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Greenland. 20-25.09.2019

Icebergs And Whales.

DESCRIPTION

Greenland is a land of harshness and contrast. Dark and freezing-cold in winter, in summer it changes its face and bathes in sunshine for months on end. In the west of the huge island lies Disko Bay, a haven of still water and beautiful landscapes. The magnificent Sermeq Qujalek (Ilulissat Glacier), which connects to the bay through the 60km long Kangia Fjord, is one of the world's fastest moving glaciers, constantly producing enormous icebergs, which float along the fjord to be dispersed in the bay.
After a long summer where the sun never sets, it first touches the horizon in late July, producing unbelievable light on the bay and its icebergs. This is the perfect timing to set sail among these giants, capturing the arctic night in all its glory.  We will explore the bay every single night, shooting icebergs, mountains and whales. Not to neglect the curious Arctic architecture, we will visit inuit settlements and experience the area in depth.
The sails will be conducted in a large, super-fast speedboat. This unique feature will allow us to zoom around the bay and find the very best icebergs when time is critical. Distances are huge in Disko Bay, and the speedboat will give us an overwhelming advantage, and maximize photographic potential.


MAIN FEATURES
Long night sails in the Disko Bay area, shooting spectacular icebergs and impressive landscapes in calm waters in a private speedboat fit for 12 people and their equipment. Our boat is perfect for our causes, as the bay is huge and a fast boat means longer reach to find the best looking icebergs
Visits to land locations and small Greenlandic settlements in Disko Bay
Whale watching and photography
Professional photo guidance by an award-winning nature photographer
Superior accommodations in the best hotel in Ilulissat, the world's northernmost 3-star hotel.


ITINERARY

Day 1. We meet in Ilulissat (JAV) airport 20.09.2019 at 14:05. Look at the schedule of flights from Europe-Copenhagen (CPH). Transfer to our hotel, checking in. Time to rest after the flight. Walk around the city. Meeting at dinner is a good reason to discuss what awaits us ahead. (//)



Day 2. Hiking trip (2km) to Icefiord.  Rest after the lunch. Midnight (4 hours) boat tour to Disco Bay for icebergs shooting. Catching Aurora after the boat trip. (B//)

Day 3. Late breacfast. 4 hours day light boat trip to Rodebay for model shooting at Rodebay or home eating with tradition inuit style.  Midnight (4 hours) boat tour to Disco Bay. Catching Aurora after the boat trip. (B//)

Day 4 Day workshop on post-production in Photoshop and Lightroom editors. Lunch. Rest. Midnight 4 hours boat tour to Disco bay for whale watching (B//)


Day 5. 4-6 hours boat trip to Ilimanaq. See real life of Inuits. Whale watching on our back way. (B//)


Day 6. Departure for home. (B//)

 

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES
Double room accommodation. Each 2 participants will share a room in a comfortable hotel. Breacfasts.Professional photography guidance by 2 award-winning landscape photographers
Post-processing workshop when possible (though emphasis is always on field shooting)
Home eating with inuit family, Local model fee. Activities according to the program. Arctic safety/security equipment on the boat. 3x4 hours boat trip for Iceberg shooting and whale watching and 1 6 hours boat trip.

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
International tairfare Copenhagen (CPH)- Ilulissat (JAV)
Dinners and lunches (15-20 euro in local cafes)
Visa fee if applicable
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
Travel Insurance;
Single accomodation 460 Euro
Alcoholic drinks
Non-meal-time snacks
Non-meal-time soft drinks

PRICE  Euro 2200
GROUP LIMIT 12 guests maximum

PAYMENT TERMS
Your deposit of Euro1000 will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of Euro 1200 is due by 20 July, 2019. All payments are non-refundable. In case of impossibility of your participation in this tour, we will refund all payments minus the fee for the transfer of money if there is a replacement for your spot.

WHAT TO BRING
Photography Equipment
A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
A camera remote.

WEAR Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is +5-0-15C)
Waterproof pants

. Casual clothes for dinners and lunches.

GUIDE OF THE TOUR: Vladimir Kushnarev. Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards  2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards  2017.

 

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