable so no need to take any books with you. Clothes-wise, take lots of layers - on most days I was wearing thermals, long-sleeve t-shirt, 2 fleeces, tracksuit bottoms and waterproof jacket and trousers. A good hat that covers your ears and/or balaclava is also needed. Didn't need to use my handwarmers at all.
Camerawise, I used a digital SLR. Only needed to re-charge batteries twice. AA batteries are also available to buy on board. Condensation not a problem at all. Take a rain sleeve or plastic bag to protect your kit from splashes on the zodiaks.
Have a great time!
Well it seems that I have also been writing on the wrong forum!! Will be setting of from Heathrow on Sat 28 June with overnight in Oslo. Not long to wait now, am so excited and looking forward to it.
I hope we have got enough cold weather gear, plenty of layers etc If not - well, we'll just have to 'smell'!!!
I am travelling with my partner Stuart - so look forward to meeting next week.
As the trip planned for departure on Wed has been cancelled, I'm now departing on Sat 28/6 instead. See you there :-) Kerri-Ann
Hi All, looking forward to meeting everyone on Saturday! I'll be the one with the pink/white/grey ski jacket clutching my ipod, in Heathrow, as I'm not a fan of flying, but hopefully the hypno will have worked and I'll be all relaxed! :-)
Kerrie-Ann shame your trip got cancelled, bit last minute eh?! At least you got transferred to this, which I'm sure will be excellent!!!
Jayne, thanks for all the info! Anyone know where I can get a rain cover for my slr? or what sort of plastic bag is a good substitute?
How many pairs of thermals is everyone taking?
See you all soon!!! :-D
I have found in the past a large zip lock bag can be good - mak ea hole in the base which you tape around the body and then you have a closing end over the lens....there are of course expensive items can be purchased otherwise. I'm confused by the trip notes - do we need hiking boots? Apres ski(ie warm) boots or wellies (which they provide?)? Claude
Thanks Claudia, although not sure I'm gonna be able to get zip-locks before we go now, I'll have to bring a couple of options to try out!
As for boots, I called Renee yesterday and she said it's completely up to us, some people walk in the wellies provided, but if you feel more comfortable taking boots then it's up too you. Also think we need non-slip shoes for around the boat. .....depends what fits in the bag I guess, talking of wich I'd better get packing, meet you soon!
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