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Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner

Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner
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Join us on this 10 day adventurous photo expedition to the rugged land of Scoresby Sound in east Greenland, capturing otherworldly scenery like you have never witnessed before.

This photography tour is an adventure through the rugged waterways of Scoresby Sound, a network of stunning fjords that will take your breath away. To take a trip through the icy wilderness of this region is to go back to a time when things were simpler, when our collective will was worth little in the face of nature’s supreme power. There are few places left in the world where landscapes, weather and the seasons combine to leave you feeling both small and in awe, but the eastern coast of Greenland is certainly one of those remaining wonders.

We will spend ten spectacular days sailing through pristine arctic landscapes, gazing up at imposing basalt cliffs, capturing icebergs as they make a break for the open ocean, and delighting in the rare wildlife that calls Greenland home. It will be summer when we sail, so we will travel beneath the ethereal light of the Midnight Sun, shooting in the near-constant glow that comes from being this far north at this time of the year.

Rare arctic plants, serene icebergs, towering cliffs and spectacular glacier formations are just the tip of the iceberg; we are also likely to witness whales in their natural habitat and countless species of birds.

The bulk of our traveling will take place on board our ship the Donna Wood. It’s a fitting way to explore this part of the world, and we will sail along in silence without disturbing areas that have stood quietly for thousands of years. While the deck of the ship will offer incredible views throughout the tour, we will be using zodiac boats to take trips onto shore and extend our exploration of the many glaciers and icebergs.

What are you waiting for? Ten spectacular nights aboard the Donna Wood in the spectacular surrounds of Greenland await. Secure your place today!


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

Greenland
Included:
  • Flight from Reykjavik to Constable Point and back to Reykjavik

  • Transport to and from the airport in Reykjavik and Constable Point

  • Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities.

  • Soft drinks, services of the crew.

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinners).

  • Accommodation in Reykjavik

  • Optional pre or post tours in Iceland

  • Alcoholic beverages (available for extra charge & to be paid upon departure with cash money).

  • Laundry charges and items of personal nature.

  • Excess baggage charges.

  • Airfare to and from Iceland.


What to bring:
  • After you book, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


The adventure begins with your arrival at Keflavik international airport, Iceland. From there, you will transfer to the city of Reykjavík where you'll have some time to rest before meeting the rest of the group for dinner in the evening. Over a delicious meal, we'll get to know each other and talk some more about the trip to come.


Day 2 - Ittoqqortoormiit


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


On day two, we’ll leave Iceland’s capital and take a two-hour flight to Constable Point airport, Greenland. After landing, the group will board the ship that will be our home for the next week. We’ll have a full safety briefing and discuss any additional information about the journey to come.

We’ll then head to village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the most remote yet incredibly located settlements in the world. Less than 500 people call this town home, and the locals are a hardy bunch that rely on hunting, gathering and fishing to get by. There’s plenty to shoot here, from the rugged residents to their colourful houses and the breathtaking landscape all around.


Day 3 - Ittoqqortoormiit


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


Ittoqqortoormiit sits at the mouth of Scoresby Sound, and on day three, we will begin our journey into Greenland’s largest fjord. Together, we will witness a changing landscape of arching mountains of ice and stone, and floating formations of serene icebergs. These sights, combined with the mystical light of the Midnight Sun, will ensure that we have a memorable day of photography aboard our ship.

One definite highlight will be Rødefjord, an inlet full of majestic icebergs. We will also hear for the first time the eerie creaking of the ice. The day will end with a stop in the peaceful, former Inuit settlement of Hekla Havn, a wander around the area, and the chance to shoot the scenery all around.


Day 4 - Harefjord


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


The fourth day of this Scoresby Sound photography tour will be characterised by the imposing basalt mountains and steep cliffs on either side of the Føhnfjord. The mountains of Gåseland will rise above our port side, while the 2,000 metre-high cliffs of Milne Land will dominate the horizon to starboard.

Later on, we will pass through Harefjord - an area packed with photographic sights all around, before sailing further through Rødefjord, where we'll encounter more iceberg formations offering plenty of opportunities to practice your newfound ice-shooting skills. We will stay in the area for two nights, making the most of the arctic landscapes, ice-filled waterways and rugged rock formations.


Day 5 - Harefjord


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


On day five, we will continue to explore Harefjord, wandering its shorelines in search of wildlife, subjects and landscapes to capture with our cameras. With any luck there will be plenty to choose from, with dramatic mountain ridges, glacial outlets, arctic foxes, stoats, mountain hares and eagles all around. To end a memorable day, the group will enjoy a cosy bonfire and fill up on delicious flame-grilled treats.


Day 6 - Bjørneøe


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


On day six we will sail away on through Harefjord and head towards Øfjord for an awe-inspiring day of Arctic photography. There we will witness jagged, mountainous peaks rising from the water, and pass below granite cliffs towering over 200 metres above us. It’s a magnificent spectacle, and one that will stay with you forever, whether or not you choose to document the experience with your camera!

