Greenland Sailing | 10-Day Photography Workshop

Greenland Sailing | 10-Day Photography Workshop
Going on a photography workshop to Greenland ensures spectacular shots of icebergs and steep mountain cliffs.
Travelling through the unspoilt nature of Greenland is best done aboard a silent wooden vessel.
The sceneries in Greenland are out of this world, including outlet glaciers and majestic fjordscapes.
The midnight sun casting its golden rays on a giant iceberg in the waters around Greenland.
The MS Donna Wood is a charming wooden ship perfect for travelling around the pristine nature of Greenland.
Each and every iceberg is unique and shaped by the forces of nature.

Capture the majestic sceneries of Greenland on this 10-day photo expedition, from Reykjavík to the rugged wilderness of Scoresby Sound. If you want the chance to photograph another world of untouched natural wonders, this professionally-guided workshop is the excursion for you. 

Your adventure begins in Iceland’s capital, where you will meet your guides and the rest of your travel companions for a night out before boarding a plane to Constable Point the following day, spending the next week trailing through the pristine natural wonders of East Greenland.

Despite being the largest island on the planet, Greenland is still the least densely populated country in the world, meaning its otherworldly nature is impeccably untouched. The workshop takes place in high summer, which is the best time to explore these wild grounds due to the weather being agreeable and the days long; basked in the golden glow of the midnight sun.

This period’s ethereal light casts its warm and magical rays upon the primaeval terrain with picture-perfect results, allowing for photo opportunities that are out of this world. Unique Arctic vegetation, massive floating icebergs, spectacular glacier formations and even whale sightings are but a fraction of the subjects at hand, allowing you to bring your photography skills to whole new levels. 

Few roads are paved between the communities of Greenland, which is why the majority of your travelling will be aboard the silent seafaring vessel MS Donna Wood, as well as capable zodiac boats, allowing you to thoroughly explore the magnificent nature of the fjords of Scoresby Sound. 

Don’t hesitate to secure your spot now in this incredible and unique photo workshop from Iceland to Greenland and back, to capture sceneries you have never before witnessed during an unforgettable adventure. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Reykjavík, Reykjavík Airport, Capital Region
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

Pickup and drop off at Keflavík international airport is included in this tour. The buses leave regularly from the airport to the capital, simply present your voucher to the driver. 

Included:
  • Professional photo guide

  • Returning flight from Reykjavík to Constable Point

  • Transport to and from Reykjavík Domestic Airport and Constable Point

  • Accommodation in made up bunk/beds with shared facilities

  • Services of the crew of the MS Donna Wood

  • Soft drinks aboard the boat

  • Full meals during workshop, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9

  • Laundry charges

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík

  • International flights to and from Iceland


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes, layers of wool and fleece, windproof and rainproof clothing

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Headwear and gloves

  • Photography gear

  • Backpack


Good to know:

Please note that this tour is conditions and weather dependent. In case of extreme weather, the route of the tour might be altered, or a certain activity cancelled, in which case your guides will find proper alternatives to the original itinerary.

All of the photos attached to this tour are taken by your guide, Iurie Belegurschi.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland


Sunset shot from behind Hallgrímskirkja Church in the centre of Iceland's capital Reykjavík.


Welcome to Iceland. Arriving at the Keflavík International Airport, you will make use of your FlyBus voucher to catch your ride to central Reykjavík, from where you will make your way to your accommodation. 

Depending on your flight schedule, you’ll have ample time to rest, get settled, or explore the northernmost capital in the world, before getting collected at your hotel lobby come evening to head out for dinner in the city centre. 

Get acquainted with your guides and the rest of your travel companions, going through the itinerary for the Arctic journey ahead during a tour orientation. You’ll spend your first night in Reykjavík City. 


Day 2 - From Reykjavik to Ittoqqortoormiit


The Donna Wood vessel silently trailing past icebergs off the coast of Greenland.


Today is when your adventure begins. From Reykjavík Domestic Airport, you’ll catch your approximately 2-hour long flight to Constable Point in East Greenland. After arrival, you’ll board your expedition schooner, the Donna Wood, for a safety briefing and additional information about the journey ahead.

You and the group will then make your way to the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the more unique settlements of Greenland. With a population of roughly 470 people, many the village’s residents still live by the way of hunter and gatherer.

Fishing is their primary trade, and you’re sure to be amazed at the unique ways these men and women survive in these harsh conditions, as well as the brightly coloured houses of this fair and charming settlement. 

This location offers numerous exciting photo opportunities, and after a day of exploring this magical land, you’ll spend your night aboard the Donna Wood. 


Day 3 - The Icebergs of Scorseby Sound


A stunning iceberg formation in the fjords of Scoresby Sound in East Greenland.


