GREENLAND: GLACIER FJORDS ALONG THE WEST COAST


A PHOTO TOUR IN COOPERATION WITH STARLING TOURS

During this photography tour to Greenland, we zoom in on the world’s largest island. Get ready to be blinded by the ice sheet that covers 80% of the country. This is pure, unspoiled wilderness, where a brave Inuit population of less than 60.000 lives in isolated settlements. They travel by boat or sledge and live mainly from hunting and fishing.

 

Tour dates

24 July to 1 August 2020

 

Group Size

10 people

 

Condition

Intense, cold, comfortable

 

Book Before

1 April 2020

SCHEDULE

24/07: Flight from Amsterdam/Brussels to Greenland (flights not included)

25/7: Hike and first iceberg cruise. We explore the area around the village and make our first evening trip to the impressive icebergs after supper!

26/07: After lunch we board a flight for some air photography of the  icebergs and water surface patterns. After dinner we go on another iceberg safari.

27/07: We get together to discuss the result of our photography. Next up is a visit to Illimanaq, where we dine. A whale tour is the final touch to this full and beautiful day.

28/07: A local guide takes us out on an excursion to portray the local people. After dinner we explore the icebergs and landscapes and capture the sunset.

29/07: During this full day on land, we’ll organize a drone initiation. After dinner we walk up to a fantastic viewpoint in Ilulissat.

30/07: Our final full day in Greenland. We discuss and edit our work. After some free time and dinner, we head out for our final iceberg safari.

31/07 – 01/08: Return flight from Ilulissat to Brussels/Amsterdam (flights not included)


ICESCAPES, MOUNTAINS AND TUNDRA

Along the west coast of Greenland, pristine fjords and desolate hills form a unique labyrinth. Everywhere you look, the ice is moving. Gigantic glaciers are formed and the meltwater from majestic icebergs flows into the ocean. During this photography tour, we experience the vast landscape of Greenland and capture it on film. In the tundra, we hope to see arctic wildlife such as muskox, caribou, arctic hare and arctic fox. Boat trips allow us to spot whales, seals and perhaps even the mythical narwhal from a privileged position.


DIVERSE AND RICH ITINERARY

As you know, I have an extensive experience in arctic waters. For this trip, I team up with landscape photographer Bart Heirweg. As a result, you’ll get to see the most beautiful fjords and most spectacular glaciers West Greenland has to offer. The trip combines a solid photography workshop with an amazing photography tour, with personal guidance from beginning to end. Here’s an overview of the planned activities:

– whale safaris
– 4 iceberg safaris after dinner (to get the best light)
– Illimanaq boat tour and hike
– drone initiation
– a walk to town for some local portraits
– 2 photography hikes
– photo discussions and photo editing sessions

Sufficient rest is provided during the mornings.


WELL PREPARED TRAVEL WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

After our daily winter adventures, we return to a very comfortable hotel every day. You’ll enjoy hearty meals, a good and sturdy bed, a private bathroom and a warm atmosphere. You’ll enjoy the wilderness of Greenland, the impressive icebergs and the company of a small group of like-minded people. The perfect recipe for the most pleasant photography tour currently organized to this destination! Are you ready to join us?


UNIQUE NORDIC PHOTOGRAPHY

This trip is perfect for lovers of nordic photography. Every day brings sea air to your lungs, icy landscapes and desolate mountain valleys as far as the eye can see. You’ll climb unknown mountain peaks and float in a boat between icebergs and glaciers.
Are you fascinated by arctic nature and passionate about photography? Then get ready for this unforgettable adventure!


CLIMATE, CLOTHING AND GEAR

Despite the high latitude, the climate can be very pleasant here during spring. But it remains cold according to European standards. So be sure to protect yourself against the cold and the wind. We’ll be photographing outside for extended periods of time.

The guides are very experienced men with a passion for arctic landscapes and photography. They’ll be sure to lift your photography to the next level.

We’ll provide you with extensive information about climate, clothing and gear before departure.


ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

During this land-based photo tour, we stay at the Ilulissat settlement. Our comfortable hotel has private bathrooms. Meals are enjoyed at the hotel or as a packed lunch during excursions.


TRANSPORT

Local transport is by chartered boats or on foot when staying close to the village. The trip includes a flight for aerial photography of the icebergs.

We’ll make stunning images of icebergs, landscapes, glaciers and a touch of local wildlife and culture during numerous excursions.

International flights are not included in the price. When departure is guaranteed, you will receive a non-binding flight proposal. The estimated price for a two-way flight is 1400 to 1700 euros. But feel free to book your own flights.


SPOT LOCATION


INCLUDED

All camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, …), drinking water, excursions and entrance tickets, all meals, overnight stays, local transport, nature and photography guides, satellite phone and security armament, insurance guarantee fund

NOT INCLUDED

Alcoholic beverages, extra nights, franchise insurance for damage to your snowmobile (450 euro), international flights and airport taxes, personal expenses, travel insurance, cancellation insurance, visa fees (if applicable).

 

TESTIMONIALS


They joined me on my last phototour and it was lots of fun ! Thank you to them for their trust.
  • I certainly recommend a trip with Yves. He’s not only an excellent photographer but also an excellent tour guide. He’s very social, speaks a lot of languages and is very pragmatic and hands-on. He takes care of his people during the entire trip.
    Carl Verstraelen, Belgium
  • I undertook no less than 16 (!) photo trips with this guy, starting in 2012. Why? All I can say is that I have a lot of beautiful images. Yves provides all the right photo opportunities and my skills have increased considerably. Everything I expect from a trip as a photographer is there. Just see for yourself and book a trip, you won’t regret it!
    Julien Herremans, Belgium
  • Yves knows a lot about Svalbard! He is very helpful, has expertise of photography and equipment, loves a good joke and is a very kind person.
    Alex Boel, Belgium
  • I met Yves in Norway. His humor and optimism was infectious! He gives the best of himself and brings out the best in you as a photographer. Travelers get lots of space to do their thing!
    Regi Popelier, Belgium
  • Yves has lots of patience with his group and plenty of knowledge about wildlife and landscape photography.
    Wim De Baets, Belgium
  • We join Yves every year since we first met him! His social skills, his knowledge of the environment he explores, his possibility to adapt to changing situations and the fact that he will never put his team in danger: trips with Yves are smooth and hassle-free!
    Bert Van Der Krieken & Kristien Van Acker, Belgium
  • We always delight in traveling with Yves. He does his best to satisfy the travelers every single time and is very responsible for the group. The trips are always perfect!
    Pascale Carrette & Bas Talpe, Belgium

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