Sisimiut, Greenland

Aug 30, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

Today we began our Greenland-based part of the expedition, disembarking the National Geographic Explorer onto the dock of the Sisimiut community. Cloaked in fog, rain, and heavy winds the city was still bustling with life and there were plenty of activities waiting for guests within the city. Morning excursions included a natural history hike to Tele Island, city walks, a photo walk, and a bus tour. 

While the majority explored the terrestrial terrain, the undersea team braved the roaring sea to navigate the underwater world. Vibrant colors akin to the brightly painted homes in Sisimiut were under every blade of kelp. On board after lunch, the Greenlandic School of Clothing Education put on a beautiful demonstration, sharing their knowledge and practice of keeping traditional clothing production alive in the modern day. Afterwards, a local kayaker put on a traditional demonstration of paddling and flipping over within the kayak, and rolling through the 36F waters, with ease and grace. It was quite a show to wrap up our time onshore.

Ready to learn more about Greenlandic culture, we joined our Global Guest Perspective Speaker, Aleqa Hammond, in the lounge for her presentation. Afterwards, our naturalist team kicked off a recap and briefing for tomorrow’s adventures. 

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Caitlyn Webster

Undersea Specialist

Caitlyn grew up entranced by the sea. She first became SCUBA certified while in high school in southern California and found her true passion diving and studying marine life. After graduating from Cal Poly State University: San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Marine Science and Fisheries, she began her career in research diving operations and logistics. Through different universities and various opportunities, Caitlyn has been fortunate enough to travel to particularly remote parts of the world, sharing her enthusiasm for exploring the seas and marine conservation.

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