Join us on this 10 day adventurous photo expedition to the rugged land of Scoresby Sound in east Greenland where we will be photographing majestic other worldly sceneries you have probably never witnessed before.
We will be exploring East Greenland's rugged Scoresby Sound for eight days where you will be bound to discover, see and photograph the majestic scenes in the nature that'll take your breath away.Contrary to its name Greenland, over three-quarters of its massive land is covered in ice. Although it is the world’s largest island, it is the least densely populated country in the world so it has preserved its pristine nature. Summer, the midnight sun season, is the best time to explore this pure and unspoiled country because the weather will be agreeable and manageable. Plus, the warm and magical light of the midnight sun makes every scenery a picture perfect. Unique arctic plants, floating icebergs and a diverse selection of glacier formations, as well as whale sightings, are just a taste of the experiences waiting for visitors during this season.Another thing that makes Greenland unique is that there are few roads between towns and communities in the country, which is why the majority of our traveling will be on the MS Donna Wood, where we will be exploring the magnificent nature in Scoresby Sound fjord. We will be using zodiac boats to get further on shore and expand our photography exploration.
Scoresby Sound also happens to be the largest fjord complex in the world, extending 350km inland through branching out into a system of fjords. Traversing through this system, photographers, tourists and nature lovers alike are treated to a variety of spectacular sceneries. There is no shortage of natural formations and phenomena to appreciate as the region is studded with wildlife, ice and glacier formations and steep granite mountains. The villages and settlements themselves that we will encounter are filled with warm locals who are passionate about preserving their own culture. Greenland is a pure and unspoiled country, both in terms of nature and its culture. What better place to foster lifelong memories and friendships and bring home lots of one-of-a-kind photographs?
Donna Wood is beautiful two mast oak ship. Representing Danish shipbuilding tradition at its very best Donna Wood was originally built as a lighthouse ship but in 1990 the ship underwent massive restoration and was equipped with rigging and sails.
Donna Wood is a roomy ship with a deck saloon seating 24 and ample space below deck comfortably accommodating 12 people in 7 cabins equipped with washbasins and closets. The hallway features spacious shared shower facilities and toilets.
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival day starts with a landing at Keflavik international airport. You'll taking the quick and efficient flyBus to your hotel in central Reykjavík. You'll have some time to rest, relax and freshen up before we pick you up at the hotel lobby at 7PM and we head out for dinner, a tour orientation and socials.
We'll be leaving Reykjavík and take a roughly 2-hour flight to Constable Point airport. Afterward, we'll be boarding our expedition schooner, and be given a safety briefing and additional information about the journey ahead.
The group will then make its way to the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, which is one of the more unique settlements in Greenland. The population is small around 470, and is one of the farthest human settlements in the country. Hunting and gathering still exist here, and along with fishing is one of the primary means its inhabitants procure their daily needs. You're also bound to be amazed by their brightly painted houses, as well as their unique ways to survive such a harsh and rugged environment. Excellent subjects and themes for photography are a given in Ittoqqortoormiit.
Greenland = ice = icebergs. And before your think that this all somewhat plain, prepare to be disabused of that notion when you witness the unique and amazing iceberg formations as we sail west through Scoresby Sound. And combined with the expected golden light we will have an abundance of, you will be sure to have lots of opportunities to take awesome images. One particular area of note is Rødefjord of the inner Scoresby Sound, which is filled with towering icebergs covered in ice crust where you'll also hear the creaking, rumbling and cracking of the ice — perfectly normal and perfectly safe, we might add. We'll be wrapping up the day in an old Inuit settlement area, Hekla Havn on Denmark where we will have the opportunity to explore and capture the beautiful surrounding area.
Jaw-dropping basalt mountains and steep 2000 meter high granite cliffs of Milne Land are the highlights of our fourth day of exploring, as we sail through the Føhnfjord. The land surrounding the fjord is mostly mountainous with steeply rising edges. In adition, we will also be passing through the colorful Hare Fjord which will be sure to be filled with numerous photo opportunities. We will then continue on through Rødefjord, where we'll encounter more towering iceberg formations that'll enable you to become more accustomed to shooting these type of landscapes. We will stay in Hare fjord for two nights where picture perfect sceneries await. It's not unlikely that you'll be flooded with amazing and picture perfect scenes in your photographs as we will stay in Hare fjord for two nights.
