Red Sails in Greenland Photo Workshop

Aug 17-22, 2021

Aug 22-27, 2021 - 2 Spots Left!!

Quick Summary

Greenland is a mysterious land and home to many of the planet’s most spectacular natural wonders. Join us on an intensive 6-day workshop as we photograph pristine icebergs aboard the iconic red sailboats! By using 2 boats, we'll be able to strategically place them for the best photos. If you want to explore more, join our Iceland Extensions to the Highlands and the Coast!

Iceberg Reflection - Greenland

Highlights

  • Join the 6-day adventure aboard the highly photogenic red sailboats as we photograph Greenland's pristine icebergs, quirky villages, and primitive wilderness.
  • The landscapes and seascapes of Disko Bay will be our main focus, as we will sail alongside the greatest icebergs in the world under the magical illumination of the arctic sun.
  • Each night the group will be hosted at one of Greenland’s 4-star hotels, where we will enjoy local food and fabulous 3-course dinners.
  • Each day we'll be watching for whales as we sail through the bay. Sometimes they'll be right next to our boat!
  • Greenland is stunning from both the ground and the air. If you have a drone, bring it along!
  • Award-winning photographers Siggi Brynjarsson and David Swindler will be instructing the workshop. You will learn many new photo skills and post-processing techniques.
  • All transportation, lodging, breakfast and dinners are provided during the workshop so you can focus on your photography.

Itinerary

 
The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unpredictability of weather. However, we will make every effort to optimize our shooting conditions no matter what the weather throws at us.

  • Day 1): Travel to Illulissat, Greenland. We recommend arriving no later than mid-afternoon. After dinner, we board our vessel and depart to the Icefjord. The midnight sun hovers above the horizon creating incredible colors on the distant mountains. We enjoy the long twilight hours and return to our hotel well after midnight for some much needed rest.
  • Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a post-processing session and leisurely afternoon. After dinner we sail into the Icefjord, visiting several small settlements to the south, including Kangia, Qasigiannguit, and/or Ilimanaq. Greenlandic settlements tend be colorful, and full of character. On our journey back to port, we hunt for open water icebergs, castles, towers and archways, which come in a staggering variety of shapes and sizes. Arrival in Ilulissat will be between 2:00 & 3:00 am.
  • Day 3:  We take time to catch up on some much needed rest this morning. After a quick lunch, we hop aboard our boats to visit the small settlements of Oqaatsut or Rodebay. We enjoy dinner at a small restaurant with a big history. Late in the evening we head back to Ilulissat and begin a night hike to Sermermiut and the nearby Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. This is where all of the Disko Bay icebergs begin their journey and the views are striking. The hike is about 1 hour each way with minimal elevation gain. We will have plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the midnight sun, while keeping an eye out for the local wildlife.
  • Day 4:  Upon returning from our late night hike, we settle in for a cozy sleep back at our hotel in Ilulissat. Breakfast is followed by another post-processing session. Just before midnight we once again set sail, skirting around the Icefjord in search of the best compositions and light. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site with myriad photo opportunities.
  • Iceberg Towers - Greenland
    Disko Bay Icebergs
    Iceberg Reflections - Greenland
    • Day 5:  After breakfast we spend a couple hours in the classroom. By this point in the expedition, there will be a mounds of photos to process and plenty of questions to be answered. As evening falls we will once again set sail in search of icebergs, wildlife and spectacles under the midnight sun! We strategically place the boats at the best angles for photography.
    • Day 6:  After a hearty breakfast we have a farewell meeting, and say our goodbyes. Airport transfers are included. For those wishing to extend their adventure, we invite you to join our Iceland Highlands Workshop or Essential Iceland Workshops.

    Pricing

    Single Occupany $5800/person + Tax 

    Double Occupany $4900/person + Tax 

    Trip Includes:

    • 5 Nights at a 4 star hotel.
    • Breakfast and dinners at Greenland's best restaurants.
    • Private boat charter on 2 red sailboats.
    • Photography guiding and instruction throughout the trip.
    • All transportation during the workshop and airport transfers.
    • Port taxes and fees
    •  

      Trip Does NOT Include:

      • International Flights to/from Greenland.
      • Alcohol, snacks, beverages.
      • Lunches.
      • Visa (if applicable)
      • Gratuities for photo guides, local guides, and boat crew.

       
      A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot.  The remaining balance will be charged 90 days prior to the workshop.

    Red Sails at Sunset - Greenland
    Iceberg Reflections - Greenland

    Additional Information

    • Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations.
    • It is very likely that we will experience every type of weather. Warm sunshine, gale force winds, and rain are all possible within the same day. See the gear list further down.
    • We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any non-refundable fees or medical costs. We have partnered with Squaremouth, a website that allows you to compare policies from multiple providers to choose the best one for you.
    • Greenland is absolutely stunning from the ground, but it is equally amazing from above. If you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along.
    • The instructors will be available throughout the trip to help you with your images and post-processing.
    • After you book, we will give you more information on how to book your flights to and from Illulissat.

    Recommended Camera Gear

    • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
    • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
    • Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
    • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
    • Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters. We recommend a 100-400mm for maximum flexibility.
    • Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses.  If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.  A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures when we are not on the boat.
    • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
    • Remote cord for your camera.
    • Cover for your camera/lens to protect against high winds and rain.
    • Camera backpack you can use while hiking.
    • Drone camera for aerial photography (optional).
    • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

    Personal Gear List

    • Sturdy waterproof hiking footwear, hiking socks, and quick-dry pants (we don't recommend jeans).
    • A rain jacket with hood along with a warm layer.
    • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Beanie, and Gloves
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder.
    • Hiking poles if you like having them.
    Red Sails - Greenland
    Icebergs at Sunset - Greenland
    Siggi

    Instructor - Siggi Brynjarsson

     

    Sigurdur William Brynjarsson (Siggi) is a photographer based in Iceland.  He is currently the brand ambassador for Irix lenses and Kase Filters. He is passionate about photographing locations all around the world, but especially in his home country of Iceland.

    He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos and has even written a book on the subject. He has led photography workshops and tours in Iceland since 2012 with great success and rave reviews. When the days get longer, he turns his eyes towards the amazing midnight sun with golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.

    Siggi is the CEO of Viking International PhotoTours, a company that is registered in both Iceland and the US and is a certified tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

    David Swindler Winter

    David Swindler

    David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David's work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!

    Gallery   Media Coverage    500px     Flickr

    David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field.  Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.

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