It goes without saying that this will be an incredible day for photography, and to help you make the most of it our expert photographer will guide you through and offer plenty of advice. Once we drop anchor at Jyttes Havn at Bjørneøe, there will be more chances to capture breathtaking scenery; the area is known for beautiful coast, lakes and imposing cliffs.


Day 7 - Bear Islands


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


Day seven will be spent wandering around Jytteshavn in the Bear Islands. The area was declared a natural reserve a few years ago and enjoys a strict protected status as a result. There are several options in terms of hikes, depending on how keen group members are to walk and shoot simultaneously.

The steep cliffs on the island are home to huge colonies of seabirds, and there’s plenty more to discover among the gentler slopes we will explore on foot.

Jytteshavn is also the perfect spot to take a swim. Yes, really. Believe it or not, the water temperature here can be as surprisingly not-freezing as 13°C at this time of year. To end the day we’ll enjoy a meal together on board the ship and make a warming bonfire on the beach.


Day 8 - Bear Islands, Constable Point


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


On day eight we will enjoy a scenic cruise down what’s known as the Arctic Riviera, the Tyhe channel - between Bear Islands and Milne land. This final leg of our photography adventure will provide amazing views of the huge icebergs that reside in these waters. The evening will slide by in a haze of ice and magical light, and we’ll wake up in the morning having arrived back at Constable Point.


Day 9 - Reykjavík


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


On the morning of day nine, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast and take some time to look back upon all we have experienced and photographed together. We will then disembark our wonderful ship and catch a flight back to Reykjavik.


Day 10 - Departure


Greenland Photo Tour in Scoresby Sound | Sailing on Schooner


Day ten is always a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, you’ll be eager to get back home and share your experiences and photos with loved ones, but on the other, you’ll be well aware that you’re leaving one of the world’s most stunning wildernesses behind.

You’ll catch your flight home from the Icelandic capital safe in the knowledge that you’ve had the experience of a lifetime.


Dates and Guides:

28 Jul – 6 Aug 2020 - Guided by Kathleen Croft
4 – 13 Aug 2020 - Guided by Raymond Hoffmann
11 – 20 Aug 2020 - Guided by Raymond Hoffmann


About the Donna Wood

The two masted Donna Wood is a beautiful oak ship, designed and built as a lighthouse ship in Denmark in 1918. It underwent significant restorations during 1990, when it was modernised and equipped with the sails and rigging that you see today.

It has carried out numerous expeditions to Iceland and Greenland, specialising in the pristine fjords of Scoresby Sound.

Modern Sailing Vessel

The Donna Wood is a spacious ship that has been built to withstand the Arctic waters.

Communal Areas

There is ample room for us to sit down in the deck saloon for photography masterclasses and post-processing sessions.

Safety

The Donna Wood is completely equipped to meet stringent safety requirements for sailing in the present day, carrying a certified and experienced crew onboard.

Cabins

There are 7 passenger cabins on the vessel, all equipped with wash basins and closets. They accommodate a total of 12 passengers.

Showers

The hallway features spacious shared shower facilities and toilets.


FAQ

HOW DO I GET FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE BOAT?

After collecting your luggage upon arrival a pickup truck with an open and wide platform will transport you to the harbour (approx. 3 minutes ride) where our crew hands over your warm and floatable device (overall) for the tour. Upon boarding the vessel, you’ll be shown to your cabin/bunk. The actual transport to the schooner is done by zodiac – let the adventure begin !!

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TRIP?

The trip is not challenging unless you really want it to be. You can unwind and relax surrounded by the beautiful stunning landscape. You will be able to do some easy to moderately difficult hikes (always accompanied with a professional guide) when ashore in various beautiful settings, and if willing, and only if, you can help the crew on board in their tasks while cruising or sailing. No specific preparations or skills are required for the trip itself, but a good spirit and love for the nature and adventure is a „must-bring-along“ !

DO I NEED TO BRING SLEEPING BAGS AND TOWELS ALONG?

Not needed in your baggage, we provide warm bedding and covers as well as blankets and a set of towels.

HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION ONBOARD?

Your accommodation is in traditional but new and clean bunks. Please understand, the space onboard is limited, also for luggage storage (please do not bring hard cover luggage).

HOW IS THE FOOD OFFERED ONBOARD AND DO YOU OFFER BEVERAGES?

Our full board service includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have put a lot of care in planning supplies and your meals. Occasionally we also serve a light snack during the day, and snacks are also available upon request. Soft drinks and water are available at any time and alcoholic beverage/liquor is for sale onboard at a reasonable price. After you confirm your booking, a Medical Information sheet will be sent to you, gathering information on your health and/or allergies for various foods.

IS THERE A SHOWER ONBOARD?

Yes, we have a simple but hot shower onboard, which is available most of the times. But please understand, water supply can be limited, therefore we will kindly ask you to adapt.

HOW IS THE ACCESSIBILITY ONBOARD?

