Icebergs, Fiords, Glaciers, Towering Mountains and More!
This workshop is sold out, but we are keeping a waiting list in case of cancelations. Please contact us to be placed on the wait list.
Greenland is about 836,000 square miles, and mostly covered in ice. We’ll spend 8 days sailing in a tiny portion of this enormous country, but will be completely immersed in one of the largest landscapes you’ll ever see. Our twin-masted schooner, Donna Wood will take us through Scoresby Sund, visiting many amazing glaciers, mountains and icebergs. Scoresby Sund is located on the Eastern shore of the country, just north of Iceland. We‘ll fly over from Reykjavik, thus maximizing our time in the Fjords.
There’s a chance we’ll see Arctic Hare and Musk Ox while taking one of our many walks on shore. We’ll anchor in just the right spots so that we can photograph sunrise and sunset from the shore. This will be a great opportunity to create landscapes with your tripods and filters, as opposed to all the hand held work done from the deck of the boat. This time of year the night will stay quite bright allowing for a sleep or more photography.
When we’re not photographing or eating a fresh hot meal in our dining room, we’ll be reviewing images and learning post processing techniques. Bring your laptop and enjoy editing in the main cabin, or simply read your favorite book and sip on some hot tea while we’re sailing to the next location. Cold weather suits are provided, but often when the sun is out a T-shirt will be all you need to enjoy the views. Expect to be amongst a group of like-minded photographers who will want to work hard to “get the shot”. We’ll be up early and up late, because there are more than 17 hours of daylight in Greenland at this time of year!
This workshop pairs up perfectly with our Iceland Highlands workshop, which follows right after Greenland.
August 1 - 10, 2017
Itinerary and Details
This itinerary is subject to change based on weather and sea conditions.
August 1, 2017: Fly from your home to Keflavik, Iceland. Coming from the US, you will arrive early morning on August 1st. Hop on the FlyBus from Keflavik Aiport to our hotel in Reykjavik, Centerhotels Arnarhvoll. We’ll have the day to be tourists in Reykjavik, and then we’ll meet in the restaurant, top floor of our hotel at 6:00pm for a group dinner.
August 2, 2017: Be packed, checked out and ready in the lobby of our hotel at a time TBD, but early. We will transfer to Keflavik Airport for a flight to Constable Point Greenland, a small airfield on the west side of Hurry Inlet in Jameson Land. Embark and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew and then sail towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit where the evening is spent with locals in perhaps the most isolated village of the world. Ittoqqortoormiit was founded in the 1920s by people from Ammassalik. It is the most northerly settlement on the east coast of Greenland. The 450 inhabitants make their living mostly by subsistence hunting of seals, narwhale, muskoxen, and polar bear. The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of south Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.
August 3, 2017: Sail west between whole palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters in the mighty fjord of Scoresby Sound, after calving from the parent glaciers originating in the Inland Ice. Anchor at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement and wintering camp of the first scientific expedition to Scoresby Sound over a hundred years ago. A short evening walk exploring Hekla Havn, and the surrounding area.
August 4, 2017: Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the majestic basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2,000 meters high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the Starboard side. After being up close to the peculiar looking Red Island and even landfall at the red sandstone shore, the tour continues to the north through Rødefjord—which is often filled with both larger icebergs and ice crust from icebergs that are breaking up. We will arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set for two nights.
August 5, 2017: The whole day is spent ashore in Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese, and other wildlife, which normally graze on the south facing slopes. Between 6-7 hours of easy to moderate hiking with a lunch break at the top of a ridge with a breathtaking view over Harefjord, where the glacier tongues descend into the sea. Those who prefer less exercise can stroll at the coast or stay on board enjoying the view. In the evening the crew will make a bonfire and prepare BBQ at the rocky beach.
August 6, 2017: The sailing continues eastwards through the awesome Øfjord. This is one of the most spectacular parts of the trip. Terrific mountain peaks and granite walls tower 200 meters up from the sea just like if the Cerro Torre (one of the majestic mountains of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in South America) and Fitzroy river (in Queensland, Australia) has been moved to the Arctic: a true feast for the eyes. Usually the sea breeze in the Øfjord during the middle of the day allows sails to be set. We’ll get a close look at some of the most amazing cliffs and a glacier front. This day ends by setting anchors in Jyttes Havn Bjørneøe in the late afternoon.
August 7, 2017: The day is spent hiking in and around Jytteshavn in Bear Islands as this is possibly one of the most picturesque anchorages in Scoresby Sound. There are two options of a longer or shorter hike in the Bear Islands, or on the northernmost tip of Milneland, a short zodiac ride away. Jytteshavn is the place to try your skills at sea swimming at 71°N and temperatures can be as surprising as 13°C (55°F) in the summertime. In the evening we offer a nice meal on board and then a cosy bonfire on the beach with story telling or singing.
August 8, 2017: Sailing the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. As we sail into the last evening and night of the trip it is likely that we‘ll be experiencing sights of the largest and the most fascinating icebergs of the journey. This provides a fantastic opportunity for photographs of the majestic and impressive icebergs that are often found in this particular area. When we wake up the next morning we are anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point.
August 9, 2017: The last morning we will enjoy a good breakfast together, write in the diary on board and share contact information with each other. Then we will disembark the schooner for the last time and board the aircraft in Constable Point and fly back to Reykjavík Iceland. We have a hotel arranged, and we'll also enjoy a final good-bye dinner as a group.
What To Bring: In addition to our standard gear list, you’ll want to include some comfy slip-on type shoes for walking around on the boat. Prepare for temps that could be just around freezing to as warm as the high 50°s F, so layering is important. We’ll cover this in detail well before the workshop.
Schooner Donna Wood Details: Click here for information on our schooner.
Travel Details: Fly into and out of Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). Arrive on or before August 1, 2017. Flights home can be anytime on or after August 10, 2017.
But don't leave us, you can continue on with us in Iceland, for our West Fjords workshop!
- Double occupancy lodging during the workshop
- Transfers to / from KEF on August 2 and 9, 2017
- All meals and transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
- Image reviews, critiques and post-processing instruction
- Inspiration, fun, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Airfare from your home to and from Iceland. Travel medical & Evacuation Insurance (required!) and Trip cancellation insurance (recommended!). Alcoholic beverages. Tips for schooner Donna Wood crew. Anything else not specifically listed as included.
Your deposit of $3,000 USD will hold your spot on this workshop. A second non-refundable payment of $4,000 will be due by December 1, 2016. Final non-refundable balance of $3,495 will be due May 1, 2017. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.
Your deposit and further payments are firm commitments, and are non-refundable, which is why we strongly recommend trip insurance. While we do not expect this, we reserve the right to adjust tuition due to factors beyond our control, such as currency fluctuations, airline fees, harbor fees, fuel costs, political action, governmental issues and the like.
Our workshops fill very fast, and this workshop is strictly limited to 10 guests, so if this one has your name on it, don't delay, register now by clicking the "Sign Me Up!" button below. We'll see you in Greenland!