East Greenland photo tour on the boat
East Greenland photo tour is focused on photographing icebergs, whales, aurora borealis and arctic scenery. We will dine at Inuit families.
with Marketa Kalvachova and Tim Vollmer
Term: 18 – 27 September 2012 (10 days) Past event. New tour will be announced at the end of year 2012. If you like to be informed, write on email email@example.com I can recommend you another tour to South Greenland 2013 with photographers Tim Vollmer and Jack Graham.
Transport: plane, by boat, on foot Starting point: Reykjavik, Iceland Boarding: full board Lodging: hotel, private houses Difficulty: You are supposed to get yourself and your baggage from the boat. Often we walk on stones and rocks. Villages are on the hills. There are no waves in the fjords, only on the open sea. Places: settlements Kulusuk, Kuummiiut, Tinit, Sermiliqaq, town Tasilaq, glaciers Knud Rasmussen, Karale, Johan Pedersen fjord, Arctic circle Activities: sailing among huge icebergs, whale watching, aurora borealis, dining with Inuits, walking Photographic themes: arctic scenery, seascape, mountains, fjords, floating icebergs, whales, aurora borealis
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Arrival Keflavik airport Iceland Transfer to a hotel in Reykjavik about 45 min from the airport. Participants will arrive this day and have individual leisure to regenerate after flight and can walk around in capital. Participants will meet in the evening with Tim Vollmer at the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Reykjavik (D)
Flight to Kulusuk – Sightseeing tour of Kulusuk on foot – KuummiutAt 12:00 noon the group will meet at Reykjavik airport before departure (dep. 1 pm, arr. 12:50 pm). Kulusuk means “The chest of a Black Guillemot. The group will be picked up at Kulusuk airport and transferred to the harbour for the boat tour to Kuummiut. On the way we will stop at the glacier Aputsiaq. We will sail among icebergs and our direction is settlement Kuummiut. When the dark comes, we will wait for aurora borealis. Overnight in the private houses in Kuummiut (B, L, D)
Sightseeing in Kuummiut both on foot and by boatThe landscape of the Ammassalik district is exceptionally beautiful and is like no other in the entire arctic. The district is full of lakes, large and steep mountains, waterfalls, green valleys, long rivers and huge glaciers. The area is largely uninhabited and breathtaking in its purity.
Kuummiut was founded in 1915 as a missionary station. We will spend the day sightseeing in and around Kuummiut. Kuummiut is situated deep in the Ammassalik Fjord. From the village the view is awe-inspiring along the fjord all the way to the Denmark Strait. The peaks around Kuummiut are extremely tall and steep, reaching the impressive height of 6.500 feet. The village is often a starting point for kayak expeditions and hiking trips. Overnight in Kuummiut (B, L, D)
Tours to Sermiliqaq – Arctic circle – Knud Rasmussen glacier – Karale GlacierWe have an early departure today as we will leave by boat to the village Sermiliqaq and on to Knud Rasmussen glacier. Sermiliqaq has a population of app. 220 people. In Greenlandic, the name of the village means “the beautiful glacierfjord”. The village is located in Sermiliqaq fjord. The wooden houses in the village are small and colourful and give the village a very distinctive and fun look. In the bottom of the fjord and about 20 km from Sermiliqaq there are two large glaciers, Knud Rasmussen glacier and Karale glacier. There are two other glaciers in the area and together they are sometimes called “the world’s largest ice machine”. The Knud Rasmussen glacier is more than three kilometers long and is app. 900 metres in width. We will cross arctic circle on the way. Because of the glacier activities, the Sermiliqaq Fjord is coloured with sediments, giving it a very distinctive milky blue colour. The place is beautiful and perfect for capturing photos. On the way back we go to the Karale glacier and end by visiting an old American army base. Karale glacier is a popular destination for mountaineers because of its countless peaks, easy access and a variety of glaciers in all sizes. The glacier is one of the major glaciers near Kuummiut. We will be able to walk around the glacier enjoying the beauty of it. Lastly we will visit an old army base which was founded shortly after World War II. It is abandoned but still a great place to visit. Everything was left behind when the airport was moved to Kulusuk, giving the place a feeling of another world that has passed by. Overnight in Kuummiut (B, L, D)
Boat tour to Tinitiqilaaq (Tinit)We will sail along the Ammassalik fjord and from there through the deep fjord Ikasagtivaq to the settlement Tinit (Tinitiqilaaq) and stay there for 2 nights. “Placed on the lower part of a small peninsula the Tinit settlement offers a spectacular view to the Sermilik fjord where huge icebergs floats by. To the south the fjord Ikâsagtivaq separates Tinit from Ammassalik Island. From the settlement you have a great view to the northern mountains and one of the big glaciers of Ammassalik Island.” Overnight in private houses in settlement Tinit (B, L, D)
