East Greenland Sailing Expedition – September 2017 & 2018

EAST GREENLAND SAILING EXPEDITION

East Greenland is one of the most isolated areas in the world 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.

East Greenland Photo Adventures from Örvar Þorgeirsson on Vimeo.

On this tour you’ll have the options of photographing ice bergs at the size of skyscrapers, steep mountains which fall into the sea, deep fjords, floating icebergs, glaciers, sled dogs, whales, Northern Lights and the culture of Greenland. We have scheduled this expedition in September to have the chance of capturing the fall colours, first snow in mountains and of course the Northern Lights.

Scoresby Sound is a large fjord system of the Greenland Sea on the eastern coast of Greenland, it is one of the largest and longest fjord systems in the world. It has a tree-like structure, with a main body approximately 110 km (68 mi)[2] long that branches into a system of fjords covering an area of about 38,000 km2 (14,700 sq mi). On the northern side of the mouth of the Scoresby Sund stands Ittoqqortoormiit, the only permanent settlement in the region, with a population of 469. 

DATES:

September 5-13, 2017 (Sold out!)
September 11-19, 2018 (6 spots available)
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

TOUR LEADER:
Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson, pro photographer native to Iceland with years of experiance guiding in Iceland and Greenland. 

TOUR OUTLINE:

All meals, breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners 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 planed by a professional team with wast experience of leading photography groups.

RESERVATIONS
Deposit: $3000 on booking (can be paid with credit card)
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $7.500 USD.
Maximum number of participants: 11
Available spots 2017: Sold out!
Available spots 2018: 6

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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EXPEDITION:

  • Photographing icebergs at the size of skyscrapers, floating icebergs, whales and deep fjords.
  • Possibly northern lights and wildlife

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.

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Reykjavik

 

Day 2 – Iceland – Greenland
Depart Keflavík for a flight to Constable Point in Greenland, a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark the Schooner and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew and then sail towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit where the evening is spent with locals in perhaps the most isolated village of the world.

Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1925s by people from Ammassalik island. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals, Narwhale, Muskoxen and Polar Bear. The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of south Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.

 

Day 3 Sailing in Scoresbysund
We sail out early morning and head across the Scoresbysound fjord system to the towering basalt peaks on the south coast of the fjord. We sail between whole palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters in the mighty fjord of Scoresby Sound, after calving from the parent glaciers originating in the Inland Ice. We will likely anchor in late evening at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresby Sound over a hundred years ago.

 

Day 4 Føhnfjord and Iceberg City
Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 metres high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the Starboard side. At the end of the fjord we will anchor at Red Island and even make landfall here. In the afternoon and evening we will take a Zodiac ride to the magnificent Iceberg City where hundreds of huge iceberg get stranded.

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Day 5 Rødefjord and Harefjord
The tour continues to the north through Rødefjord which is often filled with both larger icebergs and ice crust from icebergs that are breaking up. This is the calmest and most vegetated part of the fjord which will be in peak fall colors. Sailing the calm fjord we will see Muskoxen roaming the hillsides. Somewhere along the fjord we will take a short hike to photograph the vivid colored vegetation and try our luck with the wildlife. We will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set. Here we will have very good chances of photographing the northern lights if the sky is clear.

 

Day 6 Harefjord
Depending on weather and ice condition we will stay another night in the Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south facing slopes. Between 6 and 7 hours of easy to moderate hiking with a lunch break at the top of a ridge with a breath taking view over Harefjord where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view. In the evening the crew will make a bonfire and prepare BBQ at the rocky beach.

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Day 7  Øfjord and Bear Islands
The sailing continues eastwards through the awesome Øfjord. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the trip. Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower 2000 meters up from the sea just like Patagonia mountains of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre had been moved to the Arctic. Usually the sea breeze in the Øfjord during the middle of the day allows sails to be set. You are more than welcome to assist with the rigging. This day ends by setting anchors at Bear Islands in the afternoon.

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East Greenland

 

Day 8 Bear Islands to Constaple Point
Sailing tyhe channel between the Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. As we sail into the last evening and night of the trip it is likely that we‘ll be experiencing sights of the largest and the most fascinating icebergs of the journey. This provides a fantastic opportunity for photographs of the majestic and impressive icebergs that are often found in this particular area. When we wake up the next morning we are anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point.

 

Day 9 – Greenland to Iceland
The last morning we will enjoy a good breakfast together, write in the diary on board and share contact information with each other. Then we will disembark the schooner for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point and fly back to Keflavík Iceland.

 

Total price $7.500 USD double occupancy. Deposit 3000$ at the time of registration, and the remaining balance 90 days before trip .

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Included:

• Professional photo guide and schonner expedition team in Greenland.
• Flights from Iceland to Greenland and back.
• Schooner expedition in Greenland
• All food on board in Greenland
• Dinner the first night in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Not included:
• Flights to Iceland.
• Alcohol, snacks and beverages.
• Lodging in Iceland before and afther the tour.

Donna Wood interior
https://www.flickr.com/photos/northsailing/sets/72157650498233201/

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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: 75% refund
30 days: 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.

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