THE MIGHTY ICEBERGS OF GREENLAND

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER HANS STRAND

 

THE MIGHTY ICEBERGS OF GREENLAND

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER HANS STRAND

COUNTRY: Greenland PHOTO TYPE: Landscape  TRIP LENGHT: 6 days  DATES: Aug 13-18, 2021  PRICE:  USD 3 500


Take the opportunity to photograph huge icebergs and glaciers under the guidance of Hans Strand, award-winning landscape photographer, in one of his favorite destinations – Greenland.

Experience the magic beauty of Greenland, along with our internationally most famous landscape photographer, Hans Strand. During this inspiring workshop, Hans will take you to some of his favorite places around Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay on western Greenland. On foot and by boat, you will have the opportunity to photograph the dramatic landscapes and sparkling icebergs of the Arctic at its most beautiful. We place special focus on the giant icebergs at the Inuit village of Ilulissat at the mouth of Disco Bay. They will provide us plenty of opportunities for good photos and interesting image compositions. Hans, who has visited Greenland many, many times, will show us how his mind works when creating the perfect image, from light to composition, all to capture the mighty landscapes and icebergs of Greenland.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The spectacular scenery of Greenland.
  • The mighty glaciers of Kangia and Eqi.
  • Ilulissat, City of the Icebergs.
  • An opportunity to photograph whales and sea-dwelling birds in Disko Bay.
  • Boat trips among giant icebergs and calving glaciers.
  • Several hikes in the evening light, the absolute best light for these types of images. 
  • Hans Strand will show you his favorite places.
  • Photography guidance and lectures from Hans Strand.

COUNTRY: Greenland

PHOTO TYPE: Landscape

TRIP LENGHT: 6 days

DATES: August 13-28, 2021

PRICE: USD 3 500

 

Take the opportunity to photograph huge icebergs and glaciers under the guidance of award-winning landscape photographer Hans Strand, in one of his favorite destinations – Greenland.

Experience the magic beauty of Greenland, along with our internationally most famous landscape photographer, Hans Strand. During this inspiring workshop, Hans will take you to some of his favorite places around Ilulissat Icefjord and Disko Bay on western Greenland. On foot and by boat, you will have the opportunity to photograph the dramatic landscapes and sparkling icebergs of the Arctic at its most beautiful. We place special focus on the giant icebergs at the Inuit village of Ilulissat at the mouth of Disco Bay. They will provide us plenty of opportunities for good photos and interesting image compositions. Hans, who has visited Greenland many, many times, will show us how his mind works when creating the perfect image, from light to composition, all to capture the mighty landscapes and icebergs of Greenland.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The spectacular scenery of Greenland.
  • The mighty glaciers of Kangia and Eqi.
  • Ilulissat, City of the Icebergs.
  • An opportunity to photograph whales and sea-dwelling birds in Disko Bay.
  • Boat trips among giant icebergs and calving glaciers.
  • Several hikes in the evening light, the absolute best light for these types of images. 
  • Hans Strand will show you his favorite places.
  • Photography guidance and lectures from Hans Strand.

DESTINATION INFO

DESTINATION INFO

GREENLAND

Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It was a colony up until 1953, when Denmark’s Constitution was changed to give Greenland the status of Danish territory just as any other. After the introduction of home rule in 1979, its independence has gradually increased. In 2008, self-government was voted through and today the country has the right to decide for itself which political responsibilities should be managed by its own administration. The size of the country means that the northern coast is the world’s northernmost land area, while the southern tip is approximately at height with Stockholm. The ice sheet covers almost 85% of Greenland’s total land area. It stretches for 2,500 km from North to South and up to 1,000 km from East to West. At its center, the ice sheet is 3 kilometers thick. The Greenland ice sheet represents ten percent of the world’s freshwater reserve and is the largest continuous ice sheet in the northern hemisphere. The population of the island is just over 50,000 people, of which 17,000 live in the capital, Nuuk.

TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR ITINERARY

August 13–18, 2021

Travel to Ilulissat on Greenland on your own. More information on how to get there can be found below, under the heading “Transport”.

Note: The program may be moved around, depending on the weather conditions for specific days. This is to give you the best chance of optimizing the photo sessions.

