Greenland winter photography tour

“Travel to wild, unexplored Greenland in winter for an amazing small group photography holiday, shooting icebergs in exceptional light, local life and maybe even the aurora. ”

Highlights

Reykjavík | Ilulissat | three nights in a Oqaatsut village settlement | four nights in a hotel overlooking the ice fiord | boat trips | photograph glaciers and possibly the aurora | optional aerial photography and dog sledging

Description of Greenland winter photography tour

Running in late February and early March, this 10-day photography trip has been designed to make the most of the fabulous winter landscapes and low light that can be found in Greenland at this time of year. Expect spectacular sunrises and sunsets while at night, the big arctic skies are dark enough for the possibility of aurora.

The trip starts in Reykjavík, giving you the chance to tag on a few days in the Icelandic capital either side of your photography adventure, if you wish. In Greenland, our base is Ilulissat (formerly Jakobshavn), which translates as ‘Icebergs’ in the West Greenlandic language. Each year, the huge Jakobshavn Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drops 35 billion tons of icebergs into the waters of Disko Bay and the ice fiord. The result is a dazzling display of arches, towers and walls of blue ice reaching skyward from the water. The whole fiord is constantly changing in appearance, as icebergs drift past, heading for the ocean. In fact, one of these icebergs is thought to have been responsible for sinking the Titanic! This is a breathtaking sight, made more wonderful by the often dramatic light.

A huge, sparsely populated country, Greenland has no roads except in and around the small settlements by the coast. In winter the snow cover means that dog sledging becomes a normal way of transport for the local people who hunt and transport fish. Alternatively, travel is by boat, air and foot. We will use a boat to navigate the ice filled waters at sunset, sailing to small settlements still alive with ancient traditions and with a culture still very much tied to the ocean and weather.

We spend two nights in one settlement to really get ‘under the skin’ of daily life there. Brightly coloured wooden houses sit on snow covered rocky bluffs, while small fishing boats bring in fresh halibut and crab, plus the occasional seal. This is a truly inspiring adventure exploring locations that are only now becoming more accessible to photographers.

Return flights from Reykjavík to Ilulissat are included. Accommodation is two nights in Reykjavík, four nights in a hotel overlooking the ice fiord and three nights in Oqaatsut village settlement. Photographic subjects include wild winter landscapes, colourful wooden houses, local life in the Ilimanaq village settlement, glaciers, sunset by boat on the ice fiord and the possibility of seeing the aurora borealis. We take superb short walks to fine viewpoints, with aerial photography and dog sledging optional.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Greenland winter photography tour

Environment

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.

Community

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. 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.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There are many.......the pain of my feet defrosting after several hours in -35 deg and inappropriate footwear....... the incredible beauty of the icebergs in the
Illulisaat Iceford.......the angst of the old dog, chained and half wild at the prospect of being taken along with the dog pack to run......the smiley, old Inuit couple who cooked and cleaned for us in Oqaatsut.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Probably wise to know how to use your camera before you arrive in Greenland, where the weather conditions make it less favourable to learn the basics of
photography.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, through directly employing them. I think our impact would need to be monitored if the numbers of visitors were to increase, I'm not sure the
infrastructure is strong enough to cope. Had I known about the difficulties of getting local currency I would have travelled with some. There was a small gift
shop, that seemed to open up when we walked passed, selling locally made items and some fridge magnets etc. Unfortunately I only had euros.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. A very interesting group of teachers and guests, I was very lucky to benefit from so many experienced and patient photographers who shared their
knowledge with me. Beautiful landscapes, great food, comfortable accommodation. A very inspiring trip.

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