Western Greenland is a remote and pristine land of unsurpassed natural beauty, with scenic fjords, drifting icebergs, and charming coastal villages. The Gulf Stream reaches the western coastal areas, preventing the sea from freezing over in the winter, and the warmer waters contribute to spectacular glacier and iceberg calving.
Our expedition starts in the capital Nuuk, a diverse Arctic metropolis, where we board the local Sarfaq Ittuk ship. Settle into your stateroom as we slowly cruise up the western coast stopping at the settlements of Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut, Sismiut and Asaiaat. On the route of this ship, the only means of coastal transport in the area, you’ll experience Greenland as the locals do. You’ll be photographing the magnificent views, meeting your fellow passengers, and exploring the charming settlements and harbor towns at each port stop.
Our final destination is the town of Ilulissat, by the iceberg dotted waters of Disko Bay, 350 km. north of the Arctic Circle.
From our home base in Ilulissat, we travel by private Targa boat and helicopter to photograph the impressive Kangia Ice fjord with its floating icebergs, and to the remote outpost of Eqi at the base of the Sermeq Kujalleqi glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world, where you can get close to a calving glacier. While cruising in Disko Bay we will be joined by humpback and minke whales, seals, and other marine life, that love to frolic there during the summer months.Our private Targa is at our disposal day and night to photograph the amazing array of awe-inspiring vistas, drifting icebergs, and the amazing wildlife just when the light is right!
We spend one day photographing the colorful town of Qullissat, founded in 1924 as a coal-mining settlement and abandoned in 1972 when the coal ran out. In 2000 a tsunami caused by a landslide struck the area, destroying a number of the homes, and creating a striking and eerie landscape.
Greenlanders are a very hospitable people, warmly welcoming visitors into their homes. We are invited to join a family at a Kaffe-mik ceremony, which celebrates special family events of all kinds. Kaffemik is the Greenlandic word for ‘via coffee’, and we’ll be sharing traditional pastries and coffee while we visit with a family in their living room.
Destination Arctic Circle takes you to one of the most rugged, remote, and breathtakingly beautiful places on earth!
- - Photograph the remote coastal region of western Greenland
- - Photograph floating icebergs and glaciers
- - Photograph the native Inuit culture and contemporary arts
- - Photograph the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier a World UNESCO site
- - Photograph an abandoned coal-mining settlement
- - Travel the fjordson the Sarfaq Ittuk, the local ferry
- - Travel by local ship north of the Arctic Circle
- - Travel by private helicopter and Targa
- - Receive on location instruction
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
These workshops are for the serious amateur who has a working knowledge of their camera and for the professional photographer or videographer, who wants to combine advancing their photography skills with an adventurous travel experience.
Participants should be highly motivated, technically self-sufficient, physically fit, and capable of navigating in foreign cultures. Participants may work with still photography or video and are encouraged to explore on their own.
All workshops include on location instruction and offer unique opportunities to photograph diverse cultures, rich landscapes, and remarkable architecture.My groups are limited to 8 to 10 participants depending on the location, as this allows for a more personal photography and travel experience, and non-photographing companions are encouraged to attend.
ITINERARY (subject to change)
Wed. May 31 Pre group travel depart the US for Reykjavik - Over night in Reykjavik (not included in cost)
Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland – Nuuk, Greenland Seamen’s Home
Thu. Jun 1 Arrive in Nuuk and group hotel transfer
Afternoon free time to acclimate to Nuuk,
Evening welcome dinner (D)
Day 2 Nuuk -- Sisimiut, Sarfaq Ittuk Ferry
Fri. Jun 2 We spend the day in Nuuk visiting the National Museum to see the mummies found in northern Greenland, and the Katuaq cultural center. Early evening return to our hotel to pack and 20:00 (8 pm) transfer to the ferry for our 21:00 (9pm) departure & our cruise aboardthe Sarfaq Ittuk coastal ferry cruising north to Ilulissat.
Private room & bath (meals not included)
Day 3 Maniitsoq – Sismiut, Sarfaq Ittuk Ferry
Sat. Jun 3 We continue cruisingwith the locals stopping at the settlements of Maniitsoq, Kangaamiut and Sisimiut along the way. We continue north passing the Arctic Circle eventually arriving in Sismiut, which is the most northern town in Greenland to be free of ice all year around.
Day 4 Aasiaat – Ilulissat, Ilulissat Icefiord Hotel
Sun. Jun 4 We continue north cruising by the impressive Icefjord Kangia, filled with its enormous icebergs. At 13:00 we arrive in Ilulissat where we transfer to our hotel. Located 250 km north of the Arctic Circle in Disko Bay, is Ilulissat, Greenlandic for “icebergs”, and is located at the mouth of the Sermeq Kujalleq one of the fastest growing and most active glaciers in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage site.
This afternoon we are invited in to a private home to photograph a traditional Kaffe-mik ceremony, which celebrates birthdays, weddings, confirmations, or to simply catch up with family and friends.
Day 5 Ilulissat, Ilulissat Icefiord Hotel
Mon. Jun 5 Today we board our privateTarga boat for a two-hour cruise to the traditional settlement of Ilimanaq “Place of Expectations”. This small colonial village has 80 inhabitants of hunters and fishermen, and is nestled against a backdrop of drifting icebergs. Photograph the people, their colorful homes and their traditions of drying fish and pelts.
