Pioneer of the Month: Steven Takes an Icy Honeymoon!

Photo: Steve Organ

Ice reflections

Welcome to our “Pioneer of the Month” series! Every month we will feature individuals that were inspired to take the road less traveled and ventured to Greenland with us to discover the powerful nature, colorful culture and pure beauty of this country in the arctic. Just like the first explorers from centuries past, our “pioneers” experience an adventure of a lifetime on pristine and untouched landscapes.

This month, we tell the story of Steven, who chose Greenland as his honeymoon destination! Certainly non-conventional, he headed out with his wife to Ilulissat on our "Icebergs and Whales" tour to Ilulissat, west Greenland. This is what he saw and learned along the way.

Photo: Steve Organ

Out of the plane window

What motivated you to visit Greenland?


It was our honeymoon! We’re much more comfortable huddled up in our coats eating soggy sandwiches in the rain than lying on a beach, so a trip to Iceland and Greenland seemed perfect! We had visited Iceland a couple of years before and loved the icebergs at Jokulsárlón, and it sounded like Greenland would be even more spectacular.

A sea of icebergs stretching out to the horizon, barely a gap that wasn’t filled in. The scale of it was truly awe-inspiring, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We sat there for ages staring at this otherworldly sea of frozen whites and blues, a stark contrast to us sitting in t-shirts, warm under the sun.

Steve Organ

How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?


It was a short hop over - we stayed for two nights. Someone (possibly me) managed to make the travel more stressful than necessary by taking us to Keflavik airport initially rather than Reykjavik Domestic, but all was ok in the end!

Photo: Steve Organ

Steve and his wife Katie

Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?


We did the ‘Icebergs and Whales’ tour through Greenland Adventures, taking us to Ilulissat. We had a lot of ground to cover in Iceland so couldn’t spend too long in Greenland. This particular tour appealed because of the proximity to Disko Bay and the promise of spectacular vistas both on land and on the whale watching tour.

What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?

Undoubtedly, the first view we had of the bay full of icebergs just outside the town. From our hotel we could see giant blocks floating in the bay near the main town. We saw more as we began the boardwalk out of town past all the working dogs, shimmering in the sun under the clear skies and assumed that was as good as it got. But those views were nothing compared to the sight that awaited us as we rounded the corner to the main bay. A sea of icebergs stretching out to the horizon, barely a gap that wasn’t filled in. The scale of it was truly awe-inspiring, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We sat there for ages staring at this otherworldly sea of frozen whites and blues, a stark contrast to us sitting in t-shirts, warm under the sun.

Photo: Steve Organ

Ice shelf

What is something that you learned about Greenland that surprised you?

I was amazed by just how many dogs there are. They were everywhere! Beautiful but maybe a little bit scary at times (even though they are all chained up) when you walk through a canine village!

If you had more time in Greenland, what else would you like to see and do?

I would love to explore one of the glaciers. I’m a climber so would be keen to combine that with some ice climbing.

Photo: Steve Organ

Green and ice

What tips do you have for people that want to visit Greenland?


Get a window seat for the flight over! Flying over the ice caps is spectacular – you get a real sense of their scale, and the lakes and rivers that from in them are beautiful from the sky.

What adventure are you off to next?

We’re heading dog-sledding in Finland in January, which will be a lot chillier than a glorious summer’s day in Ilulissat!

Have you been to Greenland with us and would like to be featured as a “Pioneer of the Month?” Feel free to email us at jewells@mountainguides.is or call +354-522-4933.

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