previous workshops and expeditions

Early on, I discovered that I loved to teach, that I loved to watch people excel in something they wanted to improve at.

Later, I discovered my passion for photography, and the result was that I love to teach photography! Combine this with with inspiring locations and exciting adventures and it truly does become magical.

Here, you can see a list of previous workshop I have led, and below a list of scheduled workshops.



Horizons (August 2017)

  • Hiking and adventure workshop in Thorsmork and the Westman Islands

Melrakki (November 2017)

  • Wildlife workshop focusing on photographing the Arctic Fox wild and in native habitat

Solstadir (July 2018)

  • Midnight Sun oriented workshop focussing on capturing the endless late of midsummer

Western Winds (February 2019)

  • A 4 days sailing and overland adventure expedition on board the Silent Schooner Opal


Silent Arctic (August 2018)

  • Sailing and Adventure workshop exploring Scoresby Sound, Northeast Greenland onboard the incredible Silent Schooner Opal

Silent Arctic (August 2019)

  • A further exploration of Scoresby Sound, Northeast Greenland, introducing a different itinerary on board the incredible Schooner Opal.

current workshops and expeditions: Iceland and Greenland

explore iceland & create beautiful photos with joe Shutter

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The Landy in Iceland

Possible locations in iceland:

 you bring to iceland:

  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Something RED (optional)

  • Something YELLOW (optional)

  • A camera

  • Whatever camera gear you have

  • A tripod (a plus)

  • Hiking boots

  • The Highlands

  • Arctic Foxes

  • Midnight Sun (May-July)

  • Thorsmork

  • The Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis: August and April)

I provide:

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

  • Plenty of hidden gems

  • Photography tuition

  • Image analysis

  • Interested in Instagram? I can help you with that!

  • Ice cream (yes, you read that right: just go with it!)

tips for iceland:

  • Average time is 10-12 hours, but can go on for longer

  • The best camera in the world is the one in your pocket, bring what you have and we will work with that!

  • Bring your adventurous spirit!

where and what you would like to go and shoot in iceland?

northern lights

Watch the lights dance across the sky on a clear fall or  winter night in a secluded spot! 

Northern lights near Reykjavik

the highlands

iceland with the lid off.

The interior, high plateau of land known as the "highlands" is some of the most geologically diverse, vibrantly colourful, barren, desolate wilderness you will ever encounter.

fantastic mr.arctic fox

The Arctic fox is the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland, having migrated thousands of years ago over sea ice

This journey takes us to Volcano Huts in Thorsmork, where it is possible to meet and get within close proximity to some arctic foxes.THere is also the opportunity to hike in the local area (where are in Thorsmork, after all) and catch some quite breathtaking  nature. 

snaefellsnes peninsula

Pure connection with the wild Icelandic coast.

The Snæfellsnes peninsula, visible from the capital on a clear day, is marked by it's closeness to the coast line; the raging sea is everywhere.

midnight sun (late night to early morning)

Marvel at the long, gentle light.

Summer is the time of seemingly endless light, and for a period of around two months, it never gets completely dark

The light during this time has a remarkable quality to it. The sky and landscape are awash with incredible colours.


Tucked away behind a mountain range, two volcanoes and two glaciers is Thorsmork, a remarkable glacier river valley, sourrounded by a system of canyons.

This journey we see us  coming off the beaten path, through plenty of rivers as we ford through by land rover defender.

Thorsmork is easily one of the most remarkable places in Iceland

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A 8-day photography and adventure-filled trip to Greenland, one of the most remote places on the planet!


Silent Arctic Photography Workshop Greenland

Brace yourselves, this is the workshop for the ages!

This is nothing short of a full-scale expedition in Northeast  Greenland via electric schooner along and into the world's largest fjord system, some of which are nearly 150 miles in length.  Here, the photography opportunities are endless as we lose ourselves in this epic world of ice and immense scales: a landscape whose wonder reaches far beyond the limits of our imaginations. 

You have to see it to believe it!

An epic group dynamic, all-inclusive.

Having so many new things with so many new people creates very powerful bonds between everyone involved, fomenting and powerful and lasting friendships.  Below, previous workshop participants reflect on the experiences that the workshop left on them.