DAY 1, (13/8) – WELCOME TO GREENLAND

In the afternoon, we gather at the first-class hotel Arctic, in Ilulissat, the City of Icebergs. Hotel Arctic is Greenland’s best hotel, and here you will be met by Hans Strand and a host from Zoom Photo Travel. After checking in, we begin these days together with lunch followed by an inspiring lecture from Hans. Hans has visited Greenland a large number of times and will combine beautiful images from some of the areas we will visit, with practical tips on what to consider when we document the Greenland landscape with our cameras. Filled with inspiration, we head out on our first photo hike in the area around Ilulissat. A given motif is Ilulissat Icefjord, with the glacier Kangia, which produces 20 million metric tons of iceberg every day. These huge icebergs, which reach up to 100 meters above the sea level, will give any photographer incredible motifs wherever you direct your camera lens. After dinner we take an evening walk along the coast, to the top of a cape south of Ilulissat. Here we can photograph the icebergs in beautiful twilight, which will be a worthwhile end to our first day among Greenland’s mighty icebergs. (D)

DAY 2, (14/8) – SHIMMERING ICEBERGS AND BOAT RIDE IN THE SUNSET

We begin the day with an early morning walk to the Inuit community Ilulissat and its surroundings. At the harbor we’re met by a swarm of fishing boats and seabirds, all framed by the colorful houses associated with the Greenlandic style of construction. Back at the hotel and after our lunch, we go through the photo yield of yesterday and today. We will start working both on post-processing but also image criticism, where we have open discussions about photography while Hans provides constructive criticism of our images. In the afternoon you will get to photograph icebergs in brand new angles and conditions for other types of image compositions, which will give you a great opportunity to create images with foregrounds of beautiful cliffs, polished smooth by years of exposure to ice and water. After dinner, when the sun starts to set, we head out with a boat chartered especially for us, for a fantastic encounter with Greenland’s icebergs in the late evening light. We will come face to face with giant walls of ice that gradually change color from yellow to pink, as the sun approaches the horizon. With a bit of extra luck, we might also catch a glimpse of a whale or too, cutting through the water surface in front of our boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 (15/8) – WHALES AND CALVING GLACIERS

Early in the morning we head off by boat towards new photo adventures. Along the Ataa Fjord we feast our eyes on a spectacular coastal landscape towards the glacier Eqi where powerful photography opportunities await us. During the boat trip, there’s a good chance of snapping shots of the humpback, bowhead, minke, and finback whales. Arrived in Eqi, we will have the wondrous experience of seeing the glacier calving, and large ice masses plunging into the sea from the close to 90 meters high wall of ice. Hearing the roaring sound from the ice as it breaks loose and witnessing the power when it strikes the water surface is a magnificent natural experience that also provides an opportunity for many spectacular images. Hans, who has a long experience of photographing these surroundings, will show you how to think in creating interesting cutouts and compositions of the mighty ice wall that rises before us. On the way back we’ll take a photography stop in Oqaatut. This is a secluded small village with only 40 inhabitants, who primarily make their living by fishing. Here, we will also have an opportunity to document the Greenlandic culture more closely. Back at the hotel we eat a late dinner and summarize today’s adventures, which have given us so many beautiful pictures. (B, L, D)

DAY 4, (16/8) – GREENLAND’S LANDSCAPE

As usual, we start the day with a review of yesterday’s photography yield. Hans will help with working on the images on the computer and will provide personal feedback. After lunch, we head out into the landscape between Ilulissat and the Icefjord to photograph the smaller landscape, such as rock formations, rifts and the low-growing vegetation of blueberry bushes, mosses, and colorful lichens. We also visit a bay where smaller icebergs are mirrored in the crystal-clear waters. After dinner we go out in the evening light to again take pictures of pink shimmering icebergs from different positions – trust us, you won’t be able to get enough of them! No night is the same in the Arctic. (B, L, D)

DAY 5, (17/8) – PHOTO ASSIGNMENT AND BEST IMAGE OF THE TRIP

During the morning we will work with the pictures we have taken in the last few days on the computer and talk about our pictures together. Hans will sit with you and guide you in how to handle the images. After lunch, Hans will hand out some photo assignments based on what you’ve learnt during our days in Greenland, which you will do and then present during the evening. Then Hans will also appoint the Best image of the trip, which will proceed to the finale of the competition “Picture of the year  2021″. The evening ends with a final dinner together at Ulo, Greenland’s absolutely best restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 6, (18/8) – DEPARTURE

After an early breakfast and check-out from the hotel, it is time to get to the airport to travel to Copenhagen and further home from there on your own.  (B)

August 13–18, 2021

Travel to Ilulissat on Greenland on your own. More information on how to get there can be found below, under the heading “Transport”.

