Scoresby Sund Northern Lights and Wild Landscapes Photo Tour

Explore Scoresby Sund on a Greenland Photo Tour with 12 Guests

Greenland

10 days

September

From €9,900

Join a Greenland photo tour to Scoresby with Arctic photography and northern lights expert Virgil Reglioni. Experience this unique voyage to photograph the mythical Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord system in the world with a world-class photographer, and just 12 other like-minded photographers.

This voyage takes places during the latter half of September at the optimum time for encountering the Northern Lights. Whilst never guaranteed, there is a chance to witness this phenomenon in one of the most scenic places on Earth with zero light pollution and majestic mountains all around.

Greenland photo tour landscape Scoresby Sund

Expedition Highlights

  • Fly to East Greenland from Iceland and join the ship with no days at sea.
  • A good chance of photographing the Northern Lights.
  • Numerous opportunities to photograph Greenland’s most wild and stunning landscapes from the ship and shore.
  • Get up close and photograph numerous cathedral-sized icebergs.
  • Visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and experience
    the local Greenlandic way of life.
  • Encounter the local wildlife which could include Musk Ox, Arctic Foxes, and Arctic Hares (Polar Bears and Narwhal are rare in this area but are sighted).
  • Develop your photography skills in the field with a highly experienced Arctic photographer, Virgil Reglioni
  • 2 guides for a group of 12 offers the best ratio available.
  • 2 Zodiacs to use for exploring, photography and shore landings.
  • Friendly, inclusive atmosphere.
  • Led by world class photographers and expedition leaders.
  • Explore in comfort on a modern, ice-strengthened expedition vessel with just 12 guests.

Learn and Develop New Photography Skills

Our photography guides offer assistance where required to help you improve your skills and get the best images possible. Where time allows tutorials will be carried out onboard, but the emphasis is always on maximising time outside in the field. 

Our expedition team has extensive experience in Greenland and will seek out the optimal places for photography based on the conditions.

The Voyage

The following itinerary is an example. This Greenland photo tour is flexible and its course will be defined on daily bases sustained by the opportunities presented by weather, ice and wildlife.

Days 1–2 We arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland and check in to our hotel. The journey begins the following day with a charter flight to Constable Point high above the Arctic circle in East Greenland. Upon arrival, join the ship in the evening and get ready for an unforgettable photography experience.

Days 3–8 For the next six days, we will explore and photograph the stunning landscapes of Scoresby Sund. We will sail through a pristine wilderness filled with icebergs and fjords. Each day, we will dedicate time to photography and exploring with the Zodiacs. There are many incredible photography opportunities from landscapes, to colossal icebergs and Northern Lights during the dark hours. If conditions permit, we plan to circumnavigate Milne Island.

Days 9–10 The journey concludes on day 9 with disembarkation and the return charter flight to Reykjavik. We stay another night at the hotel before departing Iceland.

A mandatory charter flight will be arranged by Secret Atlas and the cost is in addition to the photo tour cost.

east greenland cruise map

Included With This Expedition

  • Exclusive charter flight from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Constable Point in Scoresbysund (CNP).

  • Accommodation: Hotel stay the night before the flight and the night of the return from Greenland at the Aurora Hotel at Keflavik Airport.

  • More luggage capacity! Our guests will be able to carry the same 23kg from an international flight on our exclusive charter plane, and 5kg on the carry-on. This is a great benefit when flying to Greenland, especially for photo aficionados. (The luggage allowance on normal scheduled flights is only 15 kg)
  • Bespoke Meet and Greet Service at Keflavik, Secret Atlas Staff/Host to meet and greet, assist our estimated guests, and coordinate final details and the meeting points for the expedition
  • Welcome Dinner with Secret Atlas Staff.

Greenland Tour Day by Day

Days 1-2

Join MV Vikingfjord in Greenland

After a good night’s sleep at the hotel in Reykjavik, the journey begins with a private charter flight to the remote landing strip at Constable Point within Scoresby Sund. Upon arrival, the friendly crew of MV Vikingfjord will greet you and transport you via Zodiac to the ship. After a safety briefing from the captain, get ready to set sail into the breathtaking wilderness of Greenland. Get ready for an experience of a lifetime!

