Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements
Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

Join this awesome adventure that most photographers dream about, and get inspired by the amazing sceneries with help from skilled tutors to create the best images you can get.

This tour will take place in Ilulissat, Greenland. Ilulissat is located in the northwest of Greenland. The name of the town means icebergs in Greenlandic, as the name suggests, Ilulissat is known for its spectacular view of the ocean of countless icebergs.

At that time of the year, Ilulissat offers spectacular sights of sunrises and sunsets with beautiful different colours. You will have the chance to take lots of pictures of the amazing sceneries with sunrises or sunsets over the sea full of icebergs, and the wild landscape covered in snow. There is also always the possibility to see the magical aurora borealis/northern lights if the sky is clear. The tutors are experienced in taking pictures of northern lights, they will gladly share their knowledge to ensure that you will come home with high-quality pictures.

During your stay in you will have time to take some short walks to gorgeous viewpoints around Ilulissat. One of the gorgeous viewpoints will be the famous Icefjord. Sermeq Kujalleq (Jakobshavn Glacier) calves around 35 billion tons of icebergs into the Icefjord and Disko Bay. It is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenland. They say that the Titanic sank because of the iceberg that calved from Sermeq Kujalleq.

One of the things that makes Greenland a unique place is there are no roads between towns, so you can not drive to the other towns. You can only travel by boat or by plane. In wintertime at the northern part of Greenland, the dog sleds become a normal way of transportation. There may be an optional opportunity to try dog sledding.

You will sail to a small settlement Oqaatsut and stay there for two nights. Oqaatsut has around 40 permanent inhabitants, it is full of ancient traditions and culture. Here you will have the chance to experience the everyday life of the inhabitants of the settlement, and have the chance to take amazing pictures of e.g. brightly coloured wooden houses, snow-covered landscape and sled dogs and so much more.

The trip will start and end in Ilulissat, which gives the participants a chance to decide their own route. You can either travel from Iceland or from Denmark.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern Lights, Cultural Activity, City Walk, Iceberg Views, Boat Tour, Wildlife Observation, Food Tasting, Settlement Visit
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Ilulissat Icefjord, Ilulissat, Ilimanaq, Rodebay
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

You meet us at the departure location.
  • All accommodation

  • Transfers from/to Ilulissat airport

  • All meals

  • Boat tours in as per itinerary

  • Skilled tutors to help with everything from composition to post-processing

  • Dog Sledging

  • Aerial Flights

  • Anything not mentioned in the included list

  • Beverages, alcohol or additional items ordered during meals

  • International flights

Good to know:

During our stay in Ilulissat we can organise optional activities such as a whale watching trip or some aerial photography. We have not included these outings in the price of the trip as often in the past the weather has proved inclement and participants have been disappointed.

The accommodations are included in the price. Single/double rooms with private bathrooms are the norms. In Oqaatsut there will be a two persons bedroom with shared bathroom facilities. Note that Oqaatsut is a remote small Inuit settlement.

The rooms are well-furnished, comfortable and are very warm.

In all hotels (except for in Oqaatsut) single supplements will also be available, it will ensure a single room with private facilities.

Group size is maximum 12. We specialise in small-group photographic tours and workshops offering individual tuition in all aspects of the photographic process from composition and capture to the development (post-processing) of your images. We spend a lot of time on locations to ensure we get to capture the best light.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Ilulissat

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

You will get a transfer to your hotel from the airport. The hotel you’re going to stay at is modern and well-run with well-furnished comfortable rooms. They have great food selection including vegetarian options. It is perfectly located and has an overlooking view of the famous Icefjord.

If you arrive early you might have the time to take a short walk around the town, remember to bring your camera. The town has a couple of nice coffee shops and few shops, along with colourful houses, a picturesque church and dogsleds.

The first meeting will be at 16:00 in the reception of Hotel Icefiord. There will be an introduction and image presentation and a trip briefing. You will have an early dinner followed by a breathtaking sunset sailing to photograph the amazing scenery of icebergs in the dramatic evening light.

Day 2 - Explore Ilulissat

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

You will spend the next two days exploring the town and its surroundings.

The sunrises and the sunsets are special up north, with different vivid colors as well as pastel light colors that lights up the town and the icebergs on their own charming ways.

During the daytime you will have a free time to explore the area. You can take an optional helicopter ride, dogsled or aerial photography (not included in the price). Dog sledding is an exceptional opportunity to try, as it is one of the oldest inuit tradition that have survived without changing. It will be a little tricky to take pictures during the ride, but there will be good opportunities to take pictures before and after the ride. There are dogs and sleds everywhere, their yapping and howling makes the town come to life. You can take pictures of them but be careful not to pet them without asking the owner.

Take a walk around the town and in the nature and inhale the fresh cold air while looking at the beautiful view, that will fuel you with energy. The ski poles are very useful to long walks in this environment.

Day 3 - Exploring Ilulissat

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

Keep exploring Ilulissat

Day 4 - Oqaatsut

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

After lunch, you will sail to a small settlement Oqaatsut. Oqaatsut has only around 45 inhabitants. There’s a school with typical 4-8 pupils, a grocery shop and a community house. Along with that, there’s a stunning landscape that is covered with dazzling snow, colourful small houses and an amazing view of the ocean with icebergs.

The ocean freezes in the winter. You will be dropped off at the sheltered harbour and you probably have to walk a short distance on the ice to go to the hotel. The hotel you’re staying is small, the rooms are warm comfortable and they’re well-furnished. The dining room has a great view of the mountains and the settlement. You will have to share the bathroom, and hot showers will be available in the community house next to the hotel. However, you have to be prepared for the showers not to work, because in this kind of cold environment the pipes can freeze.

The main occupation of the locals is hunting and fishing. Your food will be provided and cooked by a local person.

You will spend the following 2 days exploring and photographing the settlement. If you’re lucky and if the sky is clear you will be able to see some magical aurora borealis (northern lights) and have the chance to take pictures of them.

Day 5 - The Oqaatsut Settlement

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

Same plan as yesterday

Day 6 - Back to Ilulissat

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

In the late afternoon you will sail back to Ilulissat and the Icefjord. You will arrive in the mid morning to Ilulissat. You will have the whole day to explore the charming Ilulissat further and take lots of pictures. You will have the last chance to take pictures of majestic icebergs in the sunset.

In the evening you will eat dinner with the group, and there will be presentation of pictures taken during this spectacular trip.

Day 7 - Around Ilulissat

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

You will continue to explore and photograph the extraordinary icefjord. There is also an optional short hike to an ancient settlement Sermermiut. For 4000 years ago Sermermiut was inhabited by different Inuit cultures, and today you can still see the mounds of the dwellings.

In the evening you will meet for the last time and have dinner to celebrate. There will also be a presentation of the best pictures.

Day 8 - Home

Greenland in Winter | Aurora, Icebergs and Inuit Settlements

You will eat breakfast and have some free time. Check out from the hotel will be around 11.00 am. You will get a transfer to the Ilulissat airport.

If you want to extend your stay in Greenland you can get in touch with us and we can give you some ideas. We can help and plan your trip if needed.

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