We continue in Hare Fjord, searching for wildlife and interesting subjects and landscapes to photograph. We will have many to choose from, as mountain ridges, glacier outlets and tongues dot Harefjord while muskoxes, arctic foxes, stoats, mountain hares and eagles are just among the kinds of land animals we can expect to encounter. And to cap off an eventful day, we will be filling our bellies with tons of grilled goodies over a bonfire. Day 6
Øfjord is our next destination on day six, where we can expect to see grand mountain peaks and summits, as a lot of the land surrounding the fjord is mountainous with steeply rising edges — we will be passing granite walls rising from the sea that can reach as high as 200 meters. Needless to say, opportunities for new and exciting photography subjects abound. More landscape opportunities will be available to us when we drop anchor at Jyttes Havn at Bjørneøe, which is known for its rocky plains and lakes — the coast itself is quite a sight to see, with cliffs and caves that are almost completely vertical.
More photo opportunities await at Bjørneøe or Bear Islands, which is a protected area as it was declared a natural reserve a few years ago. You'll particularly be able to hone your wildlife and landscape photography here, with the island's gentle slopes reaching higher altitudes from north to south, while the area's sea stacks and steep coastal cliffs on the island are home to some of the largest seabirds colonies of the North-Atlantic.
We will be cruising through the Arctic Riviera, which is the archipelago between the Bear Islands and Milne land. Spectacular natural sights and formations fill the journey, where you will also see some of the largest icebergs during the entirety of our tour. We will spend the night onboard the Donna Wood and we will be anchored at the airstrip in Constable Point in the morning.
A hearty breakfast will greet us on day nine, where we can debrief with our fellow tour mates (and hopefully now friends as well) about the events of the past few days. We will leave the schooner and then leave for Reykjavik after breakfast. Day 10
Departure This is bound to be a bittersweet experience for most of you, as this marks the official end of the tour, but you're sure to be bringing home lots of awesome and inspiring images as well as memories you'll treasure for the rest of your life.
Total Price: 6900 US $ per person double occupancy . Registration deposit: 1000$
Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop's starting date
Flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point and back to Reykjavik
Transport to and from the airport in Reykjavik and Constable Point
Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities.
Soft drinks, services of the crew.
Airfare to and from Iceland.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
Excess baggage charges.
Laundry charges and items of personal nature.
Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).
Optional pre or post tours in Iceland
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 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.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Arctic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favour any part of our original plan.
HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE BOAT? After collecting your luggage upon arrival a pickup truck with an open and wide platform will transport you to the harbour (approx. 3 minutes ride) where our crew hands over your warm and floatable device (overall) for the tour. Upon boarding the vessel, you’ll be shown to your cabin/bunk. The actual transport to the schooner is done by zodiac – let the adventure begin !!
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TRIP? The trip is not challenging unless you really want it to be. You can unwind and relax surrounded by the beautiful stunning landscape. You will be able to do some easy to moderately difficult hikes (allways accompagnied with a professional guide) when ashore in various beautiful settings, and if willing, and only if, you can help the crew on board in their tasks while cruising or sailing. No specific preparations or skills are required for the trip itself, but a good spirit and love for the nature and adventure is a „must-bring-along“ !
DO I NEED TO BRING SLEEPING BAGS AND TOWELS ALONG? Not needed in your baggage, we provide warm bedding and covers as well as blankets and a set of towels.
HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION ONBOARD? Your accommodation is in traditional but new and clean bunks. Please understand, the space onboard is limited, also for luggage storage (please do not bring hard cover luggage).
