Greenland Photo Tour

East Greenland Photo tour

Greenland Photo tour

“Capturing Ice”

The Greenland Photo Tour takes you to one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for photographing nature. This is the Photo tour (since 2003) for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who is willing to go back in time and explore the Arctic, to travel off the beaten path, and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.

Highlights :

Colorful Villages like Kulusuk, Tasilaq, Tiniteqillaq, and Kuumiut

Cruising along Icebergs in Knus Rasmussen Fjord, Sermelik Fjord, Johann Pedersen Fjord

Capturing Glaciers at Apusiaajik Glacier and Heim Glacier

Old American Airbase

Drum dancing

and more

Images from the past

Greenland Photo Tours

Greenland Photo tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Kulusuk

After your pick-up from the airport we walk 1 km to our boat (quart bike for luggage) and drive to Tasilaq where we will stop at interesting sights along the way.

Overnight: Tasilaq |  Included meals: D.

Day 2 – KNUD RASMUSSEN FJORD

Our Photo tour Greenland begins in the morning from the harbor of Tasiilaq, at the southern side of Ammassalik island. After a quick traverse of the King Oskar’s fjord we head northwest towards the Ammassalik fjord. After about an hour of sailing we will turn into the narrow and steep fjord with its jagged and imposing mountain peaks towering above us. At the site of Ikateq, we will make a stop to explore the remains of a World War II American base. It was here that the Americans ran an airfield from 1942-47. During war times this was referred to as “Blue East Two” and was built to facilitate Trans-Atlantic air traffic navigation, search and rescue operations and as a weather forecast station. You can still see the airfield, the corroded oil drums, vehicles, and ruins. The need for a clean-up of the old base has been an occasional political issue, but to this date no action has been taken. We will then continue our journey further north-east until we arrive at the mighty Sermiligaaq fjord. The name translates to English as “the beautiful glacier fjord” and it lives up to its name. The landscape around us is now dominated by jagged mountains, narrow fjords, and calving outlet glaciers with their fronts flowing into the fjord itself. Here we cross the Arctic circle. At one point you will enjoy the view of two calving glaciers simultaneously, the Karale glacier on your left and the Knud Rasmussen glacier on your right side. The skipper will navigate as close to the glacier front as it is safe to do and here we will go ashore to enjoy the packed lunch and hot drinks that we have brought with us. After lunch, we will have the time to explore the immediate area by foot before we commence our return journey towards Tasiilaq in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Tasilaq |  Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 3 – TINITEQILLAQ – SERMILIK FJORD

Today is the biggest Highlight of the Greenland Photo tour. We start in the morning from the harbor of Tasiilaq, at the southern side of Ammassalik island, and sail north along the coast of the island through a breathtaking landscape. Huge icebergs will gently flow by us, as we travel up the Sermilik Ice fjord. After about two hours of sailing, we will reach the small settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, which is Greenlandic means “The strait that runs dry at low tide”. The small settlement has a spectacular view of the ice fjord with its colossal icebergs and the enormous Ice Sheet dominating the horizon. According to Greenlandic statistics, 113 people live permanently in Tiniteqilaaq as of January 2015. Upon arrival to the settlement, the skipper will bring you ashore and you will have the time to stroll around the settlement on your own and fully take in the ambiance and scenery of the settlement, observing the local people going by their daily day life, routines and work. Once you are finished exploring the settlement, we will then board the boat and travel further north in the fjord where we will enjoy a packed lunch on the water, enjoying the majestic icebergs that surround us. After lunch, the skipper will start steering south for our return journey through the fjord. The boat will sail southwards the length of the fjord and then navigate the edges of the polar sea as we round the south of the Ammassalik island and through the King Oscar fjord to return to Tasiilaq.

Overnight: Tasilaq |  Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 4 – Tasiilaq discover the valleys

Today we stay on land, after breakfast, we will discover the valley of flowers and beautiful lakes by car. Tasiilaq is situated on the southern part of the Ammassalik Island, which takes its name from the Inuit word “Ammassat”, translating to English as capelin. These small fish can be found in abundance in the fjord during summer and are frequently hunted by the local hunters to support their livelihood. The island is characterized by several jagged peaks, glaciers, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. There are vast green valleys and deep ice fjords where the newly calved icebergs of the ice sheet drop into the sea; icebergs similar in size to Hightower buildings. If you like the quietness of uninhabited areas in magnificent and unspoiled nature, then these kinds of possibilities are plentiful right here on Ammasalik Island.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 5 – SERMILIK- JOHAN PEDERSEN FJORD

