Discover the sights of South Greenland on an autumn photography sailing adventure!
This 11-day photography workshop aboard the schooner 'Maria' will take you to the far reaches of the Tasermiut fjord and Prince Christian Sound in Greenland. You can expect to see spectacular glaciers and icebergs, though our main focus will be the incredible scenery and wildlife to be found on land.
Autumn is a fascinating time in Greenland, when the Northern Lights have returned to the skies. There will be no fixed itinerary on this tour – rather, we will be in hunt of glorious compositions amidst the beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls in this breathtaking part of the world. There is no doubt that they will make for amazing foregrounds should the Aurora grace the skies.
Our expert photography guides and knowledgable crew aboard the Maria will work together to ensure that you'll be in all the right times to take advantage of the wonderful autumn light. Sailing aboard the schooner will increase our ability to make shore landings in remote areas, to capture the rugged terrain and mountainous surrounds.
There are a limited number of places so don't miss out! A sailing adventure in South Greenland awaits.
Total price: 6900 USD (triple share cabin), 7900 USD (twin share cabin)
7-17 September 2020
Guided by Raymond Hoffman
About the Schooner Maria
The Schooner Maria is a modern sailing vessel that was originally designed by O. van Meer Design before being built by Laan & Koyoy, Den Oever in Holland in 1963. This beautiful sailing ship with tall masts was originally constructed for use in the fishing industry, prior to its modification in 1993.
During the modification process, the hull of the Maria was reinforced to withstand the Arctic waters. It has also been equipped to meet safety and operating standards of a charter sailing vessel.
The ship features a number of communal areas in which you'll be able to gather with your photography guides and the rest of the group for post-processing sessions and photography masterclasses. In addition, there is a 230V generator that provides electricity for the ship, as well as for any electrical devices that you may need to charge.
Accommodation is in 7 twin passenger cabins and 3 triple-share cabins, all featuring an in-built sink. There are 5 toilets and showers located outside of the cabins within the schooner's corridor, meaning that we'll never have to jostle for use of the facilities.
The Maria is a top-class sailing vessel that meets all safety requirements for our adventure in South Greenland. You can rest assured that you will be in the safe hands of a fully certified and experienced crew for the entire duration of your journey.
Day 1 - Narsarsuaq
We'll begin the adventure at Narsarsuaq in Greenland.
To get to Narsarsuaq, we recommend that you take an Air Greenland flight from Copenhagen in Denmark to Narsarsuaq. You will have two transfers at Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk before finally arriving in Narsarsuaq.
If you will be flying from the USA, then it is best to take a flight via Air Iceland Connect from Reykjavík in Iceland to Narsarsuaq. This is the perfect way to combine a trip with Iceland and South Greenland.
In addition, we suggest that you arrive 1-2 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. This is because flight schedules may change at late notice in this part of the world.
Once you arrive in Narsarsuaq, you will meet with the rest of the group at the port for a speed boat ride to Nanortalik. This journey will take us around 6-7 hours. From there, we will board the schooner Maria and embark upon the sailing adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2 - 4
We expect to reach the beautiful waterway of Prince Christian Sound by day two. The next three days will be spent sailing through the incredible fjords, photographing the majestic peaks of mountains and hunting for the Northern Lights. Be prepared to marvel at colossal icebergs floating in the calm waters and breathtaking glaciers as we make our way through this awe-inspiring landscape.
Throughout the days, we'll have numerous opportunities to make shore landings with our Zodiacs. We'll hike through the remote and wonderful scenery of the fjords, capturing lakes and rivers in the enchanting autumn light.
Wildflowers and wildlife abound in this part of the world and we'll spend our time trying to photograph them all.
If the conditions are suitable, then there is also the option of hiking out with a tent one evening, so that we'll have some shelter for the night – our aim being to situate ourselves in the perfect place to capture the sunrise.
Days 5 - 7
On day five, we'll continue the journey, sailing west from Prince Christian Sound towards Tasermiut Fjord. The scenery along the way is astounding and reminiscent of the rugged terrain to be found in South America's Patagonian region.
For the next three days, we'll be situated within Tasermiut Fjord. There will be the option to make many shore landings with our Zodiacs to explore the valleys of the fjord system during sunset. The fjord is known for its famous "Big Walls", featuring the 1830m tall mountain face of Ulamertorsuaq, Nalumasortoq (which stands at a height of 2050m), and the 2010m high peak of Ketil. They make for stunning backdrops within these glorious surrounds.
By day 8, we will have reached the end of Tasermiut Fjord. Before us will be the astonishing sight of the Greenland ice field, glittering beneath the autumn sunlight. This will mark the penultimate point of our journey. We'll spend the day exploring the surrounding landscapes, in search of compositions in the rugged surrounds.
On this day, we'll sail towards Saarloq – a small settlement on an island where colourful houses are contrasted by snowcapped mountains in the distance. We'll have a little time to explore the village, before heading out for a brief hike to capture the scenery.
Later in the afternoon, we'll get back onto our Schooner and sail to Uunartoq. This island is well-known for its hot springs – the only ones of which are warm in Greenland. There will be the opportunity to relax and bathe in the hot springs during the evening, before we rest for the night aboard the Maria, anchored by the island.
On day ten, we'll rise early and travel by speed boat from Nanortalik to the town of Qaqortoq. We'll explore the town, admiring its old colonial buildings, before taking a short hike through the surrounding landscape. If we're lucky, there will be the chance to photograph some wildlife, though we'll also make our way up to a spectacular viewpoint of the surrounding fjords.
This will be the final day of our adventure in South Greenland. After breakfast, we'll make our way to the airport for a flight from Narsarsuaq back to Nuuk. Once there, our journey will be complete.
You may choose to extend your stay in Nuuk. Alternatively, you may fly home or onwards to your next destination, hopefully with a treasure trove of memories and wonderful portfolio of photographs to show off from an incredible expedition to South Greenland.
- Accomodation in a triple share room and transportation by Maria schooner
- All meals (except alcohol and snacks)
- Instruction and master classes by professional guide
- Professional crew of arctic sailors Zodiac boat services
- Port taxes and fees
- Upgrade to twin share room ($1000 USD)
- Visas (if applicable)
- Airfare to and from Greenland
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the 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 on a given day.