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Expedition: Greenland

A Photography Expedition to the Land of Fjords and Glaciers

Dates: 21 - 30 August, 2019 ​

Price: 5395 EUR

Are you ready for an adventure to Greenland? Join us exploring mountains, streams, fjords and sky!

Greenland (originally Grœnland) was named by Viking settlers in the 10th century. It is believed to have been named Greenland to attract other settlers to the isolated island. Today Greenland remains an isolated part of the world with 80% of the island or 1,710,000 square kilometres covered in glacier.

 

Southern Greenland features a dramatic landscape where glaciers have carved deep cuts out of the earth, leaving deep blue fjords, steep rock walls and an almost unimaginable expanse of sky connecting the land to the heavens. For trekkers and photographers Southern Greenland is a sanctuary far away from the beaten track offering perhaps once in a lifetime views and photographs of the beauty this world has to offer.

 

The destination for this expedition is the Tasermiut fjord, close to Greenland’s Southern tip.

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Itinerary

A Note About the Base Camp Expedition Model

This Expedition is structured around a multi location base camp model. This means that we will travel into our selected areas and make camp fairly close to the waterways that we use for transport base camp transportation. Throughout the expedition we will have three base camp locations. Using the boat to transport our camp equipment means that we will not have to trek far with tents, sleeping bags, cooking stuff, etc. We will also be able to bring a tarp that will allow us to sit together and talk if it is raining. Each day we will set out from the base camp with light day packs exploring the mountains for sunrise, sunsets and other times.

Leave No Trace Policy

Terra Photography Expeditions has a strict leave no trace policy. This policy is also applied to how we share information about fragile ecosystems that we gently and respectfully visit. This means that we have withheld exact locations from the itinerary below. This is because we do not want to contribute to large scale tourism to this pristine and seldom visited place by sharing these. Our expedition participants will receive detailed information via e-mail. You are welcome to get in touch if you'd like to discuss the itinerary before applying to join. Thank you for your understanding.

Giving back to Nature

10% of the profit from this expedition will be donated to WWF Greenland to protect the Polar Bear. We only use local suppliers and partners on this expedition.​

Day 1 | Arrival Day - Narsarsuaq to Nanortalik

Arrival with Air Greenland to Narsarsuaq (N.B. flight is not included), onward travel by helicopter to the village of Nanortalik, where you will meet the Terra Photography Expeditions team. Top tip is to keep your cameras ready in the helicopter as you'll be flying over breathtakingly beautiful landscapes! We will spend one night in Nanortalik at a hotel to go through the expedition material and make some final preparations. We will also have time to explore this small village with the cameras at the ready. The village has a very special feel to it, given its incredibly remote location and slow development over the years.

 

Day 2 - 3 | Base Camp 1

The morning in Nanortalik starts early with a boat transfer into the Tasermiut fjord and to Base Camp 1, located deep into the fjord (exact location withheld according to the leave no trace statement above). We will be passing some incredible sceneries on this boat journey and are very likely to spot icebergs and glaciers en route! Once at the Base Camp we set up camp and prepare lunch together - getting into base camp life. The base camp is situated close to the fjord surrounded by steep granite walls and green hills - a perfect location for wild landscape photography. After a warm lunch we will get geared up for our first photography session. A two-hour trek into the mountains will take us to location for afternoon light and sunset. Then, we will trek back to camp by twilight and eventually by torchlight. Spontaneous stops along the route are naturally encouraged!

Our third day will start early with a pre-sunrise trek to get in position for sunrise. The middle of the day will be spend exploring the area and engaging in discussions about composition theory. In the evening we will get ready for another sunset shoot. This is the general schedule for the expedition and we will quickly settle into a routine of exploration. Note that our daily plans may be affected by weather and group wishes. We will study the weather report that we will receive via satellite each morning before we head out.​

Trekking to Base Camp: Approx. 10mins | Distance 0.5km | Hight gain/loss +20m
Treks on location: Approx. 2-5hrs | Distance 3-7km | Hight gain/loss +100 to +700m 

Day 4 - 5 | Base Camp 2

At the break of dawn on Day 4 we break camp and wait for our captain to pick us up and transfer us to Base Camp 2, which is also in the Tasermiut Fjord. The second base camp is situated at a location that gives us great access to beautiful valleys, streams and rock faces. Once at location we will set up camp. After lunch we will get ready to explore a new environment and head into the valleys and mountains. Just like Base Camp 1, we will have time to explore the area and photograph it in different light and conditions.​

Day 5 is a full day on location. Here we will have the choice between a long excursion or two smaller ones at peak shooting hours. 

Trekking to Base Camp: Approx. 10mins | Distance 0.5km | Hight gain/loss +20m

Treks on location: Approx. 2-5hrs | Distance 3-7km | Hight gain/loss +100 to +700m 

Day 6 - 8 | Base Camp 3

In the morning of Day 6, we break camp and wait for our captain to pick us up. We will take us to Base Camp 3, which is just outside the Tasermiut Fjord. On this location we will stay three nights as there is just a wealth of photography potential in the area. Base Camp 3 requires a bit of trekking to get from the drop-off point to the base camp, but it is without doubt worth it as we are heading up on a plateau to camp next to a mountain lake that allows us views of the fjords, the mountains and the sea beyond! Once at location we will set up camp. We will get ready to explore the new environment and head out for our photography sessions. This place will leave no one unaffected! ​

Day 7-8 will be spend out in the mountains exploring and trekking, of course with camera in hand! ​

Trekking to Base Camp: Approx. 3hrs | Distance 3km | Hight gain/loss +500m 

Treks on location: Approx. 1-2hrs | Distance 1-3km | Hight gain/loss +100 to +400m 

Day 9 | Transfer to Narsarsuaq

We will break camp early morning and head out towards our pick up location. From here we will be transported to Nanortalik where a helicopter will be waiting to transfer us to Narsarsuaq. Our final night is in a hotel, where we will have some time to rest before our last dinner together!​

Trekking: Approx. 3hrs | Distance 3km | Hight gain/loss -500m

Day 10 | Departure Day

Departure with Air Greenland from Narsarsuaq (N.B. flights are not included).

