East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour

Arctic Exposures new East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour takes you to a fascinating part of the world. Full of Icebergs, whales, glaciers, majestic mountains and landscapes constructed for the adventure-minded photographer. In our new tour, we stay in a comfortable Schooner and sail the various fjords of East Greenland, spending three nights around the amazing Sermilik Fjord.

The Schooner gives us freedom and more time to explore the fjords and Icebergs, we take a walk on land and for the more adventure minded, paddle boat in the Greenland fjords. We photograph the Icebergs, whales, landscape and visit small Inuit settlements so you will get to know the Greenland culture, and possibly their food if you are up for it.

The Schooner is comfortable for seven photographers with double occupancy per cabin and shared bathrooms. Included in this photo tour is all accommodations in Iceland & Greenland along with all meals & transport to and from airports.

East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour – Dates & availability

August 17-26th, 2019 (available)
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights


East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour – Outline

The Photo Tour will officially begin in Reykjavik on the 17th of August and end in Reykjavik on August 26th. We advise you to arrive on the 26th and meet up for the welcome dinner in the evening. We fly to Kulusuk in the morning of the 18th of August and arrive back from Greenland on the 25th. We recommend booking your departure flight the day after (26th).

Accommodation: We will stay in comfortable Hotels in Iceland & in shared cabins the Schooner Arktika in East Greenland.

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels

Getting to Iceland: Please contact Arctic Exposure for questions or assistance booking international flights (flights not included) at info@arcticexposure.is

How to book East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour

Deposit: $3000 on booking (can be paid with credit card)
Payment in full 90 days before the tour starting date.
Total price: USD 8.500 p.person
Maximum number of participants: 8

Included in the price:
Photography guiding by professional photographer
Flights from Reykjavik to Kulusuk Greenland
Flybus transport to the hotel and back to the airport in Iceland.
Accommodation in a comfortable Hotel in Iceland & in the Schooner Arktika in East Greenland.
All meals are starting with welcome dinner in Reykjavik and ends with lunch the final day in Greenland.
Photography instructions and critique on demand

Not Included:
International flights  – please contact Arctic Exposure office for any assistance.
Insurance – we recommend participants have individual travel insurance.
Alcoholic drinks

The Schooner Arktika

Arktika is a Dutch-built ketch-rigged oceangoing sailing yacht that is fully equipped and certified to sail around the world with up to 12 guests. The hull shape is directly derived from the famous Colin Archer which is also known for good sailing characteristics. Her comfortable deckhouse makes sailing in northern waters very pleasant. With private crew quarters, four guest cabins (two four-person and two two-person), a spacious saloon and a galley there is more than enough space on board. The boat has good central heating, hot and cold water, two heads (toilets) and one shower. There is 220V electricity to charge batteries and other electronic devices. The boat is equipped according to strict Icelandic regulations in regards to emergency equipment.


East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour – Program

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

Arrival in Iceland and group dinner in Reykjavik. We go over the days ahead & talk photography.

Day 2 – Reykjavik & Kulusuk 

Arrive onboard our sturdy expedition sailboat Arktika at noon in Kulusuk. We will leave our anchorage around 2 pm and sail out of the Torssut Sound and into Ammassalik Fjord where we will immediately view our first large icebergs. Continuing to Kong Oscar´s Harbour and the town of Tasiilaq. This is the largest town on the east coast with almost 2000 inhabitants and centre for culture and administration. We will go ashore and explore the colourful town and perhaps hike into ‘Flower Valley’ and the stunning hills surrounding Tasiilaq. In the late afternoon, we will move to our first anchorage a short distance from Tasiilaq for a satisfying dinner and our first night onboard the Arktika.

Day 3 – Sermilik Fjord

We continue our journey past Ammassalik Island and into the great Sermilik Fjord passing the abandoned village of Ikateq and the Erit Skerries (made famous when Bill Tilman lost his boat Sea Breeze there in 1972). We sail across Sermilik and into Johan Petersen Fjord where we will anchor. This majestic landscape offers numerous calving glaciers which cascade directly off the inland icecap creating gigantic icebergs that fill the fjords.

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 4 – Johan Petersen Fjord

A day spent photographing in Johan Petersen Fjord with captivating views over the inland icecap from the nearby mountains. We hope to see whales and seals, frequent visitors to this fjord. The second night will be spent at the same anchorage.

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 5 – Sermilik Fjord

Sail back across Sermilik Fjord and anchor in a good sheltered spot with a great view of this spectacular ice-fjord. Again there are good options for hikes ashore and photography. Note that none of our hikes is on established trails. We may follow traditional routes, but we will be walking on an unmarked terrain.

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 6 – Tiniteqilaq & Ikasagtivaq Sound

We will continue onwards to the village of Tiniteqilaq. This tiny settlement with approximately 120 inhabitants is situated on a small peninsula with spectacular views over Sermilik Fjord. Hunting, fishing and tourism are the main sources of income for the population of Tiniteqilaq. Seals are hunted throughout the year together with a restricted number of polar bears and narwhals. We´ll visit the village and hike in the neighbouring hills before spending the night at anchor adjacent to the village.

Our expedition continues through the stunning Ikasagtivaq Sound to Ammassalik Fjord. Here we have an option of heading inland towards the village of Kummiut and the Ikasak sound or to continue exploring Ammassalik island. Option for hiking and/or kayaking in the afternoon

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 7 – Sammileq

Today we explore the Sammileq, Tasiilaq or Imiilaa fjords with great hiking along mountain lakes with small calving glaciers and abundance of wildflowers. Another option may be to sail into Ikasak Sound and continue onwards to Ikateq Sound where we visit the abandoned US airbase – Bluie East 2. The remains from the US operations during WWII are still there to be seen and explored.

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 8 – Ammassalik fjord 

Our last full day will be spent exploring in the Ammassalik fjord with options of hiking or paddling. The day will end when we return to the neighbourhood of Kulusuk where we will anchor for our last night.

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

East Greenland Schooner Photo Tour

Day 9 – Kulusuk & Flight to Iceland

Our journey concludes as we return by sail to Kulusuk for return flights to Iceland. We will go ashore in the village in the morning to have a little walk around before making our way to the airport.

In Iceland, we will drive you to your hotel for the last night and say farewell. You then have time to go for a walk in Reykjavik.

Day 10 – Departure from Iceland

Departure day – If you wish to extend your stay in Iceland with another Photo Tour or any other activity, please do not hesitate to contact our office at info@arcticexposure.is



East Greenland Sailing Photo Tour – CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel and the Photo Tour 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 Photo Tour does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Photo Tour:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Photo Tour: 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. adventure