A Four Day Adventure Road Trip

In October, we tagged along with photographers Emil Sollie and Hallvard Kolltveit to Iceland. The two Norwegians travel the world as lifestyle and commercial photographers. For their trip to Iceland, they were on a mission with friends to shoot for travel gear company Db. We equipped the crew with Scandinavian Edition jackets to protect them from Iceland's harsh climate. 

DAY 1 — Arrival and the first sight of snow

Our flight to Iceland left Oslo Airport early in the morning, and we arrived at a beautiful sunrise in Keflavik at 8 AM. After packing our two 4x4s, we drove towards Vík—our first destination in the southern part of Iceland. The drive is 3 hours on paper, but you will probably spend an extra 3 to 6 hours for scenic stops. We stopped 30 minutes into our drive—spotting the first mountaintop covered with fresh snow. Then, after a quick photo session, we continued our drive south. 

Time flies when you are driving in Iceland—3 hours felt like 1,5. The roads are surprisingly straight, and there is always some waterfall, glacier, or mountaintop to look at, which takes your mind off the distance. We stopped at the famous Skógafoss—a 25 meters wide and 60 meters tall waterfall. Ensure to bring a waterproof jacket when visiting waterfalls as the air in the area was filled with water spray—our clothes were quickly covered with tiny drops of water. 

We arrived in Vík late in the afternoon and explored the area. Vik is probably one of the most photographed places in Iceland. Still, it is easy to understand why—the place is super scenic, with a dramatic stretch of coastline, black beaches, and rugged sea cliffs combined with glacier-topped mountains in the background. The northern winds were blowing super hard, but that did not stop us from having pizza as we watched the sunset overlooking town. 

Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx
Meridian — Onyx

Meridian — Onyx

€749.00
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest
Radian — Nordic Forest

Radian — Nordic Forest

€749.00
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx
Radian — Onyx

Radian — Onyx

€749.00
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx
Swell II — Onyx

Swell II — Onyx

€649.00

DAY 2 — Time to shoot some Glaciers

The alarm was set for 05:30 the next day for our drive to Jökulsárlón—Iceland's largest and most famous glacier lake. Jökulsárlón sits below the glacier Vatnajökull and another 2,5 hours drive southeast of Vík. Jökulsárlón was our main destination for the trip. Emil and Hallvard were shooting content for the new Glacier Green collection for Norwegian travel gear brand Db. The idea was to place the bags in a glacier environment to showcase the color. Jökulsárlón is an impressive sight—colossal green and blue ice blocks are floating around in a lake below the glacier. 

Loft — Dark Olive

Hallvard is wearing Loft in Dark Olive

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Meridian — Onyx

Kristin is wearing Meridian in Onyx

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Next, we headed to the fishing village of Höfn. We had some light snacks before driving to Stokksnes for a sunset shoot. Stokksnes is located 20 minutes outside of Höfn and is known for its dramatic, Game of Thrones-looking mountains named Vestrahorn. The mountain range tops at 454 meters and drops straight down onto a black sand beach. It is a magical place where you can even find a wave to surf (which we did). You can easily spend a couple of hours just walking around and soaking up the magic of this place. 

After Stokksnes, we drove to our hotel apartments and enjoyed a hot meal. On our way home in the dark, Hallvard spotted some early signs of Northern Lights peaking up behind a mountain. Having lived in the Lofoten Islands in Norway for two years, Hallvard knows a thing or two about Northern Lights. He told us we should plan for a long night—Northern Lights are usually most intense between 01:00 and 03:00 after midnight. Later that evening, we headed back to Jökulsárlón to see if he was right. We waited a couple of hours before the magic started happening—it was worth the long wait on a cold night. 

Day 3 - 4x4 fun 

The following day we woke up to typical Icelandic weather—winds blowing hard from the north with snow and fog coming down from the mountains. We had no plans for the day other than driving the 500 kilometers back to Reykjavik. We wanted to let the road guide us. 

