Kangaamiut, Greenland

Aug 18, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

During the first half of the day, we sailed southward along the spectacular coastline of Greenland. It hardly can be called a “line,” as it is comprised of thousands of islands and fjords full of steep cliffs and glacier-polished rocks. After breakfast, there was a disembarkation briefing, as it was the last full day of the expedition. Then we had a very interesting lecture about glaciers. It was raining and overcast early in the morning, but the weather quickly changed and soon we had blue sky and shining sun.

During lunch, the ship turned and sailed among the islands and soon we were able to see the colorful little town of Kangaamiut on a steep hillside. As the captain explained to us later in the evening, the crew used a special technique for anchoring to the bottom of the sea floor, which is composed of large, rounded rocks that typically wouldn’t hold an anchor. The sea was a little rough and not good for kayaking, therefore the afternoon activities were limited to photo walks and longer hikes. By Zodiac, we arrived in a beautiful little harbor full of small fishing boats. Around the island we could see numerous racks for drying fish.

The population of Kangaamiut is only around 300 people. They all were very friendly although only few could speak English. The surrounding waters are very rich, and halibut and cod fishing support the economy of this town. Behind the town, a small mountain boasts an excellent 360-degree view. Following a stairway to the top, we all had marvellous views and enjoyed the delightful sunshine.

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Serguei Ponomarenko


Russian-Canadian naturalist Serguei was born into a family of marine biologists on the coast of the Barents Sea, located off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia. He spent his childhood playing in fjords, collecting marine creatures at low tide and learning their strange names and habits. Ever since he was a preschooler, Serguei has known he’d become a biologist and he counts himself lucky that he’s been able to follow his dreams and embrace the many facets of nature.

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