What It's Like/What You'll Do

How you’ll you spend your time and reward your curiosity


Our Arctic-going fleet is comprised of the world’s ultimate expedition ships—National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, and the brand-new National Geographic Endurance. Each one is designed to embody the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic alliance and its mission to inspire people to travel and care about the planet. Representing 175-plus years of collective expedition experience, our ships are your home for the duration of your voyage—and, as fully stabilized, ice-class vessels that allow us to navigate polar waters with ease, they’re your bulwark in the wild Arctic north. The construction of our ships and the caliber of their ice master captains and veteran expedition teams are your assurances of safety. Plus, all three ships are equipped with a roster of tools for exploration—enabling you to see, do, and experience more on your cruise to the Arctic region.

 

Actively explore every day
Zodiac cruise, kayak, hike, and walk daily: There’s nothing passive about our expedition style. Our captains’ dexterity and the logistical savvy of our expedition leaders allow us to get you out daily, often twice a day, on forays. When the ship is in the land of the ice bears, join our ace spotters on deck to look for polar bears, then enjoy the thrill as the ship stills, allowing the curious bears to approach us for unprecedented close observations and photo ops. Head off in a Zodiac to view icebergs, land on a beach for a tundra walk through blooming wildflowers, or visit an Inuit village to meet welcoming locals. Kayak in the silence along the blue-veined faces of gargantuan glaciers or in the slender fingers of deep fjords. Linger with your Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor to shoot walrus portraits or scenic panoramas, or go on assignment to capture the Viking traces in present-day towns.

 

Window on the wildness
And when you’re back on board, catching the day’s Recap, reading, writing, organizing photos on your laptop, hanging out or socializing over drinks and dinner are highly gratifying activities, too.  Acres of panoramic windows and balconies bring the ever-present, jaw-dropping scenery inside.

 

See the rare Arctic undersea
We are the only expedition company in the Arctic traveling with onboard undersea specialists, qualified to dive in polar waters, as part of the expedition team. The undersea specialist suits up and dives, or mans an ROV ( remotely operated vehicle ) able to descend to 1,000 feet—and brings back footage of the life beneath the surface for you to enjoy on plasma screens in the lounge. We guarantee you’ll be astonished by the fascinating life forms of the polar deep.

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Share the adventure
Whether they’re fellow guests, members of the expedition team, a National Geographic photographer or a Global Perspectives Guest Speaker, you’re sure to find the company of the like-minded others on board interesting. You may even be traveling with a scientist or two conducting research. Our alliance with National Geographic creates unparalleled opportunities that help you benefit from those in the know: The onboard talks, slideshows, and presentations will take you ever deeper into the richness and wonder of the Arctic.

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Enjoy the daily ritual
Each evening at cocktail hour, the expedition community gathers in the lounge for a ritual called Recap. As you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, naturalists give talks, the undersea specialist may show video, and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule. Guests often tell us that daily Recaps are among their fondest memories from the Arctic.

 
Savor time aboard ship 
Arctic wildlife, polar history, and talks by the expedition team will be offered at various times throughout the voyage. When the ship is underway , it’s a wonderful time to stand on the bow with a naturalist, National Geographic photographer, or photo instructor. And visit the bridge, where you’re always welcome to watch the calm, serious business of ice navigation unfold.

Overheard

The cultural activities were wonderful and it seemed like we were warmly welcomed each time we stopped.
Bonnie R.

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