A lasting impression

A life changing experience, a captured journey that will bring a true connection with nature, spirit, and friends that will become family. It’s truly an awe-inspiring adventure that reignites the zest for life!
— Michelle Arroyave, participant on the Melrakki Arctic Fox Workshop, Nov 2017
The photography workshop led by Joe Shutter and Gunnar Freyr gave me depth and insight on the world of wildlife photography. The experience allowed me to grow as a photographer. From shooting to editing, Joe and Gunnar provide insightful, honest tips and tricks on how to navigate the overwhelming world: camera, equipment, social media and Lightroom. In addition, the lifelong friends I made in the workshop have challenged me to be a better creative
— Mia Nguyen, Melrakki Arctic Fox Workshop in Iceland's Westfjords, Nov. 2017.
Silent Arctic was beautifully organized - the gorgeous schooner, the crew, the itinerary and most of all an amazing collection of like-minded individuals in the workshop! This experience with Gunnar & Joe took us deep within... the high arctic, the fjords, and yes - self-reflection. In a way, everything slows down for a week, and yet there is so much to absorb - valuable insights from the guys, the other participants, and the jaw-dropping beauty of the nature around you! With no distractions of everyday life, your focus is heightened and you can really think about how you want to grow your photography skills. Oh and chilling in the hot tub on deck isn’t bad either. They said there is life before Greenland and life after. They were right. I’m definitely going back!
— Ashwini Gupte, Silent Arctic 2018

pure disconnection, pure tranquility

In a world where we are constantly at the mercy of the notification, the next bite-sized piece of information, it is easy to forget what it means to switch off. On board our glorious schooner in depths of the High Arctic, we will be humbled by a true sense of disconnection form the outside world. This is silence, through and through.

A Land of endless potential

The photographic potential in this wondrous landscape is infinite. Think ice, ice that is taller than buildings, larger than city blocks, towering above and around us as we sail and move silently between them. Walls of mountains stretching through vast U-shaped valleys where rivers of ice once lay.

High above the Arctic Circle and aided by 16 hours of late summer daylight, the potential to photograph stretches well beyond just landscape photography. Tiny, remote villages buried away in places you never thought possible. The majestic Ummimak, or Musk Ox and other forms of Arctic Life will be accessible from the vessel as we embark on a journey which goes far beyond your average photography workshop.

There is a small chance of Northern Lights at the time of the year in Greenland since there is a brief window of darkness, although not guaranteed. If we were to see the lights it would indeed by splendid. 


Silent Artctic Photography Workshop Greenland

 Destinations & ROute

Scorsby Greenland Photography Workshop Route Map
North Sailing Greenland Route. Image courtesy of North Sailing.

Reykjavik, Iceland

The world's most Nothern capital. A hotbed of art, music and culture.

We meet here, and then venture forth. 

Ittoqqortoormiit, greenland

Population: 468.  This is the only permanent settlement in the region, and is well within the southern limit of the High Arctic tundra and the Polar Barrens, in the Sermersooq municipality in eastern Greenland. Here is a tiny airport named Constable Point which employs just 15 people. It is located on Jameson Land and serves the town of Ittoqqortoormiit. This is one of the world's most isolated airports.

Silent Arctic Greenland Photography Workshop

Constable point, Greenland

It is from here that we land and transfer to our vessel.

Scoresby sund, Greenland

Named after the adventurer and explorer, William Scoresby who mapped the fjord area in detail in 1822, Scoresby Sund is a labyrinth of U-shaped glaciated valleys. Long gone millions of years ago, the glacier leaves behind the world's largest fjord system, Scorsby Sound. Here, in the High Arctic, we find one of the most remote areas of the planet. It is difficult to picture or imagine a place more vast, barren and untamed such as this. 

Scorsby Sound covers an area of about 38,000 km2(14,700 sq mi). The longest of the fjords extends 340–350 km (210-216 mi) inland from the coastline. The depth is 400–600 m (1,310-1,970 ft) in the main basin, but depths increase to up to 1,450 m (4,760 ft) in some fjords. It is one of the largest and longest fjord systems in the world.

The vessel of the future

Opal: The Silent Schooner of the arctic

Schooners are fabled for the ability to sail silently through the seas. Usually however, schooners cary a backup diesel motor for more precise manoeuvring. However, Opal has state-of-the-art technology: it is a schooner with an electric motor. Result? A blissfully silent experience form beginning to end. The Opal Schooner is provided by our incredible partners North Sailing.