Note: The program may be moved around, depending on the weather conditions for specific days. This is to give you the best chance of optimizing the photo sessions.

DAY 1, (13/8) – WELCOME TO GREENLAND

In the afternoon, we gather at the first-class hotel Arctic, in Ilulissat, the City of Icebergs. Hotel Arctic is Greenland’s best hotel, and here you will be met by Hans Strand and a host from Zoom Photo Travel. After checking in, we begin these days together with lunch followed by an inspiring lecture from Hans. Hans has visited Greenland a large number of times and will combine beautiful images from some of the areas we will visit, with practical tips on what to consider when we document the Greenland landscape with our cameras. Filled with inspiration, we head out on our first photo hike in the area around Ilulissat. A given motif is Ilulissat Icefjord, with the glacier Kangia, which produces 20 million metric tons of iceberg every day. These huge icebergs, which reach up to 100 meters above the sea level, will give any photographer incredible motifs wherever you direct your camera lens. After dinner we take an evening walk along the coast, to the top of a cape south of Ilulissat. Here we can photograph the icebergs in beautiful twilight, which will be a worthwhile end to our first day among Greenland’s mighty icebergs. (D)

DAY 2, (14/8) – SHIMMERING ICEBERGS AND BOAT RIDE IN THE SUNSET

We begin the day with an early morning walk to the Inuit community Ilulissat and its surroundings. At the harbor we’re met by a swarm of fishing boats and seabirds, all framed by the colorful houses associated with the Greenlandic style of construction. Back at the hotel and after our lunch, we go through the photo yield of yesterday and today. We will start working both on post-processing but also image criticism, where we have open discussions about photography while Hans provides constructive criticism of our images. In the afternoon you will get to photograph icebergs in brand new angles and conditions for other types of image compositions, which will give you a great opportunity to create images with foregrounds of beautiful cliffs, polished smooth by years of exposure to ice and water. After dinner, when the sun starts to set, we head out with a boat chartered especially for us, for a fantastic encounter with Greenland’s icebergs in the late evening light. We will come face to face with giant walls of ice that gradually change color from yellow to pink, as the sun approaches the horizon. With a bit of extra luck, we might also catch a glimpse of a whale or too, cutting through the water surface in front of our boat. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 (15/8) – WHALES AND CALVING GLACIERS

Early in the morning we head off by boat towards new photo adventures. Along the Ataa Fjord we feast our eyes on a spectacular coastal landscape towards the glacier Eqi where powerful photography opportunities await us. During the boat trip, there’s a good chance of snapping shots of the humpback, bowhead, minke, and finback whales. Arrived in Eqi, we will have the wondrous experience of seeing the glacier calving, and large ice masses plunging into the sea from the close to 90 meters high wall of ice. Hearing the roaring sound from the ice as it breaks loose and witnessing the power when it strikes the water surface is a magnificent natural experience that also provides an opportunity for many spectacular images. Hans, who has a long experience of photographing these surroundings, will show you how to think in creating interesting cutouts and compositions of the mighty ice wall that rises before us. On the way back we’ll take a photography stop in Oqaatut. This is a secluded small village with only 40 inhabitants, who primarily make their living by fishing. Here, we will also have an opportunity to document the Greenlandic culture more closely. Back at the hotel we eat a late dinner and summarize today’s adventures, which have given us so many beautiful pictures. (B, L, D)

DAY 4, (16/8) – GREENLAND’S LANDSCAPE

As usual, we start the day with a review of yesterday’s photography yield. Hans will help with working on the images on the computer and will provide personal feedback. After lunch, we head out into the landscape between Ilulissat and the Icefjord to photograph the smaller landscape, such as rock formations, rifts and the low-growing vegetation of blueberry bushes, mosses, and colorful lichens. We also visit a bay where smaller icebergs are mirrored in the crystal-clear waters. After dinner we go out in the evening light to again take pictures of pink shimmering icebergs from different positions – trust us, you won’t be able to get enough of them! No night is the same in the Arctic. (B, L, D)

