Greenland Photo Tour with Ron Rosenstock

Tour Intro

East Greenland has to be the most remote region of the world that Strabo Photo Tour Collection has travelled to. It’s isolated yet a very special place, with a different language, and culture. Ron Rosenstock attended a scouting tour to this region in September 2014 and is excited to return and share it with you. We have combined East Greenland with a tour of Reyjkavik, which includes the round trip flight and transportation to Greenland.

Kulusuk, Greenland is just a short flight from Iceland but its culture and landscapes are a world away. In a land dominated by the Ice Cap and impossibly steep mountain ranges, 3,500 people have made their home. On this exclusive expedition, view towering icebergs, glaciers and stunning waterfalls. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. You’ll travel by boat each day, photographing the amazing glaciers, icebergs, remote land, and seascapes. East Greenlandic culture is deeply rooted in myths and legends, often expressed in bone and rock carvings, but at the same time it is a globally connected culture with strong hunting roots and an everyday spirit of adventure. You will then return to Iceland, to connect with your flight home the next day. Join us on this adventure of our planets most fascinating and unique environment.

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 12: 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 13.

August 13: Reykjavik

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Greenland

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. Reykjavik City Center (D)

August 14: Iceland - Greenland

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: 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. Travel via small boats to Tasiilaq, in Eastern Greenland, your home base for the next six 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 for the next six days. The group may split in to two homes with one or two bathrooms per house. (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 15-19: 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 20: Greenland - Iceland

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Eastern Greenland

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 at the hotel. Overnight HOTEL BERG (B)

August 21: Keflavik - Home

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

Photo Location: Greenland

There is morning check out from the hotel, we have requested a late check out and the hotel will accommodate where possible. The hotel is located next to the Keflavik Harbor, where you can take an early morning photography walk with Ron prior to breakfast. The hotel provides a shuttle service, which will return you to the airport in time for your flights home. (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 three books of his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Hymn to the Earth, Chiostro (Cloister),and his new 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 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 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 worlds 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.

Icebergs remind of Buddhist sand mandalas. Fleeting moments of incredible inspiration.  As our planet warms, there are more and more tremendous icebergs floating by the coast of Greenland, and on to warmer waters only to become part of the ocean once again.

In my humble opinion this was a well run trip that delivered just what it promised.  The pacing worked perfectly for me.  I liked stopping at lots of different locales.  We seldom stayed anywhere that was too short or too long for me.  Can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip for me. I give the trip and Ron Rosenstock a 10 out of 10.
 

E. Clark

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 7 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 3-6 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

Photo By: Mary & Rick Thayer

Photo Location: Greenland

WOW!  Our trip this summer with you to Greenland and Iceland was a trip to remember for a lifetime. Greenland was an adventure, we loved it! The Icebergs, boating, staying in an Inuit village.  and the scenery were fantastic. In Iceland, at each place we stayed and ate we were so well taken care of, thanks to all the planning done beforehand. We love traveling with you Ron, you calmly adjust to situations and you bring us to fantastic places. ‘Till next time...

Mary & Rick Thayer
Ice Lagoon

Photo By: Richard Frederick

Photo Location: Ice Lagoon, Iceland

Bottom line: the trip was awesome! I think it was all & more than as advertised. We got what we went there fore.... outstanding photography & adventure. Ron has many repeat clients for his tours because he is a consummate photographer, a great organizer, and a great tour leader. Everything else was top noth. The accommodations & meals in Iceland were all any of us could expect. The local Danish chef who cooked all our meals in Greenland was extraordinary, we admired him and became good friends. 

R. Frederick

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. Local guide was wonderful - extremely knowledgable about Iceland and just about everything. Never stopped working. Iceland had a great balance, the pace was active but not overwhelming. The sights visited were all worthwhile, and I enjoyed the flexibility of stopping for interesting shoots.

N. Taveras - Iceland

Additional Notes

All participants need to be agile to climb in and out of boats, climb over rocks/boulders to get ashore (docks not available at most locations), be prepared for cold, and long hours outside each day. Given this information, you will be amazed by the landscape, and imagery you can capture in this beautiful, untamed country.

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

Accommodations in Greenland will be in homes with shared bathrooms. Iceland will be in comfortable lodges. Meals will be of the local variety, which will consist of seafood, lamb, with limited meat, chicken, and limited fresh vegetables and fruits in Greenland. There will be much more variety and quality in Iceland. Notify Strabo Tours of any diet restrictions, depending on your requests it may be advised to take special snacks in your checked luggage. 

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