Greenland Photo Expedition

Greenland Photo Expedition

When you visit Greenland on this photo-expedition, your imagination will come to life like never before! Your passion for photography will be ignited, and you will exult in the world you see through your lens. Greenland is home to one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth – from the vibrant reds and oranges of the glacier-carved terrain to the depthless blues of the icebergs that serenely float among the fjords. The beauty of Greenland is still wild and untouched, and you will be one of an elite group of photographers that gets to experience it in person and capture it in your photos.

Over the course of our 10-day trip to the East Coast of Greenland, we will make daily shore excursions and maximize the time we have to photograph the awe-inspiring Arctic landscape and fjords of Scoresbysund (Scoresby Sound). These fjords are home to the most incredible iceberg formations in the world.

Price from: 9670 USD

The intensity of the blue fractures in the icebergs will captivate you and provide endless variation in your photos. The light in September creates impressive shadows and teases out the most intense colors from both the land and the ice.

The beauty of this part of the world is raw and visceral and photography expeditions rarely venture here. If you’re looking for a truly unique photo experience and want to capture these unparalleled landscapes, reserve your spot today.

Greenland does not have the density of wildlife as we normally see on Svalbard, but there are good possibilities for photographing Arctic hare, seals, seabirds, and maybe also Muskox and Polar bear.

  • New feature: In September, the nights are coming back to Greenland. We will check the Aurora Forecast and will make night landings (weather permitting) to photograph Northern lights over the beautiful icebergs!
  • New feature: With this trip we are introducing our new idea to make some of our trips "DRONE FRIENDLY". Participants will be able to do plenty of shore landings with time for aerial photography and, weather permitting, will be supported with Zodiacs as a floating platform for drone launch and landing. Just imagine how beautiful the icebergs will look from the air, when bright blue underwater parts are visible!

Expedition Itinerary

The main goal of this expedition is to explore and photograph the largest, longest and most spectacular fjord system in the world - the Scoresbysund (English: Scoresby Sound). This part of Eastern Greenland is surprisingly various. Icebergs and glaciers like in Antarctica, mountains like in Patagonia, fjords like in Norway... Scoresbysund has a tree-like structure, with a main body approximately 110 km (68 miles) long that branches into a system of fjords covering an area of about 38,000 km2 (14,700 sq mi).

Day 0 - 2 September 2018

    • Participants will fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) Iceland.
    • Transfer from Keflavik to the hotel in Reykjavik (50min). All transfers are covered with Early Bird Reservations.
    • Overnight stay in Reykjavik - the capital of Iceland

Day 1

  • Transfer to Reykjavik airport for our domestic flight to Akureyri.
  • Transfer to harbor and board MS Freya @ approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Depart as soon as possible after everyone has boarded and after the mandatory safety briefings.

Day 2

  • Sail to Greenland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.

Day 3 - 9

  • Arrive in Greenland.
  • We will spend the week exploring and photographing the incredible landscapes and icebergs of the Scoresby Sound. Our actual daily itinerary will depend on the prevailing weather and ice conditions. A briefing will be given each morning and evening on what to expect and how to prepare for the following day’s photography. We may also venture into Kejser Franz Joseph and Kong Oscar Fjords for couple of days, weather and ice permitting.

Day 10

  • Sail back to Iceland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we once again will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.

Day 11 - 13 September 2018

  • Disembark Akureyri @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Transfer to local airport for flights back to Reykjavik.
  • Transfer from Reykjavik domestic airport to Keflavik International Airport (50min).
  • Arrive at Keflavic (KEF) International Airport by 1:00 p.m. Fly home.

Price from : 9670 US $ per person double occupancy .
Maximum Number of Participants: 14

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
  • All nights onboard the M/S Freya
  • All meals onboard the vessel
  • Guides, Expedition leader, safety and other staffs
  • Photo instructions and master classes given by expedition guides
  • Excursions with two Zodiacs
Not Included:
  • Flights to / from Akureyri (Iceland)
  • Overnight accommodation prior to and following the expedition
  • Alcohol and souvenirs purchased onboard the ship
  • Tips (recommended) for the vessel's crew members
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Transfers


For all bookings made on or before February 1, 2018 we will offer all-inclusive package (more than US $700 in total)!

The package will include:

    • Round trip airfare Akureyri/Reykjavik
    • Hotel in Reykjavik on the day of arrival if you arrive to Iceland on September 2nd.
    • All transfers including: Keflavik Airport/Hotel in Reykjavik, Hotel/Reykjavik Airport, airport/harbor/airport in Akureyri and Reykjavik Airport/Keflavik Airport
*Guests not participating in Early Bird booking can arrange transfers, hotel and domestic flights Reykjavik/Akureyri separately or book it with us (additional payment required).

