Disko Bay Greenland Photo Tour

Tour Intro

Greenland is a destination high up on the bucket list of many, and for good reason. The local landscape is unspoiled and spectacular. The weather and climate can be unforgiving. All these elements align and make Greenland every photographer’s dream. Ilulissat, the official Greenlandic word for iceberg, is a town located on the west coast, right at the mouth of the Icefjord. Ilulissat is the third largest town in Greenland, with approximately 4500 residents. The Ilulissat Icefjord, Disko Bay, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the fjord is filled with giant icebergs from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. The monstrous Sermeq Kujalleq, the world’s fastest glacier, advances 140 feet daily and creates over 11 cubic miles of icebergs annually.

Don’t miss out on this seven night adventure in Greenland, highlights include three 4 hour private sunset boat excursions where we will position ourselves perfectly to be able to capture the gorgeous evening light illuminating the icy landscape. Each session leaves plenty of time to explore the Ilulissat Icefjord and find the ideal compositions. There will also be time to explore during the day, and evening night photography in and around the town of Ilulissat. There are several UNESCO hiking trails to explore just outside of the village.

What to Expect

The average high temperature during this time period will be 46F in Greenland and 56 in Iceland. All participants need to be agile to climb in and out of boats, be prepared for cold, and long hours outside. The hiking trails in Greenland (range from 1-4 miles) begin with well maintained boardwalks, however they can be quite slippery given certain weather conditions. Eventually the boardwalks become trails, which could be dirt, rocks, even boulders to traverse, having proper and sturdy footwear is necessary. Given this information, you will be amazed by the landscape, and imagery you can capture in this beautiful, untamed country. It’s a must see for all photographers.

All accommodations in Iceland and Greenland will be in ensuite hotel rooms. Single rooms are available through out the journey. Meals will be of the local variety, which will consist of seafood, lamb, meat and chicken may also be available. Notify Strabo Tours of any diet restrictions, you may wish to take specific snacks in your checked luggage.

Tour Highlights

• Accomplished photographer and tour leader Dan Anderson.
• Tour limited to 10 passengers.
• Icebergs, glaciers, and Disko Bay of Western Greenland, seven evenings.
• Boat excursions explore and photograph fjords, islands, and melting glaciers calving before you into the sea.
• Photograph and learn about the culture of Ilulissat at the mouth of the Ilulissat Fjord, designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
• Optional pre-night in Reykjavik or three night Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland.

Tour Itinerary

August 20-21: Home-Iceland
Iceberg - Aerial Photo

Photo By: Christian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

It will be necessary to depart home (from US or Canada) on August 20 or prior. Fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF), located an hour outside Reykjavik, Iceland, in order to reach your final destination Ilulissat Greenland. Typical flight schedules to Iceland are overnight and would land very early the next morning. We’ve made suggestions above to make the most of your time in Iceland, please contact us for additional suggestions or information. We have blocked rooms being held, and will invoice per options above. Overnight Reykjavik

August 22: Greenland

Photo By: Stian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

It is recommended that everyone be on the same flight departing Reykjavik Domestic Airport this morning to Ilulissat, Greenland. Details will be sent upon enrollment with booking instructions or Strabo Tours can assist. Should you wish to make other arrangements please contact Strabo Tours for suggestions and approval.

Upon your Greenland arrival you will be transferred to your accommodations at your 4 star hotel in Ilulissat. During dinner you will briefed on what’s planned for the coming days and get to know each other. After dinner enjoy your first sunset shoot of the Disko Bay, the sea amid the outlet of the Icefjord and Disko Island. The giant icebergs in and around the bay are constantly changing and hopefully will be illuminated by the sunset. (B, D)

August 23: Disko Bay
Iceberg & Boat

Photo By: Christian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a briefing on the basic theory of how to capture images from a moving boat. During the day explore the Inuit town of Ilulissat and photograph the Greenlandic huskies and those who want can photograph the harbor and document typical everyday life in Ilulissat. This evening depart for your first of three Icefjord private boat excursions at 7PM, in time for the 10PM sunset. In total, each boat excursion lasts four hours, meaning that you will not be back at the hotel till just before midnight. (B, L, D)

