East Greenland Photo Workshop

Sled Dog - Arctic Exposure

The East Greenland Photo Workshop takes you to one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for photographing nature. This is the workshop for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who is willing to go back in time and explore the Arctic, to travel off the beaten path and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.
On this photo workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph icebergs the size of skyscrapers, steep mountains that plunge into the sea, deep fjords, massive glaciers, sled dogs, breaching whales, the northern lights and the small towns of Greenland. The expedition is scheduled for September in order to increase the chances of capturing the northern lights. The settlement Tasiilaq is our “home base” during the workshop, and each day we travel by boat to explore new locations such as glaciers, fjords and other settlements in East Greenland. Each location has its own unique photographic scenery.
The primary occupation of Greenlanders is fishing and seal hunting. East Greenland has been inhabited by humans during the last several thousand years but the period when the area is ice-bound and the wide belt of field ice have made this area very isolated—both from the rest of Greenland and the world at large.

Highlights

Fantastic Landscapes – Photographing enormous icebergs, sled dogs, breaching whales, and deep fjords

Northern Lights – Breathtaking locations to view and photograph the aurora borealis

Deep Fjords and Glaciers – Visiting the Sermilik fjord and exploring the Knud Rasmussen Glacier, a large and scenic glacier

Drones – Great opportunity for drone photography

Land based workshop using boats – We will stay in the Tasiilaq settlement and travel to different locations with boats

Professional Photography Guides – Our guides are professional photographers with years of experience leading photography workshops in Greenland as well as local navigators

Activity Level – Easy to medium

Small Groups – Maximum number of participants: 10

Duration – 8 days / 7 nights

All-inclusive workshop – Included in the price of the workshop are your accommodations, all meals, guiding and transportation

Schedule

2020

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August 30 - September 6, 2020

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2021

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August 31 - September 7, 2021

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Payment info
  • Deposit payment of $1,000 USD upon booking
  • Payment in full is required 150 days prior to the workshop starting date
  • Double occupancy accommodations for seven nights at hotels and/or guesthouses with shared bathrooms in Greenland.
  • Single room supplement adds $900 USD

Total price: $5,400 USD

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What's included
  • Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels (sometimes with shared bathrooms)
  • All meals
  • Professional photo guides and local boat captain in Greenland
  • Image critique and post-processing session
  • All transportation in Greenland
  • Airport shuttle bus transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport
  • Hotel in Reykjavik on the first and last day
  • Flight from Iceland to and from Kulusuk, Greenland
What's not included
  • Flights to Iceland
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Alcohol, snacks, and beverages
  • Gratuity for your photography guide

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavik

Arrival in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. Once everyone has arrived, we will meet to enjoy a group dinner where we will review the itinerary and prepare for our adventure in Greenland.

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.

DAY 2 – Reykjavik – Kulusuk – Tasiilaq

Our flight departs from Reykjavik, Iceland and we arrive in Kulusuk in East Greenland at noon. From Kulusuk, we set sail to our “base camp” town of Tasiilaq which lies just south of the Arctic Circle. It’s the largest settlement in East Greenland, with about 2,000 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 East Greenland.

DAY 3 – Ikateq – Knud Rasmussen Glacier

We visit the old abandoned American base in Ikateq—a fascinating location with a lot of subjects to photograph and the backdrop of amazing Arctic scenery. We also spend time around the large and scenic Knud Rasmussen Glacier. In the late afternoon, we return to Tasiilaq.

DAY 4 – Ikasartivaq

We sail the Ammassalik fjord on the fourth day with a stop at the desert settlement Qernertorvetit and through the long fjord Ikasartivaq. On the shore of the Sermerlik Icefjord, we visit the settlement Tinit, with 125 inhabitants who are mainly hunters. The old winter settlement (old earth huts) with a view of big icebergs and the historic earth huts is where we will have lunch. Along the fjords, we cruise between large icebergs and keep an eye out for whales in the Atlantic.

DAY 5 – Tiniteqilaaq

On day five, we sail to the settlement Tiniteqilaaq and walk among the local Inuit houses. With a view over the icy fjord, the old Inuit hamlet located on the shore of the Sermilik fjord is one of the most captivating places in Eastern Greenland. The fjord has the 4th largest output of the main Greenland ice cap, and almost always packed with large sculptural icebergs.

DAY 6 – Kuummiut

Sailing the fjords once again, the first stop on day six is at the Inuit hamlet of Kuummiut where we walk around the settlement, meet the locals, photograph the coastline, and if we’re lucky see Inuit hunters returning from a successful trip. We sail to the narrow fjord of Ikassa to a location abundant with icebergs along 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 return to Tasiilaq.

DAY 7 – Kulusuk – Reykjavik, Iceland

We sail from Tasillaq to Kulusuk, walk around the town and catch our flight back to Reykjavik around noon. Once back in Reykjavik we will check into the hotel.

DAY 8 – Departure from Reykjavik

Check out of the hotel in Reykjavik and transfer to Keflavik International Airport for departure.

For cancellation and refund policy for our workshops, please visit the Terms & Conditions page.