Schooner Opal Deck Plan. Courtesy of North Sailing.

This two-masted schooner has sailed all over the world, completing several trans-Atlantic crossings, being carefully maintained through the years. Opal joined North Sailing´s fleet in early 2013 and has since undergone restoration and had interior work done to better fit her for the new purpose as an expedition ship.

Schooner Opal: The facts

Gross tonnage:   65

LOa:   33 m (LOD 24m)

Beam:   7 m

Sail area:   380 sqm

Hull material:   Oak

Built:   Damgarten, Germany

Built/rebuilt:   1951/1973–1981

Passenger capacity:   60

Engine:   Scania

kW/horsepower:   209/288

Port of registry:   Húsavík

Flag:   Iceland

Image courtesy of North Sailing.

Who are you?

Silent Arctic is open to 10 wildlife, adventure and photography enthusiasts. We will focus on capturing the dramatic, humbling landscapes that surround us in these epic, barely-visited locations.

Gunnar and I will be providing a very small group experience, limited to just 10 participants. This means that we will be able to focus our attention and expertise on technique and locations, thereby making sure that our participants get the right shots.

The shots you came out here to get

Before and after Greenland

They say there are two stages in life: life before Greeland, and life after Greenland. This landscape transforms you.
— Anonymous.

joe shutter

Joe Shutter Photographer Profile Picture

A Londoner by birth, Joe originally came to live in Iceland in for University, not knowing what lay ahead.

He then discovered Iceland's remarkable landscape. Through the lens and many years of exploration, Joe connected with the landscape in a profound way, and now uses his expertise to help others to discover their own connections.

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  • Dates: August 28nd-September 4th 2019

  • Price: €8995

    • 20% deposit payable immediately and the balance by 1st March.

  • Places: 10 (5: Joe Shutter/ 5: Icelandic Explorer but group is taught cohesively).


Day 1: Adventure begins!

  • AM meet at Reykjavik Domestic Airport. This is very close to the center of Reykjavik and not to be confused with Keflavik International Airport.

  • Reykjaví­k for a transfer flight to Constable Point in Greenland.

  • Possible secret wildlife excursion (weather dependent).

  • Board Opal and get an introduction and a safety briefing by the crew before sailing towards the village of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the world’s most isolated villages.

  • The quaint little houses dot the rocky slopes of south Liverpool Land with magnificent views of Kap Brewster and the Volquart Boons Coast to the south.

Workshop Day 2: Palaces of ice

  • Day 2: sail west between palaces of icebergs that gently drift under the influence of the currents in the Arctic waters

  • We anchor at Hekla Havn, on Denmark Ø, the site of an old Inuit settlement. 

Workshop Day 3: The red fjord

  • Sail west through the narrow Føhnfjord with the basalt mountains of Gåseland on the port side and 2000 meters high sheer granite cliffs of Milne Land on the starboard side.

  • Get up close to the peculiar looking Red Island and landfall at the red sandstone shore, the journey continues to the north through Rødefjord which is often filled with the ice crust

  • Arrive in Harefjord in the late afternoon where anchors are set.

What's included?

  • Return flights from Iceland to Greenland with Air Iceland Connect

  • All meals (lunch on day 1 through to breakfast on day 7)

  • All Accommodation aboard Opal vessel for the entire 7 nights, 8 days.

  • Additional guided expeditions to the shore via Zodiac.

  • Outdoor activities

    • Standup paddling

    • Sea kayaking

    • Wet suit rental for the duration of the trip

    • Warm overalls when out to sea and in the fjords.

  • Photography tuition:

    • Wildlife Photography

    • Landscape Photogrpahy

    • Dramatic/situational portraiture

    • Aerial Photography at every opportunity.

  • Image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot

  • Editing and post-production workflow advice from beginning-to-end.

  • Social media advice and assistance=.

  • Access to the greatest hidden gems of the High Arctic, seen by very, very few.


  • Reykjavik, Iceland.

  • Constable Point, Greenland.

  • Scoresby Sund, Greenland.

  • More incredible locations on the Northeast Greenland Coast.

Workshop Day 4: wildlife

  • Wildlife photography day!

  • Spend the whole day on the south facing slopes of Harefjord scouting for muskoxen, snow hares, grouse, geese and other wildlife which normally graze on the south-facing slopes. 