August 24-25: Disko Bay

Photo By: Stian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

Late breakfast at the hotel followed by image review and critique on the images from the last couple of nights. During the private boat excursions in the Ilulissat Icefjord, we will instruct the boat captain on how to position themselves in order for us to capture the best compositions and sunset conditions. If lucky, you will also be greeted by humpback, minke and fin whales. Departure from the harbor is set for 7PM and we will back around 11PM. (B, L, D both days)

August 26-27: Ilulissat

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Greenland

After three intensive days of boat excursions the next two days will have time for photography education and walks in this Inuit city. Photography subjects include Greenlandic huskies and their owners, colorful buildings and homes that will captivate you with the local architecture and daily life of these fine people.

One evening enjoy an early dinner and then head out to the old heliport via taxi and start hiking the Kangia hiking trail. The hike takes you along the Icefjord Kangi, where you will spend around 4 hours in and around this area. Here you can photograph the icebergs from viewpoints overlooking the massive Disko Bay and mouth of the icefjord. Those who are interested in photographing geology, flora and local fauna will be in heaven. The sun will set around 9.30PM, so you will have plenty of time to practice night photography. (B, L, D both days)

August 28: Ilulissat
Atlantic Puffin

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Iceland

Your last day of photography your guide will aim to maximize the number photos and compensate for any potential bad weather days earlier in the week. They can also assist in booking optional aerial (Cessna and helicopter) shoots or boat excursions if you wish.
There is also a lovely walk to the cemetery, or to the valley of the flowers and lakes beyond the cemetery. There is a wonderful museum close by, for those interested in a visit to learn of the local people, industry, and changes in the natural landscape. (B)

August 29: Greenland-Iceland
Iceberg

Photo By: Christian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

After breakfast you will be returned to the JAV airport in time for your 12:15PM flight back to RKV, Iceland. You will be transferred to an airport hotel that provides transfer service tomorrow to the Keflavik Airport. Overnight Keflavik Airport Hotel (B)

August 30: Keflavik-Home

Photo By: Christian

Photo Location: Western Greenland

We have requested late check out, however if it is not possible you are free to leave your bags at the desk and enjoy a photography walk to the harbor. Shuttle service is provided in time for your flight departure. (B)

Tour Extension

August 21-24: Snaefellsnes Peninsula or additional evening in Reyjkavik

Join accomplished photographer and guide Dan Anderson across Western Greenland. Dan and Strabo Photo Tour Collection are offering this specialized journey to a select mailing list at this time. We therefore are requesting your input to determine pre-trip plans in Iceland. In a perfect world you might be able to depart home August 23, and make a connection via Iceland, the morning of the 24th to Greenland, however we HIGHLY RECOMMEND SPENDING TIME IN ICELAND PRIOR TO THIS JOURNEY. Flights to Greenland are limited, and do not take place every day. Therefore traveling to Iceland prior to the Greenland portion of this program will assure everyone is there and prepared for a recommended flight on August 24 to Ilulissat Greenland. Let us know of your interest, and please contact Strabo to discuss these options at your convenience. Your interest will determine Dan’s pre-trip plans as well.

• Land in Keflavik Airport early morning of August 23 (depart home August 22), FlyBus Plus ticket to hotel in Reykjavik, enjoy the day on your own in this beautiful city. You can leave your bags at hotel and explore the city until check-in, or pay for an additional evening for guaranteed check in upon your arrival. (estimated $200 per person/shared)

• Land in Keflavik Airport early morning of August 21 (depart home August 20), your Iceland driver guide will meet you and Dan at the airport where you will depart for two evenings on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known for it’s dramatic landscape dominated by the Snaefellsjokull Volcano, which is topped by a glacier. Photograph lava fields to black-pebble beaches, and the small fishing village of Stykkisholmur. You will have an additional evening in Reykjavik to be prepared for your August 24 flight to Greenland. (estimated $1595 per person/shared)

• Round trip airfare US/Canada to Iceland estimated $800, round trip Iceland to Ilulissat Greenland 1165 Euro or $1500 US.

• WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SIGN UP EARLY SO EVERYONE CAN BE ON SAME PLANE ROUND TRIP GREENLAND/ICELAND.

Extension Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 0 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Extension Itinerary

August 20: Home - Reyjkavik
Atlantic Puffin

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Iceland

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.

August 21-22: Reykjavik-Stykkisholmur

Photo By: Dan Anderson

Photo Location: Iceland

After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, your local driver will meet you at the airport. You will depart immediately for the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you will immerse yourself in the Icelandic countryside. You will spend three evenings in Stykkisholmur village on the north shore of the peninsula. Photographic opportunities include waterfalls, fishing villages, explore lighthouses, various rock formations and beaches, old farms and churches, volcanic craters, and picturesque mountains. One day you will venture to the South and Western side where you will find the Budir hamlet and Hellnar, which is an ancient fishing village. (B both days)

August 23: Stykkisholmur-Borgarnes-Reykjavik
Aurora

Photo By: Dan Anderson

Photo Location: Iceland

Depart the Peninsula, and make your way back to Reykjavik city center joining anyone else that did not take the extension for the main trip program. (B)

Photo Leader

Dan Anderson
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Dan Anderson

Daniel Anderson is a photographer whose ongoing personal work is primarily dedicated to the landscape in its many forms. For years he used an 8 x 10 view camera to create black and white images of exquisite artistry and sensitivity. Over a decade ago he began the transition to high resolution digital cameras and has added color prints to his ongoing body of work in black and white.

He has photographed widely in Wisconsin's Door County, the American west, England, Scotland, Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Italy and most recently in Antarctica. His work is primarily concerned with the natural scene and his camera has captured both the high drama of storms and vast panoramas as well as the delicacy of intimate details. His work also includes a series of images of Cathedrals and Abbeys, Door County barn interiors, Greek architecture and a multi year project of a single Door County farm.

His work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, both in numerous one-man exhibitions and group shows. His work is included in many public and private collections. He currently has gallery representation in Chicago, Illinois, Ellison Bay and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Mr. Anderson has studied with Ansel Adams and other contemporary masters of photography. He has been an active teacher in photography, participating in many workshops throughout the United States. He has been the founder and director of the Door County Creative Photography Workshops in Wisconsin, and is on the staff of the Door County Peninsula Art School. He is also a consultant to several photographic paper companies.

Dan was very helpful in photography and more, I learned a lot from the experience with him and from the other participants. Dan was also very gracious in responding to my many emails about photo equipment

J. Meznarich

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 8 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Additional Notes

• Land in Keflavik Airport early morning of August 21 (depart home August 20), FlyBus Plus ticket to hotel in Reykjavik, enjoy the day on your own in this beautiful city. You can leave your bags at hotel and explore the city until check-in, or pay for an additional evening for guaranteed check in upon your arrival. (estimated $200 per person/shared)

• Land in Keflavik Airport early morning of August 19 (depart home August 18), your Iceland driver guide will meet you and Dan at the airport where you will depart for two evenings on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known for it’s dramatic landscape dominated by the Snaefellsjokull Volcano, which is topped by a glacier. Photograph lava fields to black-pebble beaches, and the small fishing village of Stykkisholmur. You will have an additional evening in Reykjavik to be prepared for your August 22 flight to Greenland. (estimated $1695 per person/shared)

• Round trip airfare US/Canada to Iceland estimated $800, round trip Iceland to Ilulissat Greenland 1165 Euro or $1500 US.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

As this is an active expedition with moderate hikes, you should be in good physical condition, to climb in and out of small boats, and landings. The hotels selected are clean, comfortable 3 or 4* level, and closest to photographic locations, and provide excellent service and food. Dinner meals tend to be fish, lamb, and occasionally meat may be available.

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