Five years ago my wife Jess and I wound our way through the whales and sculpted icebergs of the Disko Bay towards Ilulissat aboard our tiny, green, wooden sailboat.

Even before the picturesque mosaic of multi-coloured houses slid into view from behind another glistening wall of ice, I could already hear choruses of sled dogs barking in welcome.

As a photographer, I’d always wanted to visit Greenland so this was a dream come true. As we sailed onwards through the Northwest Passage, we both knew we’d make it back here, someday.

"As a photographer, I’d always wanted to visit Greenland."

"Iceland’s pretty popular these days however Greenland remains a mystery for many."

That same year, we started ‘Chris Bray Photography Tours’ taking small groups of photographers to many of the world’s most wonderful places including Kenya, Galapagos, the Amazon and Antarctica - and the business grew and grew.

Finally last year we organized our first tour combining both Iceland and Greenland and ran it a few weeks ago in July 2016. Iceland’s pretty popular these days however Greenland remains a mystery for many.

To our delight, most of our guests agreed it was the highlight. They were all blown away by the diversity, grandeur, colour - and climate of Iceland’s larger neighbor.

With only a week to share the broadest-possible spread of Greenland’s photogenic offerings with our guests, we flew directly into Ilulissat from Iceland.

Setting the scene, the pilot on our Air Greenland flight opened his cockpit door and ushered our guests forward to admire the view as we flew over the giant icecap, commenting “Yeah, you’re welcome, because, you know, not so many terrorists are attacking us up here…” What a legend!

"The pilot on our Air Greenland flight opened his cockpit door and ushered our guests forward to admire the view as we flew over the giant icecap."

"In the 24/hr sunlight, the treasured ‘golden hour’ for photography stretches ever-onwards"

In the 24/hr sunlight, the treasured ‘golden hour’ for photography stretches ever-onwards, making for a perfect midnight-sun cruise around the maze of icebergs.

Ilulissat is nestled right beside the enormous Jakobshavn Glacier, emptying some 35 billion tonnes of icebergs into the UNESCO world heritage-listed Ilulissat Icefjord every year making it one of the world’s most productive glaciers.

It’s impossible to comprehend the scale of it all until we flew our guests over it all in a scenic flight.

Icebergs are fascinating. Like devious, living sculptures they appear immense, unmoving and ageless - luring photographers ever closer with icy whispers as they gaze up at her seductive curves.

Invisibly however, silent forces perpetually melt and pull her in all directions until, suddenly *CRACK* - something breaks.

Thundering slabs of ice collapse into the water throwing up dangerous waves, and now unbalanced, the entire berg – so peaceful a moment before – can roll over or rear up, lifting old waterlines high into the sky.

"Silent forces perpetually melt and pull her in all directions until, suddenly *CRACK* - something breaks."

"We visited a local sled dog team where to our delight, one had just given birth."

Behind the colourful houses, we visited a local sled dog team where to our delight, one had just given birth to five adorable puppies!

Their eyes not yet open, they fumbled around inside the kennel emitting muffled squeeks with their mother standing patiently beside us, peering in at the very newest additions to one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world, arriving with the Saqqaq people between 4000 and 5000 years ago.

We visited the tiny local village of Ilimanaq by boat for a traditional meal, stopping on the way to photograph humpback whales and to fly my drone through a perfectly arched iceberg.

Later, I found what looked like an arctic fox den, and tied my GoPro camera to a rock and placed it nearby. The next morning, it was gone!

Frantic searching revealed some chewed, frayed string nearby and eventually, my camera - dropped into a rocky crevice 5 meters further on!

Excitedly reviewing the footage, I was delighted to find three black arctic fox cubs had been playing with the camera before one ran off with it!

"I found what looked like an arctic fox den, and tied my GoPro camera to a rock and placed it nearby."

"It was the perfect finale for our combined Greenland Iceland photography tour."

We spent a few enchanting nights at the remote and luxurious Eqi Glacier Lodge overlooking the Eqip Sermina Glacier.

Weather we were hiking around the local area or gazing out through the panoramic, ceiling-to-floor windows, we were constantly mesmerized by the sporadic icefalls from the glacier’s calving face.

It was almost impossible to look away – because if we did, by the time the thundering roar reached us and we looked up, it was already over!

It was the perfect finale for our combined Greenland Iceland photography tour, and I can’t wait to share it all again with our next group in July 2017. Bookings are already open and filling fast!