Join photographers Tom Bol and Tim Vollmer to explore and photograph the best of Iceland and Greenland in just 10 days! From the unearthly beauty of Iceland to the striking Arctic landscape of Greenland, you are bound capture some of the most indelible images of your lifetime.
Unlike its chilly sounding name, Iceland is
ironically temperate and full of life. This mid-Atlantic island of extreme forces of nature is bursting with photo ops from an ever-evolving natural landscape of erupting lava, gushing geysers, hot
springs and giant glaciers to numerous fjords, verdant valleys and over 10,000 waterfalls.
Greenland, on the other hand, is best known for its abundance of icebergs and immense glaciers. Despite it’s Arctic Circle location brimming with photogenic icy landscapes of exploding icebergs and the second largest ice sheet in the world, Greenland is also home to a variety of other natural breathtaking sights such as the aurora borealis, green mountains with beautiful wild flowers, long fjords, precipitous cliffs, hot springs and a plethora of wildlife including whales, seals, reindeer, musk oxen and polar bears.
From the unearthly beauty of Iceland to the striking Arctic landscape of Greenland, you are bound to hone your photography skills during this workshop and capture some of the most indelible images of your lifetime.
Highlights - Iceland
Explore and photograph the famous natural wonders of the Golden Circle including the Nesjavellir geothermal area and the Strokkur Geyser and Gullfoss waterfall of the Þingvellir National Park.
Capture the shimmering red volcanic stone of the Kerlingarfjöll Mountains and the sprawling Hofsjökull Glacier where steam rises from geothermal vents and hot springs over a multi-colored, mineral rich landscape.
Shoot the spectacular waterfalls and glaciers of Vik Town on the southern coast surrounded by picturesque mountains and black sand beaches lined with jagged basalt cliffs.
Highlights - Greenland
Embark on 4 private boat day trips from Kulusuk in East Greenland for prime Arctic photography including:
The immense Knud Rasmussen Glacier and Sermiliqaq Village located in the sediment rich, milky blue, Sermiliqaq fjord.
Tasiilaq, the most picturesque village in Greenland scattered with multi-colored wooden houses located on a circular fjord surrounded by snow capped mountains and the Valley of Flowers.
Ammassalik fjord and its lakes, mountains, waterfalls, green valleys, long rivers and huge glaciers.
The deep Ikasagtivaq fjord from where spectacular views of giant floating icebergs in Sermilik fjord can be captured.
Your Photo Guide Tom Bol is an editorial and commercial photographer who specializes in adventure sports, portraits and travel photography. He shoots assignments for clients including Columbia Sportswear, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Nikon, Sunset Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He is represented by 6 stock agencies, and his images are used for advertising, books, billboards, brochures and posters. He loves to teach, and has taught workshops for 12 years.
Day 1, 6 June 2013: Arrival in Iceland
Arrival in Keflavik airport, Iceland. Transfer to the Hotel Marina in Reykjavík
Day 2, 7 June 2013: Golden Circle- Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Flúðir
We will drive to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island where the world's oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930. We will photograph the Gullfoss waterfall - one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. A few minutes drive from Gullfoss is the world famous Geyser region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir. We will photograph one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 20 meters. Overnight at the Hotel Flúðir.
Day 3, 8 June 2013: Kerlingafjöll Mountains
Kerlingarfjöll is a group of mountains near the glacier Hofsjökull. The mountains are named after a high tuff stone pillar in the mountain Kerling and are mostly made out of liparite as well as dark and bright tuff stone. Capture vibrant images when you photograph this constantly changing vista of shimmering colors with plumes of steam rising from geothermal vents and hot springs over a landscape tinged with red, yellow and green hues. Overnight at the Hotel Flúðir.
Day 4, 9 June 2013: South Coast to Vík Town
We will head to the stunning landscapes of South Iceland where the rugged nature stretches from the mountains down to the sea. Photograph glaciers with the surrounding picturesque mountains, black sand beaches and spectacular waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is the only known waterfall of its kind, where it is possible to walk behind its cascade of water. Skógafoss is a 60-meter high waterfall and if the sun conditions are favorable, one can see a vivid rainbow in front of the waterfall.
Capture abstract landscape photos of Reynisdrangar, the greyish black basalt sea stacks pillars protruding like needles up along the ocean’s edge. They can be seen clearly from the village of Vík and are 66 meters above sea level at their highest. Reynisfjara Beach is a natural black sand and pebble beach with some larger boulders and basalt caves all great for photography.
Capture great panoramic images from the top of Dyrhólaey - a 120-meter high rock arch protruding out into the ocean marking the southernmost part of the country. The headland was mostly likely made during an underwater volcanic eruption late in the glacial period. Then we will drive back to Reykjavik along the South Coast and stay overnight back at the Hotel Marina.
Day 5, 10 June 2013: Iceland to Kulusuk, Greenland – Boat tour to Tasiilaq
We will take a 1.5 hour morning flight from Iceland to East Greenland. This photographer’s Arctic utopia is a sparsely populated country where interconnecting roadways are virtually non-existent and folks travel primarily by water, ice and air. The vibrant indigenous Inuit culture in this eastern region is alive and well and relies primarily on hunting as their main source of income.