Please be aware, the staircases to living quarters have steep stairs but with good railing and parts of the ship have a low ceiling so mind your head. You should also be aware, that transfer between land and the schooner is operated by zodiac (there are no harbours in the whole of Scoresby Sound area), so no gangway.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THIS EXPEDITION?

Small flashlight

Sunglasses

Sun-protection and bug repellant

Warm clothes incl. scarf, mittens, hat and warm Thermal underwear

Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer).

Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).

Shell Jacket or/and Rain jacket with hood – Waterproof and breathable material.

Gore-Tex or alternative Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust.

Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra.

Water container – e.g. plastic bottle (pet plastic).

Camera equipment

Toothbrush, earplugs and other personal belongings

It is advisable that what you wear is either waterproof or easy to dry

No umbrella is needed !

CAN I WASH OR/AND DRY YOUR CLOTHES?

Due to shortage on water supply, we will ask you to avoid cleaning your clothes on board. If anything gets wet during the trip, the engine room is very warm and can be used as a perfect drying place

CAN I RECHARGE BATTERIES AND USE THE ELECTRICAL POWER ONBOARD?

Power for charging your batteries is available during sailing, when the motor is running (220V). We ask you to not charge batteries during the night, when anchoring. Standard Icelandic plugs are available (two pins EU size)

IS THERE PHONE / WEB ACCESS?

The area we are cruising is very remote. Cell phones and internet are not working. Part of the charm of the trip is this fact actually! However cell phones work at the airport in Constable Point. If urgent, passengers can make a phone call with one of the ship’s satellite phones or send e-mail, sms or fax via Inmarsat, (the ship’s satellite communications system)

HOW IS THE CLIMATE / WEATHER?

You can expect temperatures between 2 and 12 degree Celsius, but the area is also known for having very little rain. It can be windy but on clear days and no wind, the sun can be very strong! Due to the long lasting high pressure over Greenland, the weather is usually very still

DO YOU USE THE SAILS MOST OF THE TIME?

No! Due to still weathers, narrow fjords and many icebergs we use the engine most of the time when traveling in the fjord system. We will however take up sails when possible and at least one time during the trip we should have the opportunity to experience proper sailing, without the engine. The crew will gladly and proudly educate you about the Sailing ships.

CAN I HELP/ASSIST ONBOARD?

You are more than welcome to assist at any point with whatever duties need to be done – but it is not mandatory at all.

AM I LIKELY TO BE SEASICK?

No !! The excitement of your approaching sea cruise needn't be spoiled with the fear of sea sickness. Until you actually sail, there's no way to tell. Please note however, that the sea in Scoresby Sound fjord is very calm and you are therefore not likely to get seasick. However, if you tend to suffer from this illness, like many other people, the best is to take sea sickness precautions. If you haven't been to sea before, better be safe than sorry and take preventative measures. The motion sickness patch is probably the most popular these days - to be placed behind your ear 4 hours before boarding and changed if necessary after 72 hours. This is quite an effective way to prevent seasickness but causes things like a dry mouth and blurry vision. Better to be thirsty than sick, though! The active ingredient, scopolamine, is absorbed through the skin.

DO I NEED CASH AND VARIOUS MONIES CURRENCIES?

We kindly ask to pay your consumption of alcoholic beverages onboard on the last day in cash in ISK or EUR. We do not accept credit cards. There is only one small souvenir shop, supermarket, small shop and one bar in Ittoqqortoormiit. They do accept DKK or EUR. Payment in EUR will receive change in DKK. Credit cards are accepted only at the supermarket and the souvenir shop.


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. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.


Disclaimer

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

The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable. Likewise, sightings of wildlife will be dependent on the movement of animals and cannot be guaranteed.


Photo Guides

Raymond Hoffmann

Raymond is an award-winning photographer with a worldwide reputation. Known for his magnificent landscape photos, his career took off in 2011, when he was voted as ‘Best Nature Photographer’ by one of Europe’s largest online photo...

Kathleen Croft

Kathleen Croft is a travel and landscape photographer. She spends most of her time in the field photographing fresh and unspoiled areas. Traveling to many remote areas of Greenland over the last number of years, she is always exploring...


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I had the pleasure of working with Iceland Photo Tours last summer in Greenland. Even in the most challenging environment the organization was excellent and our guide was on top of things. In remote parts of Greenland being able to adapt to the ever changing environmental conditions is an essence and the team managed this superbly.
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I recently joined Iceland Photo Tours to sail through the longest fiord in the world, in East Greenland. This was my first-ever participation in an organized tour after more than thirty five years of independent world travel. I was totally satisfied with all aspects of the voyage, the organization and attention to detail by our guides was five stars. I highly recommend Iceland Photo Tours.
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I was very fortunate & privileged to join Iceland Photo Tours on one of their recent expeditions to Greenland’s East Coast in one of the most isolated places on earth, the fiords of Scoresby Sund. Your guide's knowledge of this stunning place will see you get close to an environment that reveals unforgettable vistas such as mammoth icebergs in a very fragile terrain. This part of Greenland should be on every Landscape Photographers list of destinations who want to witness and document the impact of climate change.
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