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Monday, August 17, 2020 – Meet in Reykjavik, Iceland
Tuesday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 25, 2020 on board Arktika in Kulusuk, Eastern Greenland

COST:  $10,950 (includes one night hotel in Reykjavik and airfare from Reykjavik to Kulusuk, Greenland)

Photographing Greenland has been on my bucket list for many years and it finally came to fruition in the summer of 2018 when I spent 2 weeks shooting Greenland by boat. Needless to say I was blown away by the sheer beauty and remoteness of the area and came back with some amazing images. I decided there and then that it was the perfect place to host a 7 day workshop.

After the huge success of our 2019 workshop in Eastern Greenland, we have made arrangements to charter the boat from August 18-25 in the summer of 2020. We will join Artika again, a  65 ft Dutch built, Icelandic based wooden schooner, in Kulusuk, Eastern Greenland to explore and photograph one of the last remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.

We will see massive icebergs and glaciers and hopefully polar bears, arctic fox and several species of birds. The boat will be our “floating Arctic cabin” from which we will base ourselves and go ashore every day to hike, explore and shoot the surrounding area; be it animals, birds, ice, glaciers or magnificent arctic vistas from along the sea shore or from the top of a peak or mountain top. The boat will move a few hours everyday to a new anchorage in order to change our vista and give us new subject matter to shoot.

One of my favorite activities while there in 2018 and 2019 was visiting the small Inuit settlements and learning about the indigenous people of Greenland. We will, again, have the opportunity to meet the locals and hear about their life in this harsh environment – and photograph portraits of the beautiful, unique people.

It is only fair to warn you that this is not a high-end, luxurious cruise ship with thousands of tourists but a basic but comfortable adventure vessel that will enable us to get to these remote locations.

This purpose built Dutch schooner will take a total of 10- 12 people (6 -8 photographers plus myself, as the workshop leader, and my assistant). The boat has a crew of three and provides a top of the line, safe and comfortable adventure experience with the owner as the captain, a naturalist/guide to teach us about the flora and fauna of the environment, and a chef that keeps us all well fed. The guest cabins include two doubles and two four person cabins with two heads and showers. There will be some cabin sharing involved unless one takes an entire cabin (for two or four).

We will spend time photographing the area from on board but mostly ashore or from one of the boats or kayaks. There will be time allotted while on board to download our files, discuss the images and work on improving our shooting skills and post production skills. This will be a true photo workshop with a strong element of instruction and teaching from both “in the field” shooting and post production.

Getting to the boat:

Fly to Iceland’s Keflavik airport (which is a very well served large international airport) and then transfer from Iceland’s Keflavik airport to the domestic smaller airport in downtown Reykjavik (a 45-55 minute bus ride then jump on a 90-minute prop plane flight on to Kulusuk (Greenland) on an Air Iceland, where we will be met by the crew.

The cost of the workshop is $10,950 which includes the transfer from the International airport at Kevlavik, Iceland to the hotel in downtown Reykjavik, a night in the downtown hotel in Reykjavik, the air portion of the trip from Rejkyavik, Iceland, to Kulusuk, Greenland, and the transfer from the airport in Kulusuk, Greenland to the boat. After the trip the transfer from the boat to the Kulusuk airport and the flight back to downtown Reykjavik is also included. There after you are on your own.

Not included is the gratuity for the boats crew and alcohol you consume while on board.

Price includes a 20″ x 30″ matte aluminum dye sublimation print of one of your own favorite images from the trip printed by Blazing Editions in East Greenwich, RI.

To reserve your spot for the 2020 Greenland Workshop we would need:

25% down payment of $2,737.50 due upon registration
50% of $5,475 due March 1st
25% of $2,737.50 final payment on June 1st

Testimonials from Last Year’s Arktika Workshop:

 Margot:
Thank all of you for a wonderful trip. It was really fantastic on every level.

  • Great boat – it was beautiful and very comfortable
  • Wonderful captain and crew-they were so hospitable and made us feel so welcome in every way. Also, they were so competent and wonderful company.
  • Great flexibility in being able to do the things we wanted to. I loved that we went sailing, were able to have the boat sail in front of various icebergs, go kayaking etc.

Julian:
10/10 for a magnificently enjoyable holiday!!  I cannot emphasize enough what an incredibly special trip that was, and how much I appreciate everything Tenley and Onne did for us all to ensure it was so good.  Of course, Siggy, Ola & Lauri were brilliant.

Sam:
It was our immense pleasure to join Onne and Tenley on the 2019 trip to East Greenland on the Arktika.  Both my wife Soitza and I were amazed, impressed, and awestruck by the beauty and grandeur of Greenland and its people.  The Arktika was the perfect platform for this adventure, warm and comfortable, and the crew was wonderful.  From start to finish one of the high points of my life.

Chase:
Being on Siggi’s sailboat is like sailing with Family:  If you can imagine your Uncle as an experienced Captain in Northern waters, and you have two nice pleasant brothers who double as crew members and excellent cooks.

Onne’s discovery of this outstanding ship and crew is one of his best expeditions ever – and I’ve been cruising with him for more than a decade.  The glaciers you’ll see and be able to photograph are awesome.  Unique as our experiences together were, I can pay this entire memory no greater compliment than this thought – which amazes me to state it – I’m thinking of doing it again!

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