Day 5: The highlight

  • Sailing continues on day 5 heading deeper and eastwards through the awesome Øfjord, possibly the highlight of the trip. 

  • Staggering mountain peaks and granite walls tower 2000 meters up from the sea echo the Cerro Torre

  • Set anchors in Jyttes Havn in the late afternoon.

Day 6: hiking day, zodiacs and sea dipping

  • Hiking in and around Jyttes Havn on the n Bear Islands,

  • Infinite exploration awaits, a short zodiac ride away. 

  • If conditions and time allow, we will tend a cozy Arctic bonfire on the beach.

Day 7:Archipelagos & Icebergs: 

  • Sailing the channel between the Bear Islands and Milne Land with a breathtaking view of the spectacular archipelago. 

  • This provides a fantastic opportunity for photography of the majestic and impressive icebergs  

  • When we wake up the next morning, we are anchored at the at the airstrip in Constable Point.

day 8: life after greenland

Disembark the sailboat for the last time and board the aircraft at Constable Point and fly back to Reykjavík, Iceland, the adventures of the expedition begin to sink in and your life after Greenland begins.

What's not included?

  • Your flights to- and from- Iceland.

  • Personal travel insurance, including camera gear.

  • Provision of photography equipment.

  • Miscellaneous gear that you might need for the workshop.

  • Make sure you are well-equipped for the Greenlandic climate, it can be very temperamental. See below for more queries and questions.

  • We highly recommend that all participants have separate camera insurance for their gear. We also recommend that this insurance includes the use of a courtesy body and lens. It's unlikely, but potentially fatal.


Some Questions,answered.

  • What level of photography do we require?

    • We welcome all levels of photography expertise. What we want to see is that you love photography, hopefully will fall in love with Greenland and want to learn more, push it, take it to the next level, and take in the atmosphere and experience of working with other creatives in an epic context.

  • How fit do I need to be?

    • There will be some hiking once we set foot on shore from the vessel, so you need to be prepared for this, but in general there won't be much hiking on this workshop.

  • Should I bring a drone?

    • If you have one, absolutely! If you don't, consider getting one! Greenland is a fantastic location to drone. Of course, we won't be doing any droning around or above wildlife because we need to be as sensitive to their environment as possible. Non-flying cameras only!

  • How much camera gear can I bring?

    • Our greatest recommendation in this regard is that you bring a telephoto lens (e.g., at least 300mm or more) this will help you to photograph the arctic wildlife without disturbing them. Canon have a superb 100-400mm which would be invaluable. Nikon also also have a brand new 200-500mm ( which I own and use) and an 80-400mm.

    • That being said, bring what you have. In general, consider bringing a range of focal lengths: wide-angle (e.g, 24mm) standard (e.g, 50mm) and a telephoto (e.g, 85mm or above). A large part of the workshop will be about making the most out of the equipment that you already have.

    • DSLR or Mirrorless.

    • Tripod.

  • What other equipment do I need no bring?

    • Down coat to spend long periods outside and in comfort. Greenland is cold as it is, so you can imagine that it will be colder at sea! North Sailing, our partner for the charter, provide war overalls for the voyage so no need to go crazy with the down insulation.

    • Good, sturdy, ankle-or-above hiking boots.

    • Waterproof coat (GORE-TEX or similar).

    • Base layer.

    • Mid-layer.

    • Backpack to carry your gear and other things you might need during the day.

    • Water bottle, or collapsible bag like a Hydra-Pak.

  • What and where will we eat?

    • All meals are included on board Schooner Opal, and provided by North Sailing, our partner in this charter.

  • I'm a vegetarian, what should I do?

    • Let us know! I't won't be a problem at all, but it is something that we need to know in advance.

  • Will I see the Northern Lights?

    • If it's dark and it is clear and we are a bit lucky then yes!

  • How will the weather be in greenland?

    • The Greenlandic climate varies considerably, on a season-to-season and year-to-year basis. Having said that, the temperatures will range between from -5 to +5 celcius throughout the day and nights. Wind, snow and precipitation (or some combination of the three) is to be expected in an Greenlandic winter at any time.

The arctic photography expedition 2020: apply now

Silent Arctic, our great adventure yet, has very limited places. booking closes March 15th.

fill out the form below and tell us why you would like to join the journey.

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we can't wait to see you out there!