Kangaamiut

Sep 07, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


In the morning, we sailed through the peaceful and foggy Kangaamiut Fjord and anchored near the end of it. Several glaciers and steep mountains covered with moving clouds surrounded us. Some guests chose to take a Zodiac ride to the front of a spectacular valley glacier that abruptly plunges into the fjord. The air was reasonably warm and, from time to time, huge vertical chunks of glacier measuring 40 meters in height crashed into the ocean with a terrific sound. Each chunk that collapsed created a significant wave. 

Other guests preferred more active explorations such as long, medium, or short hikes over old glacial moraines and eskers where they enjoyed views of a powerful waterfall with cliffs and glaciers in the background.

After lunch, we visited the small, picturesque fishing town of Kangaamiut where guests climbed a rounded mountain that commanded an excellent view encompassing the town, the ocean, dozens of islands, and the surrounding mountains.

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About the Author

Serguei Ponomarenko

Naturalist

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 marine 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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