25th - 30th July 2018 - Half Full
Greenland is a land of harshness and contrast. Dark and freezing-cold in winter, in summer it changes its face and bathes in sunshine for months. In the west of the huge island lies Disko Bay, a haven of still water and beautiful landscapes. The magnificent Sermeq Qujalek (Ilulissat Glacier), which connects to the bay through the 60km long Kangia Fjord, is one of the world's fastest moving glaciers, constantly producing enormous icebergs, which float along the fjord to be dispersed in the bay.
After a long summer where the sun never sets, it first touches the horizon in late July, producing unbelievable light on the bay and its icebergs. This is the perfect timing to set sail among these giants, capturing the arctic night in all its glory. Join award-winning landscape photographer Erez Marom for a week of sailing and photography in this remote and wonderful part of our world. We will explore the bay every single night, shooting icebergs, mountains and whales under the midnight sun, and ocasionally getting off the boat to shoot the marvelous coastline in key points. Not to neglect the curious Arctic architecture, we will visit inuit settlements and experience the area in depth.
The sails will be conducted in a lage, super-fast, whale-watching apeedboat. This unique feature will allow us to zoom around the bay and find the very best icebergs when time is critical. distances are huge in disko Bay, and the speedboat will give us an overwhelming advantage, and maximize photographic potential.
If you'd like to extend your experience, a 3-night annex to Uummannaq is also offered. It will enhace diversity and greatly contribute to your Greenland portfolio.
We will meet in the evening in our hotel in Ilulissat, after you've been picked up from the airport and rested in the hotel room. We will have a meet-and-greet over a beautiful dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and discuss the week ahead. After dinner we won't waste any time and start our speedboat sail around Disko Bay.
During 4 of the 5 nights of the workshop, we will set out from Ilulissat harbor for several hours, beginning in the late evening (usually around 23:00!), sailing to locate curious and interesting icebergs to shoot, and shooting them under perfect light conditions during sunset and sunrise, which are between half an hour and two hours apart at this time of year. The sails will be conducted in a lage, super-fast, whale-watching speedboat. This unique feature will allow us to zoom around the bay and find the very best icebergs when time is critical. distances are huge in disko Bay, and the speedboat will give us an overwhelming advantage, and maximize photographic potential.
When the sunrise ends and everyone has had their fill, we'll head back to the hotel, the best in Ilulissat and conclude the night. In the late morning or early afternoon, we'll rise to do some critique sessions and post-processing lessons and walk around the town of Ilulissat, which has a lot of landmarks, beautiful buildings and some interesting museums. After dinner, we'll take the boat for another sail to shoot the icebergs and other landscapes.
During our sails, there is a very high probability of encountering whales, which are particularly photogenic under soft arctic light, and with beautiful mountains and icebergs as a backdrop.
In addition to shooting from the boat, we will shoot several land locations, such as the inuit settlement Ilimanaq, a village just south of Ilulissat. We will also hike to the edge of the immense Kangia Fjord to view and shoot the gigantic icebergs as they float into the bay.
Another settlement we will visit is Rodebay, a Dutch, still active whalers' village.
Once we finish shooting on the last morning, we will head back to the harbor, have some breakfast and conclude the workshop. You will be transferred to Ilulissat airport for your flight home.
Total Price: US$5390 per person in superior double room for participants registering by October 15th, 2017,
$5490 per person in superior double room for participants registering by February 28th, 2018,
$5590 per person in superior double room for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $250 discount each!*
Single room supplement: $990
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Physical Difficulty: Beginner. Very basic mobility is needed for the boat sail where we'll spend most of the shooting time. We will do some occasional hiking, but you can refrain from that if you wish. Weather conditions are usually wonderful this time of year, and the bay is remarkably still, meaning the risk of motion sickness is minimal (I personally suffer from motion sickness, but never had any nausea, even without pills). Temperatures will probably range between 0 and 10 degrees Centigrade.
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in wildlife and landscape photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $2390. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (minues the deposit, after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise extremely due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
The tour plan above is subject to change. If weather conditions are unfavorable we might not be able to fulfil some of the planned activities.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Whale sightings aren't guaranteed, but they are very likely.
*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.
25th - 30th July 2018 - Half Full