GREENLAND
PHOTO EXPEDITION

Greenland • September 5-12, 2017

GREENLAND PHOTO EXPEDITION

Greenland • September 5-12, 2017

Greenland with muskoxen, whales icebergs and a unique landscape makes it every photographers dream destination

Experience the magic of Greenland together with the award winning wildlife photographers Audun Rikardsen and Carsten Egevang. Get the opportunity to photograph Greenland’s amazing scenery with ice-filled fjords and tundra and its extensive wildlife with everything from muskox and caribou to several different species of whales like humpback whale, fin whale and minke whale. During the trip you will also photograph the inland ice at Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat icefjord, with its gigantic icebergs that was declared an UNESCO world heritage site in 2004 and also the Eqip Sermia Glacier with its mighty 90 meter high ice wall. During September, nature’s colors are very special and there is also the opportunity to experience northern lights, which in combination with the iceberg allows for stunning pictures.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tutoring and personal assistance by the award winning wildlife photographers Audun Rikardsen and Carsten Egevang throughout the whole tour.
  • Lecutures by Audun Rikardsen and Carsten Egevang.
  • Close contact with muskoxen.
  • Chance of Arctic foxes, caribou, Arctic hares, ptarmigan, peregrine and Gyr falcon.
  • Photo excursions on the inland ice sheet.
  • World Heritage stie Ilulissat Icefjord with its giant icebergs.
  • The glacier Eqip Sermia with its 90-meter ice wall.
  • Chance to photograph several species of whale.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

AUDUN RIKARDSEN

Audun Rikardsen has always been fascinated by the Arctic climate, the rugged landscape and its wildlife, both above and below the surface. Most of Audun’s photos are taken in northern Norway, Greenland and Svalbard. “Wildlife and nature photography for me is to have fun, to experience special moments and to share those experiences through my photos”, says Audun. Throughout the years, Audun has won a number of highly prestigious awards. In 2015 he received the title “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” under the category Portfolio Award, in National History Museum’s prestigious photo contest. Audun has also won a lot of other awards including the “European Wildlife Photographer of the Year” and the “Arctic Photographer of the Year”.

 www.audunrikardsen.com

CARSTEN EGEVANG

Carsten Egevang is a well known nature photographer with a penchant for Greenland. Carsten has more than 20 years of field experience from Greenland working as a researcher in Arctic seabirds. Even though he currently lives in Copenhagen, he visits Greenland at least three times a year. One can therefore say that Carsten is a true expert in Greenland and he knows all the greatest photo spots on this ice-covered island. Carsten is also the author of several photo books for example “Greenland – Land of Animal and Man” and ”Life at the Edge”. Carsten has both been awarded category winner in BBC’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year“ and has awarded ”Nature Photographer of the Year” in Denmark.

www.carstenegevang.com

TRAVELLING WITH AUDUN RIKARDSEN AND CARSTEN EGEVANG                         

Our trips are always accompanied by at least one well known and award winning professional photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic locations during the best light conditions and help you improve and expand your photographic technique. During this trip, there will be two, Audun Rikardsen and Carsten Egevang, they will take you to Greenland and its best kept nature secrets and teach you how to turn the ordinary image into something extraordinary. They will also help you with the post processing of the images taken during the day and look at your photographs to give his advice while evaluating your images. They will also talk about everything from camera technique, focal lengths, composition and the light in the images as well as giving lectures. There will also be a lot of time for individual conversations with Audun and Carsten where you have the chance to ask questions or perhaps get some help with any camera settings or equipment advice

TOUR ITINERARY

Since many prefer to book the transport on their own we have chosen not to include this in the price. If you wish, we will of course help you to arrange it.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

We will meet at the airport in Kangerlussuaq in the morning. Here you will meet both Audun and Carsten, the host from Zoom Fotoresor and also a local nature guide. Together we head out to Tasersuatsiaq Lake, where we start our walk out on the tundra. The walk will offer beautiful autumn colors and hopefully we will be able to encounter both muskox, reindeer and arctic fox. Late in the afternoon we arrive at our tent camp where we will stay overnight. During the evening we have dinner over open fire. If we are lucky we can both see and photograph the northern lights during the evening. Overnight in tent camp. (L, D)