Boat tour to the glacier in Johan Pedersen fjordOvernight in settlement Tinit (B, L, D)
A boat trip to TasiilaqTasiilaq is the biggest town on the eastern coast of Greenland, appr. 1930 inhabitants live there. The town is the 7th biggest town in Greenland and one of the fastest growing in the country. Today we will travel by boat to Tasiilaq from Tinit. Located near Tasiilaq is Mittivakkat glacier and the Sermilik Station which is dedicated to the research of the glacier. Tasiilaq is located on the Ammassalik Island which is 772 km2 and separated from the mainland by Sermilik Fjord and Ikaasartivaq Strait. Tasiilaq stands by the open North Atlantic ocean. Overnight in hotel Tasiilaq (B, L, D)
Sightseeing of Tasiilaq (on your own) and whale watching boat tourTasiilaq stands by the open North Atlantic ocean and is the biggest town on the eastern coast of Greenland, appr. 1930 inhabitants live there. The town is the 7th biggest town in Greenland and one of the fastest growing in the country. This day if condition permits, we plan to do the whale watching. As is the custom in the villages of east Greenland, the wooden houses of Tasiilaq are colorful and scattered on rocks on the hills of the mountains. Tasiilaq is located in an almost circular fjord and, as is usual in the area, surrounded by tall mountains with steep slopes. The town is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland so photographers should not have a problem in finding wonderful things to photograph in Tasiilaq. Overnight in hotel in Tasiilaq (B, L, D)
Flight from Kulusuk to ReykjavíkBoat transfer from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk. We leave Tasiilaq early in the morning for the flight at 1:40pm from Kulusuk to Constable Point and from there to Reykjavík. Arriving 8:10pm. Overnight at a hotel in Reykjavík (B, L, D)
Transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík airport for departure from Iceland. (B)
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Price included and excludes:
- Transfer from/to Keflavik airport (only for 10 days full service)
- Flight Reykjavík – Kulusuk – Reykjavík
- Airport tax in Reykjavík and Kulusuk
- Hotel in Reykjavik – 2 nights with breakfast (only for 10 days full service)
- Accommodation: 5 nights in the settlements and 2 nights in hotel in Tasiilaq
- Breakfast (2) in Reykjavik (only for 10 days full service)
- Breakfast (5) on accommodation in settlements and in hotel in Tasiilaq
- Dinners (2) in Reykjavik (only for 10 days full service)
- Dinners (5) at local families and (2) hotel in Tasiilaq
- Lunch (7) – Except on flight date to Greenland
- Boat tours:
- 3 -5 hours from Kulusuk to Kuummiut
- 3-5 hours around Kuummiut
- Knud Rasmussen and Karale glaciers
- From Kuummiut to Tinit
- From Tinit to Tasiilaq
- Whole day to Johann Pedersen fjord
- Whale watching – photo tour from Tasiilaq
- Transfer from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk
- Coffee and light snack on board the boat during the day
- Professional photographer’s assistance – Tim Vollmer and Marketa Kalvachova
- International airfares
- Drinks except tea, coffee, juice served for breakfasts, water is served with dinner/sodas
- What is not mentioned as included
Accommodation: Hotel – very comfortable with WC, shower. Private houses in settlements – furnished, portable toilets, shower in service house or in one of houses. Some houses can be without running water.
He was born in Southwest Germany and have traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He has been interested in, and learning, photography for over 20 years. He has been living in Iceland for the last 6 years and specializing in all aspects of photography in Iceland, including landscapes, architecture, portraits, nature (particularly birds), and travel.
Languages: German, English, Icelandic
Tim´s website: www.timvollmer.de
She is from the Czech republic, currently living in Iceland therefore her photography is mainly focused on Icelandic landscape and nature. She is originally trained in law with a degree from Charles University in Prague but after moving to Iceland she was immediately captivated by Iceland’s natural beauty and turned her hand to photography.
Languages: Czech, Slovak, English, Icelandic
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Testimonials by participants from our tour in September 2012
Hi Marketa and Tim, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organizing such a marvelous and memorable trip, I was so glad I could come.
I was very happy to meet you and spend this travel with this group. Greenland was really magical and even more beautiful than I imagined. Amazing landscapes, fjords, glaciers, towns, colors, lights.. I think we were lucky to make this trip. I dream to go back again… Thank you again Tim, Marketa & Iurie for the organization.
I look forward to sharing and seeing everyone’s photos soon. Felt strange to be back in ABC after such an awesome and memorable venture. (never will forgot those toilet buckets either
I can recommend you another tour to South Greenland 2013 with photographers Tim Vollmer and Jack Graham.
This tour is held in cooperation with Esja Travel.