A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Cotton Coulson is an award-winning photographer and Contributing Editor to National Geographic Traveler magazine. Cotton began his photography career at National Geographic when he was 21 years old, and has photographed more than 20 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler. Cotton has spent much of his career working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. He has also traveled to North Africa and Antarctica with the Geographic.
Gil Grosvenor has served National Geographic since 1954, first as a writer and photographer, then as the editor of National Geographic magazine, president of the Society, and, until 2010, as chairman of the board. Gil was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. He was the fifth generation of his family to serve as National Geographic president and his great-grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell, was the Society's second president.
Gil helped design this itinerary based on his experience sailing the same waters with his father, Melville Bell Grosvenor, on assignment for National Geographic magazine for an article in the September 1967 issue.
An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Wade Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Davis is the author of 15 books including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), The Sacred Headwaters (2011), and Into the Silence (2011). His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club. In 2012 he received the Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. Wade serves as the Honorary Chair of the Gros Morne citizens group which advises the Gros Morne National Park, a Canadian World Heritage site.
Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have collectively photographed more than 50 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. Sisse and Cotton have been awarded prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts. Based in Denmark, Sisse and Cotton will share their love of photography and the North Atlantic.