East Greenland Photo Expedition


Join us on an adventure to one of the worlds most remote and wild parts of the world – East Greenland.. We are turning towards the breathtaking Scoresby Sound fjord system. There are many trips towards the more explored West side of Greenland but few have ventured to the East side and Scoresby Sound. This is one of the best places in the world to see massive ice bergs and stunning landscapes. We have carefully chosen to travel in September when the light is low and shifts in autumn colors.

Greenland is famous for its huge dimensions and Scoresby Sound offers an extreme landscape but also wild Musk ox and other wild life.

One of the most important factors for a good photography expedition is the ship. We have chosen MS Freya. Both because of the experience she has of expeditions in Greenland but also because of her strength in the ice and the low decks offering great angles for photography.

Another very important factor is experienced guides. We only employ guides with great experience from expeditions in the polar regions. A good guide needs to be qualified to drive zodiacs in all kinds of conditions, not only in a safe manner but also to put you as a photographer where you can take that perfect image. A good guide also needs to know where and how to find the wild life. With two professional guides we can offer an unmatched flexibility both in the rubber boats and on land. Having two rubber boats means more space for you and your equipment!

We have the local knowledge necessary to not only find the right sites but also to predict animal behaviour. We can therefore guide you as a photographer when it comes to finding the right distance, light and background. Even though our focus will be on ice bergs and landscapes, Scoresby Sound also offers the possibility to see Musk Ox, Arctic Hare, a number of Seal Species, Seabirds and perhaps even Polar Bears.

“I really had a wonderful time – a trip of a life time! I thought you got the balance just right between things being professionally organized but at the same time laid back. I felt happy to be there from the moment I stepped onto the ship. Everything seemed to have been thought through, down to the last detail”Mark
“Stort tack till er båda för en fantastisk resa, och inte minst för att ni är så duktiga; engagerade, entusiastiska lyhörda och trygga guider + att ni har en härlig båt med duktig personal ombord. Vi känner oss helt bortskämda efter 10 dagar.”Eva och Mats

Date:
30.8 – 9.9 2020

Only 16 guests


2 experienced guides
10 nights onboard MS Freya

Price: 79 000 NOK

The price includes: Part in a shared cabin w private wc/shower, bus from Reykjavik to Akureyri, 10 nights onboard the ship, All meals and activities in Greenland, chartered flight from Greenland to Keflavik

The price does not include: Flights to and from Iceland, hotel night(s) in Iceland, travel and cancellation insurance, alcoholic beverages

Contact us:
oscar@vegaexpeditions.com

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Day by Day


Day 0
Arrival in Iceland. We recommend that you arrive in Iceland at least one day before our journey begins.

Day 1
On day one we take a chartered bus from Reykjavik across Icelands wild landscape to arrive in Akureyri in the north in the efternoon. We embark onboard MS Freya and sail for Scoresby Sound. This is a 30 hour passage across the Greenland Sea and a good opportunity to search for whales such as Humpbacks, Minke and Sperm whales. Soon we encounter the first of many impressive Icebergs and the adventure has begun.

Day 2-8
We explore one of the worlds wildest and most beautiful areas the low light and meet the wildlife. This is an expedition and ultimately our route will be determined by wind, weather, ice and wild life. Patience and flexibility are the keys to a successful trip and we are striving to give you the ultimate Greenland experience! We will make a stop on the remote settlement ittoqqortoormiit in the mouth of Scoresby Sound. The Settlement is inhabited by around 350 inuits and the last inhabited place for about 800km! There are a number of very interesting places in Scoresby Sound, some where chances of seeing Muskox are good. We are planning landings, zodiac cruises between the ice bergs and much more. We are searching for the best light and landscape conditions together with the Greenland wild life no matter the time of day!

Day 10
We check out from Freya in Constable Pynt on the mouth of Scoresby Sound. Here we take a small chartered airplane to Iceland and Reykjavik where we land on the 9th of September. From here we can then take any connecting flights.

 

Where are we going?

This is a very rare opportunity to see and experience the remote areas of East Greenland during one of the most spectacular times of the year. Very few will ever have the opportunity to venture to this side of Greenland. This is a trip for you who are looking to capture one of the most remote parts of the world and it impressive scenery.

Wild life and weather is unpredictable and the trip will offer many great surprises. The key to a successful expedition is patience and flexibility. During our expedition we explore Scoresby Sound and its fjordarms. We do not expect to encounter the same abundance of wild life as on our spring and summer expeditions. The light during this time of the year is however spectacular and offers unique opportunities to capture the arctic landscapes. We have chosen the dates for this trip based on the fact that this is where the sun will be coloring Greenlands icebergs and landscape with it’s golden light.

This trip could be called the “low light lovers expedition” as we will have a long sunsets and sunrises during big parts of the expedition. Add Greenlands incredibly beautiful landscape and exotic wild life and you have a photographers dream!

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The Ship MS Freya

For our expeditions we have carefully chosen only to work with the most suitable and capable ships available. To ensure flexibility and the best possible experience we exclusively work with small, ice strengthened vessels.

We are very proud to be working with MS Freya which was built in 1980 as one of the Swedish Coast Guards ships to sail along the Swedish coast in all weather conditions. Recently she has been refitted with very comfortable deck cabins and is our first choice for expeditions in the arctic. She is an ice-strengthened ship in accordance with Lloyd’s highest class.

With her, we can safely go to places where other expedition ships never will. Getting on board is an experience in itself and it is in a small group of 16 you get a truly intimate experience of the fantastic areas we operate in.

The ship has comfortable double cabins fitted with 220volt european standard outlets. All of the cabins are fitted with ensuite wc and shower. Cabins are cleaned daily by the ships crew. Welcome onboard a true gem of the arctic!

  • The price includes: Bus transfer from Reykjavik to Akureyri, 10 nights aboard the MS Freya in a shared cabin w private shower/wc. All meals. Landings and excursions by Zodiac. Lectures on board and ashore. Two experienced guides, chartered flight from Constable Pynt, Greenland to Reykjavik.
  • The price does not include:
    Flights to and from Iceland. Travel insurance and cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages.

Welcome onboard!

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to book.