Greenland Photo Tour 2020

Tour Intro

2019 rates listed.

Join accomplished photographer and guide Ron Rosenstock through this special tour of Greenland. Ron is a veteran tour leader, taking a group each year to Iceland since 2005; he has also conducted more than 200 tours to numerous other destinations. Ron taught photography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His published books include his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Chiostro (Cloister), and Hymn to the Earth; color photographs in Journeys; and Inspirations, photographs of Iceland. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Ron’s striking, one-of-a-kind photographs can be seen at www.ronrosenstock.com.

 

A note from your photo instructor Ron Rosenstock:
"We are privileged to experience with our cameras the sheer magnificence of towering icebergs in this unspoiled landscape. Ice sculpture at it’s finest, created by Mother Nature. Nowhere on this earth have I felt as close to creation itself than on my scouting trip to Greenland during August. Iceland is an incredible country, a land of waterfalls, rainbows, glaciers, ice floes, sea stacks, and very friendly people who all speak English. It is a MUST for landscape photographers. I look forward to sharing the experience with you."

Tour Highlights

• Accomplished photographer and tour leader Ron Rosenstock.
• Tour limited to 12 passengers.
• Afternoon exploration in the city of Reykjavik.
• Icebergs, glaciers, and Inuit villages of Eastern Greenland.
• Boat excursions explore and photograph fjords, islands, and melting glaciers calving before you into the sea.
• Visit various Inuit villages and learn about their indigenous history and hardy lifestyle.

Tour Itinerary

August 22: Home

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Greenland

Your journey to Greenland goes through Iceland, making this an amazing journey in which you will be immersed in the wild side that Greenland represents. Depart home tonight on an overnight flight to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) outside Reykjavik, Iceland, arrive early morning (by 7am) August 23. 

August 23: Reykjavik

After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, your Icelandic guide will meet the group, and transport you to the city center of Reykjavik. We have arranged for early check in upon your arrival, where you can rest and settle in for a few hours. Meet Ron and your local guide again at 3PM and enjoy a driving and walking tour of the old city center. They will show you the highlights of the city along with some of their favorite places off the beaten path. Enjoy a welcome dinner before being returned to the hotel. Overnight Reykjavik (D)

August 24: Iceland - Greenland

Anyone wishing to rise early and go for a photography walk, there many beautiful opportunities you can return to on foot this morning. Enjoy breakfast back at the hotel, followed by a short drive to the Reykjavik domestic airport for your flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Then travel via small boats to Tasiilaq, in Eastern Greenland, your home base for the next five evenings. Tasillaq is the largest village in Eastern Greenland, with a population of 2000. Upon arrival your Greenland host will assist you with getting your luggage to your home during your stay. The home has five bedrooms and two full baths. Depending on the size of the group, a couple people may be at a smaller home, just a few minutes walk, which has two bedrooms and one full bath. (HOMESTAY B, L, D) This departure is limited to a total of 12 participants to allow for photographic space on your boat trips and for comfort in your home away from home. 

August 25-28: Eastern Greenland

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Greenland

Your guides will determine the logistics for each day, dependent upon weather conditions and changes in the natural landscape. The majority of transportation will be via boats with your local guide/captain. Photograph the calving ice sheets before you as you travel each day through this remote wilderness. There are various fjords, islands, changing icebergs, Inuit villages and people, which will make this a unique and varied experience for everyone. Inuit villages consist of brightly painted wooden houses built on top of rock formations, surrounded by mountain peaks.

Locations may consist of the American base at Ikateq. It was used during World War II for just 5 years from 1942. It was abandoned in 1947 when everything was left behind, making for some interesting ‘gritty’ photography of the ruins. The Knud Rasmussen Glacier is close by and we will photograph on land and sea before returning to town.

Ammassalik Fjord and the Ikasartivaq Fjord will be another day trip, looking for whales to photograph as we travel. There may be stops at deserted Viking villages such as Tinit hunting village or Qernertorvetit. The Inuit settlement village of Tiniteqilaaq is quite picturesque, with amazing views of the Sermilik fjord in the background. There are quite a few hunters in the village of Kuummiut, with any luck we will see them returning from the sea with their catch of the day. There is a very narrow fjord close by, the Ikassa. Enjoy your picnic lunch as you photograph the icebergs.

