The scene is familiar: bored friends and family members look on in dismay as the vacation photos are carted out and narrated in excruciating detail. They feign interest and stifle yawns while subtly checking their phones, wondering what they did to deserve this. But not this time. Hurtigruten, the world’s foremost authority in Arctic voyaging and expedition travel, has a cure for the common vacation photo. Hurtigruten is proud to partner with internationally renowned wildlife and environmental photographer Darren Perkell on a once-in-a-lifetime Artic cruise along Greenland’s pristine northern coastline, departing June 13.
Guests on Hurtigruten’s special photography voyage will have the opportunity to return with vacation photos that are certain to thrill even the most jaded traveler. Perkell will offer guests an entirely new travel experience, complete with photography seminars, one-on-one instruction, workshops, and location shoots designed to send seasoned photographers and casual travel shutterbugs alike home with breathtaking, professional-quality shots of their journey through the High Arctic. This special Greenland voyage has rates starting at $7,195 per person, double occupancy, which represents a savings of more than $4,000 per passenger off regular fares.
Budding photographers will begin the 12-day journey with chartered transfers from Iceland’s Reykjavic Airport to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, just 40 km from the mammoth Greenland Ice Cap. From there, they’ll board Hurtigruten’s beautifully appointed MS Fram explorer ship and begin to marvel at the breathtaking natural wonders along Greenland’s northwestern coast. Setting course through the “Land of the Midnight Sun” toward Disko Bay, guests will have the opportunity to dog-sled, hike, kayak and more, with daily landings – weather permitting – in the charming towns and villages that dot Greenland’s scenic coast. Cameras in hand, they’ll learn professional tips and techniques that will result in the sort of striking images they’ve seen in glossy travel publications as they explore — from Sisimiut, Greenland’s second largest town, to Illorsuit, a tiny fishing village home to only 90 inhabitants. With the massive Greenland Ice Cap, natural fjords and enchanting Intuit culture as constant companions, voyagers will enjoy no shortage of inspiration – or adventure.
Throughout the journey, guests will have the opportunity to increase their camera skills and confidence while capturing their memories forever through the art of photography.
Perkell, a member of esteemed professional photographers’ and cinematographers’ organizations including the International Cinematographers Guild, Nikon Professional Services, and The Explorers Club, is a regular contributor to the monthly photographers salon at the School for Visual Arts in New York and has traveled exhaustively throughout the High Artic. He brings a special passion for these regions and a trained artist’s eye to this exclusive Hurtigruten opportunity.
Aboard the MS Fram, guests experience the utmost in comfort on a ship specially appointed to ensure safe, comfortable travel through the rugged arctic waters. Built in 2007, MS Fram offers modern accommodations, sumptuous meals and comfortable amenities in an intimate, casual setting. Guests can relax in lounges, stretch après hike in a well-outfitted gym or sit in an on-deck Jacuzzi while passing towering icebergs. The ship boasts a specially-designed bow so guests can observe the marine wildlife and natural phenomena that are in abundance on these voyages. As an added bonus, because there are only 276 passengers on board, everyone has a front-row seat for all of these special experiences.
Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition voyages, sailing to the most remote of destinations, including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen, as well as year-round along Norway’s coast and to Europe in the spring and fall. The company’s fleet of 13 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.
Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website, www.hurtigruten.us; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145. To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.