My wife and I like to see the world. Usually we travel as a couple on our own. So I have to plan and organize everything ahead. Sometimes it is very much work to harmonize the best conditions for photography and the needs of a fellow traveler. A few weeks ago we tried something new and we traveled to Greenland with a photography tour. We only had to manage to come to the Ilulissat Airport. Everything else was organized. Every night at 21:00 we sailed with two red boats in the icefjords of the Disko Bay. So all of us could make photopgraphs of icebergs with a red sailing boat in the foreground for a sense of scale. The tour was all about chasing the magical light upto 4 hours of the midnight sun. Like in the description “the sun low on the horizon the light will become more saturated, with deep icy blues and a sky tinged with fiery reds.” The water was very calm, it was cold and we needed 5 layers of clothing.
All the members of the group were very nice and we had some nice talks, not only about photography. The participants came from all over the world: Canada, US, Australia, India, Greece, Norway, Switzerland,.. The guides Raymond Hoffmann and Daniel Kordan were very professional and managed to get us out at night. This was the hardest part of the tour. The time shfit from Germany to Greenland was 4 hours. And because of the night activity there was another 12 hour time shift during one week. The cold weather at night and the lack of sleep were challenging conditions. But we were rewarded with spectacular scenes.
It was extremly comfortable to have guides an a crew who managed to navigate for the best compositions. So we could focus on making photographs of the icebergs, whales, remote settlements, reflections.
So for me as a photography enthusiast it was a great tour. My wife as a non-photographer enjoyed it as well. But she prefered to stay two nights at the hotel. So we made a good compromise out of it. I think I will do another tour in the future. But I agree with my wife to do this maybe alone. Until then we will travel to some new destinations togehter and I will try to get up early on some days for the good light.
But for all enthusiasts I will strongly recommend a special photography tour,