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Welcome to the Arctic and Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic

Lindblad had a leap of popularity in Australia in recent years when the company purchased our most acclaimed expedition ships of the time-The M.V Orion. At the time, the Orion had sailed Antarctic expeditions for years and was transitioned to the new company well with a solid loyal allegiance following her.

With 14 Zodiacs servicing just 102 guests, coupled with an alliance with National Geographic, N.G Orion guests travelling to Antarctica OR the Arctic do so in such esteemed company - guaranteeing interpretative guidance and insight from some of the globes most acclaimed authorities.

For enthusiasts that want an exploratory expedition like no other, Lindblad NG are a likely match as the team for you!

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A 50+ year heritage of polar travel

On September 20, 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad, considered by many to be the “father of ecotourism,” opened the doors to his new company, Lindblad travel. in New York City. As his company grew, he looked for new places on the map. In 1966 he brought the first group of “citizen explorers” to Antarctica. He initially operated his pioneering voyages with chartered vessels. However, within two years he decided to build his own ship—to run expeditions the way he wanted, and to exercise the level of control and reliability he considered vital.

Over the subsequent 50+ years since, under the direction of his son, Sven Lindblad, our collective polar intelligence has grown exponentially through consecutive voyages. As a result, we know Antarctica to a greater degree than any other company voyaging there.

The perfect platform for Antarctica

The 148-guest National Geographic Explorer and 102-guest National Geographic Orion are purpose-built expedition ships designed to safely explore Antarctica—the most remote, wild place on the planet. They are fully stabilized, ice-class vessels with ice-strengthened hulls strong enough to push through the Antarctic ice. Their construction and the caliber of their Icemaster Captains and veteran expedition teams are your assurances of safety. Plus, they are equipped with a roster of cool tools for exploration—enabling you to see, do, and experience more in Antarctica.

The Arctic

The Arctic is imbued with a romance—from the history of polar exploration, dauntless early Vikings, to the 18th- to 21st-century Northwest Passage and North Pole explorers. And, a reputation for extraordinary beauty and majesty, with its central symbol, the polar bear. We've explored it for over 30 years, which enables us to offer expeditions exploring several diverse sectors of the vast Arctic geography— and assure your safety and comfort.

Arctic Wildlife

Each Arctic itinerary offers unique wildlife spotting opportunities

To see a polar bear in the wild, the Arctic's apex predator, is without a question a life-list must for many. The Land of the Ice Bear: An In-depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard is an expedition into the sea ice where polar bears are most plentiful, as is their prey: walrus. Also, search for Arctic foxes, reindeer, bearded and ringed seals, and look for whales under the midnight sun. Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard offers these same wildlife opportunities, as well as an exploration of Norway's fabled coastline and picturesque northern villages.

If you choose to embark on A Circumnavigation of Iceland, you'll sail through massive shoals of herring that are a boon to aggregations of seabirds. See waders, wildfowl, and many more, plus our eagle-eyed naturalists will keep an eye out for cetaceans. And on Iceland by Land & Sea you'll discover remote, wild reserves along the country's wild west coast with spectacular landscapes and massive populations of riotous seabirds.

During Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast we see magnificent, iconic wildlife in three quintessential Arctic locations. See polar bears hunting along the sea ice in Svalbard, ringed seals, Arctic foxes, plus many of the 60 species of birds that breed in Greenland. Whales—bowhead and beluga—frequent these waters, and there's a chance we'll see these elusive species, plus blue, and sperm whales. As we venture to even more extreme latitudes on Epic 80°N itinerary we'll add muskox and perhaps even the rarely-seen narwhal to our wildlife list. And as we sail through intriguing Nordic history on Iceland & Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords, you'll feel the stir of your inner Viking, as we search for seals, which have played such a key role in the life of the Inuit we'll meet along our voyage, and we may spot polar bears in King Oscar Fjord, arctic fox, white-tailed eagles, some of the 60 species of birds here, and humpback whales.

Explore the undersea wildlife—discover the unexpected, too

In the Arctic National Geographic Explorer and Orion sail with an ROV and an undersea specialist, too. From the comfort of the lounge, you'll watch video shot during your day's adventures—a privileged glimpse into the planet's benthic regions few, if any, have seen. We've discovered previously unknown cold-water corals in the fjords of Norway, and strange camouflaged fish lurking on the seafloor.

The lovely arctic tern and other birds

If our polar ships shared an animal spirit guide, it would be the arctic tern, which ranges like Explorer and Orion, from the northern Arctic summer to the southern Antarctic summer. In addition to the terns, the species list kept by our naturalists records the following species sighted on last season's Svalbard voyages alone: barnacle goose, common eider, northern fulmar, purple sandpiper, great phalarope (red), arctic skua, great skua, glaucous gull, black-legged kittiwake, ivory gull, Brunnich's guillemot, little auk, and snow bunting. We look forward to adding extensively to this list in Greenland, Iceland, and the Canadian Arctic.

The expedition team

The team composition

Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a team of eight naturalists, many of them polar veterans, of a variety of specialties: zoology, biology, ornithology, geology, polar history, and more. Other members of the 15-person team include an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist. Together, they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

More specialties and personalities

Our better than one-to-fifteen staff-to-guest ratio ensures you the benefits of diverse backgrounds, and the freedom to head out on activities with the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. You are never assigned to a specific group, and our team can custom-tailor activities to match your activity level—to make each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.


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