DAY 5, (17/8) – PHOTO ASSIGNMENT AND BEST IMAGE OF THE TRIP

During the morning we will work with the pictures we have taken in the last few days on the computer and talk about our pictures together. Hans will sit with you and guide you in how to handle the images. After lunch, Hans will hand out some photo assignments based on what you’ve learnt during our days in Greenland, which you will do and then present during the evening. Then Hans will also appoint the Best image of the trip, which will proceed to the finale of the competition “Picture of the year  2021″. The evening ends with a final dinner together at Ulo, Greenland’s absolutely best restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 6, (18/8) – DEPARTURE

After an early breakfast and check-out from the hotel, it is time to get to the airport to travel to Copenhagen and further home from there on your own.  (B)

PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOTGRAPHER

HANS STRAND Landscape Photographer

Hans Strand is Sweden’s most internationally famous and successful landscape photographer. Over the years he has won many prizes and earned many awards, such as Hasselblad Master Award and BBC Photographer of the Year Award. His characteristic photographs, showing razor sharp, peacefully well-composed landscape sceneries and more narrow concentrated cutouts, reveals his personal and elaborate ways of describing both the beauty and complexity of nature. He explains what photographing means to him with these words: ”I’m never as much alive as when I’m photographing.” Among other things Hans has published two books about Iceland: ”Iceland Above & Below” 2014 and the magnificent volume ”Island” 2018.

PORTFOLIO: hansstrand.se

ACCOMODATION

ACCOMODATION

OPTIONAL TOUR

OPTIONAL TOUR

ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS Glacier crevasses and muskoxen

If you wish to stay a few extra nights in Greenland or arrive a day earlier to explore Greenland on your own, we will be happy to arrange this. Below we can present an additional program in the area around Kangerlussuaq where the flight makes a technical stop on the return journey.

Extend your trip to Greenland with our additional stay and experience more of Greenland’s beautiful and diverse landscape. For a few days, you will explore everything from the ice sheet with its large glacier crevasses, and the water holes, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes created from melting water. We also visit Lake Fergusson where there is a great opportunity of photographing everything from muskoxen and reindeer to a fascinating landscape.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:

  • Full day on the ice sheet.
  • Photograph everything from glacial crevasses to waterfalls.
  • The beautiful and animal-rich area around Lake Fergusson.
  • A chance to photograph muskoxen and reindeer. 

PROGRAM

DAY 1, (AUGUST 18) – FULL DAY ON THE ICE SHEET AMONG GLACIAL CREVASSES AND WATERFALLS

Upon our arrival to Kangerlussuaq, we head straight out into a fascinating landscape with lots of photo opportunities. In our FWD jeeps we drive along Greenland’s longest road until we reach the main photographic destination of the day, the ice sheet. But along the way we pass the beautiful tundra and make several photo stops. When we arrive at the ice sheet, we are met with tons of possible motifs such as large glacier crevasses, and water holes, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes made from the melting water. After entering the vastness of the landscape before us, we begin to explore the surroundings looking for the perfect motif and using all the lenses in our camera bag to capture different parts of the landscape. After a day filled with photography, we check in at Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq where we finish the day with dinner. (L, D)

DAY 2, (AUG 19) – THE NATURE AND WILDLIFE OF LAKE FERGUSSON    

Today we continue to explore parts of Greenland’s amazing nature as we make an excursion to Lake Fergusson. In the barren area that meets us by the lake, the green vegetation forms a beautiful contrast to the blue water, and we continue to build our portfolio with new images from Greenland’s diverse landscape. As we walk around the surroundings together with our experienced guides, we also keep an eye out for the muskoxen that move about in the area. Seeing these huge animals up close is an amazing nature and photo experience. After a full day around the lake, we return to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 3, (AUG 20) – RETURN JOURNEY 

After breakfast, we check out and head towards the airport in Kangerlussuaq for further transfer home on our own. (B)

ACCOMODATION: POLAR LODGE**+

ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS Glacier crevasses and muskoxen

If you wish to stay a few extra nights in Greenland or arrive a day earlier to explore Greenland on your own, we will be happy to arrange this. Below we can present an additional program in the area around Kangerlussuaq where the flight makes a technical stop on the return journey.

Extend your trip to Greenland with our additional stay and experience more of Greenland’s beautiful and diverse landscape. For a few days, you will explore everything from the ice sheet with its large glacier crevasses, and the water holes, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes created from melting water. We also visit Lake Fergusson where there is a great opportunity of photographing everything from muskoxen and reindeer to a fascinating landscape.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:

  • Full day on the ice sheet.
  • Photograph everything from glacial crevasses to waterfalls.
  • The beautiful and animal-rich area around Lake Fergusson.
  • A chance to photograph muskoxen and reindeer. 

