GREENLAND

AUG 25-SEP 2, 2016

$7,200 (per person, based on double occupancy)

Our Greenland photography workshop brings us to Ammassalik and surrounding areas at the heart of East Greenland’s exceptional beauty; some of the most beautiful and unspoiled arctic areas in the world. These areas behold a mosaic of steep, dramatic mountains, countless lakes, streams and rivers, waterfalls, glaciers and green valleys. Ammassalik radiates a purity which has fascinated visitors throughout time, as it beholds one of the most isolated habitations in the world. The town is situated roughly 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and has a picturesque setting in a fjord surrounded by high mountains and bisected by a small river. The Flower Valley behind the town has a unique flora and is a popular place for short or long hikes. A few highlights of this workshop are boat trips, whale watching and a visit with a local family performing the Inuit Drum Dance.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Keflavik airport

Private transfer to hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2 - Flight from iceland to Kulusuk, greenland 

Boat tour or helicopter flight from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq, depending on weather conditions. While sailing from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq we’ll have our first sight of the picturesque icebergs and a stop on the way at the tidewater Aputsiaq Glacier. The icebergs are truly as masterpieces coming in all shapes and sizes. Ammassalik is only a 10-minute helicopter ride from Kulusuk, but this short flight is one of the most scenic expeditions imaginable as we cross the ice-filled sea separating these two mountainous islands. 

Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.

Day 3 - Knud Rasmussen Glacier 

We visit the Ikateq Fjord, a deserted village near a rusty old American base that creates a contrast to the beautiful wilderness scenery surrounding it. From Ikateq, we sail to Knud Rasmussen Glacier. Because of the glacier activities, the Sermiliqaq Fjord is colored with sediments, giving it a very distinctive milky blue color. There are many large glaciers calving in the area near Tasiilaq, among other places in Sermilikfjorden. Our boat trip to one of the settlements reveals an abundance of icebergs. We are given a compelling demonstration of the scale of the icebergs towering over the boat. 

Fact: Icebergs occur when glaciers calve. Only about 1/9 of it is above water. But exactly how much depends on how much air is in the ice. 

Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.

Day 4 - Tasiilaq Cultural Visit

Today we’ll focus on capturing the daily life in the Tasiilaq settlement. As is the custom in the villages of east Greenland, the wooden houses are colorful, and scattered on rocks on the hills of the mountains. The town is located in an almost circular fjord and surrounded by tall mountains with steep slopes. A small river divides Tasiilaq into two, and arctic flora can be seen in the summer. The town is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland, so it is truly a photographer’s delight.

We will visit a workshop where they make the traditional kayaks (Harpoon), and a little museum built inside the town’s old church. This will give us an insight into the fascinating East Greenlandic culture. 

We will also visit a family performing the Inuit Drum Dance for a photo session. The drum has been known and used in the whole of the arctic region. It represents a tradition that has been adapted to the special nomadic way of life of the Inuit and which has made a great impact on their culture and society. The unwritten history of the Inuit has survived in songs, stories and legends passed on from one generation to the next on dark winter evenings, accompanied by the monotonous rhythm of the drum.

Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.

Day 5 - Ammassalik Fjord - Ikasagtivaq Fjord

The landscape of the Ammassalik district is full of lakes, large and steep mountains, green valleys, long rivers and huge glaciers. The area is largely uninhabited and breathtaking in its purity. Our morning sail will take us through the Ikasagtivaq Fjord to the settlement Tinit. We’ll stop here for a couple of hours and have lunch on the shore of the ice fjord. The likelihood of seeing whales is high, and a normal boat trip along the coastline and in the fjords can easily turn into a real whale safari. The best time to see the whales in Ammassalik is from mid-July through the end of September.

Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.

Day 6 - Sail to Ikateq

We sale in the direction of the ice fjord Semmerlik. On one of our stops will be the deserted settlement of Ikatek. On our sail we’ll explore the various formed icebergs and if we are lucky we may see seals.

Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.

Day 7 - Kuummiut

Kuummiut is situated deep in the Ammassalik Fjord. From the village, we will have a great view along the fjord all the way to the Denmark Strait. The peaks around Kuummiut are extremely tall and steep, reaching over 6,000 feet. The village is often a starting point for kayak expeditions and hiking trips.

Day 8 - Flight from Kulusuk to Reykjavik, iceland

Helicopter flight to Kulusuk and we leave East Greenland in the afternoon and fly to Reykjavik, Arrival in Reykyavij in late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 9 - Departure from Iceland

Private transportation from Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.


PRICE: $7,200

  • Per person in double occupancy room

  • $630 additional for single room accommodation

price includes

  • Private transportation to and from all airports in Greenland and Iceland
  • Flight from Iceland to Greenland
  • Flight from Greenland to Iceland
  • Helicopter and boat tours in Greenland
  • Hotel in Reykjavik – 2 nights
  • Hotel in Greenland – 6 nights
  • All meals
  • Visit to a Kayak workshop
  • Visit to a family performing the Inuit Drum Dance
  • Professional photographer guidance from two experts

price does not include

  • International flights (except the to/from Iceland/Greenland)
  • Sodas and alcoholic beverages
  • Trip insurance
  • What is not mentioned as included

Tim was great to work with and extremely helpful.
If I were to conduct a workshop again in Iceland I would ask Tim to assist in a heartbeat.
— Art Wolfe, Seattle, WA USA
I am very happy to recommend Tim and his work. His landscape photography is simply beautiful. Tim’s appreciation of light, composition and his ability to capture the moment is exquisite; with the results on his site speak for themselves.
— Rocky Kirschner
 

tour overview:

  • Dates: Aug 25-Sep 2, 2016
  • Price: $7,200 (per person, based on double occupancy)
  • Region: East Greenland
  • Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
  • Points of interest: East Greenland, Reykjavik, Iceland, Flower Valley, Ammassalik, Kulusuk, Tasiilaq, Aputsiaq Glacier, Hotel Angmagssaliq, Ikateq Fjord, Knud Rasmussen Glacier, Sermilikfjorden, Ikasagtivaq Fjord, Kuummiut

Photography instructor: Tim Vollmer

Photography instructor: Neil White

Photography instructor: Neil White