Sisimiut, Greenland

Aug 20, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

Nestled just north of Kangerlussuaq, where we took our first steps on Greenland, sits the charming and prosperous hamlet of Sisimiut. The economy there, built on fishing and tourism, was bustling along in the “heat” of summer with construction going like mad and everyone outside working and enjoying the high season. We wandered among homes and businesses in town and took scenic walks to the museums, enjoying classic Greenland scenes complete with sled dogs and a harbor packed with boats. After our afternoon excursions, we were treated to a cultural display of Greenlandic kayak skills just off the stern of the ship.

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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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