Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Number of pax: Maximum 9

Travel Dates:
September 3 – 11, 2017 (Sold out!)
August 31 – September 9, 2018 (6 spots available)

 

EAST GREENLAND PHOTO TOUR – TOUR LEADER:
Skarpi Thrainsson – Pro Landscape Photographer, Native in Iceland.

 

East Greenland is one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for photographing. This is the tour for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who’s willing to go back in time and explore the Arctic, to travel off the beaten track and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.

On this photo tour, you’ll have the options of photographing icebergs at the size of skyscrapers, steep mountains which fall into the sea, deep fjords, floating icebergs, glaciers, sledge dogs, whales, the Northern Lights and the culture and settlements of Greenland. We have scheduled the expedition in September to have the chance of capturing the Northern Lights. The settlement Tasiilaq will be our “base camp” during the tour, and each day we travel and explore new locations on a boat, such as glaciers, fjords and other settlements in East Greenland. Each location has its own unique photographic scenery.

The primary occupation of the natives is fishing and seal hunting. People have indeed lived in East Greenland for certain periods during the last several thousand years but the period when the area is ice-bound and the wide belt of field ice, that lasts throughout the spring and summer, have made this area very isolated – both from the rest of Greenland and the world at large. The first Europeans came to this area only just over a hundred years ago, and this separation from the rest of the country is clearly reflected in the language and culture of the region.

 

EAST GREENLAND PHOTO TOUR – OUTLINE:

Double occupancy accommodation for 8 nights at hotels and guesthouses.
Central located hotel in Reykjavik before and after the tour also included. (Day 1 and 10).
All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants) during the tour.
Photographic tutoring and guidance by a Pro Native Landscape Photographer and Tour Operator in Iceland.
We submit a Complete Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing to bring on the tour.
Expedition itinerary details planned by a native guide with vast experience of leading photography groups.

 

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF EAST GREENLAND PHOTO TOUR:

  • Photographing icebergs at the size of skyscrapers, floating icebergs, sled dogs, whales and deep fjords.
  • Visit the fjord Sermilik, the most interesting places in Eastern Greenland.
  • Exploring the Knud Rasmussen Glacier, a large and scenic glacier.
  • Great locations to view and photograph the Aurora Borealis

EAST GREENLAND PHOTO TOUR – ITINERARY:
As always, we will be flexible and adjust to weather and conditions to make the most out of the tour.

Day 1 
Arrival in Iceland. Super-Truck evening tour and group dinner in Reykjavik.

Day 2 Reykjavik – Kulusuk – Tasiilaq
We fly from Reykjavik, Iceland and arrive in Kulusuk in East Greenland at noon. From Kulusuk we sail to our “base camp” town Tasiilaq which lies just south of the Arctic Circle. It’s the largest settlement in East Greenland, with about 2000 inhabitants. When we sail the fjords we have the opportunity to photograph floating icebergs and steep mountains. Each day we will take day-tours from Tasiilaq to explore new locations in Greenland.

Day 3 – Ikateq – Knud Rasmussen Glacier
We visit the old abandoned American base in Ikateq, a very interesting place with a lot of subjects to photograph with the backdrop of amazing arctic scenery. Another location is the Knud Rasmussen Glacier, a large and scenic glacier. In the late afternoon, we return to Tasiilaq.

Day 4 – Ikasartivaq
Sail the Ammassalik fjord with a stop at the desert settlement Qernertorvetit and though the long fjord Ikasartivaq, just on the shore of the Sermerlik Icefjord, we visit the settlement Tinit, with 125 inhabitants who are mainly hunters. Old winter settlement (old earth huts) with a view of big icebergs and the historic earth huts we will have lunch. We cruise between big icebergs and keep an eye on whales in the Atlantic.

Day 5-6 – Tiniteqilaaq
We sail to a settlement in the icy fjord – Tiniteqilaaq we stay there overnight in a local Inuit house with a view over the icy fjord. Old Inuit hamlet located on the shore of the fjord Sermilik. This is one of the most interesting places in Eastern Greenland. The fjord has the 4th largest linguistic output of Main Greenland ice cap, and almost always packed with large sculpture icebergs .“

Day 7 – Kuummiut
Sailing the fjords the first stop is at Inuit hamlet Kuummiut, walk around the settlement, meet the locals, photograph the coastline, and if lucky see some Inuits returning from their hunting trip. We sail to the narrow fjord of Ikassa, to a location with icebergs on the rocky coastline. We can hike to the tongue of a glacier, and get the feel of the ice. After our picnic-style lunch, we returning back to Tasiilaq and hope to be among floating icebergs.

Day 8 – Kulusuk – Reykjavik, Iceland
We sail from Tasillaq to Kulusuk. Walk around the town and surroundings. The flight back to Reykjavik around noon.

Day 9 – Reykjavik, departure
Check out of our hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to Keflavik airport for departure.

Included:
• Professional photo guides and local boatman in Greenland.
• All transportation in Greenland.
• Hotel in Reykjavik on the first and last day.
• Flight from Iceland to and from Kulusuk, Greenland.
• Photography workshop for 8 days and 7 nights.
• Full board during workshop, breakfast, lunch and dinners.
• Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels (sometimes with shared bathrooms).

Not included:
• Flights to Iceland.
• Alcohol, snacks and beverages.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

*FREE 30-Day Cancellation based on Vacay’s policy, subjected to seller’s policy below:

SELLER’S POLICY:
You will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi)

Pro Landscape Photographer and Tour Operator in Iceland, Born 1972 in Egilsstadir, east Iceland. Living his passion of outdoors traveling, hunting, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland since childhood. He’s specializing his exquisite photography work on the Iceland nature including volcanoes, ice caves, wildlife and classic landscapes. Skarpis’ images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars, including Discover Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine, USA Today, Daily Mail and The Guardian to name a few.

Along with running Photography Tours and Workshops in Iceland, Skarpi runs a stock photography website www.skarpi.is and runs a postcard, calendar and souvenir publication via Arctic Art. Skarpi is an authorized tour operator by the Icelandic tourist board, making sure you travel safely in harmony with the raw nature of Iceland.

SKILL LEVEL:

Beginners to Professionals

TOUR TYPE:

[   ] Leisure / Free & Easy tour

[   ] Guided tour: Guided tour without photography instructor

[X] Instructor-led tour: Photography guidance throughout tour

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