PROGRAM

DAY 1, (AUGUST 18) – FULL DAY ON THE ICE SHEET AMONG GLACIAL CREVASSES AND WATERFALLS

Upon our arrival to Kangerlussuaq, we head straight out into a fascinating landscape with lots of photo opportunities. In our FWD jeeps we drive along Greenland’s longest road until we reach the main photographic destination of the day, the ice sheet. But along the way we pass the beautiful tundra and make several photo stops. When we arrive at the ice sheet, we are met with tons of possible motifs such as large glacier crevasses, and water holes, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes made from the melting water. After entering the vastness of the landscape before us, we begin to explore the surroundings looking for the perfect motif and using all the lenses in our camera bag to capture different parts of the landscape. After a day filled with photography, we check in at Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq where we finish the day with dinner. (L, D)

DAY 2, (AUG 19) – THE NATURE AND WILDLIFE OF LAKE FERGUSSON    

Today we continue to explore parts of Greenland’s amazing nature as we make an excursion to Lake Fergusson. In the barren area that meets us by the lake, the green vegetation forms a beautiful contrast to the blue water, and we continue to build our portfolio with new images from Greenland’s diverse landscape. As we walk around the surroundings together with our experienced guides, we also keep an eye out for the muskoxen that move about in the area. Seeing these huge animals up close is an amazing nature and photo experience. After a full day around the lake, we return to our hotel for dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 3, (AUG 20) – RETURN JOURNEY 

After breakfast, we check out and head towards the airport in Kangerlussuaq for further transfer home on our own. (B)

ACCOMODATION: POLAR LODGE**+

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICE MAIN TOUR

Price per person: USD 3 500

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Boat rides.
  • Participation and workshops by Hans Strand during the trip.
  • English speaking travel host from Zoom.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Return flight to Greenland.
  • Single room supplement USD 400.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance. For details, see our website.

  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

 

PRICE ADDITIONAL TOUR

Price per person: USD 800

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Participation by a local guide.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement USD 150.

FLIGHTS

Flight to Greenland on your own. Hotel Arctic then offers a free shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. You should be at Hotel Arctic at about 14.00 on August 13th. The return trip will take place on the morning of 18 August.

We have received a special price on flights to Iluissat with Air Greenland. If you want help with booking flights, we are more than happy to assist with this. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com, and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer, our groups are always small. On this tour, the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15.

LANGUAGE

English and  Swedish

CALCULATED RATE

Euro 1,13

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses, at least 200-300 mm.
  • Wide angle lenses, at least 24 mm.
  • Sturdy tripod.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure you’re having the best possible experience in Iceland.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

 

Photo: Hans Strand, Charlie Malmqvist, Stockphoto

PRICE MAIN TOUR

Price per person: USD 3 500

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Boat rides.
  • Participation and workshops by Hans Strand during the trip.
  • English speaking travel host from Zoom.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Return flight to Greenland.
  • Single room supplement USD 400.
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance. For details, see our website.

  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

 

PRICE ADDITIONAL TOUR

Price per person: USD 800

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Participation by a local guide.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Single room supplement USD 150.

FLIGHTS

Flight to Greenland on your own. Hotel Arctic then offers a free shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. You should be at Hotel Arctic at about 14.00 on August 13th. The return trip will take place on the morning of 18 August.

We have received a special price on flights to Iluissat with Air Greenland. If you want help with booking flights, we are more than happy to assist with this. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com, and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer, our groups are always small. On this tour, the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 15.

LANGUAGE

English and  Swedish

CALCULATED RATE

Euro 1,13

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses, at least 200-300 mm.
  • Wide angle lenses, at least 24 mm.
  • Sturdy tripod.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure you’re having the best possible experience in Iceland.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

 

Photo: Hans Strand, Charlie Malmqvist, Stockphoto

BOOKING

BOOKING

BOOKING CONTACT

If you want to book a Zoom Photo Tour you can either give us a call, send an e-mail or use the on-line booking form and you will receive a booking confirmation right away.

BOOK THE TOUR BY PHONE:  EUROPE +46 470-466 49  // USA +1(212) 203-0375

BOOK THE TOUR BY E-MAIL:  info@zoomphototours.com