On our return home we photograph the Ilulissat Icefjord, famous for producing 10% of all of Greenland’s calving ice. Studied for more that 250 years, it has helped develop our understanding of climate change and icecap glaciology. (B & L)
Day 6 Ilulissat, Icefiord Hotel
Tu. Jun 6 Today we board our Targacruising about 6 hours to photograph the whales along the Disko coast, the farther we travel the larger the whales can be! During the summer the humpback whales come to Disko Bay to eat small shrimp. Humpback whales can grow up to 15 meters long and can weight up to 30 tons and are recognized by their massive tail fin, called a fluke.
This evening we return to photograph the Sermeq Kulalleq Icefjord. (B &L)
Day 7 Ilulissat – Eqi – Ilulissat, Icefiord Hotel
Wed. Jun 7 Today we cruise 80 miles (5 Hours) north to the magnificent Eqi Glacier and Icefjord, where tiny air bubbles with compressed air produce huge explosions. Eqi is one of the few places where it is possible to experience a calving glacier close up. On route we pass the Ataa Fjord surround by dramatic mountains. We return to Ilulissat. (B)
Day 8 Ilulissat– Qullissat, Icefiord Hotel
Thu. Jun 8 Today we combine photographing the drifting icebergs with an unusual photo opportunity, Qullissat, an abandoned mining town founded in 1924 and closed in 1972 when the coal ran out. In 2000 a tsunami caused by a landslide struck the area, destroying a number of the homes, and creating a striking and eerie landscape.
We continue or travel up the Vaigat strait visiting the quaint settlement of Saqqaq, stopping to photograph the landscape and incredible views of the iceberg filled strait. Our route takes us along the stunning coastline of Arveprinses Ejland. (B)
Day 9 Depart Greenland - Iceland
Fri. Jun 9 Plan to overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland should your Greenland flight be delayed or canceled. (B)
Greenland is a location where the weather can suddenly change. This can affect our daily activities, as well as international flights to and from Greenland. It is advisable to spend one night in Iceland before and after your Greenland flights.
The workshop fee is $7,650.00 and includes shared accommodations, group hotel transfers, all Greenland regional transportation, private touring, private Targa boat excursions, full time private English speaking guides, some meals, all gratuities for our guides and drivers, and on site photography instruction. A deposit of $1,500.00 must accompany your Registration Form and the Liability Waiver. The final payment is due by March 1, 2017. At the time of registration, the deposit will be taken by Maine Media Workshops. All further correspondence, finances, etc will be handled directly by Arlene Collins, the instructor.
Iinternational flights, single supplement accommodations, travel and medical evacuation insurance, visa fees, personal expenses and items, personal photography fees, and some meals and beverages not indicated on the itinerary, helicopter flights and any optional activities, The single supplement charge is $1,250.00
COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
1. Reservations & Payments
A deposit of $ 1,500 per person is required to confirm your reservation for theArctic Circle: Greenland 2017 Workshop. Final payment in full is due by March 1,2017. Arlene Collins Photography, LLC, reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the stated due date.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark. If you cancel 90 days or more prior to departure, a refund less an administration fee of $750.00 and less any payments made to travel agents, hotels and sub-contractors will be issued. No refunds are issued if you cancel within 90 days prior to departure. For payments not refunded consult your insurance carrier. Refunds cannot be made to participants who do not complete the workshop for any reason at all.
3. Basis of Rates
All prices are quoted in US dollars. Due to unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to the rising cost of airfares, ground transportation, fuel surcharges, accommodations and currency fluctuations prices are subject to change. Therefore, Arlene Collins Photography, LLC reserves the right to amend trip prices or levy a surcharge on the cost of the trip without prior notice.
Trip Cancellation and Baggage insurance protection and Emergency Medical Evacuation, Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection are strongly recommended. Camera equipment, computers and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk, and we accept no responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed property. Suggested travel insurance companies are CSA www.csatravelprotection.com andAIG www.travelguard.com, Allianz travel insurance www.allianztravelinsurance.com and for medical/air evacuation the air rescue card.
5. Itinerary Changes
The itinerary is subject to change without prior notification.
6. Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all travels. You are required to notify Arlene Collins PhotographyLLC, under which nationality your passport is registered. Collins Photography Workshops will notify you, if your destination requires a visa for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertaining to their trip. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. Your passport must have an expiration date of at least 6 months upon completion of this trip.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Arlene Collins Photography, LLC, prior to booking, of any health, physical, emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or adversely impact the other participants.
8. Single Travelers
Arlene Collins Photography LLC makes every effort to honor shared and single supplementary requests. However, shared accommodations cannot be guaranteed and the single supplement rate will apply, if we cannot provide accommodations.
9. Liability Waiver
Every participant is required to sign the liability waiver before the trip, acknowledging awareness and acceptance of the risks associated with the workshop and related travel.
10. Responsibility & Photography
To ensure a safe photographic experience you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. Arlene Collins has the right to eject any person from the workshop for disruptive behavior, compromising the group’s safety, enjoyment or violating the law.
Terms and Conditions for Travel Workshops
1. Reservations & Payments
A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop. Final payment in full is due 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop unless stated differently in the course description.. Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
Please review our cancellation policy at https://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/about/payment-policies
3. Basis of Rates
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.
5. Itinerary Changes
The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
6. Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all international travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
8. Liability Waiver
Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop. Click here to download.
9. Responsibility & Photography
To ensure a safe experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.