In the morning from the harbor of Tasiilaq, we go out again by boat. First we cross the King Oskar’s fjord and travel a short distance on the Polar sea before we enter the mighty Sermilik fjord, the second largest fjord in Greenland. The name Sermilik in Greenlandic translates to Icefjord, which will be quite obvious as we will navigate our boat in-between icebergs, which sheer size will make you feel very tiny compared to their mighty presence in front of you. With the impressive size you see above the surface, these frozen giant’s true size hides beneath the surface, where 90% of the total size of an iceberg is found. Having sailed for around an hour, we will reach the now abandoned settlement of Ikkatteq. Here we will stop the boat and you will have the opportunity to go ashore and explore the old church, school, and other buildings. There is also a spectacular viewpoint from a small hill that you can climb. When you have finished exploring the abandoned settlement we will again go to the boat and set sail north, deeper into the fjord. Here the skipper will turn the boat west, into the smaller Johan Pedersen fjord. Now you will be surrounded by a magical landscape, sculptural icebergs floating on the surface of the water and steep outlet glaciers deriving from the mighty ice sheet of Greenland. We will sail to the calving glacier called Hann glacier. Going ashore at the side of the Hann glacier we will enjoy our lunch, overlooking the glacier front. After lunch, there will be time to enjoy a short scenic hike in the nearby area before we set the course back towards Tasiilaq.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 6 – KUUMIUT & APUSIAAJIK GLACIER

The Greenland Photo tour begins today in the morning from Tasiilaq where we set off from the harbor in one of our comfortable tourist boats. We make our ways on the sea towards King Oskar’s fjord and head north towards the picturesque glacier front of Apusiaajik. Should luck be on our side, you may witness the birth of an iceberg. Known as glacier calving, the tension in the glacier makes huge chunks of ice that break off the front of the glacier whereby icebergs are formed. From here the skipper will navigate the boat to the nearby fishing and hunting settlement of Kuummiit. Once we arrive you will have time to explore the settlement on your own. Kummiit is Greenlandic for “The people who live by the river”. According to Greenland Statistics, there are 309 people permanently living in the settlement. The majority being local fishermen and hunters. Once you have gained a good insight into life in a remote East Greenlandic settlement, it’s again time for us to continue our journey. Now we will travel northeast up a narrow fjord called “Ikaasaulaq” with its step walls towing high above to both left and right of the boat. You will enjoy a fantastic view of the fjord and its surroundings, where jagged mountain peaks rise high up into the sky, and accompanied by narrow valley glaciers. Far into the valley, we will go ashore, at the side of the calving Apuseeajik glacier. Now finding ourselves in an alpine looking landscape, we will enjoy a light lunch which we have brought with us. After lunch, we will have some time to explore the nearby area by foot, before we set the course towards Tasiilaq where we will be arriving in the afternoon

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 7 – Tasiilaq with sunrise and Sunset by boat 

Today we discover the town by is self and go out by boat at sunrise and sunset 🙂 The name of Tasiilaq translates into English as “Like a Lake”. The town of 2,000 inhabitants is perched on the foothills of the local mountain, The Sjoman (The Sea Man), above the shores of the King Oscar’s fjord. It is this setting, from which the town has got its name, as the bottom of the fjord has a circular shape and could be mistaken for looking like a lake. With its population of approximately 2,000 people Tasiilaq is the largest town in East Greenland and the seventh-largest town in all Greenland. Around it lies the seven smaller settlements of Kulusuk, Sermiligaaq, Kuummiut, Tiniteqilaaq, and Isortoq. Due to its isolated location, the townhouses all the necessary facilities such as a school, a hospital, a police station, a supermarket, kindergartens, and so on. It also has a big harbor at the shores of the King Oscar’s fjord, the gateway to the great North Atlantic sea.

Overnight: Tasilaq | Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 8 – Kulusuk

Today after breakfast we go back to Kulusuk to the airport we walk 1 km from our boat (quart bike for luggage) and check-in. End of our Greenland Photo tour

Included meals: B.

Questions about this tour?
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Dates:

September 10-17, 2020

September 9-16, 2021

Duration:

8 Days / 7 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, seascape, people, nature, wildlife, ice

Places:
Kulusuk

Tasilaq

Knus Rasmussen Fjord

Tiniteqillaq

Sermelik Fjord

Johann Pedersen Fjord

Kuumiut

Apusiaajik Glacier

Included:

  • All meals described into the tour itinerary
  • 7 nights Accommodation
  • All transfers
  • Professional photographer guidance

Not included:

  • International flights to/from Kulusuk
  • Optional tours
  • Drinks/sodas
  • Tips and Travel Insurance

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Kulusuk

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Photography Instructor for the Greenland photo Tour

Tim Vollmer

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CEO & Founder

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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