East Greenland Photo Exploration | Tasiilaq
Join this visual delightful journey to Greenland’s East coast with this 5-day nature photography vacation package. You will be exploiting your camera lens to East Greenlands extraordinary Arctic wonders, such as glaciers, icebergs and the luscious tundra. This tour can be done by anyone with a camera, as the beauty of Greenland can be captured by newly started and professionals.
East Greenland is a photographer's undiscovered paradise! The untouched and raw nature is what makes East Greenland such a unique photo destination. The tour's attractions are remote and far from civilisation, which is perfect for you who would like to enhance your nature photography skills.
Over 5 days, you’ll have the chance to experience, examine and explore East Greenland’s sheer wealth of unique sceneries - visits to the Aputsiaq, Haan and Knud Rasmussen’s Glaciers are to be explored, Ammassalik, Ikasagtivaq and Johan Pedersen fjord is to be experienced, and the small settlements Tinitiqilaaq, abandoned Ikateq and Sermiliqaq is to be examined.
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Do not hesitate to join this amazing photo voyage in East Greenland, pack your bags and bring your camera! Press on the 'Daily Itinerary' tab to read more information about each day of the tour, and then reserve your place by clicking on Book Now.
Knud Rasmussen Glacier
Welcome to East Greenland, and the beginning of your 5-day photo tour.
First, you will be arriving in Kukusuk. In Kulusuk you will be met by your guide, who will be accompanying you for the next 5 days. From Kulusuk, the adventure continues. You will be travelling through Sermilik fjord to Tasiilaq town. Sermilik fjord is known for its countless icebergs, drifting through the dark blue sea and soaring glaciers. En route, you will be stopping by the vast Aputsiaq glacier, where you will have the chance to capture the extraordinary landscape.
You will be overwhelmed by the beauty of East Greenland - everywhere you look you can see countless icebergs and sky-high mountain peaks.
In Tasiilaq you will be transferred to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day, exploring Tasiilaq on your own.
Come aboard, you will be conquering the vast waters of Ammassalik and Ikasagtivaq fjord! The schedule starts at 9 am by the harbour. First, you will be sailing through Ammassalik fjord.
Almost immediately, you will understand why the fjord is included in the tour. The fjord is known for its remarkable arctic landscape, with lakes of all sizes and shapes, sky-high mountain peaks, boisterous waterfalls and spell-binding glaciers.
It is a once in a lifetime chance, to experience Ammasalik – this is an Arctic landscape that compares to no other.
From Ammassalik we enter the Ikasagtivaq fjord. The deep fjord will lead you to the small settlement of Tinitiqilaa. We will be stopping in Tinitiqilaa for two hours, and eat lunch by the ice fjord.
Tinitiqilaa means the well that dries out at low tide and is situated on a small peninsula between Sermilik and Ikkaasagitivaq fjord. The settlement has approximately 110 inhabitants and walking through the settlement will give you an insight into what life is like, in the hidden corners of Greenland.
We return to Tasiilaq.
Your third day in East Greenland brings you to Knud Rasmussen’s Glacier.
Departure is at 9 o’clock to the abandoned village of Ikateq. Ikateq is located in the Arctic wilderness - making it ideal for nature photography. Nearby is an old American airbase from WW 11. The base was abandoned when Kulusuk Airport was established. It is quite fascinating roaming around the abandoned buildings. The airbase creates beautiful contrasts to the multicoloured tundra and its peaky mountains.
Next destination of the day, is the highlight of the day: Knud Rasmussen’s Glacier. When arriving at the glacier you will be met by a huge glacier wall and surrounding you are icebergs. You will be spending the next two hours, exploring, examining and experiencing the glacier.
Last stop of the day, is the settlement, Sermiliqaq. The settlement has approximately 220 inhabitants. The landscape is dotted with small colourful wooden houses, creating distinctive and picturesque scenery. Nearby the settlement are the two massive glaciers, Knud Rasmussen and Karale glacier, that creates an even more magical landscape. The glaciers are known as “the worlds largest ice machines’’, due to its calving icebergs. The glacial activity releases sediments, giving the fjord a very unique milky blue colour.
