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NOTES from our GREENLAND TRIP 2016

All images made with the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon lenses. Images and text are @Jack Graham and Jack Graham Photography LLC

NEXT GREENLAND PHOTO WORKSHOP is SEPTEMBER 3-8 2018

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Why go to Greenland? If you really want to feel like you are removed from the craziness of the rest of the world, this is the place for you. For us photographers, it’s a paradise.

I took a group of photographers with me. They were all real troopers. They were really great and accepted Greenland for what it is. We all had to deal with getting in and out of boats on rocks or piers that require climbing, non-western facilities, some strange food and smaller than usual sleeping accommodations. We all felt that we lived like the locals do, which is pretty cool.

dsf0087[1]There are two areas of Greenland, the western area and the eastern area. The population is far lower in the east where it’s a bit harder to live, due to weather and the topography.  Here are a few facts about Eastern Greenland:

  • Greenland is the world’s largest island.
  • 85% of Greenland is covered in ice.
  • Thought geographically, Greenland is part of North America but it’s a part of Denmark and feels like you are in Europe.
  • Out of a total population of around 56,000 for the entire country, about 3,000 or so live in the Ammassalik area of Eastern Greenland. The largest town is Tasiilaq, population around 2,100.
  • There are no roads. You get around by foot or by boat.
  • You can fly into Kulusuk from Iceland (fares are not cheap) then go by boat to small towns in the area.
  • The population is mostly Inuit that migrated from the north in the 14th and 15th century.
  • Dogs are everywhere. These are sled dogs, not the kind of pets we know in the US. They are working dogs and provide transportation through the heavy snow in the winter.

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img_0727[1]We flew from Reykjavik to Kulusuk but at the very last-minute the pilot aborted the landing due to fog and rain. The runway in Kulusuk is dirt, not pavement. After a day back in Reykjavik we finally made it back to Kulusuk then immediately got into our two boats and headed for a small town about 2-3 hours away called Tinit.

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People live in small colorful houses in eastern Greenland. The Danish government assigns house color by occupation. Red are government workers, school teachers, administrators etc. Blue are for a type of engineer, Green are for another type of engineer and yellow are for health care providers (doctors and nurses). The indigenous Greenlanders feed their families and dogs by hunting whales, fish and seals. There is a grocery store in each village. Food is imported from Denmark from April through October. Weather prevents boats from landing in the winter. Food can be pretty scarce later in the winter. The Inuits do not waste anything. Yes the food we were presented with was traditional. We actually stayed in the blue house on the left (above image)—What a view!

The following morning provided us with a remarkable sunrise. After breakfast we headed out by boat up the fjord to capture the magnificent icebergs. We were quite surprised to be able to see and photograph the humpback whales surfacing, then diving right in front of us.

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After one final night in Tinit, we headed out again by boat to photograph and explore the fjord on the way to the town of Tasiilaq. We were able to land the boat on the rocks and hop off and photograph a beautiful glacier and the fjord. This was one of the most beautiful glaciers I’ve ever seen.

Click HERE for a short video of us sailing through the ice on the way to the glacier.

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We made it to Tasiilaq and were rewarded with a decent aurora at night by August standards. On our last night we sailed out to the largest icebergs I’ve ever seen. I am guessing this was about 20-30 stories tall! The late light was amazing and just kept getting better and better.

dsf0433-edit-2[2]We finished our journey with one last night in Kulusuk before flying back to Reykjavik.

Below are some images from our trip. Enjoy them… I sure did making them….Jack

 

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GREENLAND

greenland fishing shackWe can not begin to think about how fast the year is going. We have a few seats still left for this amazing adventure coming up in August. We’ll be leaving Reykjavik on Aug 15th and returning on the 22nd (Flights are included in the cost!!!)

Please consider joining us for this once in a lifetime experience.

We’ll be exploring the eastern coast of Greenland. This area is much less inhabited and traveled than the west coast. It should be a real adventure. Details can be found on this website as well as by clicking HERE.

Join us in 2016 for a Greenland Expedition & Circling Iceland Photo Workshops

The dates have been set!  In August of 2016 we’ll be heading for two Ultimate Photographic adventures in the rugged and beautiful islands of Greenland & Iceland.

 

greenland icebergs in bayFrom August 15 – 22, join Workshop leaders Örvar Thorgeirsson,  Jack Graham and Greg Duncan for an East Greenland Photography Expedition.  East Greenland is one of the most isolated areas in Greenland and offers fantastic possibilities for photographing. This is the tour for the serious landscape and wildlife enthusiast who’s willing to go back in time and explore the arctic, to travel off the beaten track and sacrifice comfort for the opportunity to get amazing imagery.

 

monolith on beachNext up, from August 26 – September 6, join Jack & Greg on the  Ultimate Iceland–The Great Circle Photography Workshop. With an all-new itinerary, this photography workshop will take place in some of the most beautiful and under-photographed areas in the world. Be prepared for some long but rewarding days. This trip is for photographers, not the casual tourist! The main focus of the workshop will be landscape photography where we will be following the light, so be prepared for long nights chasing sunset and sunrise at the same time. In late August the fall color in the north becomes visible … just another added attraction!

 

Visit the workshop pages for more detailed information.

 

We hope you can join us for one or both of these amazing Ultimate Photo Workshops!

Welcome to Ultimate Greenland!

In addition to our Ultimate Iceland photo workshops and our soon-to-be-announced photo workshop in Norway, we are pleased to add Greenland to the Ultimate Photo Workshops locations.

 

Join myself, GREG DUNCAN & ÖRVAR THORGEIRSSON for this rare glimpse into one of the most isolated areas in Greenland. The EAST GREENLAND PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE is set for August 6-12, 2016.

Click HERE for more information.

 

We hope you’ll join us to photograph this beautiful and remote part of Greenland.

~ JG

 

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