West Greenland Photo Workshop in Disko Bay | Sailing on Schooner
Join the adventure of a lifetime as we sail the seas of Greenland beneath the Midnight Sun in summer. This 7-day sailing photo tour on the west coast of Greenland will have you immersed in the pristine Arctic nature as you explore small Inuit settlements along the coast, come face-to-face with extraordinary wildlife and marvel at the majestic icebergs that float serenely in the waters of Disko Bay.
For the duration of the tour, we will sail aboard our privately-chartered schooner, 'Maria', around the village of Ilulissat – the capital of Disko Bay. It is the perfect place to be situated, being located right next to the spectacular icefjord. We will moor at Ilulissat village several times during our stay to explore museums, sample the local cuisine and delve into nature on a number of fascinating hikes. Other Greenlandic settlements that we will visit during our journey include Qasigiannguit, Aasiaat and Oqaatsut, spread along the coast.
The enchanting surroundings of Disko Bay make it a natural habitat for an abundance of living creatures. There will be amazing opportunities for wildlife photography as we keep our eyes open for Arctic foxes, musk oxen and humpback whales. Disko Bay is also an important breeding site for marine birds such as fulmars and terns, and is home to the last remaining thick-billed murre colony in the area.
The majority of our sailing will be conducted late in the evenings and throughout the night, when we will cruise beneath the ethereal light of the Midnight Sun. At this time of year, the sun never really sets, casting the sky in dramatic hues of pink, icy blue, purple, blazing red and orange as it barely skims across the horizon. We will sail amongst the fascinating icebergs of the icefjord that have calved from the nearby Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, capturing their many different shapes and sizes.
The captain of the Maria is very experienced and will work closely with us to scout for the best locations in Disko Bay from which we can capture the many incredible sights. Due to the unpredictable weather conditions in this area, our itinerary will be flexible and our guides will aim to have you in all the right spots to take advantage of the fantastic light.
Unleash your creativity and join us on this spectacular 7 day sailing photography tour of Greenland! An Arctic adventure beneath the Midnight Sun awaits. There are only 18 spots available so get in quick to secure your place before they all sell out.
Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Qasigiannguit, Ilimanaq, Aassiat
Day 3 - Oqaatsut, Uummannaq
Day 4 - Uummannaq
Day 5 - Disko Bay
Day 6 - Disko Island
Day 7 - Departure
About the Schooner Maria
The Schooner Maria is a modern, masted motor-driven sailing ship that was designed by O. van Meer Design and built by Laan & Kooy, Den Oever in Holland.
The hull of the ship was originally constructed in 1963 and used as a fishing vessel, before being modified and equipped to meet the standards of a charter sailing vessel in 1993.
It has carried out numerous expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic, sailing in the beautiful regions of Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, Iceland, Greenland, Chile and Antarctica.
The Maria is an outstanding vessel that has been built to withstand the Arctic waters.
There is ample room for us to sit down for photography masterclasses and post-processing sessions.
The Maria is completely equipped to meet stringent safety requirements for sailing in the present day, carrying a certified and experienced crew onboard.
There are twin (7 available) and triple-share (3 available) passenger cabins on the vessel, all equipped with a private sink.
Five toilets and showers are located within the corridor.
A 230V electrical system powered by generators supplies electricity to passengers even when the vessel is at sea.
This tour is now Sold Out. New dates will be announced in our Newsletter.
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 is always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable. Likewise, wildlife sightings are dependent upon the movements of animals and cannot be guaranteed.