Journey to West Greenland: Top 10 + 1 Tips of Photographing Ice



In the summer of past few years, I have been leading photography workshop in Disco Bay in collaboration with Iceland Photo Tours. Disko Bay is a bay in the Western coast of Greenland, with Ilulissat Icefjord located adjacent to it. Ilulissat Icefjord, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere, with the glacier flows rate of 20 to 35 m per day, resulting in around 20 billion tones of icebergs calved off and many of them drifting around Disko Bay. Our workshops based in Ilulissat, the third largest city in Greenland with the population of just 4600 people. In our workshops, we were cruising in the Disko Bay in the two sailing yachts. We usually start out the day after the dinner, when the midnight sun and golden hours is approaching. In mid July, the golden hours last for 6 hours! The midnight sun is low in horizon, rendering incredible soft tone and colorful throughout the night. Sailing around the Disko Bay is an amazing experience, highly dense area of icebergs is just like a huge sculpture garden. Every iceberg is unique masterpiece of nature creation, you can find castles, towers, arches, dragons, any shapes you can ever imagined. Photographing icebergs from the boat is a rewarding experience, but it can be challenging in term of technical and aesthetical point of views. I’ve had the incredible fortune of travelling not just to Greenland, but to many places where the icebergs dominate the landscape. In this eBook, I have put together my image collection from Greenland and some useful tips on photographing icebergs that I gained over past few years.