One hour into the drive, Hallvard took a hard right turn onto a gravel road —«Guys, look at that glacier arm coming down the valley,» he said. «I think we can drive up to this one with our 4x4s.» Until now, we had not fully had the chance to utilize our cars' 4x4 abilities. Most of our stops had been close to main roads adapted for tourists. This was another beast. We drove 20 kilometers on rugged gravel rounds with big potholes filled with ice and water and even crossed a river before arriving at the glacier base. With nothing to stop its path, the wind here was more powerful than we had experienced earlier that day, and we almost got lifted from the ground when we exited our vehicles. The gusts were blowing at 20+ meters per second. It was a magical moment standing at the edge of a glacier in this remote place with no other people for miles and feeling nature's raw power. A definite highlight of the trip. 

As we got closer to Reykjavik later that day—the sunset was another highlight. The strong winds had kicked up volcanic sand into the sky, which lit up like fire—what a way to end our road trip to the southeast. 

Day 4 - Exploring Reykjavik 

Waking up in Reykjavik, we had just spent the past three days in some very remote places where you have to plan your next meal because the next restaurant could be two hours down the road—we were ready for some urban treats. Reykjavik is the world's most northern capital city. The city is located in the southwestern part of the island. It is not a large city, so walking on foot is the optimal way of exploring. 

It is hard not to notice the eye-catching 244 feet high church named Hallgrimskirkja—the tallest building in the city. Only an office building in the suburb Kopavogur is taller.

The crew from left to right: Veslemøy (@veesla), Eivind (@eivlea), Hallvard (@hallvardkolltveit), Kristin (@kristinsaunes) and Emil (@emilsollie)

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Mission — Wolf Grey

€1,199.00

Mission has been designed in collaboration with an elite military division (Special Forces Division) in one of the Scandinavian countries. We are not allowed to elaborate too much on this partnership but trust us – this division uses its equipment in some of the harshest conditions out there. Mission is worn in active duty in a coastal environment. To pass the selection test, we opted for a 100% recycled synthetic insulation material, which is 100% hydrophobic. The insulation material will repel water and keep its warming properties – even if soaked in water from the inside. The outer fabric is 100% wind & waterproof with an extra durable finish. The front has two zippers – one for regular use and one for an extra wide fit. The extra wide fit was requested to make sure that the jacket can be worn on the outside of a dry suit. The heavy-duty 100% waterproof zipper is made by YKK. 

To make sure that the jacket is easy to transport and store, Mission is self-packable. 

Peter is 188 cm/6'2" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features: 
- 100% wind- & waterproof seam-sealed construction
- 100% recycled insulation from Thermore
- 100% waterproof YKK double front zipper 
- Heavy-duty face fabric 
- Two vertical outside waist pockets with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Two vertical outside chest pockets with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Card pocket in the left arm with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Two vertical inside chest pockets with zipping 
- Two large horizontal inside waist pockets with zipping 
- Heavy-duty velcro straps on sleeve endings 
- Hood can be adjusted with a drawstring
- Adjustable drawstring on the inside to adjust fit in the waist
- Adjustable drawstring on the inside in the lower end to stop air from seeping up underneath the jacket
- 100% waterproof zippers for a split in the sides to allow for extra movement 

Comfort zone: +5 °C to -20 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Regular to Oversized (depending on which of the two main front zippers you choose to use)

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Mission — Wolf Grey

€1,199.00

Mission has been designed in collaboration with an elite military division (Special Forces Division) in one of the Scandinavian countries. We are not allowed to elaborate too much on this partnership but trust us – this division uses its equipment in some of the harshest conditions out there. Mission is worn in active duty in a coastal environment. To pass the selection test, we opted for a 100% recycled synthetic insulation material, which is 100% hydrophobic. The insulation material will repel water and keep its warming properties – even if soaked in water from the inside. The outer fabric is 100% wind & waterproof with an extra durable finish. The front has two zippers – one for regular use and one for an extra wide fit. The extra wide fit was requested to make sure that the jacket can be worn on the outside of a dry suit. The heavy-duty 100% waterproof zipper is made by YKK. 