HOW IS THE FOOD OFFERED ONBOARD AND DO YOU OFFER BEVERAGES? Our fullboard service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have put a lot of care in planning supplies and your meals. Occasionally we also serve a light snack during the day, and snacks are also available upon request. Soft drinks and water are available at any time and alchoolic beverage/liquor is for sale onboard at a reasonable price. After you confirm your booking, a Medical Information sheet will be sent to you, gathering information on your health and/or allergies for various foods.
IS THERE A SHOWER ONBOARD? Yes, we have a simple but hot shower onboard, which is available most of the times. But please understand, water supply can be limited, therefore we will kindly ask you to adapt.
HOW IS THE ACESSIBILITY ONBOARD? Please be aware, the staircases to living quarters have steep stairs but with good railing and parts of the ship have a low ceiling so mind your head. You should also be aware, that transfer between land and the schooner is operated by zodiac (there are no harbours in the whole of Scoresbysund area), so no gangway.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THIS EXPEDITION? Small flashlight Sunglasses Sun-protection and bug repellant Warm clothes incl. scarf, mittens, hat and warm Thermal underwear Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer). Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer). Shell Jacket or/and Rain jacket with hood – Waterproof and breathable material. Gore-Tex or alternative Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra. Water container – e.g. plastic bottle (pet plastic). Camera equipmen Toothbrush, earplugs and other personal belongings It is advisable that what you wear is either waterproof or easy to dry No umbrella is needed !
CAN I WASH OR/AND DRY YOUR CLOTHES? Due to shortage on water supply, we will ask you to avoid cleaning your clothes on board. If anything gets wet during the trip, the engine room is very warm and can be used as a perfect drying place
CAN I RECHARGE BATTERIES AND USE THE ELECTRICAL POWER ONBOARD? Power for charging your batteries is available during sailing, when the motor is running (220V). We ask you to not charge batteries during the night, when anchoring. Standard Icelandic plugs are available (two pins EU size)
IS THERE PHONE / WEB ACCESS? The area we are cruising is very remote. Cell phones and internet are not working. Part of the charm of the trip is this fact actually! However cell phones work at the airport in Constable Point. If urgent, passengers can make a phonecall with one of the ship’s satellite phones or send e-mail, sms or fax via Inmarsat, (the ship’s satellite communications system)
HOW IS THE CLIMATE / WEATHER ? You can expect temperatures between 2 and 12 dregree Celsius, but the area is also known for having very little rain. It can be windy but on clear days and no wind, the sun can be very strong! Due to the longlasting high pressure over Greenland, the weather is usually very still
DO YOU USE THE SAILS MOST OF THE TIME? No! Due to still weathers, narrow fjords and many icebergs we use the engine most of the time when traveling in the fjord system. We will however take up sails when possible and at least one time during the trip we should have the opportunity to experience proper sailing, without the engine. The crew will gladly and proudly educate you about the Sailing ships.
CAN I HELP/ASSIST ONBOARD? You are more than welcome to assist at any point with whatever duties need to be done – but it is not mandatory at all.
AM I LIKELY TO BE SEASICK? No !! The excitement of your approaching sea cruise needn't be spoiled with the fear of sea sickness. Until you actually sail, there's no way to tell. Please note however, that the sea in Scoresbysund fjord is very calm and you are therefore not likely to get seasick. However, if you tend to suffer from this illness, like many other people, the best is to take sea sickness precautions. If you haven't been to sea before, better be safe than sorry and take preventative measures. The motion sickness patch is probably the most popular these days - to be placed behind your ear 4 hours before boarding and changed if necessary after 72 hours. This is quite an effective way to prevent seasickness but causes things like a dry mouth and blurry vision. Better to be thirsty than sick, though! The active ingredient, scopolamine, is absorbed through the skin.
DO I NEED CASH AND VARIOUS MONIES CURRENCIES? We kindly ask to pay your consumption of alcoholic beverages onboard on the last day in cash in ISK or EUR. We do not accept creditcards. There is only one small souvenir shop, supermarket, small shop and one bar in Ittoqqortoormiit. They do accept DKK or EUR. Payment in EUR will receive change in DKK. Credit cards are accepted only at the supermarket and the souvenir shop.