Based in East Greenland, we provide all aspects of support for Greenland filming and photography projects.
Our expertise lies within our close-knit team of local experts. We combine a deep knowledge of this astoundingly wild country with many years of experience in planning and undertaking Greenland fixing, from complex logistics and safety work.
For more info on the possibilities, please read on.
Greenland Location Scouting and Consulting
From our base in East Greenland, we can undertake location scouting for specific projects. This can be undertaken by boat, helicopter, or even on ski/dogsled. More information on generic locations can be found below.
We’d strongly recommend contacting us early on in the planning phase to discuss possibilities as well as limitations. Greenland offers incredible locations, some of which are surprisingly simple to access; at the other end of the scale, it’s easy to turn what could be a relatively simple shoot into a intense expedition-type project. Our intention in the early planning stages is to advise on practicability of location choice/shoot, optimum season and a rough scale of costing.
Greenland Film Locations
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Fjords and Mountains
Greenland Fixing & Safety Work
We provide all aspects of filming support from the earliest stages of planning to filming. We can assist in organising flights and accommodation, to in-country logistics and safety.
Remote Filming & Safety
There are only a few isolated settlements in East Greenland so by nature, most filming work here is undertaken in serious wilderness conditions. Our guides hold the highest levels of international certification and are experienced in managing the diverse and unique risks that this region presents, from polar bears to sea ice, glaciers and the severe weather that can be experienced here.
Whilst some projects can base out of our lodge or one of the two hotels in the region, it may be necessary to establish a wilderness camp, particularly when capturing footage of the glacier calving faces. We can provide a full set-up, from survival equipment to basecamp tents, power sources and communications.
As IFMGA alpine guides, we specialise in safety rigging and consult on and manage filming in high angle terrain and around glaciers.
Getting to Greenland
East Greenland can be reached by schedule plane in around one and a half hours from Reykjavik, Iceland. Our base in the small Inuit village of Kulusuk is within walking distance of the airstrip.
West Greenland can be accessed by direct flight from Kulusuk or by international flight from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kulusuk has direct access to the fjords where boats are widely used to access the whole region. In winter, when the sea freezes, we use snowmobiles and dog sleds to travel. Increasing use of drones in the last years has lessened recent use of helicopters but there are 2 in the area available for charter, both for filming and movement of crew.
Greenland Filming Season & Daylight Times
November – February: the months of winter are particularly challenging with low daylight hours, regular extreme weather and disrupted travel. We would only recommend filming during this period for very specific projects.
Daylight hours: 6 hours in mid November; 7 hours 20 mins in mid February
March – May: March tends to experience less settled weather and can make for some very dramatic footage. Stable high pressure often moves in around early April. Classic dog sledding season, the sea ice is usually at its strongest and at its greatest extend during this period. The Aurora Borealis is often seen until around mid April.
Daylight hours: 10 hours in early March; 19 hours in mid May
June – August: Long hours of light, generally stable weather and increasingly easy travel makes this season a good time to film. Sea pack ice lessens throughout the period, generally making boat travel simplest through August. The snow-line quickly retreats higher up the mountains, allowing lower lying ground to enter a short but intense growing period.
Daylight hours: 21 hours 15 mins in early June; 15 hours in late August
September – October: lengthening nights and the onset of autumnal storms. The first thin film of ice starts to form in the inner fjords and rain falls as snow on the higher mountains.
Daylight hours: 14 hours 40 mins in early September; 7 hours 45 mins in late October
We have had the privilege of working on some great projects for organisations like NHK and the BBC as well as multiple independents and some great photographers.
Here’s a selection of some previous projects:
Murray Fredericks’ work can be seen here.
Some early footage captured for the Little Baroque Company’s silent film ‘The Fjord’