To make sure that the jacket is easy to transport and store, Mission is self-packable. 

Peter is 188 cm/6'2" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features: 
- 100% wind- & waterproof seam-sealed construction
- 100% recycled insulation from Thermore
- 100% waterproof YKK double front zipper 
- Heavy-duty face fabric 
- Two vertical outside waist pockets with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Two vertical outside chest pockets with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Card pocket in the left arm with 100% waterproof zip from YKK
- Two vertical inside chest pockets with zipping 
- Two large horizontal inside waist pockets with zipping 
- Heavy-duty velcro straps on sleeve endings 
- Hood can be adjusted with a drawstring
- Adjustable drawstring on the inside to adjust fit in the waist
- Adjustable drawstring on the inside in the lower end to stop air from seeping up underneath the jacket
- 100% waterproof zippers for a split in the sides to allow for extra movement 

Comfort zone: +5 °C to -20 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Regular to Oversized (depending on which of the two main front zippers you choose to use)

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Loft— Onyx

€599.00

Loft is filled with 170 gsm insulation in the upper body/sleeves and 80 gsm in the lower 20 cm of the body (below the waistline). The construction is made to increase movability and give a sensation of wearing a shorter jacket. The light and technical Loft coat has a protective fixed hood. The waist pockets are placed in line with the seam construction to give this jacket a clean Scandinavian look. 

Peter is 188 cm/6'2" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features:
- 100% wind- & waterproof seam-sealed construction
- 100% recycled insulation from Thermore
- Weighs 950 grams in a size Medium
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Waist pockets & inner pocket with zipping
- Fixed hood
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape 

Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Fitted

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Loft— Onyx

€599.00

Loft is filled with 170 gsm insulation in the upper body/sleeves and 80 gsm in the lower 20 cm of the body (below the waistline). The construction is made to increase movability and give a sensation of wearing a shorter jacket. The light and technical Loft coat has a protective fixed hood. The waist pockets are placed in line with the seam construction to give this jacket a clean Scandinavian look. 

Peter is 188 cm/6'2" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features:
- 100% wind- & waterproof seam-sealed construction
- 100% recycled insulation from Thermore
- Weighs 950 grams in a size Medium
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Waist pockets & inner pocket with zipping
- Fixed hood
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape 

Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Fitted

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Meridian — Onyx

€749.00

A long and elegant coat with a slim silhouette, filled with 90/10 RDS certified down for a perfect puffed feeling, look, and warmth. The outer fabric is wind- and waterproof. The length of Meridian will help stop cold air from seeping up and underneath the jacket. The split in the sides with press buttons and a 2-way front zipper can be utilized for increased movability. Meridian is exceptionally lightweight for its length – weighing in at 1080 grams in a size small. 

Aselia is 174 cm/5'8.5" tall, and she is wearing a size Small. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features:
- 100% wind- & waterproof face fabric
- 20 000 mm water column face fabric
- Welded down channels
- Insulated with 90/10 RDS certified down
- Exceptionally lightweight at 1080 grams in a size small
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Fixed hood
- Two outside waist pockets with zips
- One inside chest pocket with zipping
- Buttons and zip closure in front
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape


Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Slim

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Meridian — Onyx

€749.00

A long and elegant coat with a slim silhouette, filled with 90/10 RDS certified down for a perfect puffed feeling, look, and warmth. The outer fabric is wind- and waterproof. The length of Meridian will help stop cold air from seeping up and underneath the jacket. The split in the sides with press buttons and a 2-way front zipper can be utilized for increased movability. Meridian is exceptionally lightweight for its length – weighing in at 1080 grams in a size small. 