Days 3-5

Exploring Scoresby Sund

Viking Bay & Danmark Island

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Volquart Boons Coast in Greenland, where you’ll witness one glacier after another for miles. As you sail west, you’ll come across the impressive basalt columns of Viking Bay, where you can take a zodiac cruise at the foot of the towering cliffs. Nearby, Danmark Ø offers a glimpse into the ancient Inuit settlement with well-preserved archeological sites of their winter and summer houses. Take a closer look at the vast glacier front and disembark for a hike to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Greenland.

Days 6-8

Exploring Scoresby Sund

Røde Fjord & Hare Fjord

As you navigate through a maze of towering icebergs, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the smaller branches of the fjord system, including Røde Fjord and Hare Fjord. If you’re lucky, you might even get to visit Røde Ø, the Red Island, with its striking red sandstone formations that resemble the surface of the planet Mars. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through one of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.
 

Ø Fjord & Sydkap

Witness the awe-inspiring Ø Fjord, one of the world’s most impressive fjords. This 74 km long strait is surrounded by towering mountains and tranquil waters filled with colossal icebergs. As you sail through Scoresby Sund, you’ll be mesmerized by the sight of these ice giants, some of which are anchored to the seabed, creating a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere.

Day 9-10

Ittoqqortoormiit & Flight Home

Before we disembark we will visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit. This small community of only 400 Greenlandic people is isolated by sea ice for much of the year, making it a truly unique destination. As the expedition comes to a close, our crew will transport you to the landing strip for a charter flight back to Reykjavik, where we will stay one more night at the hotel before departing Iceland.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather and ice conditions in the fjord, but our experienced expedition team will ensure that you have the opportunity to see as much as possible during your voyage.

Inside This Greenland Photography Tour

Our trips are aimed at anyone with a passion for exploring the Arctic with a small group of like minded individuals on a comfortable small ship cruise and include:

Zodiac Landing Craft for Shore Landings

Shore landings are the essence of every expedition and your guides will take you exploring on a daily basis. The vessel is equipped with landing craft that can be used to reach remote beaches so you can experience the wilderness firsthand.

Expedition Leader and Guide

On this Greenland photography tour we have an expedition leader, and a photo expert. An aspect of our journeys is to learn about the place you are visiting. Our onboard guides are the core of what we do and will share their passion and knowledge of Scoresby Sund throughout the trip. We offer the best guide to guest ratio available.

Climate Compensated

We’re serious about the environment and wildlife, which is why we’re proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet—an organisation dedicated to supporting impactful global projects that give back to our planet.

Meet Your Photography Guide

Virgil Reglioni Expedition Leader

VIRGIL REGLIONI
Photography Expert

Virgil is a polar expedition leader and professional photographer who specializes in polar landscapes and the Northern lights. He has won international photography awards and teaches photography in Northern Norway during late winters. Meet Virgil here.

Your Ship - MV Vikingfjord

Step aboard MV Vikingfjord a modern expedition vessel built for adventure

Introducing our newest ship MV Vikingfjord, a rugged ice-strengthened expedition vessel for 12 guests. New energy efficient engine and NOX cleaning fitted in 2023 offering the best environmental on a small ship with up to a 95% reduction in NOX emissions. 

Expect cruise ship comfort on a small ship with 9 ensuite cabins, an open plan saloon with rear facing windows, and on on deck hot tub and sauna.

  • Rebuilt in 2023 as a high-end expedition vessel
  • Large open plan observation lounge and dining area at the stern
  • Small group size of 12 guests ensures an intimate experience
  • Ice strengthened 1B hull for maximum exploration in the polar regions
  • Refurbished to a high standard with warm, comfortable cabins
  • On deck hot tub and sauna
  • Large en-suite cabins with suites, doubles, twins and singles.
  • Equipped with 2 x zodiacs for shore landings
  • Large open deck space and raised areas for photography
  • Expert team of crew and guides
  • Full safety gear
See Ship

Greenland Photo Tour Dates and Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Twin and double cabins are based on double occupancy.

