Kangaamiut Kangerluarsuat, Greenland

Sep 15, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Today was a real day of exploration. No towns or docks—only the wilderness and our shipmates. For the first time on the expedition, we were truly explorers. Arriving at a new destination, uncharted and unscouted by any of the staff, turned out to be a fantastic day on Greenland.

We arrived in the morning at the mouth of a fjord further south than we had yet ventured and went ashore after a presentation from our National Geographic photographer, Johnathan Irish. Plenty of hikes and walks stretched our legs as we filled our eyes and memory cards with the epic scenery.

During the second half of the day, we participated in water activities on the fjord, right at the face of the very active, blue glacier. We kayaked and Zodiac cruised, navigating among the perhaps 100,000-years-old ice. As a bonus, we were offered the opportunity to jump into the nearly freezing waters for a Polar Plunge!

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James Hyde

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James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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