Where Icebergs are Born
Greenland Photo Expedition, september 2018
Start: September 2, 2018, Keflavik, Iceland
End: September 13, 2018, Keflavik, Iceland

Guides: Mike Reyfman, Dmitry Arkhipov
Price: From USD $8790
Photography on the Greenland Expedition
When you visit Greenland on this photo-expedition, your imagination will come to life like never before! Your passion for photography will be ignited, and you will exult in the world you see through your lens. Greenland is home to one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth – from the vibrant reds and oranges of the glacier-carved terrain to the depthless blues of the icebergs that serenely float among the fjords. The beauty of Greenland is still wild and untouched, and you will be one of an elite group of photographers that gets to experience it in person and capture it in your photos.

Over the course of our 10-day trip to the East Coast of Greenland, we will make daily shore excursions and maximize the time we have to photograph the awe-inspiring Arctic landscape and fjords of Scoresbysund (Scoresby Sound). These fjords are home to the most incredible iceberg formations in the world. The intensity of the blue fractures in the icebergs will captivate you and provide endless variation in your photos. The light in September creates impressive shadows and teases out the most intense colors from both the land and the ice.

The beauty of this part of the world is raw and visceral and photography expeditions rarely venture here. If you're looking for a truly unique photo experience and want to capture these unparalleled landscapes, reserve your spot today.

Greenland does not have the density of wildlife as we normally see on Svalbard, but there are good possibilities for photographing Arctic hare, seals, seabirds, and maybe also Muskox and Polar bear.

☛ New feature: In September, the nights are coming back to Greenland. We will check the Aurora Forecast and will make night landings (weather permitting) to photograph Northern lights over the beautiful icebergs!

☛ New feature: With this trip we are introducing our new idea to make some of our trips "DRONE FRIENDLY". Participants will be able to do plenty of shore landings with time for aerial photography and, weather permitting, will be supported with Zodiacs as a floating platform for drone launch and landing. Just imagine how beautiful the icebergs will look from the air, when bright blue underwater parts are visible!

Expedition Itinerary
The main goal of this expedition is to explore and photograph the largest, longest and most spectacular fjord system in the world - the Scoresbysund (English: Scoresby Sound). This part of Eastern Greenland is surprisingly various. Icebergs and glaciers like in Antarctica, mountains like in Patagonia, fjords like in Norway... Scoresbysund has a tree-like structure, with a main body approximately 110 km (68 miles) long that branches into a system of fjords covering an area of about 38,000 km2 (14,700 sq mi).
Day 0 | September 2, 2018
  • Participants will fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) Iceland.
  • Transfer from Keflavik to the hotel in Reykjavik (50min). All transfers are covered with Early Bird Reservations.
  • Overnight stay in Reykjavik - the capital of Icelan.
Day 1 | September 3, 2018
  • Transfer to Reykjavik airport for our domestic flight to Akureyri.
  • Transfer to harbor and board MS Freya @ approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Depart as soon as possible after everyone has boarded and after the mandatory safety briefings.
Day 2 | September 4, 2018
  • Sail to Greenland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.
Days 3-9 | September 5-11, 2018
  • Arrive in Greenland.
  • We will spend the week exploring and photographing the incredible landscapes and icebergs of the Scoresby Sound. Our actual daily itinerary will depend on the prevailing weather and ice conditions. A briefing will be given each morning and evening on what to expect and how to prepare for the following day's photography. We may also venture into Kejser Franz Joseph and Kong Oscar Fjords for couple of days, weather and ice permitting.
Day 10 | September 12, 2018
  • Sail back to Iceland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we once again will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.
Day 11 | September 13, 2018
  • Disembark Akureyri @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Transfer to local airport for flights back to Reykjavik.
  • Transfer from Reykjavik domestic airport to Keflavik International Airport (50min).
  • Arrive at Keflavic (KEF) International Airport by 1:00 p.m. Fly home.
ICELAND EXTENSION:

For those who want to extend the stay in Iceland we will organize 5-7 days Iceland photo extension. We will be back soon with more information.
Guides
Mike Reyfman
is a professional nature photographer and has been leading photography tours and workshops since 2005.
You can read more about Mike here»
Dmitry Arkhipov
is Russia leading nature photographer. He concentrates on the Arctic and Antarctic regions and is widely awarded. He has been leading photography workshops in the Arctic regions of Svalbard and Greenland for a number of years.
You can learn more about Dmitry on his website»
Both guides will be available for photographic instruction throughout the expedition. There will be informal lectures and masterclasses on board the ship at various times throughout the expedition.

What is included
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

* All night onboard the M/S Freya
* All meals onboard the vessel
* Guides, Expedition leader, safety and other staffs
* Photo instructions and master classes given by expedition guides
* Excursion with two Zodiacs
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

* Flights to / from Akureyri (Iceland)
* Overnight accomodation prior to and following the expedition
* Alcohol and souvenirs purchased onboard the ship
* Tips (recommended) for the vessel's crew members
* Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
* Transfers
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL *

For all bookings made on or before February 1, 2018 we will offer all included package (more than US $700 in total)!
The package will include:

* Round trip airfare Akureyri/Reykjavik
* Hotel in Reykjavik on the day of arrival if you arrive to Iceland on September 2nd
* All transfers including: Keflavik Airport/Hotel in Reykjavik, Hotel/Rejkyavik Airport, airport/harbour/airport in Akureyri and Reykjavik Airport/Keflavik Airport.

Guests not participating in Early Bird booking can arrange transfers, hotel and domestic flights Reykjavik/Akureyri separately or book it with us (additional payment required).

Expedition Ship MS Freya
With an engine power of 1360 hp, the highest ice class (1A), and certificates for unrestricted trade, MS Freya is without a doubt an excellent expedition ship for polar regions. With an experienced Swedish team and a captain that has made hundreds of expeditions on similar boats in Arctic waters, our voyage will be safe. Our Expedition Leader for this trip has been chosen for his extensive experience in the Arctic. Low vessel draft allows us to sail into fjords and bays that are closed for big cruise ships.

MS Freya is one of the best ships in the Arctic for Polar exploration and Photography. She is spacious and well suited for photography vessel. Two Zodiacs will let all clients land and explore at the same time.

The ship has 2 Single cabins with private WC / shower, 6 Twin cabins with private WC / shower and one Mini suite with a double bed and private WC / shower along with cabins for the crew and expedition staff. Bed linens and towels are provided. Food service will be at a designated time, but we intend to be flexible. The chef has a varied and tasty menu and European cuisine is tasty and various on board. You can always have tea, coffee and drinks from the bar.

Registration Form
To register for the tour please fill the form below. We will notify you about availability and payment options. If there are no available spots, your registration will be automatically placed to the waiting list.
After you register for this expedition using the form above we will send you payment instruction for a deposit payment of USD $2500 and a booking form. In the booking form you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. You will also find more information about payments, insurance etc. on the booking form. Let us know if you have any questions.
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