Filip H.A. Claeys

Trekking in Mountainous and Subarctic Regions


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Iceland 2017: Video

Video footage from my 117 km – 5 day solo trek around Kerlingarfjöll and along Kjalvegur, in the barren Icelandic interior.

The video is far from a comprehensive rendition of the trek, as it only features a limited number of sights along the way. I was quite busy hiking, navigating and taking pictures, and hence shooting video footage was only low priority.

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Sweden 2016: Packrafting Rogen

8 minutes of relaxing video footage from my 124 km – 7 day solo hiking and packrafting trek through Rogen (Sweden) and Femundsmarka (Norway) in June 2016. The video covers the first 2.5 days of the trek, and was entirely shot on Swedish soil.

The locations in the video are the following: Hävlingen – Rogen – Nässjöbäcken – Tandsjövålen – Käringsjön – Kråksjön – Källsjön – Uthussjön – Öster-Rödsjön – Väster-Rödsjön.


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Iceland 2016: Videos

Finally got around compiling videos from the raw footage that I shot during last year’s Hellismannaleið / Laugavegurinn trek in Iceland.

Due to time constraints hiking was quite intense, and consequently shooting video footage was not very high on my priority list. The videos however do give a fairly good idea of the landscapes and conditions that I encountered during this amazing trek.


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Iceland 2017: Kjalvegur

During the second part of my Iceland trip earlier this month, I took a straight line across the Kjölur highlands from east to west, and then followed the ancient Kjalvegur footpath, which has been in existence since the time of the first settlers.

Kjölur and its surroundings boast a variety of landscapes including rocky deserts, tundra, icecaps, mountains and geothermal hot springs. My “customized” Kjalvegur route was 67 km and took about 2.5 days to complete.

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The Story of a Tent in Iceland..

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August 15: Still in good shape!

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August 16: Gale force winds rip a hole in the fabric of the outer tent. But, nothing that a bit of good old iron wire can’t fix, right?

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August 17: The situation becomes increasingly grave, and more drastic “surgical” measures are in order…

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August 18: Another night of non-abating strong winds and the fabric rips apart further and further…

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August 18: The situation is hopeless. The patient has deceased…


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Iceland 2017: Kerlingarfjöll

Earlier this month I made another short but intense impromptu trip to Iceland. The first part of the trip was devoted to a solo 50 km – 2.5 day circumvention of the rugged volcanic Kerlingarfjöll mountains, which are located in the desolate and uninhabited central highlands.

The circumvention of Kerlingarfjöll is known as “Hringbrautin” and is something I already did in 2013 as part of a guided trip, however with fairly lousy weather conditions. I was therefore happy to encounter more reasonable conditions this time, which made the trek a more enjoyable experience.

The full report of the Kerlingarfjöll trek is available in the meantime. The report of the second trek of my trip, which was some kind of alternative Kjalvegur trek, is to follow in due time.

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Norway 2017: Femundsmarka

The pictures and full report of last month’s 5 day – 125 km solo trek through Femundsmarka (and a bit of Rogen, on the Swedish side of the border) have been uploaded:

Unfortunately, the trip was cut short since I had to return home unexpectedly halfway through. Nonetheless, this was yet another fine adventure blessed with reasonable weather conditions (contrary to the foul weather further west, that I was luckily able to avoid).

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