Whales And Icebergs
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 day, 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.
Mostly Beginner. The hike to Ice fiord is about 30min and it is quite comfortable by the well marked prepared trail.
Each day we will also have a trail 1000m (one way) to the port.
Weather conditions may be very unstable. West Greenland is famous for its ever-changing weather. So please prepare for the worst conditions possible as temperature drop to -5-0+5 in the night. Rain is possible, so good shoes, waterproof pants and jacket are essential. Down jacket, gloves, hat and rain coat are essential as well.
Important In order to save your time we recommend to arrange one flight to and from Copenhagen (CPH) to Ilulissat (JAV). Your will arrive to Ilulissat (JAV) at 12:40 PM.
Back flight Ilulissat (JAV)-Copenhagen (CPH) departs at 10:10 AM
Day 1. We meet in Ilulissat (JAV) airport at 12:40. Look at the schedule of flights from Copenhagen (CPH). Transfer by taxi to our hotel, checking in. Time to rest after the flight. Walk around the city. Meeting at our dinner is a good reason to discuss what awaits us ahead. (//)
Day 2. Hiking trip (2,3km) to Ice fiord. Rest after the lunch. Evening (4 hours) boat tour to Disco Bay for icebergs and whales shooting. Catching Aurora at the shore after the boat trip. (B//)
Day 3. Late breacfast. 4 hours day time boat trip to Rodebay. You can see the real life of Inuit village surrounded by rocks and icebergs. Catching Aurora at the shore after the boat trip. (B//)
Day 4 Day workshop on post-production in Photoshop and Lightroom editors. Lunch. Evening (4 hours) boat tour to Disco Bay for icebergs and whales shooting. (B//)
Day 5. Image review after the breakfast. 4-6 hours boat trip to Ilimanaq after the lunch. See real life of Inuits. Whale watching on our back way. (B//)
Day 6. Morning transfer to the airport. Departure for home. (B//)
Workshop Price Includes
- Pick up and drop off at Ilulissat (JAV) airport. Pickup at specified time, drop off may vary according to group flight times;
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Greenland;
- Accommodation for 5 nights in 3 bedroom apartments with sharing bathroom, equipped kitchen and big dinning room (single supplement fee is applicable);
- Meal according to the program.
- Arctic safety/security equipment on the boat. 3x4 hours boat trip for Iceberg shooting and whale watching and 1 5-6 hours boat trip to Ilimanaq.
- Breakfasts (day 2-6)
Workshop Price Does Not Include
- International airfare to/from Ilulissat (JAV)
- Airport pickup and dropoff outside of agreed-upon times
- Visa fee (if applicable)
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
- Travel Insurance;
- Single room supplement (€660);
- Dinners, lunches (lunch is about 10 euro in local cafe)
- Alcoholic drinks
Price 2800 EURO
Group limit 10 guests maximum
Your deposit of Euro 1000 will hold your place in this workshop. Further Final payment of Euro 1800 is due by 17 June, 2020. 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
Gear: DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release. A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 16-35. A middle-zoom lens such as 24-70mm . Telephoto zoom lens are also required for whales.
Wear: Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures -5-0+5C),
Waterproof pants .
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
- Golden medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2019
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