Ilulissat, Greenland

Aug 31, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

Ten percent of the ice cast off of the Greenland Ice sheet comes from the Jacobshavn Glacier, 75 km’s east of Ilulissat at the head to Isfjord (Icefjord).  If there’s a “hot” spot for tourism in Greenland, Ilulissat would hold that title, and it’s the impressive accumulation of seriously massive icebergs at the entrance to this fjord that put Ilulissat in the spotlight.  So much so that the fjord, and the tundra draped glacial landscape around it, has been established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Truly only unique cultural and natural sights achieve this designation.  Well, today would be dedicated to ice and the story it’s told on the land that surrounds it.  Presently, as it has in the past, Ilulissat is one of Greenland’s busiest fishing ports and still thrives today in that vain.

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Doug Gualtieri


Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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