Disko Bay Greenland Photo Tour details

Join us and experience the magnificent arctic landscape whilst refining your photography skills

Our upcoming Disko Bay Greenland photo tour will start on September 24th and end on October 2nd 2016.

It is no longer possible to register for the 2016 tour. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you want us to let you know once the dates and details for the 2017 Disko Bay Greenland photo tour are known!

The Disko Bay area, Greenland

The Disko Bay area is situated on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. We primarily focus on two locations:


Ilulissat features the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ilulissat Icefjord. This Icefjord is one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland icecap reaches the sea. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice and the combination of those huge icebergs, beautiful soft light and clear skies makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

Disko Island

The landscape of Disko Island was created by volcanic activity and is therefore characterized by basalt hills. It features an interesting coastline with black beaches, columnar basalt rock formations and beautiful waterfalls. The island also has unique lush vegetation, with beautiful autumn colours, that cannot be found elsewhere in Greenland.

Please refer to the google map to see the exact locations.

About the Disko Bay Greenland photo tour

We will explore the Disko Bay area on foot, by boat and helicopter.

In the Ilulissat Icefjord area we will:

  • hike to multiple locations to shoot the colourful village and the icebergs from different perspectives under varying light conditions
  • sail on a private boat to capture the icebergs from a different angle
  • fly around with a helicopter to experience the vast landscape of Greenland and the UNESCO Icefjord from above

On Disko Island we will:

  • hike to a spectacular area with basalt rosettes, arches and (sea)stacks as well as lush vegetation
  • hike along a river to a gorgeous area with waterfalls
  • hike to a black beach featuring growlers (small remainders of the icebergs)

Our photographers Anette and Johan will be available to teach you, answer your questions, offer guidance and assist you with your photographic needs. In addition to the in-the-field time, there will be some presentations and workshops to help you get the best of Greenland. On-demand workshops can also be arranged for, for instance to learn about long exposure photography, and are included in the price.

The Disko Bay Greenland photo tour focuses on landscape photography and is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. To get the best light, we will mainly be heading out early morning before sunrise and in the afternoon. On days with a clear sky, night and aurora photography will be on the agenda.


9-day Disko Bay Greenland Photography Tour

September 24th to October 2nd, 2016
Total price: US$ 9890
Deposit: US$ 1500

Early-bird price: US$ 9000 (valid until June 30th, 2016)

Please note that all profit generated by this photography tour will be used for the good cause by the NiO Foundation. Please refer to our about page, for more information about the NiO Foundation.

Number of participants

To make the photography tour more valuable for all participants we will not accept more than eight participants. There is no minimum number of participants required.

Accommodation, meals and local transportation

All accommodation from September 24th to October 2nd  is included. In Ilulissat we will stay in a 3-star hotel and on Disko Island we will be in a hotel as well. Prices are based on double rooms.

Please note: if you wish to have your own private room, please notify us when you fill out the registration form. We will do our best to make sure you will have a private room the whole tour. The extra costs for this will be $650.

Included in the total price are all breakfasts and dinners during the tour. Not included are:

  • lunch
  • drinks
  • alcoholic beverages

In the Ilulissat Icefjord area we will sometimes take a taxi to shorten the hike. The taxi expenses of the group are included, as well as the ferry boat to Disko Island.

Local circumstances

Many locations in and around Ilulissat and Disko Island are only accessible on foot. Therefore a basic level of fitness is required. Average daytime temperatures range from +8 to -5 Celsius and nighttime temperatures on average can drop to -10 Celsius (not taking wind chill into account). The sun rises around 7:30 AM and sets around 7:00 PM.

Please be aware that the tour will be adapted to the local circumstances when needed.


The 2016 tour is fully booked. Registration is no longer possible.

The photographers

Anette Mossbacher & Johan Peijnenburg, both internationally awarded and published professional photographers, will be leading the photography tour.

Anette Mossbacher

Anette’s passion for photography and nature has taken her around the world from the freezing arctic land of polar bears to the lush forests of the Orangutan and the remote wilderness of the African lion and elephant.

During the last 10 years she has photographed, as a full time nature photographer, some of natures most beautiful landscapes and it’s incredible wildlife. The life of a wildlife and nature photographer is one of long hours often in harsh conditions with no guarantee of success. But sometimes her patience is rewarded by capturing a unique photograph. It’s these euphoric moments that make all the hard work worthwhile.

Johan Peijnenburg

Johan’s primary focus is on photographing landscapes and nature, both in color and black & white, with a focus on mountains, alpine lakes and coastal scenery. Just showing spaces and capturing the presence of nature is not enough for him though. His images are never about just documenting a specific location. They are more about the mood, feeling or a special moment. Something needs to be happening.

Nature tells a different story every hour of every day. Nothing beats being out there to watch that story evolve and to hopefully capture a moment in a way that grabs your attention, is emotive and makes you want to look longer. Johan truly believes that crafting a good landscape image is an art, which takes time to master!