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Justin Black – Managing Director: 1-202-302-9030 • Email: justin@visionarywild.com

Jennifer Woolley – Director of Operations • Email: jennifer@visionarywild.com

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Limit 18 spaces | $13,500* Register
Expedition September 3 - 15, 2019 | View other workshops

Greenland with Daisy Gilardini, Daniel Beltra and Jerry Dodrill

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I feel very privileged to have participated in the 2016 Greenland expedition. It far exceeded my expectations. And, as someone who has traveled extensively, I would rate it as truly a trip of a lifetime. – Sid S., 2016 Greenland participant

Thank you for another fantastic VW expedition! What a privilege to experience and photograph this wild and remote area in comfort while accompanied by the best leaders offering a wealth of experience and a willingness to share their immense talents. Thanks to Justin’s meticulous advance planning, all the arrangements were perfect throughout. –David & Kathy R., 2015 Greenland participants

Greenland's remote and little-visited ice fjords hold a wealth of arctic grandeur. Towers, arches, and walls of ancient blue ice thrust skyward from the water's surface. Steep-walled fjords, soaring coastal mountains, tundra in autumn color, the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, and the Aurora Borealis combine to form an incomparable landscape. Join a world-class team of leaders – Daisy Gilardini, Daniel Beltrá, and Jerry Dodrill – for this  expedition to Greenland, photographing this arctic wilderness in all its glory. With generous photographic instruction and attentive support throughout, explore the largest fjord system in the world – Scoresbysund, covering 14,700 square miles and penetrating over 200 miles into Greenland's interior – aboard the three-masted expedition vessel Rembrandt van Rijn.

We will make frequent landings by zodiac to photograph in morning and evening light, and as serendipity presents us with compelling opportunities along the way. In addition to the arctic landscape, we will photograph whales as we encounter them, as well a variety of coastal and pelagic birds such as fulmars, kittiwakes, and gannets. Excursions by Zodiac take us in among the icebergs. The ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the night sky over the iceberg-dotted fjords and bays will be the sight of a lifetime. One thing is for certain: this expedition will yield extraordinary photographic opportunities. This is of course a floating workshop as well, and while underway, Daniel, Daisy, Jerry, and the ship's expedition staff will make instructive and inspiring presentations, answer your questions, and offer constructive feedback on participants’ photographs during group critique sessions, with the aid of the ship's four large LCD screens.


Greenland was a trip of a lifetime. Imagine fog-shrouded icebergs, vibrant red/orange/yellow tundra, unreal sunsets, glistening ice and snow, colorful villages clinging to rocky headlands, Northern Lights and so much more under the generous guidance of world class instructors. I learned so much while having lots of fun. Thank you! –Ann L., 2015 Greenland participant


Our adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland, the world's northernmost capital. Guests will be greeted upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to the elegant Hotel Holt, conveniently located in the city center. After an introductory group meeting and dinner at Grillmarket, one of Reykjavik's finer restaurants, the next morning we board our private charter flight to Greenland's east coast. Awaiting our arrival will be our private floating base camp: the 168-foot, three-masted schooner Rembrandt van Rijn (click here for more about RVR). We are booking the entire ship for our exclusive use to ensure ample space for our group both on the ship and in zodiacs – our group will consist of sixteen to eighteen participants and three leaders (though Rembrandt normally sleeps up to 33 guests) in addition to her twelve-person crew and expedition staff. She is exceptionally well-suited to exploration and photography along the Greenland coast, with a reinforced hull, expansive unobstructed sight lines even under sail, and very comfortable accommodations.

To make this special itinerary possible, we have arranged private Air Iceland charter flights aboard modern twin-engine turboprop airliners (Bombardier Q200). After disembarking Rembrandt at Constable Point, we will be picked up by our aircraft and flown back to Reykjavik, where a celebratory group dinner and final restful night at the Canopy Hotel await you.

Click "read more" at below right for the detailed itinerary...

 

ITINERARY:

Sept 3 – Arrival day in Reykjavik: Transfers to Hotel Holt will be arranged for inbound guests from Keflavik International Airport (KEF). At 4pm in the afternoon, there will be group introductions and orientation in the hotel library. Our first dinner as a group will be held at one of our favorite restaurants in Reykjavik, with a menu designed especially for us by the restaurant's chefs. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Sept 4 – Fly to eastern Greenland: Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Reykjavik city airport to catch our Air Iceland flight to Nerlerit Inaat Airport at Constable Point, where we will meet our ship's expedition leader and board the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn. We then cruise aboard S/V Rembrandt van Rijn into the massive Scoresbysund fjord system.

Sept 4-14 – Aboard Rembrandt: Cruise through the incredible landscape that forms the vast Scoresbysund system aboard Rembrandt van Rijn, visiting icebergs and islands, following whales, making landings by zodiac to photograph the incredible landscape, and keeping an eye out for the aurora borealis at night. Instruction by Jason Edwards, Justin Black, and Chris Linder will take place aboard Rembrandt while we are underway from one location to another. All meals and accommodations aboard ship.