The price quoted excludes a mandatory return charter flight (Keflavik KEF Reykjavik – Iceland to Constable Point CNP – East Greenland) and a hotel package which costs an additional €2,500 per person. Please see the inclusions / exclusions below.

DateVoyageDurationVesselSignature Twin/doubleSignature Single 
14th – 23rd August 2024East Greenland Explorer10 daysMV Vikingfjord€9,900€9,900 Book
4th – 13th September 2024East Greenland Explorer10 daysMV Vikingfjord€9,900€9,900 Book
11th – 20th September 2024East Greenland Explorer10 daysMV Vikingfjord€9,900€9,900 Book
18th – 27th September 2024East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour W/ Virgil Reglioni10 daysMV VikingfjordSOLD OUTSOLD OUT Book
25th September – 4th October 2024East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour W/ Virgil Reglioni10 daysMV Vikingfjord€9,900€9,900 Book
DateVoyageDurationVesselSignature Twin/DoubleSignature Penthouse (Double)Signature Single 
15th – 24th September 2025East Greenland Explorer10 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,350€13,650€13,650 Book
22nd September – 1st October 2025East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour W/ Virgil Reglioni10 daysMV Freya€10,150€12,150 Book
22nd September – 1st October 2025East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour W/ Virgil Reglioni10 daysMV Vikingfjord€11,550€13,850€13,850 Book
29th September – 8th October 2025East Greenland Northern Lights Photo Tour W/ Virgil Reglioni10 daysMV Vikingfjord€10,250€12,250€12,250 Book

Cabins

Signature Penthouse (Double)

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable double bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 3
  • Windows
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabin Number: 8

Signature Twin/Double

  • For 2 Guests
  • Comfortable Twin or Double Bed
  • Ensuite shower and toilet
  • 15 m²
  • Located on deck 1
  • Window 
  • Desk & chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabins 1 - 4

Signature Single

  • For 1 guest
  • 10 m²
  • Located on decks 1 and 2
  • Window 
  • Wardrobe
  • Cabin 5 - 7

Deck Plan

Vikingfjord deck plan

If you have any questions about this Greenland Photography Tour please get in touch

Greenland Photography Tour FAQ

Departure Location Reykjavik
Arrival Location Reykjavik
Trip Style Exploration
Physical Rating Easy
Maximum Group Size 12
Accommodation Twin, Double & Single ensuite cabins
Duration 10 Days
Time of Year September
Included
Not Included

We offer payment via the following methods:

  • Credit card
  • Payment by bank transfer

Please let us know at the time of booking your preferred method.

You have the option to pay in full at time of booking or pay in the following instalments:

30% deposit is taken at the time of booking

30% 6 months before departure

40%  90 days prior to departure

It is mandatory you take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking that also covers cancellation.

Solo travellers are welcome on all our voyages. We often host solo travellers, particularly on our photo voyages so the chances are you won’t be the only one. We offer the following accommodation options:

  • Single cabins.
  • Option to share a twin cabin with another traveller of the same gender.
  • Option to have your own double cabin for an additional supplement. Please contact us for this option as the price varies depending on trip and availability.

This trip is operated by Secret Atlas and is subject to the Secret Atlas terms and conditions of travel. You can read the full booking terms here.

What Our Customers Say

On each Svalbard cruise we welcome customers from all corner of the globe, with a variety of different ages and backgrounds all united in their passion to experience what the Arctic has to offer

Pan – Business Executive from Italy

‘This is the closest you can come to a real expedition. We saw glaciers seals, whales, walruses and polar bears’

From an early age Pan dreamed of visiting the Arctic. At the age of 42 he made that dream come true by joining Secret Atlas on an expedition micro cruise.

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Annie – Interior Designer from the USA

‘The micro cruise experience felt like being on your own private boat. The crew were fantastic’’

Annie had always wanted to go an expedition in Svalbard and joined us as a solo traveler..

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