AN 11-DAY EXPEDITION FROM SPITSBERGEN TO NORTHEAST GREENLAND ON THE EXPEDITION SHIP SEA ENDURANCE
Art Wolfe 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.
Our goal is to make sure you have an unforgettable experience. We will be there to help you maximize your photographic potential. As instructors, we will make presentations during our cruising time and then be there next to you on Zodiac cruises and landings. We’ll help you see things differently and be there to answer any technical questions you may have. Since this a ship cruise we will be together the whole time. Learning and sharing never stops as we have time to share in the observation lounge and during meals. We will have numerous presentations not only on the region we are visiting but also on photo techniques that will surely inspire you.
As a photographic cruise, we will be working to make sure we visit locations at the best times for ideal light. Don’t be surprised if you are shooting from dawn to sunset.
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 colors, that we have a chance to get here.
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Led by Art Wolfe and Kevin Raber
With assistant instructors Gavriel Jecan, Ignacio Palacios, and Steve Gosling
Transportation and Accommodation
- Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Longyearbyen and from Reykjavik at the end of the tour.
- You are encouraged to arrive one day prior to the workshop so that the entire group can convene the morning of Aug 27th to prepare for departure
Shooting schedules have the ability to be altered to effectively cater to the photographic desires of the group, as well as to adapt to changeable weather conditions.
Day 1 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
- Arrive in Longyearbyen and embark the ship Sea Endurance.
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 boarder, 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!
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:
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 inhabit these shores. Northeast Greenland is one of very few places in the world where you have the chance to encounter these huge, woolly herbivores, weighing up to 400 kilos.
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 less 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 coloured rocks and Ella ø is a hiker’s paradise surrounded by ice-choked waters, rugged cliffs and blue icebergs.
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 to 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.
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.
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 maximise your experience, but remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!
About the Vessel
The Expedition Ship Sea Endurance (former M/S Quest)
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.