Location: South- East- Greenland
Tuitition: 2395€ – Flight not included –
Dates : 06-13 August 2019
Fitness Level: beginner
Your Pros : Lucia Gaggero
Availability : available
Max 8 people per group.
We will be based in Tasiilaq town, from which we’ll head out every day to explore different areas, mostly by boat. Each location promises to offer something different. We will all have unique opportunities to photograph not only Greenland’s raw nature, but also the culture of its people, who are generally isolated from the rest of the world and make a living primarily by fishing and seal hunting. This trip promises to help you catch a glimpse and capture images of one of the most isolated areas in the world.
Greenland is about 836,000 square miles, and mostly covered in ice. We’ll spend seven days in a tiny portion of this enormous country, but we will be completely immersed in one of the largest landscapes you’ll ever see. We will sail with expert Inuits, photographing icebergs, whales and seals. We’ll be visiting amazing glaciers, mountains, icebergs and remote settlements.
You’ll spend a week in a place where nature is free to exert its influence and showcase its beauty, making it one of the most ideal places for landscape photography in the world. If you like adventure and want to capture nature in its purest and most beautiful form, this is the trip for you. Greenland is not only well-known for its skyscraper-sized icebergs, but also for its green mountains, with a variety of coloured wildflowers, long fjords, precipitous cliffs, high skies, and amazingly fresh air!
East Greenland is one of the most isolated habitations in the world. Along the more than 20.000 km of coastline, you’ll only encounter two towns and five small settlements. The traditional Inuit culture still plays an important role in day-to-day life, and hunting is still the main source of income for many people.
We’ll walk in just the right spots so that we can photograph the sunrise and the sunset from the shores. This will be a great opportunity to create landscape photographs with your tripods and filters, as opposed to all the hand-held work done from the boats or during the morning hiking tours.
When we’re not photographing or eating a fresh hot meal in the Red House, we’ll be reviewing images and learning post-processing techniques. Bring your laptop and enjoy editing, or simply read your favorite book; sip some hot tea or coffee or have a walk in Tasiilaq village. Expect to be amongst a group of like-minded photographers who will want to work hard to “get the shot”. Sometimes we’ll be up early and up late, because there are more than seventeen hours of daylight in Greenland at this time of year!
Arrival to Kulusuk Airport
I’ll meet you at Kulusuk Airport and we’ll travel together by boat or helicopter to Tasiilaq. For those who are not too tired from the trip, we’ll take some sunset photos on the fjord nearby the hotel. Dinner and accommodations in Tasiilaq at The Red House.
The Flower valley hike
In the morning we’ll walk in the Flower Valley where we’ll find beautiful lakes, waterfalls and flowers. It will be possible to try some long exposure photos. This would be a nice opportunity to use your ND filters during daylight, creating nice water effects.
Boat tour – Icebergs, Tiniteqillaq, Ikateq – Golden Circle
We’ll sail in the Sermilik Fjord and visit two settlements. First, we’ll visit Tiniteqilaq with a population of only a hundred people. The town overlooks a fjord full of icebergs which gives you the opportunity to shoot really unique photos. Then we’ll sail to Ikateq, an abandoned settlement which has been empty since the 80`s when the last inhabitant died, after living alone there for more than one year. The village is beautiful. The houses are untouched and still full of the previous owners’ belongings. We’ll walk around the village and do some Urbex photography. Finally we’ll sail in the open sea to take photos of some icebergs.
The Green & Blue lakes hike
During this beautiful hike, we’ll be able to photograph several lakes, a river, local flora, and a beautiful panoramic view of the town and the fjord just below us. Again we’ll have the opportunity to try some long exposure photography using ND filters and also have fun with some macro-photography.
The Nagtivit Glacier
Out on the sea again, we’ll do a night boat tour to Nagtivit Glacier, where we’ll be able to shoot icebergs infused with golden light and capture sunset landscapes from the glacier’s shore. We’ll walk up to the top of the glacier, where you can shoot some photos of amazing crevasses. Finally, we’ll enjoy a picnic supper on the glacier’s shores warmed up by a cheerful cup of hot coffee or tea.
As we’ll get back to the hotel late in the night, it will be possible to shoot some sunrise photos (around 3 AM) from the shores of Tasillaq Fjord.
Resting morning and post editing photos.
After such a late night, you may wish to spend the morning resting or post-editing your photos. In the afternoon, we will take a sightseeing and cultural tour of Tasiilaq. You will be able to photograph Inuit culture, sled dogs, and typical wooden houses. We’ll visit the museum and there will be an opportunity to buy some postcards or souvenirs in the little shop.
Boat trip Rasmussen + whale watching.
We’ll be in the boat again for a full day boat tour, headed in the direction of one of the most awesome Greenlandic glaciers, the Rasmussen. On the way to the glacier we’ll stop at the abandoned Second World War secret American military base and have the chance to shoot more Urbex photos in an unique abandoned landscape.
Departure: Transfer from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk Airport
Whenever you are in an Arctic area you can expect changeable weather, so you must be prepared for all kinds of weather when you go on a tour. In the summertime the average temperature varies between plus 6 degrees Celsius to plus 15 degrees. Humidity is very low in Greenland, so it does not feel as cold as in Europe as the wind is very dry.
If you cancel 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 € 300 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.
Your deposit of €540 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of €2160 is due by April 1, 2018. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask me.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Arctic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to glaciers, icebergs, and all the boat tours are dependent on favorable conditions. There is, however, always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favour any part of our original plan.
Lenses: wide angle lens, and a tele-lens are recommended
filtres : ND filtres
Trekking or comfortable pants
windproof pants for the boat are recommended
Rain jacket and 1 winter coat ( for boat tours)
Hat & gloves
T-shirts and long sleeve shirts