Greenland Photo Expedition 2017

Date:

Date: August 27 – September 6, 2017

Price:

Cabin Prices For Greenland – Prices are per berth in selected cabin

$9,490 – Triple – 9 berths
$11,490 – Twin Cabin Regular – 24 berths
$12,090 – Twin Cabin Plus – 4 berths
$12,090 – Double Cabin – 4 berths
$12,490 – Double Cabin Superior – 8 berths
$14,090 – Owners Cabin – 2 berths

Rate includes: 10 nights on board Sea Endurance, all meals on board, an experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guides, guiding ashore and talks on board, photo workshops, all excursions and activities, chartered flight between Constable Point and Keflavik.

Not included: Flight to Longyearbyen and flight from Reykjavik, travel and cancellation insurance, the customary gratuity to the ship’s crew, personal expenses such as bar and shop charges.

For complete details, download the Travel Program (2MB PDF)

Instructors:

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe needs no presentation. He is an American photographer and conservationist, best known for color images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures. His photographs document scenes from every continent and hundreds of locations, and have been noted by environmental advocacy groups for their “stunning” visual impact. Wolfe’s career has been described as “multi-faceted”, involving wildlife advocacy, art, journalism, and education. According to William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Wolfe is a “prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world.” In the last 30 years, the public has viewed Wolfe’s work in more than sixty published books, including Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.

Kevin Raber

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I see the world through the lens and a frame. Photography for me is an extension of who I am. I have gone through many stages in my career. At one time I was a portrait photographer with many prestigious clients. Over time I grew restless for something else in the field. I truly enjoy my current work as a fine art landscape photographer. There is something special about examining and photographing everything from grand scenes in nature that are there for a moment and then gone to industrial landscapes and focusing on the incredibly minute details of peeling paint and rust. I am most fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful places.

I have fond memories of nights and weekends spent in the darkroom creating prints. The stereo blasting. It could be fun and it could be tedious. You didn’t always know what you were going to get and, at times, it required extensive hands-on darkroom manipulation. I can still smell the chemicals. I was taught by masters of the darkroom.

Today, that has all changed thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. The darkroom is the computer. Some things are still unpredictable, but the tools to achieve the final result allow you to see them immediately on the screen in real time and right in front of you. Digital allows you to capture a range of tonalities and exposures that were impossible with film. Variables such as emulsion, temperature, chemistry and exposure are taken out of the equation. What you see on your computer monitor is what you will get when printed.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the music. It goes along with creating and working on images. Thank God for iTunes.

I embraced digital early on. It continues to evolve and provide flexibility to all who embrace it. The digital age is still young and has completely transformed our industry. Never before has a switch from analog to digital been so prevalent as in photography. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years takes us.

My career in photography has evolved since 1972 when I first began making a living with photography. Today I am also CEO of the Luminous-Landscape.com, one of the most visited and prestigious websites for the photographers on the internet, with over 1.5 million visitors a month.  I lead photography workshops to edge of the planet locations as well provide instructional videos to photographers on how to improve their craft.

There doesn’t seem to be anything that can dampen my passion and enthusiasm for photography. It has opened doors to the world for me and I am most grateful I can share my experiences with others.

11-day expedition from Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland with the expedition Ship Sea Endurance
August 27th – September 6, 2017

An incredible different kind of light you need to experince

Art Wolfe of Art Wolfe Photography and Kevin Raber of Luminous-Landscape join forces to host a workshop to the East Coast of Greenland August 27th – September 6, 2017. With us will be three other excellent instructors Gavriel Jecan, Ignacio Palacios and Steve Gosling. Our team will lead you on a dedicated trip to some of the most amazing places along the East Coast of Greenland.

Around every corner is a surpise

Join us on an expedition cruise to Northeast Greenland – one of the last unspoiled wildernesses in the world. The grandiose landscape is dominated by glaciers and beautifully shaped icebergs. Most of the year this ice-choked coast is inaccessible and it is only in late summer, when the tundra is clad in autumn colours, that we have a chance to get here.

 

On this exciting Arctic expedition we venture into one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in the Northern Hemisphere, where large areas are virtually untouched by man. Northeast Greenland National Park, covering an area over of over 972,000 square kilometres, is the world’s largest national park.

The expedition cruise starts in Spitsbergen, where we embark the small and comfortable ship Sea Endurance. During the first part of the expedition, we explore Spitsbergen’s fjord-indented coastline, framed by pointed mountains and magnificent glaciers fronts. We continue west towards Greenland and take turns searching for whales from the open decks. Our goal is to reach Greenland’s coastline as far north as the pack ice border and weather allows. We continue south along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines, where the vast fjord systems are littered with icebergs. We have chances of visiting remains of ancient Inuit dwellings and the fascinating settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit. With our sturdy Zodiacs, we cruise along impressive glacier fronts and amongst large icebergs. During refreshing hikes on the tundra we hope to meet some of the many musk ox that roam here. We then fly to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. This time of year offers wonderful red and pink skies at sunset, as well as a warm and soft light, perfect for anyone interested in photography.

