Photo Excursion | Disko Bay and Uummannaq | 8 days | Guide to Greenland
Photography excursion between the town of Uummannaq and Disko Bay on the West coast of Greenland. Sailing among humpback whales and icebergs in one of the most picturesque coastal stretches in all of Greenland.
The sailing trip takes place in a boat dedicated to finding the best motifs and spending the necessary time at each location. Our captain has been sailing for many years and knows the local area. We also have a professional photographer guide on board who can assist with practical and technical questions based on an in-depth knowledge of photography in the Arctic.
We use plenty of time circling the icebergs with steeple high peaks, both en route and in the ice fjord where they origins outside the town of Ilulissat.
In summer Greenlandic wildlife is often seen with birds, seals and occasionally whales, where the humpback whale with its unique flick of the tail is the absolute most photogenic.
Sunshine and ice provide powerful lux for photography, and we use both daylight, nightlight and the light of the midnight sun to capture the unique shadows and colors that arise in the meeting between ice, water and sky.
Both social media influencers and nature photographers at all levels will get something out of the trip. We are constantly looking for the most photographic locations and photo subjects. Sunset, sunrise, midnight sun, the shades of the night, the long shadows of the icebergs and the crew on board naturally make you aware of the wildlife we encounter.
Here you are on your very own trip, with like-minded colleagues from all over the world. There are good opportunities to gain inspiration, new ideas, new professional knowledge, friendships and perhaps even future partnerships. One thing you will definitely get is lots of perfect nature photos from the Arctic for your own photo portfolio.
In Greenland, nature is still the strongest, and we plan the trip based on the weather. Our goal is to visit as many as possible of the following top attractions, places, settlements and cities with lots of colorful houses, all located in their own scenic surroundings:
- Ilulissat Icefjord
- The calving glacier Eqi
- The whale-full Aasiaat
- Green Qeqertarsuaq
- Colorful Qasigiannguit
- The settlement Oqaatsut
- Closed mining town Qullissat
- Heart Mountain at Uummannaq
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Arriving in the town of Ilulissat
Our adventure begins today! If you arrive on the same day as our tour departs, we can pick you up at the airport if you are on a flight that lands no later than 5 p.m. Please inform us before you arrive.
However, we recommend that you arrive 1 or more days before, and spend some time on your own in the town of Ilulissat. Even on a good summer day, there can be fog that disrupts air traffic and causes delays.
Welcome dinner on board
The first evening we eat together and get to know each other. The dinner also serves as an information meeting, where our guide will talk about safety on board and the contents of the coming days, including any changes in relation to the current weather.
After dinner, we set our sail to the icefjord. In the magical midnight hours, we'll spend our time capturing the beauty of icebergs of various shapes and sizes.
After Ilulissat ice fjord, we follow the southern coast of Disko Bay, and depending on the weather and ice conditions, we visit the settlement of Ilimanaq and later the town of Qasigiannguit. Both places with plenty of colorful houses and landscape photo opportunities.
On the second day of the trip, we sail to Disko Island. Before we get that far, we have a late breakfast for those who have been up taking pictures and filming all evening.
We disembark in pristine places and enjoy nature, which is surprisingly green despite the arctic climate.
Depending on weather, ice conditions, wind and time, we sail to the town of Aasiaat, which is known to be a place where many whales pass on their way in and out of Disco Bay.
The old mining town of Qullissat
Here we get caught up in history, when we visit the old mining town of Qullissat.
The houses are still standing, and only the weather and the ravages of time have marked them since the inhabitants left the place in 1972, and as such leaving an incredible number of detailed photo opportunities.
A little ghostly but very atmospheric place located on a long slightly sloping mountainside down towards the bay.
We are of course careful not to touch anything while we walk around, but you will be surprised how well-preserved some things are, and how high a standard there actually was 50 years ago.
The Island, Mountain and Town of Uummannaq
"Uummannaq" means "heart-shaped" in the Greenlandic language, naming the mountain that rises from the sea, which also names the town with the colorful houses lying at the foot of the mountain.
A completely unique and beautiful place, surrounded only by the sea and the icebergs that float by in the summer. Here the dog sleds are parked all around for the summer, while the dogs howl and look forward to next winter.
We walk around the town, see the beautiful church and houses, and if there is an atmosphere for it, we can also hike on the island. Read more about the city of Uummannaq here
Ice and settlements
We have sailed on, and we are spending the evenings capturing the beauty of the mountains, icebergs, and fjords we pass.
We also hope to reach some of the small traditional settlements, and where possible we go ashore to experience the culture and everyday life. In total there are seven settlements in Uummannaq municipality, and we let the weather decide which one we can visit.
The calving glacier Eqi and the settlement Oqaatsut
If we have time, we will visit the magnificent Eqi Glacier on the way back towards Disko Bay. In addition, our guide will give a presentation on the post-processing of photos while we are sailing.
Finally, we visit the settlement Oqaatsut, approx. 15 kilometers north of Ilulissat. A small cozy settlement with very few inhabitants, who primarily live from fishing and the growing tourism.
Back in the town of Ilulissat
Around noon we are back in the town of Ilulissat’s harbour. From here there is transport to a good hotel.
We spend the afternoon seeing the city. We also hike to the ice fjord where there is a last chance for fantastic pictures of the icebergs that are queuing to get out into the disco bay. On the way, we also pass the Ilulissat Icefjord Center, which you can choose to visit.
Last dinner together
In the evening we all gather around a farewell dinner at the hotel. Here is one last chance to share experiences, photo knowledge and contact information.
Although everyone may be a little tired after an overdose of arctic nature, we predict a super cozy evening.
Departure day - or extended stay
After the first night with solid ground under your feet, you can choose to travel home or stay a few extra days and explore the city (planned by yourself at your own expense).
We meet for breakfast and farewell to each other, and say goodbye to Greenland. You'll be transferred to the airport and depart to Copenhagen or Reykjavik.
- Six nights on board a local boat
- Professional photographer and guide onboard
- Full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner on the boat
- One night in an accommodation
- Sailing at Ilulissat Icefjord
- Experienced captain with local knowledge
- Visiting the settlement of Oqaatsut
- Notification whenever wildlife is in sight
- Seeing the calving glacier Eqi
- Boat dedicated to finding photo locations
- Visit to the town of Qasigiannguit
- Disko Island and the town of Qeqertarsuaq
- Necessary time for photos at each location
- Visit to the closed mining town of Qullissat
- Tea, Coffee and Water ad libitum
- The town of Aasiaat known for whale sightings
- Guided Excursions Ashore
- Visiting Uummannaq
- Small max 12 people group
- Flights to and from Greenland.
- Travel and cancellation insurance.
- The customary gratuity to the ship's crew.
- Personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.
- VISA Application fees.
Up close photographs of the Icebergs in Disko Bay.
Visit isolated settlements and ghost villages.
Spectacular midnight sun.
Chance of experiencing Greenlands Fauna, such as Musk oxen and Whales.
Get experienced photographers to teach you skills about taking photos in the Arctic environment.
12 photographers in a group.
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