2017 East Greenland Photography Expeditions

With Joshua Holko and Daniel Bergmann. February 23 – March 5, 2017 – Sold out

EXPEDITION 1
September 12–22, 2017.

EXPEDITION 2
September 22–October 2, 2017.

Both expeditions sold out

Greenland is an incredible place to inspire the imagination and fuel your photographic desires. Home to some of the most extraordinary geology to be found on earth, the red and orange glacial scarred landscape of Greenland stands in stark contrast to the electric blue icebergs that carve off its many glaciers and drift slowly down its precipitous fjords. It is a remote land of untamed and unbridled beauty that is rarely visited and even less rarely photographed.

This expedition has been more than two years in the planning and has been structured to provide the very best possible opportunities to photograph the impressive landscapes of the remote East Coast of Greenland in the Scoresbysund fjord system. With the sun low in the sky and at an oblique angle, September is the ideal time to photograph this region of the Arctic. Working during the best light of the day we will maximize our time for photography with daily shore excursions with plenty of time to scout, setup and photograph.

Our expedition ship will be the schooner Rembrandt Van Rijn, which will enable us to explore deep into the Scoresbysund fjord system. The Rembrandt Van Rijn is widely regarded as one of the best ships in the Arctic for Polar exploration and Photography. Although our ship is capable of carrying up to 33 people, the maximum number of participants on this expedition has been capped at approximately 16. By limiting the number of participants on the ship we ensure sufficient room for photography equipment, shooting positions and zodiac photography for all participants without having to compromise.

The Scoresbysund Fjord System
Scoresbysund (English: Scoresby Sound, Greenlandic: Kangertittivaq) is an inlet system of the Greenland Sea on the eastern coast of Greenland. It 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). The longest of these extends 340–350 km in from the coastline. The depth is 400–600 meters in the main body, but this increases to up to 1,450 meters (4,760 ft) in the fjords. It is the largest, longest and most spectacular fjord system in the world.

Expedition itinerary
Our expedition begins with a private charter flight on (or about) the 12th of September (for trip 1 – 22nd for trip 2) from the capital city Reykjavik in Iceland to Constable Point in Greenland, where we will board our ship. By flying to Greenland we save approximately two days sailing to and from Iceland and avoid the notoriously rough Denmark Strait. This additional time will instead by spent photographing in Greenland.

Our intention is to depart as soon as possible after everyone has boarded and we have undertaken the mandatory safety briefings. We will sail directly into Scoresbysund and spend our days exploring and photographing the incredible landscapes and icebergs in this remote region of Greenland. Our actual daily itinerary will depend on the prevailing weather and ice conditions and a briefing will be given each morning and evening on what to expect and how to prepare for the following days photography.

We will return to Constable Point in Greenland and disembark on (or about) the 22nd of September (for trip 1 – Oct. 2nd for trip 2) where transportation will be provided for luggage to the airfield in time to meet our private charter flight back to Iceland. Participants will be required to walk the short distance from the dock to the airport. The expedition concludes when we disembark our charter flight in Iceland.

Photography on the Greenland Expedition
The photographic opportunities in the Scoresbysund are limitless and we intend to take maximum advantage of our time in this area. We will use zodiacs to make daily shore excursions for contemplative landscape photography as well as utilize the zodiacs for ice photography as we cruise among icebergs and brash ice.

Scoresbysund is home to some of the most incredible iceberg formations to be found anywhere in the world. As a result of the constant thawing and freezing of the glaciers there is an abundance of icebergs of infinite variety to be found drifting in the fjord system. Many of the icebergs are heavily castellated with electric blue cracks and fractures that are a photographers dream come true. The juxtaposition of these natural sculptures against the orange and red rock scarred landscape is not only awe inspiring in its primordial nature but completely unique. Nowhere else in the world can this combination and beauty be found on such a scale.

In photographic terms the landscapes of the Scoresbysund fjord system are virgin ground. Very few expeditions venture into this area of Greenland and even fewer are dedicated to photographers.

Although our ship is capable of carrying up to 33 people, the maximum number of participants on this expedition has been capped at approximately 16. By limiting the number of participants on the ship we ensure sufficient room for photography equipment, shooting positions and zodiac photography for all participants without having to compromise.

Both Joshua Holko and Daníel Bergmann have visited and photographed in the Scoresbysund fjord system on multiple occasions and both will be available for photographic instruction throughout the expedition. There will be informal lectures and seminars on board the ship at various times throughout the expedition.

Our expedition leader and safety officer for this trip have been hand chosen for their extensive experience in the Arctic.

The leaders
I am a native Icelander, a professional nature photographer since 1999 and have been leading photography tours and workshops in Iceland and the Arctic since 2003. You can read more about me here.

Joshua Holko is Australia’s 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 Josh on his website.

The Rembrandt Van Rijn

Trip details

Expedition one
Date: September 12–22, 2017
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Cost: $13,750 USD + charter flight (approx. 1,200 EUR)
Group size: Approx. 16
Leaders: Joshua Holko & Daníel Bergmann

Expedition two
Date: September 22–October 2, 2017
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Cost: $13,750 USD + charter flight (approx. 1,200 EUR)
Group size: Approx. 16
Leaders: Joshua Holko & Daníel Bergmann

Please contact me for further information and booking.