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Hi there!

It’s come to my attention that my online contact form hasn’t been working for approximately 3 weeks!

It’s a super boring WordPress/Godaddy issue and I’m trying to resolve it today.

Normally this is the kind of thing I’d have taken care of asap, but I’ve literally been on the Greenland Ice Sheet photographing all things ice with ZERO service.

Not even kidding with that one!

Please forgive my lack of response if you have not heard from me and contact me directly at tara@tarawelchphotography.com if you are still interested.

Thank you so much again!

Oh and if you’d like to see travel pics of Iceland and Greenland click here!

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 Yes….I’ve been camping here!

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Greenland | Travel Photographers

Not sure what I expected Greenland to be like honestly.

I feel like when I thought of Greenland, I’d think about just the big white blob to the right of North American continent but really knew nothing about it.

It’s not an easy trip, it’s not a cheap trip, but it’s definitely worth your while!

We flew Air Greenland from Reykjavik to Ilulissat on a small prop plane.

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After college, I very briefly worked as a flight attendant for a regional airline and was predominantly on a small French prop plane called the ATR.

I may be one of the few weirdos that actually feel more safe and comfortable flying on small planes. Prop planes are rad!

We thought seeing all the little baby icebergs out the window was super cool!

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Ilulissat is a harbor town with the major industry being fishing of course.

The buildings are all painted bright colors and it was like seeing a watercolor come to life.

The icebergs really like to party here and dominate the landscape.

Crazy fact, the iceberg that sunk the Titanic in 1912 originated in Ilulissat.

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We went out on a World of Greenland sunset iceberg cruise which was absolutely killer!

It’s hard to tell how massive these ‘bergs are from the photos but they are like fully formed white islands.

Being from Texas, it’s not like I knew much about icebergs but they are really crazy things, icebergs.

It’s called “calving” when they break off from their mother glacier and the sound is like something has been hit by lightning.

Then a small tsunami basically happens!

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Icebergs also do this thing where they roll over and over until they reshape for balance.

90% of an iceberg’s mass is under water.

Our guide brought a baby ‘berg on board and Kev is drinking whiskey on iceberg ice!

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Ilulissat is also gorgeous at night!

Not sure if I’ll ever get a photo with a cityscape, icebergs, a sunset and the Northern Lights ever again!

That red building is the famous Arctic Hotel.

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We took Greenland Air again to Kangerlussuaq for our hiking/camping trip on the Greenlandic Ice Sheet!

We went with World of Greenland | Arctic Circle again!

A huge crazy off road bus thing picked us up and we drove to the glacier.

After hiking in using sleds to pull our stuff, we set up camp here.

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We learned how to use crampons and hiking poles to walk on the ice cap!

I felt invincible in my crampons! I could have walked for days!

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When I said we went with a guide, maybe you imagined some weathered, burly dude.

Nope, we had a wonderful, hilarious, young Danish woman named Luisa as our guide!

Mad props to a strong lady with serious survival skills! All the heart eyes for her!

Isn’t she adorable?

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We saw the aurora for the last time this night. Sigh….

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Greenland | Travel Photographers

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Iceland | Travel Photographers

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I’ve been traveling thru Iceland and Greenland for the past few weeks!

One of the unfortunate things about being a full time photographer is when you are on vacation, you don’t really want to shoot. It just feels like work.

My husband and I have been to so many crazy places (y’all, we’ve been to Turkmenistan!) but no one would ever know because I’m a lazy travel photographer. : /

At any rate….this time I tried to actually use that ten lb dumbbell called a camera.

These images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, the 24-70mm L II, and the iPhone 6.

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I’ve wanted to go to Iceland for a while due to my love of puffins and scenic geothermal baths!

It wasn’t cheap but we were able to buy our tickets on miles!

I highly recommend this United credit card and this Delta one!

One of the weirdest things was how short of a flight it was due to the earth’s poles.

We started our trip like many tourists at The Blue Lagoon. It’s close to the airport and a nice first stop.

My better half, Kevin, didn’t dig it too much but I loved it!

We then hauled ourselves onto the ferry to Heimaey Island which is a lovely breeding ground for puffins!

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The Heimaey Island volcano erupted in the 70s and made the island about 25% bigger. Crazy eh?

Some wonderful person (no doubt a national treasure) put this rad 70’s couch out a viewing location. Super fun!

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Soul-less creatures, lambs.

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After that, we cruised the Iceland Ring Road going up the Eastern shore first.

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Do you like Game of Thrones? Whatever, of course you do!

Well the image below is from Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love cave! Oh la la…

Don’t let this photo fool you….this place was crawling with tourists.

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We went to Iceland’s Glacier Lagoon which was super magical!

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We stayed at this super cool place called the Aurora Bubble Hotel!

I love how Kev looks like he’s resting in a snow globe!

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Definitely the highlight of our trip was seeing the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis).

It was super early in the season to see it but due to Kevin’s nerdy obsession with looking at NOAA’s space weather forecast…we found them (it?)!

We were staying at a little homestay spot when Kev noticed the space forecast was going crazy!

Hopped in the car and headed south for clearer skies. After an hour of driving, we finally found a place with no clouds!

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I can’t really describe what it was like to see her (we started referring to the Aurora as a “her”).

She comes on slow so you can’t really tell if that’s what you are looking at…then it’s like watching the sky dance.

We tried to do a few self portraits with mixed results. Next time I’m bringing a real tripod!

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One of my favorite days was when we went to the Hveragerdi Hot Spring River Trail!

It’s a pretty solid hike but at the top you end up at a hot geothermal river!

Just strip down and get in!

Our Texan blood was a little bummed you couldn’t toob it however.

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I love these emo Iceland ponies!

“I totally just need to be focusing on my art right now”.

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This is Landmannalaugar or as I call it, the silly sand mountains.

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We saved Reykjavik for last and thought it was a great city!

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Hot dogs are a big deal in Iceland! We tried the infamous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand!

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Lots of truth telling on signs outside of the bars! Hah!

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Iceland | Travel Photographers

September 20, 2016 - 9:28 pm

Cheryl peterson - That is a beautiful place, but those photos are phenomenal. I loved the northern lights, the baths and the blue eyed pony.