Ilulissat, Greenland

Aug 27, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer

In the early morning Captain Leif Skog gently maneuvered the National Geographic Explorer into the narrow harbor of Ilulissat (previously called Jakobshavn). This is the third largest settlement in Greenland, located slightly above 69° N in Disko Bay. The huge icebergs in the fjord and outside of Ilulissat are pushed by constant glacial activity at the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. The Ilulissat glacier alone provides approximately 10 percent of all the ice released from this enormous ice sheet. The massive amount of ice and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sermermiut just outside of town has made Ilulissat the most popular tourist destination in Greenland. Many of the guests went by foot or shuttle bus to access Sermermiut. A city walk and a sightseeing tour on a local boat to the outer part of the Ice Fjord were also popular options. Calm weather and blue skies provided a perfect setting for a most memorable day of exploration in Ilulissat and the surrounding fjord area.

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Carl Erik Kilander


Carl was born in Norway and received a master’s degree in forestry and nature conservation from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 1973. His professional experience is mainly connected to environmental issues and natural resource management on the Norway mainland and in Svalbard. A major part of his professional experience comprises planning and management of protected areas, particularly in the southern parts of Norway and Svalbard. During the period 1999-2001 Carl was Head of the Environmental Department at the Governor of Svalbard´s office. He has also been District Manager (southwestern Norway) followed by the position of Senior Environmental Adviser at the Norwegian State Forest Service.

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