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

After breakfast we will start our trek and try to get close to the muskoxen wandering around the area. Throughout the day we focus on tracking and photographing wildlife. In the afternoon we continue to Kangerlussuaq and Polar Lodge where we will stay the next two nights. At dinner we enjoy a beautiful view over Lake Ferguson. (B, L, D)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Breakfast at the lodge. During the day we drive 35 km in four-wheel drive jeeps on Greenland’s longest road to the final goal, the inland ice sheet. During the journey we pass the beautiful tundra and we will make several photo stops on the way. When we arrive at the inland ice we will spend the day there photographing the amazing landscape and all its ice features. The motives are infinite with large glacier cracks, meltwater holes, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. On our way back to Kangerlussuaq we stop to photograph the mighty ice wall at the Russel Glacier. Overnight at Polar Lodge. (B, L, D)

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

After breakfast we head to the airport to fly to Ilulissat, the city of icebergs. During the flight we get a magnificent view of the mighty ice landscape. Upon arrival we check in at the first-class Hotel Arctic. During the day we will take a photo walk in the immediate area as well as photographing the icefjord with the glacier Kangia. These enormous icebergs, which stretches up to 100 meters above sea level, make it possible for photographers to find different motives in any direction. Overnight at Hotel Arctic for four nights. (B, L, D)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

Today we take a photo trek to the Sermermiut valley, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Greenland, where the giant icebergs offers a stunning scenery. The evening is spent on your own in Ilulissat. One suggestion is to visit the Naleraq bar, which often has live music with Greenlandic bands. (B, L)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Early in the morning we get on a boat that takes us along the Ataa fjord to Eqi where we experience when the glacier calves and huge icebergs descend into the ocean from the 90 meter high ice wall. Here we have an opportunity for many spectacular pictures. During the boat trip there are good chances to photograph several species of whale. On our way back to Ilulissat we take a photo stop in Oqaatut, a secluded small town where only 40 inhabitants live primarily on their fishing. When we return to Ilulissat we have a communal dinner. (B, L, D)

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

This morning you will receive two different photo assignments which will be presented during the afternoon workshop. Lunch is on your own. Late in the afternoon we are heading for a boat trip in the fjord to photograph the icebergs during sunset. When the evening sun reflects the ice, there is the possibility of really great pictures. During the evening we have a common final dinner at Ulo, Greenland’s absolute best restaurant where Audun and Carsten will pick out the best photo from the trip from the participants. (B, D)

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

After a last breakfast at the hotel it’s time for transfer to the airport and your flight back home.

HOTEL

TENT

The first night we will spend in a tent out on the tundra. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be available in each tent.
 
POLAR LODGE***

Polar Lodge is a very good lodge in Kangerlussuaq. Centrally located, Polar Lodge has a total of 16 newly renovated guest rooms. Bathroom and toilet are found in the hallway outside the rooms. At the lodge there is a common living room and kitchen as well as a shop where you have the opportunity to buy souvenirs.
 
HOTEL ARCTIC****

This is Greenland’s best hotel with a magnificent view of Disko bay and the icefjord. The hotel is located about a 10 min walk from the city center, but if you do not feel like walking there is also a shuttle bus departing on a regular basis. At the hotel there are 90 rooms that are modernly decorated and also has artwork by local artists. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels and some of the rooms have sea and iceberg views. The hotel features the gourmet restaurant Ulo, Greenland’s best restaurant, which offers Greenlandic specialties. After dinner, relax with a drink at the hotel’s Ice Rock Bar bar.

PRICE

Price per person: USD 3.850

Price includes:

  • All domestic flights.
  • Bus and boat transportations according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in shared twin room according to program.
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses during the night in tent.
  • Meals according to itinerary (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All activities stated in the itinerary.
  • Tutoring and personal assistance by the photographers during the whole trip.
Lectures and image editing help by the photographers.
  • A host from Zoom Photo tours.
  • Assistance by a local nature guide during all photo excursions.
VAT, hotel taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and practical travel information.

Price does Not include:

  • Flight to Greenland.
  • Single room supplement, except the night in tent: USD 450.
  • All expenses of personal nature like snacks, drinks, laundry etc.

FLIGHT

The transportation to Greenland is not included in the price. But if you wish, we are more than happy to help you with flight bookings. Just send an email to info@zoomfotoresor.se or call +46 470 466 40 and we will response with flight suggestions and prices.

FACTS

Target audience: Photographers of all levels who are interested in developing their skills within nature and wildlife photography. To get the most out of the trip we recommend you to have some previous photo experience.

Group size: Min/max 8/24 guests.

Recommended photography gear:  DSLR camera with everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses up to 300 mm. A sturdy tripod is an advantage to have as well as a laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

Exchange rate: DKK= 0,15 USD. (If the exchange rate will change the price can be updated)

Reservation: You can book this trip by sending an email with you contact details and choice of single or twin room to info@zoomfotoresor.se or give us a call at +46 470 466 40.