Whales And Icebergs
Greenland, a magic, fascinating country where communities of mysterious Greenlandic Eskimos live their usual lives in secluded fjords, hidden from foreign eyes and hustle, where thousand-year-old icebergs sway in the waters of the northern seas and whales, not afraid of the danger, race with our ship, where thunder strikes here and there in the silence of autumn nights. Yes, that's right - you can hear the sounds of a hundred-meter iceberg splitting for miles .
In October 2020 we will hold a workshop in Ilulissat exploring the most beautiful fjords in Disko Bay and watching the gorgeous icebergs. And also... Well... No, I don't think we're going to tell you everything right away...
It's our seventh journey to Greenland - to one of the most mysterious and attractive places on our planet.
Greenland is calling us, and we're inviting you, dear friends, to this exciting journey!
We've changed the last year program and decided to accommodate the group on the coast, in a comfortable guest house in Ilulissata, on the very beach of Disko Bay. First, it will allow us to relax comfortably during the day, after our night and evening shootings. The second fundamental change is that we will use the ship for shooting only during evening and morning hours and not 24 hours a day, which gives us the opportunity of significantly reducing the cost of the journey. And here's the last one: at the hotel we will be able to hold a workshop on image processing where we'll talk about details of working in Lightroom and Photoshop.
During this trip we're going to discover the amazing sights that have made Ilulissat and Disko Bay famous. First, we will take a walk around Ilulissat where you will learn about the city culture and history.
Next day we will visit a UNESCO world heritage site - the colossal Sermek Kuyallek, one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world.
But that's not all! Our fast boat with a warm cabin will become our cozy and reliable ship during the whole trip. On board of it we'll organize six four-hour long voyages to Disco Bay so that our group will be as close to the world's largest icebergs as possible. We will explore the bay every day taking pictures of icebergs, mountains and whales if they come our way. The distances in Disko Bay are enormous, and a motor boat will give us a great advantage and maximum opportunities for our shooting.
Level of Difficulty:
Mostly beginner. The hike to Ice fiord is about 30 minutes long and it's quite convinient, with a well-prepared path.
Each day we will also take a 1000 meters walk (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 may drop to -5° C at night. Rain is possible, so good shoes, waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket are essential. A down jacket, gloves, a hat and a rain coat are important as well.
In order to save your time, we recommend to arrange a return flight from Copenhagen (CPH) to Ilulissat (JAV). You will arrive in Ilulissat (JAV) at 12:40 PM.
Back flight Ilulissat (JAV)-Copenhagen (CPH):
Day 1. We meet in Ilulissat (JAV) airport at 12:40 and have a look at the flights schedule from Copenhagen (CPH). Transfer by taxi to our hotel, checking in. Time to rest after the flight. A walk around the city. Meeting at dinner is a good reason to discuss what is ahead. (//D)
Day 2. A hike (2,3 km) to Ice fiord. Resting after lunch. An evening boat tour (4 hours) to Disco Bay to watch icebergs and whales. (B//)
Day 3. Late breakfast. A five-hour daytime boat trip to Rodebay or to Ilimanaq. You will be able to see real life of an Inuit village surrounded by rocks and icebergs. An evening boat trip. Catching Aurora Borealis on the shore after the boat trip if the weather helps us. (B//)
Day 4. An afternoon workshop on post-production in Photoshop and Lightroom editors. Lunch. A four-hour boat tour to Disco Bay in the evening to watch icebergs and whales. (B//)
Day 5. An image review after breakfast. A four-hour boat tour to Disco Bay in the evening to watch icebergs and whales. (B//)
Day 6. A free day. Depending on the weather, we will spend it on board a boat having a morning or an evening shooting. (B//)
Day 7. Morning transfer to the airport. Departure home. (B//)
THE WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES:
- Pick up and drop off at Ilulissat (JAV) airport. Pick up 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 shared bathroom, an equipped kitchen and a big dinning room (single supplement fee is applicable).
- Meals according to the program.
- Arctic safety equipment on the boat.
- Six four-hour boat trips to shoot icebergs and to watch whales, including a boat trip to Ilimanaq.
- Breakfasts (day 2-7).
THE WORKSHOP PRICE DOESN'T 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 EUR).
- Dinner and lunch (lunch or dinner is about 10 EUR in a local cafe).
- Alcoholic drinks.
Price € 3800 EUR
Early birds will receive a 300 euros discount until the end of March, 2020.
Group limit 10 guests maximum
Your deposit of €2000 EUR will hold your place in this workshop. Further final payment of €1800 EUR is due by 2nd June, 2020.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the trip is completely filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the trip isn't filled completely you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the workshop:
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Denmark, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
What to bring
DSLR camera. A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 16-35. A middle-zoom lens such as 24-70mm
. Telephoto zoom lens 70-200/100-400 are also required for whales.
Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures -5-0+5C),
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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