Greenland truly is paradise for any landscape photographer. Combining raw wilderness, fascinating scenery and outstanding clarity of light like only a few other places, your trip to the world’s largest non-continental island will be worthwhile. We will explore some of the world’s most magnificent fjords, see spectacular mountain ranges, picturesque villages, and – if we are lucky – we will even spot whales and get a glimpse at the Northern Lights.
For years, Better Moments has organist amazing aerial photography in Greenland, shooting over the icecap and Greenland’s stunning scenery. So don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Greenland from above together with the best.
This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests, who will join the aerial photography workshop.
BETTER MOMENTS & PHASE ONE EXPLORER is your gateway to working with top of the line equipment from Phase One, We provide participants with FREE exclusive access to the power and versatility of the Phase One Premiere XF Camera System and Capture One software, as well as continuous support and training from both Phase One experts and award-winning Better Moments photographers. This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn, discover and explore the dramatic landscapes of Greenland together with passionate and like-minded enthusiasts, using the best photographic equipment on the market.
All our guests will receive – for free – exclusive Phase One equipment, software and training for use during this workshop, including:
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop.
One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop.
Capture One Software training and support before and during workshop.
Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
Tom D. Jones is famous for his fine art photography, from which he has received numerous awards, for example the European Fine Art Photographer Of The Year 2009. He’s part of the prestigious association Master Qualified European Photographer and in 2012 he distinguished himself with the well deserved Hasselblad Master Award 2012 in Landscape/Nature.
After our arrival in Kangerlussuaq, a transfer to Polar Lodge will be provided, followed by lunch at Hotel Kangerlussuaq Restaurant.
Tom D. Jones and Christian Nørgaard will brief you on what will happen and what to expect over the next couple of days, before we head outside for a stroll around town with our cameras.
Kangerlussuaq means the long fjord and is the only place in Greenland situated inland. The position means that summers are warmer than by the sea and winters are colder. Kangerlussuaq as we know it today was built by the Americans and acted as a military base from 1941 to 1992 when it became a civil airport and also the main entrance to Greenland. Kangerlussuaq doesn’t come across as a normal Greenlandic village, but is the only place in Greenland with easy access to the Inland Ice Sheet. The area was also the summer hunting grounds for the inuits 4,000 years ago (the Saqqaq culture) and was announced a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.
In the evening, we will have dinner together at the hotel and Tom D. Jones will give a lecture on Greenland as a photo destination. Since the absolute best light is during the evening and night hours, we will chase our motives in these very hours – the late evening and night. At these moments the light is saturated with pinky red colors and the mighty landscapes will appear in the most beautiful and dramatic way.
Today, we will fly to Ilulissat. Ilulissat means “the place with icebergs”, which it is indeed. The Kangia Glacier nearby Ilulissat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Icebergs can be seen from all over town and if the weather is clear you will also be able to see the icebergs when flying into the small town with about 4,000 inhabitants.
We will spend the day in the mountains that beautifully surround Ilulissiat and the ice fjord. Here we will find canyons, lakes and spring’s first stirring vegetation. There is also the possibility of macro photography and magnificent panorama shots. You will be able to see natural graveyards from the Greenlanders’ ancestors.
We plan around the weather today and, if we have the chance, we hike to the edge of the icefjord where we shoot from the east side. This angle is unique since we have the mouth of the ice fjord in the background and, if you choose to shoot in the opposite direction, the ice cap will be featured as a backdrop.
Dinner at the hotel and then we will meet for an image review session where you can present a selection of photos to the group and receive valuable feedback from Tom D. Jones. Moreover, there will be an introduction to the optional aerial photography session that will take place the next day.
We will start the day with a deep and comprehensive workshop on the challenges in aerial and great landscape photography.
Optional workshop on aerial photography:
Evening light and aerial photography of Disko Bay and of the mouth of the Ice fjord. We will make several landings during our flight, and from carefully selected locations, we will photograph the unique landscape. The objective is to fly into the ice cap, where subjects are saturated as abstract landscapes, shaped by deep cracks and streaks in the ice.
Those who don’t want to join our aerial photography workshop, will go on a city walk around Ilulissat instead. The town is quite fascinating, as its appearance resembles nothing outside the Arctic, with its wooden houses in strong colors, boats parked in the backyards and sled dogs in chains. In the old part of town one can still find buildings from the first Danish settlement, including the harbour, the church and the local museum, which provide picturesque photo opportunities.
In the evening, we will review your recent images and Tom D. Jones will give constructive criticism.