Itinerary

Map

Day 1: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark the ship Sea Endurance.

One of the communities we will visit

Day 2: Northwest Spitsbergen
We visit some of the many magnificent fjords in western Spitsbergen, where vast glaciers tumble down into the sea. As we sail along the beautiful fjords we keep an eye out for the Arctic wildlife that inhabits the area.

Day 3 – 4: The Greenland Sea
We shape a south-westerly course and from the decks, we keep a constant lookout for whales which may be encountered in these waters. Our knowledgeable guides entertain us with lectures on the Arctic flora, fauna, geology and history. During parts of the crossing, we can expect to meet the pack ice border, which often embraces Greenland’s northern coast. Few things in life are as exciting as standing on board a ship cruising past large floes of pack ice!

Gorgeous light and big, broad landscapes make for some excellent panoramic opportunities

Day 5 – 11: Northeast Greenland
We reach the shores of Greenland and are now in a part of the world that is completely ruled by ice and weather conditions. Our plan is to make Zodiac landings each day and the following are some of the places we may visit:

Zodiacs heading to a shore landing

Clavering Island
Clavering Island is a hunter’s hut, which reveals a bit about the life of a hunter and trapper in these high latitudes. On the tundra, we hope to see some of the many musk ox, which inhabits these shores. Northeast Greenland is one of the very few places in the world where you have the chance to encounter these huge, wooly herbivores, weighing up to 400 kilos.

Glaciers and Icebergs, all part of what defines Greenland

Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord and Kong Oscars Fjord
We hope to explore and make several landings in these beautiful fjord systems, which are framed by mountains shooting vertically out of the sea. This area is unspoiled and virtually uninhabited with a population of fewer than 40 people, consisting mainly of scientists and personnel from the Danish Sirius Patrol in Daneborg located further up north. Examples of places we may visit are Blomsterbugten and Ella ø. Blomsterbugten, “the Bay of Flowers”, is home to beautiful purple and gold colored rocks and Ella ø is a hiker’s paradise surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs, and blue icebergs.

Chasing the light

Scoresby Sound
Scoresby Sund – the world’s largest fjord system – offers some of the most spectacular scenery Greenland has to offer: jagged peaks as tall as 2000 meters coming straight out of the sea and rare glimpses of the Greenland ice cap, the largest ice cap in the northern hemisphere. As we reach Scoresby Sound we enjoy the breathtaking view of this immense fjord. Here we have chances of seeing remnants from the Thule people, who arrived in Greenland in the 12th century. In the small village of Ittoqqortoormiit, with only 500 inhabitants, we learn more about life in this isolated place 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Plenty of opportunities to see Greenland up close and look for abstracts like this one in an iceberg

 

Day 11: Constable Point – Reykjavik
In the morning we disembark Sea Endurance, which has been our home for the past 10 nights. We leave the wilderness of Greenland behind as we board the chartered flight that will take us to Iceland and Reykjavik.

The immense rock was and huge icebergs will dwarf our ship

Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice, weather conditions and the wildlife we encounter. The places mentioned above are just examples of some of the many sites this expedition has to offer. We always strive to maximize your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

Icebergs in the morning fog

Registration

Click to register online on Polar Quest website.

Fill in their registration request form and then they will send you everything you need to complete your registration.

Full travel program

For complete details, download the Travel Program (2MB PDF)

The Expedition Ship Sea Endurance (former M/S Quest)

A comfortable ship with a wonderful crew

The ship was built in Denmark in 1992 to serve as a ferry on Greenland’s west coast. In 2004/2005 she was completely refurbished and now has a career as a small and comfortable expedition ship. Sea Endurance takes 53 passengers and all 26 cabins are outside cabins with private facilities. The triple cabins have upper and lower berths. All other cabins have two lower berths or a double bed. In your cabin, you find a desk with a chair and a cupboard for storage. The superior cabins are spacious and have armchairs and TV/ DVD. The Owner’s cabin has a double bed, two large picture windows, a separate seating area and TV/DVD. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and in the panorama lounge, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Here you can listen to entertaining talks on the area’s flora, fauna, and history. In the lounge, you also find a bar and a small library. The ship has spacious observation decks, where you can enjoy the beautiful vistas. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for. There is an international crew on board the Sea Endurance and the atmosphere is relaxed and very friendly.

If you have any questions please contact Kevin Raber or call +1 317-379-7482

The Ship