East Greenland is one of the best places in the Arctic to photograph breathtaking landscapes and massive icebergs. We will use the expedition ship MS Freya to explore the Scoresby Sund fjord system and visit the Inuit village Ittoqqortoormiit. Further north we continue into the Northeast Greenland National Park, and photograph and explore the areas of King Oscar Fjord and Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord. The main subjects on this photo expedition will be grand landscapes, icebergs and Arctic wildlife.
End of August is a great time in the Arctic when the midnight sun season is coming to an end. The colors on the night sky can be great for photography at this time. This expedition will schedule for longer stops than usual when going ashore in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures. We use 2 zodiac boats for landings or when searching for the wildlife at sea. There will be 14 guests on this expedition.
Greenland is famous for massive icebergs and grand landscapes, but does not have the density of wildlife as we normally see on Svalbard. However, there are good possibilities for photographing Arctic hare, seals, seabirds, and maybe also Musk Ox and Polar bear.
We will schedule the expedition in accordance with prevailing weather and ice conditions. Our captain is an expert navigator in Arctic conditions. He is an important advisor in planning the expedition in a manner that allows us to maximize the photo opportunities and enjoyment of this trip.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE MIGHT BE FLYING TO ITTOQQORTOORMIIT ONE OR BOTH WAYS (This will be depending on the ship plan and will be advised shortly) Below is a draft of our expedition itinerary.
Day 0 (30.07) We recommend to arrive Iceland at least one day in advance.
Day 1 (31.07) Departure from Akureyri, Iceland heading toward Greenland. (SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF WE FLY)
Day 2 (01.08) At sea heading toward Greenland. (SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF WE FLY)
Day 3 (02.08) Arriving Scoresby Sund, visiting the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, heading north.
Day 4 (03.08) Sailing into Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord.
Day 5 (04.08) Sailing into Kong Oscar Fjord.
Day 6 (05.08) Sailing south to the Scoresby Sund fjord system.
Day 7 (06.08) Northwestern areas of Scoresby Sund.
Day 8 (07.08) Sailing through the narrow fjord toward Cape Hofmann Island, if ice condition allows it.
Day 9 (08.08) Danmark Island, and heading east toward Cape Brewster.
Day 10 (09.08) At sea heading toward Iceland. (SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF WE FLY)
Day 11 (10.08) Arriving Akureyri, Iceland in the morning. (SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF WE FLY)
CABINS ON M/S FREYA
The M/S Freya is spacious and well suited for photography with 9 Single cabins with private WC / shower (#1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #8 and #22) two twin cabin (#27 and #24) with private WC / shower and and one Mini suite (#3) with double bed and private WC / shower. The beds are made ready and bed linen and towels are provided. Food service will be at a designated time, but we intend to be flexible. The chef has a varied and tasty menu.
This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm available spots.
You register to this expedition by submitting a deposit payment (USD $2000) and sending in a signed booking form (not ready). On the backside (page #2) of the booking form you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. You will also find more information about payments, insurance etc. on the booking form. Let us know if you have any questions.