After an early breakfast, we will go through shooting strategies for boat-based photography to prepare you for the day ahead,
Later, we will travel to the Eqi glacier by private boat. We will pass huge icebergs lying aground at the coast, which we will photograph from the boat. It will give us the opportunity to come closer to icebergs and make to creative compositions of the Arctic Seascape. We will use the warm evening light to give our images an extra dimension. Enjoy the sun, wind and the fresh air on deck, while you admire and photograph Greenland’s incredible coastline.
The sight of the glacier is fascinating and chances of seeing it calve are good as the 100 meters high and 5 km wide Eqi glacier is one of the fastest-calving glaciers in the world. You will have the chance to get very close and take spectacular images. The air in the ice that causes large chunks of ice to slide into the ocean, and this sounds like an explosion.
Today, we will catch a local ferry for a tour to the main towns in the Disko Bay, Qasigiannguit and Aasiaat. Colourful little houses will greet us as we stop in Aasiaat; you will have time to take images in the little town before we continue our journey to Qaqertarsuaq, which means “The Big Island”.
Before dinner, we will head out for some photography along the coast. Later, we will discuss the images taken previously. Tom D. Jones will talk about landscape and fine art photography and share some useful tips and tricks of the trade.
After breakfast, image review and feedback on your recent images by Tom D. Jones.
Today, we will go for an easy walk to Kuannit – make sure you bring enough memory cards as you will want to take plenty of photos. The walk passes the heliport, Arctic Station, Red River and the opening of “Blæsedalen”. On the trail you have the 900 meter high “Skarve mountain” on the one side and a spectacular view of Diskobay on the other side. At Kuannit, incredible basalt formations are present, formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Kuannit area is very fertile for Greenlandic standards: mosses, lichens, flowers and especially angelica plants are present there. In the summertime, whales are often spotted in the sea just below Kuannit.
If the weather is clear, we may be lucky to experience the Northern Lights.
Dinner at Restaurant Nilak.
We will have an early breakfast and then catch the local ferry back to Ilulissat.
Great landscape photography of Disko Bay, the Ice fjord and the surroundings, improvised to maximize the yield of the workshop and to compensate for potential bad weather. For the rest of the day you are on your own. We can recommend a visit to the great local diner to enjoy the legendary Greenlandic coffee or go shopping for souvenirs.
In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.
Check-out after breakfast and say goodbye to your guides and fellow participants. We look forward to welcoming you on your next Better Moments workshop!
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
6-13 April – 2020
Number of guests: 7-12
Aerial photography from helicopter: optional
Local transport: ferry and boat is included
Domestic flight from/to
Kangerlussuaq – Ilulissat:
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Premiere XF Camera System sent directly to your private address for training before the workshop. – One-to-one Master Class with a Phase One expert prior to departure and after ended workshop. – CaptureOne Software training and support before and during workshop. – Follow-up training and support from Phase One after completion of workshop.
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages : Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 4,750 in shared double room.
€ 5,200 in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
Better Moments is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund, your guarantee that traveling with Better Moments is a safe experience.
Due to weather our program may change.
Commercial airlines are the only way for travelers to get to Greenland, served by airports in Denmark and Iceland. We suggest our guests to meet at Copenhagen or Reykjavik Airport and take a flight together to Kangerlussuaq Airport, where you will be collected.
Greenland is not members of the EU, so this part of the Danish Kingdom is not subject to the regulations that apply between the Schengen nations. Some people can visit Greenland without a visa, but most people from countries outside the EU/EEA must apply for a visitor’s visa. For more info visit: www.visitgreenland.com.
Sila means “weather” or “state of mind” in Greenlandic. Both elements play important roles when traveling in Greenland, which to many is like traveling for the first time or unlike anywhere else that they have ever been. Greenland is one of the only places on Earth, where you still can’t control Mother Nature – if she is in rage, storms will prevent you from flying or going on the tour you had planned. But when she calms down you will be rewarded with a magnificent, raw, wild and beautiful nature with Northern Lights in the sky in Winter or Midnight Sun and icebergs huge as houses. Then you feel small and in awe of what this world is also like.
Greenlandic belongs to the Inuit-Aleut family of languages that is spoken by some 80,000 Inuits in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. In terms of its structure the language is completely different to Indo-European languages, and as a visitor to Greenland you will find that you understand absolutely nothing when Greenlandic is spoken – or ‘kalaallisut‘, as it is called, which actually means ‘the Greenlanders’ language’. Danish is the first foreign language but English is also widely spoken and our guide is available to translate.
Danish Kroner (DKK)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
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If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
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“What is amazing in Greenland is that the scenery changes constantly, the lighting changes, the fog rolls in and out. The icebergs are incredible and often lit very differently throughout the day, they change minute-by-minute so you never get the same shot twice. And that’s really what makes this place very special.”
Paul Colton, USA