Midnight Sun in Greenland Photo Workshop - Iurie Belegurschi

Not many places in the world are as remote and pristine as Greenland. During summer, this Arctic island becomes a photographer’s delight, characterised by endless days illuminated by the Midnight Sun. It is a magical place to experience from both land and water, with photographic opportunities in abundance. Whales swim along the shores, icebergs float away from calving glaciers, flowers and plants meander alongside hiking trails, and boats connect the colourful villages by the coastline.

Total price: 4900 USD


Dates


17 - 22 Aug 2019

13 - 18 Jul 2020

18 - 23 Jul 2020

23 - 28 Jul 2020

28 Jul - 2 Aug 2020

2 - 7 Aug 2020

7 – 12 Aug 2020

12 – 17 Aug 2020

17 – 22 Aug 2020

22 – 27 Aug 2020







Guided by Albert Dros and Kerry Koepping

Guided by Albert Dros and Kerry Koepping

Guided by Albert Dros and Kerry Koepping

Guided by Albert Dros and Kerry Koepping

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Our base for this photography workshop will be around Disko Bay – a region renowned for its natural beauty. Located on the western coast of Greenland, this area lies north of the Arctic Circle and features a breathtaking array of spectacular icebergs in the ice fjord of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat. There is no doubt that we will encounter enormous humpback whales and seals as we sail through the Ilulissat ice fjord in a privately chartered boat, chasing the extraordinary light of the Midnight Sun. You will have countless opportunities during this workshop to capture the fascinating reflections created by icebergs as they float from the glaciers towards the sea, as well as to explore the multicoloured houses of small Inuit villages along the shoreline, perched precariously on the brink of rugged cliffs.

Experience the authenticity of Greenland and be charmed by the culture with friendly locals and breathtaking scenery. Our Midnight Sun expedition itinerary is subject to weather conditions, though you can expect to begin shooting late in the evenings and continue on into the early hours of each morning, when the golden light takes hold and bathes the sky in an unimaginable array of hues. Between moments spent photographing the incredible landscape and wildlife, sojourn at a 4-star hotel where you will be able to catch up on much-needed rest before beginning each new day.

Itinerary

Day 1

We recommend that you arrive by plane in Ilulissat around 13:00. You will then be free to explore the town of Ilulissat – home to almost as many huskies as people – at your leisure until it is time to get ready for the evening’s welcome dinner.

Get to know your photo guides and fellow photographers at the dinner, before embarking upon the expedition of a lifetime, departing from Ilulissat to the ice fjord aboard our privately chartered vessel. Prepare to be awestruck as you cruise around the fjord, weaving between immense icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Bask in the warm hues of the Midnight Sun as it hovers above the horizon, creating a golden hour that lasts for two or three. With such enchanting light, you will have the opportunity to capture the icebergs in all their glory until 2-3am, when we will return to Ilulissat to slumber.

Day 2

The day begins with breakfast in our hotel, followed by a post-processing session with our photo guides during which you will have the chance to go over some of your shots from the previous evening and to learn valuable techniques for editing your photos. You will then have some time to relax at your leisure in the afternoon, before we meet again for dinner. Thereafter, we will board our vessel once again and sail into the ice fjord, visiting several small quirky settlements to the south along the way, such as Kangia, Qasigiannguit, and/or Ilimanaq – where we invariably choose to dock will depend on the sailing conditions.

After that, the sky will be the limit, with the opportunity to photograph colossal icebergs floating in the open water beneath the Midnight Sun. Our expedition will return to Ilulissat around 2-3am for another forty winks at the end of a long night.

Day 3

Having spent the previous evening hunting for compositions in the ice fjord, you’ll be ready to catch up on some much-needed rest before meeting the group for breakfast. There will be time to look over your photos or just to relax in the period before lunch.

After that, we will go for a leisurely walk through the fishing settlement of Oqaatsut, formerly known as Rodebay. This coastal settlement is quite isolated, situated in an idyllic hamlet just 22km north of Ilulissat. Dinner will be at a local ‘whalehunter’s pub’, where we will fill up on hearty traditional fare before beginning our evening hike to Sermermiut and the nearby Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

We will traipse along the Kangia Coastline beginning on the outskirts of Ilulissat, before making our way past Seqinniarfik, where the locals go to welcome the sun on January 13th each year. It will take us 1 hour each way, though the path is paved and fairly easy to hike.

In the evening, we will board our vessel once again to explore the ice fjord of Ilulissat, practicing long exposure techniques and capturing reflections beneath the beautiful glow of the Midnight Sun.

Day 4

Having stayed up late once again, a sleep-in is essential to restore your creativity! But make sure not to miss out on breakfast, after which you will meet again with your photo guides for an educational post-processing session. There will be ample time thereafter to go over your photos and to catch up on sleep.

Be ready to harness your imagination and skill as we set sail for the ice fjords again just before midnight, in search of the best compositions and lighting conditions in which to capture the remarkably-shaped icebergs that we will pass by. No two icebergs are alike, and when you see an iceberg for the first time, you may be seeing it in a form that no-one has seen before after days of melting and reshaping in the warmth of the sunlight.

Day 5

Armed with memory cards full of photos, you’ll no doubt have many questions left unanswered, whether about composition, post-processing, or photographic techniques in general. Following breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with our photo guides about everything related to photography.

After that, enjoy a bit of leisure time before we set sail through the iceberg-packed channel again, in search of unique compositions and witnessing the wonderful wildlife that teems in abundance beneath the captivating light of the Midnight Sun.

Day 6

Sadly, this will be our final day in Greenland. We’ll gather after breakfast to talk about the most memorable points during our expedition, before bidding farewell to one another and transferring to the airport, gazing wistfully back at Greenland as we depart on our flights. When you first flew in, this Arctic island likely seemed very mysterious. We hope that by the end of this trip, you will understand its beauty just a little bit better, taking many special moments from the Land of the Midnight Sun back home with you in your photographs.


Highlights of the Trip

Wildlife

Our daily excursions out into the dramatic ice fjord of Ilulissat will mean countless opportunities to spot humpback whales, seals and arctic sea birds.

Photography Instruction

You will be guided by two award-winning photography instructors throughout this workshop. Learn all there is to know about landscape photography with educational sessions including post-processing classes, portfolio reviews and critique sessions during the day.

Comfort

Travel Greenland in style, with accommodation at a 4-star hotel, local cuisine and delectable three-course dinners every night.

Scenery

This photography workshop will be focused around the Ilulissat ice fjord of Disko Bay, where you will have the chance to photograph the incredible icebergs floating in the sea, calved from nearby glaciers. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for very good reason, brimming with natural beauty and absolutely teeming with wildlife. We will see it at its best, illuminated by the golden glow of the Midnight Sun.

Local Culture

Many of the settlements in Greenland are situated on the coast and are connected by boat. You will have the chance to explore these villages with our privately chartered boat and to immerse yourself in cultural photography, from simple scenes to the more complex ones, illustrating the social relationships of the Inuit people.


Included:

Two Professional photo guides.

Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.

Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses.

Rooms with private bathrooms.

All Breakfasts and Group Dinner on day 1 and day 11.

FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.

Not included:

Flight tickets

Lunches and Dinners from day 2 to 10

Alcohol, snacks and beverages

Single room supplement: 900 USD


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.


Disclaimer

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 Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. 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.


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