Curriculum

All Terra Photography Expeditions follows a curriculum that aims to teach the theory behind photography in a way that directly translates into easy actionable processes in the field. As we move through nature we also go through an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to be safe in the great outdoors.

Photography Techniques Covered on the Expedition

  • Storytelling - Telling stories and evoking emotions within the context of landscape photography

  • Composition - A comprehensive introduction to the theory of composition, including the elements of art and principles of design

  • Process - Learning and implementing a process to achieve a consistent quality in landscape photography

  • Focussing - A science based method for focusing to make your images sharp

  • Long exposure and filters - Long exposure and the use of Neutral Density (ND) filters, especially related to moving water and clouds

  • Night photography - Explore the nighttime skies and landscapes to show the world at a different time

  • Panorama photography - exposing and merging multiple images

  • Multiple exposure and graduate filters - Achieving correctly exposed images in challenging conditions using graduated filters and multiple exposures (exposure bracketing)

  • Finding locations - Using maps, weather services and other tools to identify potential photography locations and times.

Outdoor Skills Covered on the Expedition

We are first and foremost out to enjoy the mountains and to pursue the art of photography, however, as we are moving toward our locations there is always time to share some outdoor skills. 

  • Planning for a day out in the mountains in ever changing conditions

  • Using safety equipment and emergency transponders

  • Map reading

  • Navigation with map and compass

  • Relocation with map and compass

  • Using sighting for fast movement

  • What it means to be a leader in the outdoors

  • Group management skills

  • Summer camping skills

Accommodation

During this expedition we will be staying two nights in hotel (shared twin rooms) and seven in tent (shared two man tents...or you are welcome to bring your own tent). We are using latest model 4-season tents that have been storm tested. For hygenic reasons you are required to bring your own sleeping system, such as sleeping bag and insulating sleeping mat.​

Additional Information

Environmental and Local Ethos

The entire expedition is delivered with a strong ethos for the protection of the environment where we will endeavour to leave as small a footprint as possible. We only use local suppliers for the expedition in an effort to contribute to local communities and economy.

The Agenda, Weather and Daylight Hours

The weather in Southern Greenland can change rapidly one hour to the next, so even though we have a planned agenda, this will be open to revision on the day. Each day we will study the weather forecast and the local maps over coffee to plan our day. Sunrise is at approx 5.45AM and sunset at 8.20PM throughout the trek. 

 

Food

For the time in Narsarsuaq and Nanortalik we will eat in restaurants. Whilst on expedition we will have two BBQs dropped by boat (for Base Camp 1 and 2), the rest of the meals will be dehydrated food from our favourite brand (actually tastes fantastic)! Each tent team (two people per tent) will share one gas kitchen to warm water for cooking and coffee/tea making purposes. If this is your first time camping, don't worry, we will be there to support all these activities to make sure everyone is well fed and comfortable. All main meals are included. It is recommended that you bring an extra 500-600 calories in dried fruit/nuts/energy bars per day to eat whilst on the trail.

Your Guides

Adam Gibbs

Creative Guide

Adam is a professional landscape photographer. Since 1991, Adam’s images has been regularly featured in Cornwall Publishing's Gardens series. Adam images are also included in e.g. the highly celebrated book "Planet Earth" published by the BBC, Nature's Best, Outdoor Photographer, British Columbia and Canadian Geographic magazine, to name a few. Adam has received several notable awards for his work including several from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in the United Kingdom and most recently the International Landscape photographer of the year 2018!

Adam's YouTubeInstagramWebsite

Jonas Paurell

Creative Guide & Expedition Leader

Jonas is the founder of Terra Photography Expeditions. He has been a photographer for well over 20 years. Jonas is a qualified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) and will be leading the expedition. More info here.

How Challenging?

This expedition has a Medium Effort Rating. This is a trekking expedition where we can expect 3-7 hours of trekking per day, with up to 600m of hight gain. Previous trekking experience is highly recommended. More info about effort levels here.

Price & Details

 

Included:

  • Guided photography sessions

  • Guided treks by qualified International Mountain Leader or Mountain Guide

  • All accommodation during the expedition: 2 nights in a shared room, 7 nights in tent

  • All main meals

  • Tents - storm tested 4 season tents (shared sleeping in 2 person tents)

  • Planned helicopter and boat transport during the tour 

Excluded:

  • Photo equipment 

  • Outdoor clothing

  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats

  • Transport (i.e. flights to Narsarsuaq airport)

  • Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for hiking in the alps, such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.

  • Trail snack to eat on the go

  • Alcoholic beverages

Price: 5395 EUR

30% deposit due to secure your reservation, remaining 70% due 60 days before the start of the expedition. Single occupancy not possible. Excl. VAT, where applicable.

Logistics

Participants: 6-8

Start: Narsarsuaq airport, 21 Aug 2019​

End: Narsarsuaq airport, 30 Aug 2019 at approx. 1PM

We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions