As I’ve got a busy few days ahead, today was packing day and here it is, pretty much packed for the adventure, with only last minute things to do on Wednesday when I get on the plane.

Of course there was last minute agonising over what lens to take, whether to take a flash or not and discovering my external hard drive was nearly out of space, which required a quick dash to the shops for a spanking new 1TB drive.

In the end I’ve opted for my Canon 6D with a 17-40mm and 100-400mm lens as the primary system plus flash; a back up system of the Fuji XE-1 with a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm lens; the Fuji X-100 in a dry bag to play with when in the kayak and the GoPro to take video with. Regarding the latter I’m still trying to decide whether to use a head mount or a chest harness, but will play it by ear and see what comes up trumps. The new Really Right Stuff tripod and ball head are coming too and should help with getting sharp photos and panoramas.

Now all that’s left is getting on all the various planes that are going to take me to Longyearbyen. Showtime!

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