Sept 14 – Return to Reykjavik: After breakfast, we disembark at Constable Point to board our exclusive charter flight to Reykjavik City Airport, Iceland. After settling back into the Hotel Holt, we will go out on the town for a celebratory final dinner. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Sept 15 – Fly Home: Airport transfers provided from the Hotel Holt to Keflavik International Airport.

The cost of the all-inclusive package (including both charter flights from Reykjavik) is $14,950 per person based on single-occupancy, or $13,500 per person double-occupancy.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Exclusive charter of the expedition vessel Rembrandt van Rijn, 12 days, 11 nights.
  • Exclusive group charter flights aboard spacious and modern turboprop: Reykjavik, Iceland – Constable Point, Greenland – Reykjavik
  • Accommodations in Reykjavik (two nights)
  • All meals, including wine or beer with dinners
  • All ground transfers from arrival to departure at Iceland's Keflavik International Airport
  • Some group gratuities, such as for restaurant and hotel staff, transfer drivers, etc.

EXCLUSIONS:

All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country, any other travel services required to arrive at the tour commencement location, along with all associated taxes, levies and insurances. Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable. Gratuities for ship's crew and expedition staff. Personal items including gifts or other purchases, any paid communications, hotel room service or minibar charges, travel insurance (required), etc. Any activities not explicitly listed as included in the itinerary.

Modified Cancellation and Refund Terms

Please note that due to the significant commitments involved in chartering the vessel for this trip, the following cancellation and refund schedule will apply, based on date cancellation notification is received:

  • 121 or more days prior to expedition start date: Full refund (less any non-recoverable credit card processing fees)
  • 120 to 91 days prior to start date: 25% of package cost non-refundable
  • 90 to 61 days prior to start date: 50% of package cost non-refundable
  • 60 days or less before start date: No refund

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini is originally from Switzerland but now lives in British Columbia, Canada.  She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989, and since then has visited more than 70 countries with camera in hand. After falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997, she has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions. In over two decades of polar exploration she has joined over seventy expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, most of them on research vessels and icebreakers, one on a sailing boat, and some overland. In 2006, she joined a Russian expedition to the North Pole on skis.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work has received numerous awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, “Travel Photography of the Year”, “Nature’s Best” and many more. In April 2010 Daisy had the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contests.

Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to disseminate conservation messages. She is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a fellow of The Explorers Club, and she is part of the Swiss Nikon Ambassador’s team, the SanDisk Extreme Team and the Lowepro Storytellers Team.

For Daisy, photography means extreme adventure and environmental commitment.

Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery. The isolation from the modern civilization and all the distractions that come with it brings me back to appreciate and focus on the simple rhythm of Nature. The healing feelings of re-discovering the primordial connection with Nature and the interconnection among all species on earth inspires deep respect and awareness for the importance of these delicate ecosystems.

If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not dependent on us, but we are dependent on Nature.

As environmental photographers it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk, and raise awareness trough the universal power of the images we capture. While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.

Daniel Beltra

My work allows me to bear witness to the challenges our environment faces and help celebrate its triumphs.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. Over the past two decades, Daniel's work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective, and was chosen as one of the six finalists for Critical Mass for Photolucida. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles, and was recognized by ABC News as its "Person of the Week" for his conservation photography.

Other highlights include the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and 2006 he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others. Daniel Beltrá is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill led to a major exhibit titled "SPILL," which premiered in August 2010, toured around the globe in 2011 and will continue touring through 2012

Video: ABC News Person of the Week
Video: The Prince of Wales announces Daniel as the Prince's Rainforests Project winner
Seattle Times profile

Video: Daniel's presentation at the Annenberg Space for Photography (video in 11 parts)

Video: Plum TV, Beltrá interview at his Aspen, Colorado exhibit
Video: Beltrá interview on rainforest deforestation
Video: CBC News, Beltrá interview
Video: Daniel talks about his Focus on the Rainforest exhibit at Kew Gardens, London
Aspen Peak Magazine story on Daniel's Aspen, Colorado exhibit
Aspen Times story on Daniel's exhibit: ICE, in Aspen, Colorado
Daniel's Gulf oil spill coverage with audio commentary, The Guardian newspaper, UK

Visit Daniel's website

Jerry Dodrill

Jerry Dodrill is an award-winning landscape and adventure photographer who in the early years of his career was a protégé of the legendary Galen Rowell. An unrelenting passion for photography and outdoor adventures made it clear that Jerry was not destined for a desk job. An avid climber for twenty years, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college, pre-med classes gave way to studies in fine art and weekends spent scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a byproduct of his adventures but quickly became his artistic medium of choice as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and quality of light revealing his inspiration.

