SOUTH GREENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

SOUTH GREENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR


We invite you to join our unique expedition on “Aurora” yacht to Greenland. We plan to sail through the southern fjords of Greenland in autumn and to sail through the legendary Tasermiut fjord and Prince Christian Sound.

The number of people is strictly limited – only 8 persons for this beautiful expedition. The classical tour to Greenland differs a lot from our style. You’ll be offered to sail on “zodiacs” only during some hours but we can always sail and hunt the light and best perspectives during the whole night and to stay mobile at the same time. The previous experience has shown that a good team and a maneuverable yacht give an incredibly beautiful result. Our timetable is more or less free. Ideally we want to go to the entrance of Prince Christian Fjord and Tasermiut fjords, but that’s not the main goal.







Total price:4900 EUR per person

The highlights of Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops:

Why book with us?

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  • We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
  • All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award winning photographers worth over $1,500
  • On our tours we provide custom-built 4x4 super trucks to safely transport you to amazing locations and we provide 2 seats per photographer
  • We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.
  • Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.
  • We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.
  • During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.
  • Our photo guides will always help you on the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

Dates of the tours

Northern Lights Photography



Nothing sums up the magic of Iceland quite like the aurora borealis. The ethereal northern lights have inspired wonder and awe for generations, and it’s our privilege to capture them glowing high above Iceland’s pristine Arctic landscapes. The northern lights are the result of solar activity, which explains why they seem like something from another planet! Over the course of this eight day trip we will do our best to be ready when they appear. Several locations in Iceland offer fantastic light conditions for aurora hunting and photography, especially during the winter months when the darkness lingers for longer than usual. We will cross our fingers for clear skies and watch on as they illuminate the Arctic landscapes below.
Northern Lights in Iceland

Aurora over Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland

Crystal Ice Caves in Vatnajokull

The Ice Caves of Vatnajokull



Although the skies above Iceland are as dramatic as anything you will see, sometimes there’s magic to be found underground. That’s why our Winter Photo Workshop features a trip to the ice caves of Vatnajokull. These unique cave systems shift with the changing glacier every year, so it’s up to the creative forces of nature to dictate our underground experience. The ocean-blue ice crystals make for an incredible composition, and the light dancing off the crystals all around means this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for photographers. After all, these caves reform every year; it’s history that we will be witnessing.

Jokulsarlon and the ice beach



During this winter photography tour we will make several stops at the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Deep in Vatnajokull National Park, the lagoon has become a must-visit photography spot. Not only can we capture the moment that abstract icebergs break free from the glacier and begin their cruise toward the Atlantic. We will also visit Iceland’s very own diamond beach, which sits on the bank of the lagoon and is littered with magnificent ice crystals. The interplay between light, dark sands, glistening ice and potential winter snow makes this a breathtaking place to shoot as the sun comes up or goes down. On top of all that, we might strike it lucky and have the Aurora glowing overhead!
Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Our Northern Lights and Ice Cave Photo Workshops have a flexible itinerary, which allows us to adapt to the conditions and help you make the most of your time in Iceland.

Itinerary

Day 1

The start is September, 2 from Narsarsuaq, Greenland. To reach Narsarsuaq, I recommend the Air Greenland flight departing from Copenhagen at 11:00 on 2 September. There will be 1 transfer at Kangerlussuaq and then we arrive to Narsarsuaq.If you are flying from USA, you may take Air Iceland Connect flight (direct flight from Reykjavik), and even combine trip to Iceland with South Greenland photo tour. Please double check departure times of your flight one day before the actual flight with air company.

Our yacht will be waiting us upon the arrival of the airplane to Narsarsuaq. Once we are on the yacht we will start sailing towards inner islands and fjords of South Greenland. We will be exposed to the open sea for 3-4 hours during this day, all other days will be in sheltered fjords with no waves (usually even with perfect reflections). It will take us around 16-20 hours to reach Nanortalik with short stop at Narsaq to buy provisions and fuel for upcoming expedition and walk around this big traditional village.