Aselia is 174 cm/5'8.5" tall, and she is wearing a size Small. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 

Technical Features:
- 100% wind- & waterproof face fabric
- 20 000 mm water column face fabric
- Welded down channels
- Insulated with 90/10 RDS certified down
- Exceptionally lightweight at 1080 grams in a size small
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Fixed hood
- Two outside waist pockets with zips
- One inside chest pocket with zipping
- Buttons and zip closure in front
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape


Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Slim

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Radian — Nordic Forest

€749.00

Radian is a lightweight coat filled with 90/10 RDS-certified down. A mid-length coat is perfect for surviving the long and cold Scandinavian winter. We have used waterproof zippers on the outside for added functionality and a technical look. 

Kasper is 190cm/6'3" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 


Technical Features: 
- 100% wind- & waterproof face fabric
- 20 000 mm water column face fabric
- Welded down channels
- Weighs 1000 grams in a size Medium
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Fixed hood
- Outside waist pockets with waterproof zippers
- One inside chest pocket with zipping
- Two inside chest pockets with zipping
- Waterproof front zipper
- Insulated with 90/10 RDS certified down
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape


Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Fitted

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Radian — Nordic Forest

€749.00

Radian is a lightweight coat filled with 90/10 RDS-certified down. A mid-length coat is perfect for surviving the long and cold Scandinavian winter. We have used waterproof zippers on the outside for added functionality and a technical look. 

Kasper is 190cm/6'3" tall and is wearing a size Large. If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email, and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page. 


Technical Features: 
- 100% wind- & waterproof face fabric
- 20 000 mm water column face fabric
- Welded down channels
- Weighs 1000 grams in a size Medium
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch fabric
- Fixed hood
- Outside waist pockets with waterproof zippers
- One inside chest pocket with zipping
- Two inside chest pockets with zipping
- Waterproof front zipper
- Insulated with 90/10 RDS certified down
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape


Comfort zone: +5 °C to -15 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Fitted

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Aurora — Onyx

€649.00

Aurora is a 3-in-1 coat – You can wear the inner jacket and outer shell jacket as separate jackets or together (the inner jacket zips into the outer shell jacket). Do not let the clean outside fool you – the Aurora is a highly functional coat, loaded with technical features. The clean and symmetrical lines pay tribute to Scandinavian architecture. The liner jacket is insulated with Thinsulate J80 from 3M.

Ari is 176 cm/5'9" tall and she is wearing a size Small... If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page.  

Key Features
- 100% water- & windproof outer shell jacket
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch 3-layer fabric
- Inner jacket is insulated with Thinsulate J80 from 3M
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape
- 3in1 construction
- Shell jacket has two waist pockets with zipping
- Inner liner jacket has two waist pockets without zipping

Comfort zone: For both jackets combined – down to -10 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Regular. Check the size chart – if you are in between sizes, you should size down in Aurora. 

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Aurora — Onyx

€649.00

Aurora is a 3-in-1 coat – You can wear the inner jacket and outer shell jacket as separate jackets or together (the inner jacket zips into the outer shell jacket). Do not let the clean outside fool you – the Aurora is a highly functional coat, loaded with technical features. The clean and symmetrical lines pay tribute to Scandinavian architecture. The liner jacket is insulated with Thinsulate J80 from 3M.

Ari is 176 cm/5'9" tall and she is wearing a size Small... If you are uncertain about sizing – please send us an email and we will help you. You will find the contact form further down on this product page.  

Key Features
- 100% water- & windproof outer shell jacket
- Breathable two-way mechanical stretch 3-layer fabric
- Inner jacket is insulated with Thinsulate J80 from 3M
- Integrated pull-down 3M reflective tape
- 3in1 construction
- Shell jacket has two waist pockets with zipping
- Inner liner jacket has two waist pockets without zipping

Comfort zone: For both jackets combined – down to -10 °C depending on the person and additional clothes worn

Fit: Regular. Check the size chart – if you are in between sizes, you should size down in Aurora. 

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