Jerry's adventures have led him around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina, Kyrgyzstan, and China. His full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

Jerry holds degrees in fine art and photography, which in 1997 led him to work for acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell at Mountain Light in Berkeley. There, he managed Galen's gallery space and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographer's bootcamp).

Since 2000, he has been pursuing his own adventures and photography career. Jerry's immense talent and creative eye have been well recognized through international awards and exhibition in fine galleries, such as the Ansel Adams in Yosemite, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and the Banff Center for Mountain Culture. Through his numerous workshops for Mountain Light Gallery, Visionary Wild, and Sierra Nevada College, and college-level teaching at Pacific Union College in Napa Valley, he has proven himself as a highly engaging and effective photography teacher and workshops leader.

After running his own gallery on California's North Coast for five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, focusing on commercial and editorial assignment photography, exhibitions of his work, and sharing his vision and expertise with others. Jerry's work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. Editorial and commercial clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. Expert in Photoshop and digital color management, Jerry is regularly sought out as a color pre-press manager for high-end photo books, and as a fine digital printmaker. He was also recently recruited as a design consultant for the exciting new outdoors-oriented photo pack company MindShift Gear, a spin-off from Think Tank Photo.

Visit Jerry's website

Visit Jerry's blog

Jerry Dodrill portrait: © Grant Ordelheide.

Highlights

  • World-class team of leaders: Daisy Gilardini, Daniel Beltrá, and Jerry Dodrill, offering generous instruction, guidance, and feedback throughout the expedition.
  • Private charter exploration of the dramatic mountainous fjords, glaciers, massive icebergs, and autumn of Scoresbysund on Greenland's east coast, aboard the comfortable and capable Dutch- and German-crewed schooner Rembrandt van Rijn.
  • Frequent landings to make the most of photographic opportunities along the coast and on the islands
  • Excursions by Zodiac among the icebergs
  • Autumn provides excellent potential to photograph the Aurora Borealis.
  • Includes private round-trip charter flights aboard modern and spacious twin-turboprop aircraft: Reykjavik to Constable Point on Greenland's east coast (RKV-CNP-RKV).

Accommodations & Travel

 
  • In Reykjavik, nights of Sept 14 and 26: Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, a four-star hotel in the vibrant city center, close to embassies, shops, and the Hallgrímskirkja Church Tower.
  • Scoresbysund, east coast of Greenland, eleven nights from Sept 4-14: Private charter vessel S/V Rembrandt van Rijn, a 168-foot, three-masted schooner with 16 guest cabins, all with en suite bathroom (our group will be limited to no more than 18 participants, plus three leaders). The ship was rebuilt and renovated in 2011, and features two Cummins engines, a reinforced hull for operations in Arctic waters, two large zodiacs for landings and iceberg cruises, a large restaurant that accommodates our entire group with room to spare, and comfortable common areas including a lounge and bar.
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Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for our initial group meeting. Flights from Reykjavik to Greenland and back are included. All ground transfers are included. We will set sail on S/V Rembrandt van Rijn for a 12-day/11-night private charter to explore Scoresbysund on Greenland's east coast. Hikes during our shore excursions will be easy to moderate. Weather in September in the Scoresbysund region has highs ranging from 20º–40ºF and overnight lows ranging from 15º–30ºF, with mostly clouds and little precipitation.

Expectations

TESTIMONIAL

I found the leaders thoroughly approachable and generous with their time and expertise at every point in the trip. Amazing combination of leaders! Beyond being superb photographers, they're amazing people who clearly care deeply about others and the craft of photography. Their attention to detail and constant push to bring in more experiences made the trip unique. They always sought to ensure equal opportunities for all photographers and videographers during the trip. Even going back around to ensure each photographer had a chance at unique encounters.

I learned A LOT on this expedition. The trip helped me see landscape photography differently that I look forward to applying in the coming months and years. Hearing what each of the photographers saw at a new location was invaluable - the elements that contribute to a great photograph and how one could put those elements together in a new location. The willingess of the leaders to change plans in response to prevailing conditions were also key to the trip's success. Getting one-on-one time with the leaders to share their critique of photos and process was highly valuable.

The splendor of Greenland would have been far less memorable had I enjoyed it on my own - the group, the leaders, the experienced crew made for a dramatically better journey than any I would have taken alone. Hotels were excellent and the accommodations on the boat were better than I expected - top notch way to visit Greenland. Logistics were well-planned - enough time between events and smooth travel. Starting with the first amazing tasting dinner, I did not suffer a bit for good food. The leader's appreciation of food and wine made for a memorable trip.

I expected a lot, but was still surprised. The camaraderie was fantastic and the leaders excellent.

I can't wait for the next trip!

– John F., 2016 Greenland Expedition Participant