We will land in Kulusuk - located in the Ammassalik fjord in the Southeast. Situated on a small rocky island between jagged mountains and extensive fjords, this beautiful Greenlandic village is surrounded by icebergs and the glittering sea. After our flight, we will will board a chartered boat taking us to our hotel in Tasiilaq from where we will embark on private boat day tours during our stay here. Located on the Ammassalik Island separated from the mainland by Sermilik Fjord and Ikaasartivaq Strait, Tasiilaq is considered the most picturesque village in Greenland. Overlooking the open North Atlantic Ocean, this quaint settlement is the largest town on the Eastern Coast of Greenland with 1930 inhabitants. On the way to Tasiilaq we will stop at the Aputsiaq Glacier. Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.
Day 6, 11 June 2013: Knud Rasmussen Glacier Boat Tour
Get an early morning start for a boat tour to Ikateq - a deserted village with an old American base that creates a contrast to the beautiful wilderness scenery surrounding it. From Ikateq we sail to the Knud Rasmussen Glacier for a 2-hour photo session and then head off to the town of Sermiliqaq (population 220) via the Ikateq Fjord. In Greenlandic, the name Sermiliqaq means “the beautiful glacierfjord”. Located in the Sermiliqaq fjord, this picturesque village is scattered with colorful wooden houses perched near the waters edge. At the bottom of the fjord and about 20 km from Sermiliqaq there are two large glaciers…the Knud Rasmussen glacier and Karale glacier. There are two other glaciers in the area and together they are sometimes called “the world’s largest ice machine.” Because of the glacier activities, the Sermiliqaq Fjord is colored with sediments, giving it a very distinctive milky blue color perfect for dynamic arctic photos. Our chartered boat will take us back to Tasiilaq for an overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.
Day 7, 12 June 2013: Tasiilaq & Flower Valley
Explore and photograph Tasiilaq today and the Flower Valley. Scattered with multi-colored wooden houses located on an unusual circular fjord surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Tasiilaq is split in two by a small river where arctic flora can be seen in the summer in the Flower Valley. Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.
Day 8, 13 June 2013: Ammassalik Fjord – Ikasagtivaq Fjord Boat Tour
The landscape of the Ammassalik district is exceptionally beautiful and is like no other in the entire arctic. The district is full of lakes, massive mountains, waterfalls, green valleys, long rivers and huge glaciers. The area is largely uninhabited and breathtaking in its purity. The boat tour will sail along the Ammassalik Fjord and from there through the deep fjord Ikasagtivaq to the settlement Tinit where we will have lunch on the shore of the icefjord. Sitting on the lower part of a small peninsula, the Tinit settlement offers a spectacular view of the Sermilik fjord where you can photograph immense icebergs floating by. To the South, the fjord Ikâsagtivaq separates Tinit from Ammassalik Island. From the town, there are great photo ops of the Northern Mountains and one of the giant glaciers of Ammassalik Island. Overnight at Hotel Angmagssaliq.
Day 9, 14 June 2013: Fly from Kulusuk, Greenland to Reykjavík, Iceland
Boat transfer from Tasiilaq to Kulusuk and flight back to Iceland. Overnight at Hotel Natura in Reykjavík.
Day 10, 15 June 2013: Departure from Iceland
Transfer from hotel to Keflavik airport and departure.
• 9 nights in hotels with private facilities.
• Round trip flight from Iceland to Greenland.
• Private boat trips in Greenland.
• All ground transfers.
• All excursions with expert English-speaking guides
• Entrance fees
• All meals indicated with B-breakfast, L-lunch and D-dinner.
• Airfare to/from Iceland
• Comprehensive insurance coverage, including medical, evacuation, baggage loss/delay, cancellation ins., etc.
• Visa and Passport fees
• Domestic and international airport taxes
• Other items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
• Medical and trip insurance (highly recommended)
Price per person sharing a double room USD 7,600
Single supplement USD 1,400
• Camera and extra body SLR
• Battery charger & extra batteries
• Memory cards (bring plenty!)
• Sensor cleaning supplies
• Flash with plenty of batteries
• 24-70mm for portraits
• 70-200mm lens for portraits and nearby wildlife; VR or IS lenses are very helpful.
• 1.4X tele-converter for telephoto lenses
• Polarizing filter(s)
• Lens hoods for all lenses
• Lint-free cloth to clean lenses and blower ball for dust
• Lensbaby if you have one or else you can try ours!
Computer / Digital Acessories
• Laptop with charger and Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom (not mandatory)
• Storage device or portable hard drives.
• Card Reader
• All cables for drives, computer, card readers, storage devices, etc.
• Power converters/adapters for all International Quests
• Cover for camera (for shooting in the rain).
• Lightweight tripod (carbon fiber)
• Cable release (for night shots)
• Small headlamp (flashlight)
• Your camera’s manual