On your third day, get ready to behold the icebergs of Greenland, witnessing fantastical and varied iceberg formations as you sail west through the fjords of Scoresby Sound. 

Combined with the abundance of golden light, the opportunities for incredible images will be plentiful. One of the highlights of your day will be visiting the ‘red fjord’ of Rødefjord, dotted with towering icebergs. You’ll hear the creaking, rumbling and cracking of the ice of these astounding natural marvels as you sail past, while the deck of the ship offers fantastic front-seat views.  

You’ll wrap of your day in the old Inuit settlement area of Hekla Havn, where more exploration with your trusted camera awaits. Eventually, you’ll turn in for the night aboard the Donna Wood. 


Day 4 - The Fjords of Milne Land


The steep and majestic coastal cliffs of Milne Land in Greenland.


On the fourth day of your Arctic exploration, you’ll be sailing through Føhnfjord to witness the mountainous landscapes and the 2,000 m (6,500 ft) high granite cliffs of Milne Land. You will also be passing through the colourful Hare Fjord, filled with a myriad of scenic photo opportunities. 

Then, you’ll continue through Rødefjord, encountering more magnificent iceberg formations that’ll enable you to further perfect your skills in capturing this frozen landscape.

You’ll eventually make port in Hare Fjord, where you will spend the next two nights.


Day 5 - The Wildlife of Hare Fjord


Arctic foxes and other fascinating wildlife reside in Hare Fjord in Greenland.


Waking up in Hare Fjord, your day will be devoted to exploring the area’s fantastical landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Here, steep mountain ridges and mighty outlet glaciers are home to Arctic foxes, snow hares, musk-oxen, stoats and eagles, just to name a few of the animal species found in the region. 

Put your nature and wildlife photography skills to the test and see if you can capture any of these magnificent creatures in the wild. To cap off an eventful day, tonight will conclude with a bonfire feast before spending another night in the shallows of Hare Fjord. 


Day 6 - The Mountains of Ofjord


The towering summits of the mountains of Ofjord in East Greenland.


On day six, you’ll continue to your next destination of Øfjord. Expect to be greeted by the grand mountains peaks and towering summits that surround this stunning fjord, passing granite bergs riding from the ocean, some of which reach the heights of 200 m (650 ft). 

At this incredible location, opportunities for new and exciting photography subjects will be plentiful. As you drop anchor at Jyttes Havn in Bjørneøe, known for its rocky plains and scenic lakes, you’ll be astounded by the looming cliffs of the shore, consisting of near perfectly vertical precipices and caves. 

You’ll be spending the night aboard the Donna Wood by Bjørneøe, the 'Bear Islands'. 


Day 7 - Bear Islands


Icebergs off the coast of the Bear Islands in Greenland, with steep coastal cliffs looming behind the fog.


On day seven of your enterprise, you’ll find plentiful photo opportunities awaiting you at Bjørneøe, a nature reserve of astounding landscapes and rich wildlife.

From north to south, the island’s gentle slopes reach continuously higher altitudes, accumulating in a fascinating interplay of light and ice. 

Additionally, the area’s sea stacks and steep coastal cliffs are home to some of the most significant seabirds colonies of the North-Atlantic, meaning more opportunity for stunning wildlife photography. You’ll spend another night anchored by the Bear Islands. 


Day 8 - Arctic Riviera Cruise


The midnight sun during the summer season in Greenland makes for unique lighting conditions.


On your last day in Greenland, you will be sailing through the Arctic Riviera, the archipelago between the Bear Islands and Milne Land. Expect this last leg of your journey to be filled with spectacular natural sights and some of the most massive icebergs of the whole expedition. 

At the end of the day, you’ll spend the night aboard the Donna Wood, finding yourself anchored at the airstrip in Constable Point in the morning. 


Day 9 - Reykjavik Bound


A lone house near the Constable Point settlement in Greenland.


On day nine, you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast in the company of your group, going over the eventful days of your Greenland expedition. Saying goodbye to your trusted schooner, you’ll head to the airport at Constable Point and catch your flight back to Reykjavík City. 

Once you are back in Iceland safely, you will make your way to your hotel to spend your final night. 


Day 10 - Journey's End


The Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland's capital of Reykjavík is a stunning example of modern architecture.


Today marks the official end of the tour, bound to be a bittersweet experience for you and your travel companions.

Know that you just spent over a whole week scouting the Arctic sea during an unforgettable workshop adventure, bringing back with you stunning photographs of elusive photo subjects that will last you a lifetime. 

If you’re ready to leave Iceland, you will make use of your FlyBus voucher and head for Keflavík International Airport in time for your flight home. 


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