Expedition Ship MS Freya

With an engine power of 1360 hp, the highest ice class (1A), and certificates for unrestricted trade, MS Freya is without a doubt an excellent expedition ship for polar regions. With an experienced Swedish team and a captain that has made hundreds of expeditions on similar boats in Arctic waters, our voyage will be safe. Our Expedition Leader for this trip has been chosen for his extensive experience in the Arctic. Low vessel draft allows us to sail into fjords and bays that are closed for big cruise ships.

MS Freya is one of the best ships in the Arctic for Polar exploration and Photography. She is spacious and well suited for photography vessel. Two Zodiacs will let all clients land and explore at the same time.

The ship has 2 Single cabins with private WC / shower, 6 Twin cabins with private WC / shower and one Mini suite with a double bed and private WC / shower along with cabins for the crew and expedition staff. Bed linens and towels are provided. Food service will be at a designated time, but we intend to be flexible. The chef has a varied and tasty menu and European cuisine is tasty and various on board. You can always have tea, coffee and drinks from the bar.


We have been on many photo tours through the years and thought we had seen to best. Wrong! Iceland Photo Tours set up a tour which far exceeded any expectations we might have had. Everything was meticulously planned…lodging, food, transportation, and locations were all first rate. The bus was even large enough for us all to have 2 seats each! The level of attention that our guides provided was outstanding. All in all this was a very memorable trip, and we certainly would recommend Iceland Photo Tours for any Icelandic photo trip you may be contemplating.
Scott and Joyce Oberle
Scott and Joyce Oberle
Photography by Scott and Joyce
Want to make your photos pop? Are you willing to take your photography to the next level? Do you just need to escape to some place exotic & new? Iceland Photo Tours offer just that with the convenience of transportation support, excellent lodging and great, local food options. Before, I had lots of trouble producing even a passable photo after a day of shooting, but after Iurie’s workshop I learned how to actively find and work good angles for landscape photography. Also his deep knowledge of how to post-process photos made the workshop a great value. Iurie also was very focused on our safety & didn’t take unnecessary risks during our travels. I would definitely do another workshop with Iurie again.
My wife Susan and I want to thank Iceland Photo Tours for providing the finest Photography Workshop we have attended. As novice photographers we found previous photography workshops and tours to be somewhat intimidating and overwhelming, our photo guide's entire focus was to provide exceptional guidance and attention to the entire group during the workshop. The accommodations from start to finish were first rate, the food was exceptional, and the transportation was extremely comfortable with ample room for personal space and gear. Words cannot adequately describe the locations Iurie and Edwin selected for the workshop simply “MAGICAL”. We will attend future workshops and bringing friends. Thanks again for a great experience and stunning photographs. If you are thinking about going…you won’t regret it.
Bill and Susan Ayers
Bill and Susan Ayers
Bill and Susan Ayers Photography
I have been in many tours but this particular tour was really made for photographers. With ample time to photograph the scenes and also the proper timing in shooting these wonderful landscapes will make the experience worth it. The guides are very knowledgeable and assist us in shooting the location at the best possible conditions. Transportation and lodging is also pleasant and decent.
Chris Cobacha
Chris Cobacha
Chris Cobacha Photography
This was one of the best photo workshops I have been on. The places we went to were spectacular, as to be expected, but beyond the vistas, the level of professionalism and mentor-ship was second to none. Time was taken to help every student improve in composition and to see the environment in a new way despite difficult lighting conditions. There is no doubt that I improved as a photographer. The tour was very photographer specific with tons of time given to fully explore an area. There was no feeling of being rushed at all.
My husband and I have a lot of experience both in leading and participating in workshops as students, I have to say that this trip has by far been the best ever. Not only the destination, but they logistics and smoothness of operations lets you know there are true professionals behind. Our Guides will always go the extra mile, making sure every students feels special, always by us in the field, suggesting compositions, calling basic settings on every stop and really making you go home with the image you were dreaming off. They keep close tabs with weather conditions, driving the group even over an hour away if skies were clear, and adjusting the times to leave to avoid unpleasant windy condition on the road. The lectures were to the point and amazingly helpful, which is an added value to an already great experience.They even factored a couple of shopping stops, quite convenient for us with little time. Every little detail has been given careful consideration. Perfection! In other words, this has been a life-time experience and we are already booking our next tour with them.
Alfred and Fabiola Forns
Alfred and Fabiola Forns

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then 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 or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.

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Photos taken during our Greenland Photo Expedition