“A ten day small group photography holiday capturing fjords, tundra and tumultuous but terrific skies. Time it with the Aurora for a truly phenomenal experience.”
Ilulissat | Qeqertarsuaq ice beach | Option for aerial photography | Hotel overlooking ice fjord | Disko Island | Ancient settlement of Sermermiut | Oqaatsut settlement | Reykjavík
Description of West Greenland photography tour
We are very excited about this new Greenland photography holiday which, at present, take place during September, when this magnificent and massive island is in a state of exquisite autumnal transition. The tundra is turning different colours by the day, the waters are freezing yet still flowing, the icefloes are also still very much on the move and the expansive Arctic skies have entered that perfect Northern Lights time of year.
During this holiday we are based in a cabin style hotel on the water’s edge in Ilulissat which overlooks an incredible ice fjord. An old harbour town on Disko Bay, its name translates simply as ‘icebergs’ and this natural heritage, on the doorstep of your hotel, is so impressive that it has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Which, as you can imagine, watching icebergs flow past the terrace as you sip your morning coffee, has every photographer reaching for a camera.
Greenland is a huge island, but with few roads. Most people get around by walking, flying, with husky dogs or in our case, by boat. This way we have the time and space to practise our photography skills on the move, sailing though dramatic fjords and seascapes and anchoring in tiny rural settlements where typically Greenlandic houses are painted vibrant colours, providing the perfect contrast against the icy environs. As well as having some of the most magnificent landscapes to photograph, we also like to think of this holiday as an adventure into a land still unspoilt by tourism, and one that is protected by the largest national park in the world.
This holiday begins and ends in Reykjavík, and so many of our guests like to add on a few days in Iceland at either end of the trip.
The cost of this holiday includes: Transfers to and from Iceland’s Keflavík airport as well as a flight from Reykjavík to Ilulissat. It also includes hotel with ensuite rooms, meals (but not drinks with meals) and boat trips. We also spend two nights at the remote settlement hotel in Oqaatsut which has more basic, but warm and comfortable rooms which are shared between two guests, and no ensuite facilities.
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Responsible tourism: West Greenland photography tour
We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines: - When out in wild places we encourage you to keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on or picking native flora, Greenland is especially fragile environmentally and the country is currently embarking of many projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion. - We encourage you to use water sparingly and to avoid buying plastic bottles of water; use your own metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source as recommended - River water could also be drinking water, do not contaminate water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free. - Carry out some research about Greenland and being able to speak a few words of Greenlandic is always appreciated. - Minimize pollution, and carry out all litter. Greenland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.
Wherever possible we work electronically, we are totally web based and our paper use is minimal. We work from a home based office reducing car travel to a minimum. Our preferred mode of getting around to locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.
We support the Environment Agency of Greenland through passing on information about its policy and encouraging people to join their volunteer scheme.
We recommend that you visit our links page where you will find comprehensive information on travel, health, environmental concerns, preparing for your holiday, local cultures and how to support local projects.
More than ever communities in Greenland are returning to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to maintain economic stability in Greenland.
In particular communities away from the main towns are relying on visitors to boost their economy. In particular our aim is to support these less visited areas and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home-grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products. These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods.
All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website Local food can be obtained easily in Greenland. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Greenlandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.
We also encourage our customers to:
- Respect local customs religion and traditions. - Not take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission. - Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do. - Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.
1 Reviews of West Greenland photography tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 08 Mar 2017 by Janet Burdon
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It was all memorable but if I had to pick one thing it would be the boat ride to the Icebergs. I'm not too keen on boats but I was persuaded to go and was stunned by the beauty and majesty of the area.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do it, you won't regret going to such a beautiful place.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think the group as a whole was environmentally aware of the impacts of man in such a delicate ecosystem. Also it benefited local people, particularly in Oqaatsut where local people were employed in the hotel.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fantastic, words cannot describe the sheer beauty of the place. I can't recommend this tour company highly enough. The tour was well conceived, well organised and they looked after us very well. In fact every element of it was excellent.