Venture to the fjord-laced coast of western Greenland, where hardy Inuit communities perched at the edge of the Greenland ice cap carry on their timeless way of life. Explore archaeological sites and vibrant modern-day villages, glide into breathtaking fjords by Zodiac or kayak, watch for the Northern Lights as we explore the ins and outs of this rugged coastline. Take an unforgettable cruise amid the massive icebergs of the Illulissat Icefjord and meet local people who live off the land and sea as their ancestors before them did for millennia.
With just 126 guests and 69 cabins, National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it’s designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. The patented X-bow® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride even in adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools, and offers a variety of experience enhancing amenities.
Day 1: U.S./Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: Greenland’s West Coast & Sisimiut
Day 3: Ilulissat & Disko Bay
Day 4: Uummannaq/Qilakitsoq
Day 5: Ataneq Fjord
Day 6: Kangerlussuaq/U.S.
Meredith Kelly is associate professor of earth science at Dartmouth College. Her research interests center upon advancing the knowledge of the terrestrial record of past climate change to better understand the modern climate and the mechanisms which cause climate change. She conducts research on location at glaciers and ice sheets across the globe including in Greenland, Peru, North America, and Uganda. She received her Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Bern (Switzerland), her M.S. in quaternary studies from the University of Maine, and her B.S. in geological sciences and environmental studies from Tufts University.