There will be a few early mornings with your photo leader, as you rise early to capture sunrise or go out before dinner for sunset over the village of Tasiilaq. Colorful buildings and homes will captivate you with the local architecture and daily life of these fine people. There is certain to be one day where you can enjoy the various walking trails from town. A walk to the cemetery, or beyond to the valley of the flowers and lakes beyond. There is a wonderful museum close by, for those interested in an visit to learn of the local people, industry, and changes in the natural landscape. Please see section above titled What to Expect regarding lodging, meals, and transportation. (HOMESTAYS B, L, D each day)
 

August 29: Greenland - Iceland

You will be returned to Kulusuk by helicopter (or by boat depending on the weather) this morning where you can photograph the village (two mile walk), or depending on weather and availability your guide may be able to arrange an optional hour long private flight over glaciers, icebergs, and mountains (4 or 5 people per flight; cost of the optional flight is approximately $600 per person). Take your mid-day flight back to Reykjavik, where you will then be transferred to an airport hotel near Keflavik International Airport. Dinner will be on your own this evening along the way, or you can walk to various restaurants near the hotel. Overnight (B)

August 30: Keflavik - Home

There is morning check out at 11AM from the hotel. If you are flying home on late afternoon (4PM or after) we can request a late check out and the hotel will accommodate where possible. The hotel provides a shuttle service, which will return you to the airport in time for your flights. The hotel is located next to the Keflavik Harbor, where you can take an early morning photography walk. (B)

Photo Leader

Ron Rosenstock
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Ron Rosenstock

Ron started leading photo tours in 1967. In those years he has led hundreds of tours to many destinations worldwide. Ron has retired from Clark University after teaching photography there for thirty years. He has published five books of his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Hymn to the Earth, Chiostro (Cloister), Inspirations, Photographs of Iceland, and his color book Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.  Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, and the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Ron is happy to share his vision and insights to all who travel with him. Although he now only photographs with a digital camera, his philosophy of teaching hasn't changed since the early large format film days. He firmly believes that the photograph comes from within, not from without. Meaning you can't buy creativity, however, you have to learn to recognize that creative spirit within. Ron teaches exercises that will help that creative spirit come to the surface. These may consist of: 1) Entry ways to seeing, 2) photographing in the NOW, 3) practical aspects of printing, exhibiting and getting your work out there. During the photo tour he will teach and use a digital projector several evenings. Most people who travel with Ron have a basic understanding of how the camera works, and others who know everything about the camera. He doesn't focus on technical knowledge, rather places the emphasis on a more Zen approach. Ron believes it isn't necessary to know all the latest digital technique, but it is necessary to know yourself.
Please feel free to view Ron's website and e-mail regarding any questions.

Why do you LOVE nature photography?   By Ron Rosenstock

Let me use some of the same words, Nature photography is LOVE!  Since the very beginning of our species starting to walk upright, we have been recreating nature in various art forms, from cave paintings to digital photography. Technology has changed, but what is most important, hasn’t. The world’s greatest artists have received their inspiration from nature. We are as much a part of nature as nature is a part of us.  For those of us that take the time to smell the flowers, it’s so much more.  Poets but their feelings into words, painters paint and we photograph.  Each image we make is showing us on a deeper level, who we really are. “Listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world.  That is how it makes love to you” Tagore
 

What is your overall rating of the trip? 10 out of 10. Working with Ron, great leader and teacher. The accommodations were also a 10, a relaxing environment with local great owners. The meeting room was great for our group. Great photo shoot locations. Instruction and the opportunity to talk about photography, all lead by Ron.

David Pinkham

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 8 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 4-7 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.

Testimonials

Ron was the perfect leader for this trip. He is organized, supportive and very generous with advice and his camera equipment. I would definitely do another trip with him.

K. Marryat

Ron is passionate, professional, easily shared his experiences and photography of Iceland- even more of his photo's would be welcomed. Stefan is charming, super knowledgeable Icelandic native, with wonderful connections, wonderful tales, sagas, insights into the Icelandic culture. All we needed was great spots - amply provided, weather could have been more cooperative, but you can't have everything.

Comfortable transportation, accommodations, and super scenery. Plenty of time and space to photograph.

 

G. Frederick

Ron was great, as usual – very open, fair, positive, and inspiring. Stefan was wonderful – extremely knowledgeable about Iceland and just about everything. Never stopped working.

N. Taveras - Greenland/Iceland

Known as a land of fire and ice, Iceland’s topography is stark and diverse, with a light that seems to emanate from within.  In a land subject to violent forces of nature, Ron’s quiet, yet powerful, vision is able to capture the country’s pristine beauty.  Many of his images of snow patterns, broken ice, surf, and lava, tend to create abstract patterns that draw the viewer in. And, throughout the book, Ron evocatively captures the softness of waterfalls and swirling tides, as well as the power of lava formations and sea stacks. Even if you have been to Iceland, one is mysteriously touched by the haunting landscape.  And, if, like me, you haven’t been there – his captivating photographs make you long to visit this vast, unspoiled country

S. Corbin - Greenland/Iceland

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 the best available, and closest to photographic locations, they are clean, comfortable, and provide excellent service and food. Greenland accommodations may be in two homes, with a total of seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. 

Food & Drink

Dinner meals tend to be fish, lamb, and occasionally pork may be available.

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