Our Global Perspectives program, exclusively on National Geographic Explorer expeditions, brings interesting and engaging guest speakers aboard—to travel with you and add insight gleaned from their unique experiences to the already engaging, lively, and interesting onboard conversation. Each guest speaker has chosen to voyage with us to be part of the expedition community, to go exploring along with our staff and guests, and to provide perspectives to enhance your overall experience. Guest speakers take part in daily activities, dining, and every aspect of the expedition. 

Guest Speakers

By Speaker Name
Aleqa Hammond
Eva Aariak
Frances Ulmer
Jette Arneborg
Joe MacInnis
Joe McConnell
Minik Rosing
Patricia Sutherland
Peter Hillary
Robert A. Bindschadler
Tim Severin


By Departure Date
May 16, 2017
May 29, 2017
June 5, 2017
June 12, 2017
June 19, 2017
June 26, 2017
July 11, 2017
July 23, 2017
August 3, 2017
August 22, 2017
August 26, 2017

Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

  • 17 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • May
  • $16,570 to $30,300
  • Tim Severin

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Tim Severin is one of the last traditional-style explorers—he has been testing theories of early migration for over 20 years. From Jason and the Argonauts to the descendants of Genghis Khan, Tim Severin has literally traveled the routes of myth and helped established historic fact. His most recent quest has been to identify the “real” Robinson Crusoe.

Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard

  • 11 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jun
  • $10,220 to $18,890
  • Frances Ulmer

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, over 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Joe McConnell

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Joe McConnell is an environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. Raised in Santa Fe, his interest in earth and natural science was influenced heavily by the spectacular setting of northern New Mexico. With degrees in geophysics from Yale and Stanford, he spent nearly 10 years working in oil exploration before returning to graduate school to study hydrology and climate change at the University of Arizona and pursue a career in environmental science.

  • Peter Hillary

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. He is the first second-generation to climb Mt Everest, he has climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) and he has been on over 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world.

Exploring Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic

  • 15 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jul/Aug
  • $13,990 to $27,000
  • Robert A. Bindschadler

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Dr. Bindschadler’s career spanned more than 30 years at NASA where he retired in 2010 as the Chief Scientist of NASA’s Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and a Senior Fellow of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland’s East Coast

  • 17 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Jun/Jul
  • $14,950 to $27,280
  • Joe MacInnis

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Dr. Joe MacInnis is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole.  Supported by the Canadian government, he led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean to develop the systems and techniques to make scientific surveys beneath the polar ice cap.  His teams built the first undersea polar station and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.

Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands

  • 24 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Aug/Sep
  • $25,990 to $49,640
  • Eva Aariak

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Eva Qamaniq Aariak is a Canadian politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral district of Iqaluit East in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She was subsequently chosen as the second Premier of Nunavut, under the territory’s consensus government system, on November 14, 2008. She was the fifth woman to serve as a premier in Canada. Prior to her election, she was the first Languages Commissioner for Nunavut. In her capacity as Languages Commissioner, she was asked to choose an Inuktitut language word for the Internet; she settled on ikiaqqivik, which literally means “traveling through layers” and refers to the traditional Inuit concept of a shaman travelling through time and space to find answers to spiritual and material questions.

  • Patricia Sutherland

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Patricia Sutherland received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Alberta. Since 1975 she has been involved in archaeological research in the Canadian Arctic and has contributed to a number of projects in Greenland. Her studies have included the Inuit and pre-Inuit occupations of the Arctic Islands and the Mackenzie Delta; the art and culture of the Dorset people; and the lost Franklin Expedition. From 2007-2011 she led the multi-disciplinary International Polar Year project inuit History: Climatic Change and Cultural Connections in Arctic Canada. Her most recent works has focused on the question of Norse/Aboriginal contact in the Eastern Arctic in the centuries around 1000 A.D. This research was featured in the November 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine and was the subject of a documentary on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s premier science program The Nature of Things. She has published and lectured widely on her research, and is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. In 2005 the Explorers Club of New York honored her with the Lowell Thomas Award for accomplishments in field research and scientific exploration. She has received the Canadian Museums Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, and the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions in museum work including exhibitions. Until recently she held the positon of Curator of Artic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University in Canada and a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords

  • 16 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Aug
  • $15,390 to $28,480
  • Jette Arneborg

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    A native of Denmark, archaeologist Jette Arneborg is currently a museum curator and Senior Researcher at the National Museum in Denmark Copenhagen. In 1991 she finished her PhD in Archaeology, Prehistory at the University of Copenhagen; in1984 a MA in Medieval Archaeology, University of Aarhus; and in 1973 BA, History, University of Copenhagen. Jette’s research field is the Vikings/Medieval North Atlantic with the Norse Viking settlement of Greenland as a specialty. She has contributed to archaeological fieldwork in Denmark, Sweden and Greenland, including the Viking site at Hvalsey. She has taught and lectured at the universities in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Nuuk, Stockholm, Lund, Kiel, Edinburgh, Maryland, Wisconsin-Madison. Jette has participated in and arranged national and international conferences and workshops, including exhibitions: Vikings of the North Atlantic Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History 2000, and a permanent exhibition on the Norse Greenlanders at the Danish National Museum 2010. Jette has directed large scale fieldwork in Greenland in connection to Danish IPY (International Polar Year) research 2007-2011.

  • Minik Rosing

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Minik Rosing is a professor of geology at the University of Copenhagen and the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He has led more than 20 geologic field expeditions across Greenland. His interests include the emergence and evolution of life on Earth and the effect of biologic processes on the geochemical evolution of Earth.

Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland

  • 9 Days
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 148 Guests
  • Aug
  • $6,990 to $13,950
  • Aleqa Hammond

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    Former prime minister of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond is the first female to hold the position. She has extensive tourism experience and was the commissioner of the Inuit Circumpolar council. 

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