We return to Tasiilaq at 5 PM.
Your fourth day in Greenland takes you from Tasiilaq towards Johan Pedersen fjord by boat. Today's highlights are the abandoned settlement Ikateq and the Haan Glacier.
First, you will be sailing through Sermerlik Icefjord and pass Ikateq, that you visited the day before.
The tour continues and you will be heading to the Haan Glacier, but first, you will be sailing through Johan Pedersen fjord. The fjord holds spell-binding surroundings, that will decorate your inner explore – leaving you with a sense of Greenland’s infinite beauty. The waters of the fjord are in contrast to the Haan glacier’s migrating icebergs. We will go to shore near the glacier and enjoy lunch.
As we return to Tasiilaq, we will explore and examine the various sculpted icebergs.
Today is yours to create. Stop by the dogs, and chit chat with the mushers. Please note, that it is not safe to approach the dogs without the owners. For cultural experiences, enjoy a performance by a local drum dancer. Greenlandic culture is quite unique to experience in East Greenland – as they are pros in drum dancing.
We wrap up the adventure with an Icefjord cruise in Sermilik.
If you are joining from mid-August, it is possible to enjoy the Northern Lights on a clear night sky.
- Accommodation (You will stay at a hostel (private room) with shared facilities and a skilled local cook)
- All meals
- Transfer from Kulusuk to Tasiilaq
- Transfer from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk
- Full day boat trip to Ammassalik & Ikasagtivaq Fjord and settlement of Tinitiqilaa
- Full day boat trip to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier
- Full day boat trip to the the glacier in Johan Pedersen fjord
- Local guide and glacier guide
- Airport taxes and fees
- Travel insurance
- Lunch on flight days
- Optional excursions
- Unexpected expenses as a result of weather conditions (including difficulties or cancellations due to ice or weather conditions) or flight or boat delays
- Accommodation, transfers and food in Reykjavík or Copenhagen
What to bring
- Layered clothing. Ideally, you should pack a thermal underwear layer (top and bottom), activity layer (e.g. hiking pants and shirt), insulation layer (e.g. fleece or down jacket), and outer layer of windproof clothing (top and bottom). You may not need all of this on any particular day, but you should have it available. You should always bring a windproof jacket, regardless of the weather.
- Warm hat, gloves, buff or scarf, gloves
- Sturdy shoes (e.g. hiking boots)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen & sun hat (depending on weather)
- Head net and insect repellent (in case of mosquitoes)
- Camera with extra batteries
- Camera Equipment
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Food / Snacks
- We recommend flying from Iceland
- You will be staying in a traditional Greenlandic house, with a fully equipped kitchen and living room. The house will be shared with other guests.
- The airlines that fly to Greenland only allow 20 kg of checked-in baggage. If you go over this limit, there is a fee (often strictly enforced) for the extra weight.
- It is important to bring cash in the form of Danish Krona to Greenland. While credit cards are accepted in larger locations (eg hotels, supermarkets), they may not be accepted elsewhere. Foreign currency is often not accepted.
Our customers are the foundation of Guide to Greenland so we make great efforts to provide you with the best possible service.
We are located in Greenland and cooperate with everyone involved in the Greenlandic tourism industry. We are therefore perfectly placed to quickly react to changes or new wishes you may have to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.
The earlier you book your trip, the better the prices will be, and the more likely you will be able to book the tour you want for the dates/times you want.
Package tours can be sold out more than half a year in advance (note that Guide to Greenland does not include international flights in packages, except where indicated from Iceland or Denmark). Day trips may sell out closer to your arrival date, but for popular destinations, certain dates/times can also sell out months in advance. We recommend that you secure all of your experiences by booking them well in advance of your trip.
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Although Guide to Greenland is committed to ensuring the best protection and service for our customers in the event of a cancellation, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees. This is in accordance with Greenland travel industry business practices. Details can be found in our general cancellation policy
Note: Due to COVID-19, a temporary cancellation policy applies. You can find it in the footer of the website under the “Terms & Conditions”.