Dyrholaey

The arch Dyrholaey

Skogafoss waterfall

Skogafoss waterfall

Day 2

Today we sail at the gate of amazing Prince Christian Sound. We encounter the highest and most dramatic peaks of the whole Greenland in these fjords. During the evening we may take the optional hike to one of the ridges at Stordalens or Kangerdluk fjords. We may even bring a tent with us to the small lakes up the top to meet sunrise or wait for northern lights if the weather permits. Prince Kristian has the most majestic mountains of Greenland. Usually during this day everyone is on the deck enjoying incredible views. Sunset landings, night landing for northern lights.

Crystal Ice Cave

Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland

Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon

Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon

Day 3

Greenland ice shield is the second biggest in the world except Antarctic. Fjord system consists of many big glaciers from Greenland shield. These days we’ll sail into gorgeous mini-fjords. It’s here where you can see the most splendid icebergs. Many of them are pure blue pieces of ice which have just broken away from glacier’s terminal. We are at Prince Christian. Every day we will try to get to observation point above the fjord: mountains are very high here, so we need a higher point to achieve panoramic views.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Day 4

We sail by yacht through beautiful fjord system of Prince Christian and disembark at remarkable spots.

Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Day 5

The yacht continue to sail westwards towards the awesome Tasermiut fjord. We’ll see high mountains resembling Patagonia: granite peaks rise 200-300 meters above the mountain range and go high into the sky. We can sail close to the glacier fronts here. For the group of hikers, we continue our journey through the valley and meet with a group in the evening this day.

Aurora over black sand beach in Vik

Aurora over black sand beach in Vik

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Day 6

Today we start to explore granite walls of Tasermiut fjord. Usually our hiking routes are flexible and the difficulty depend on the strength of the group. Of course, we depend on the weather as well. We start our hikes towards the “Big Walls” of South Greenland. They remind me world-famous Fitz Roy or El Capitan. They are the Ulamertorsuaq (1830 m, the Arctic version of El Capitan), the Nalumasortoq (2050 m, it is shaped like an open book, 900 meters tall with plane walls) and the giant granite peak of the Ketil (2,010 m).

The treks are really easy, about two hours long. Along the shore we should see remains of Viking settlements. These are completely wild and remote places. The Tasermiut glacier is amazing itself, descending 1400 meters above the water and it’s a hanging glacier.

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Day 7

A spare day to shoot amazing granite peaks of Tasirmiut fjord: Ketil and other “icons” of South Greenland. We usually disembark to visit awesome locations and then having a nice meal on the yacht, sleep in comfort and our crew monitor nortern lights.

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Day 8

Day of amazing hikes in Big Walls area. We will reach the end of the fjord and see awesome Greenland ice field, and sharp peaks of mountains all way around us. There are many remarkable locations in the area: rivers, blue lakes and waterfalls. Sunrise, sunset and night landings are possible!

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Day 9

We will sail in direction to the village of Saarloq, a village almost abandoned. We stop for a short hike. In the afternoon we will set off for Uunartoq through the complex system of fjords. In the evening we will have free time to enjoy a relaxing bath in warm springs of Uunartoq. It is the only thermal springs to which access is possible in Greenland, while icebergs float just outside of hot springs. We will have a hot bath close to the night, having possibility to enjoy nortern lights! Night near Uunartoq Island on the yacht.

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Day 10

We sail further north back to Narsarsuaq via Qaqortoq. That’s the biggest and one of the most beautiful towns of the South Greenland! Fly back home with incredible memories from Narsarsuaq on 12 September :)

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Map

Total Price :4900 EUR per person
Single room supplement: 750$
Maximum Number of Participants: 8
Early Bird Discount: Book before 1st of June 2017 and get 300$ discount.

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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.
Included:
  • Accomodation and transportation by yacht
  • All meals (except alcohol and snacks)
  • Instruction and master classes by professional guide
  • Professional crew of arctic sailors
  • Zodiac boat services
  • Fuel
  • Port taxes and fees
Not Included:
  • Airfare to and from Greenland
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Alcohol

Please check flights to Greenland at Airgreenland.com We buy air tickets in the beginning of 2018.

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Reviews

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.

Disclaimer

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 at a given time. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

Photos taken during our Aurora and Ice Caves photography tours in Iceland