We are excited to announce an exclusive offer: select Lindblad Arctic cruises, normally priced in US$ are now offered at CA$ at par!
Select sailings may take you to one or more of the following destinations: Svalbard, Greenland, Canadian High Arctic, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands, Norway's Fjords, Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
Land Of The Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration Of Arctic Svalbard
29MAY, 05JUN, 12JUN and 19JUN 2017 departures
Go deep into the experience of arctic wildlife in its natural habitat––discovering and observing polar bears, and the other unique creatures of the Arctic ice. And, this itinerary is focused on delivering that experience in exceptional depth:
- Polar bear and walrus sightings ensured by our skilled veteran spotters
- Arctic wildlife & natural history
- True expedition adventure––daily flexibility and spontaneity
- Active exploration––using kayaks, Zodiacs, hiking & walking
- Superlative photos ops & on-board photo assistance
- Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team to illuminate it all
Circumnavigation of Iceland
11JUL 2017 departure
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations––glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty––is world-class. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one 360º expedition is irresistible.
- Experience all of Iceland’s geological manifestations: glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock- and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty
- Meet Iceland’s people, learn about their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character
- Actively explore Iceland’s wild western coast; Siglutjörout in the north; the rarely-visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands, one of the planet’s youngest archipelagos
- Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
- Travel with an expert team on a holistic, narrative voyage
Exploring Greenland & the Canadian High Arctic
23JUL 2017 departure
Venture deep into the far northern reaches of the Arctic, on a quest for arctic wildlife and the magisterial scenery of the ice––occurring at an epic scale in Greenland. And share the experience of explorers from ancient to modern, goaded by the desire to discover the Northwest Passage. Another facet of our multifaceted focus on the vital Arctic region, this itinerary provides unique opportunities to:
- Navigate the eastern entrance of Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage
- Explore Greenland’s fjords, and the Ilulissat Glacier, a UNESCO site and a tongue of the Greenland ice cap
- Spend a week in the Canadian High Arctic observing polar bears and other denizens of the ice
- Visit an historic Inuit fishing village and former whaling ports
Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands
03AUG 2017 departure
Canada’s Ellesmere Island stretches farther north than any other land in the world, save for Greenland—explore both on this epic Arctic expedition. This is a region of ancient ice, where tidewater glaciers of exceptional beauty dominate the landscape. Few humans have ever been here. It is home to hunting polar bears, muskox, and extremely rare wildlife, including narwhal. Rely on our expedition team’s experience in Baffin Island and Lancaster Sound at the entrance to the Northwest Passage to ensure peak exploration and wildlife encounters; and then strike as far north at the ice allows, tracing the rarely visited coast of northwest Greenland and Ellesmere Islands into parts largely unknown, where the only assurance is great wonder, beauty, and genuine exploration. The High Arctic in its full glory is a lifetime experience. This expedition will enable you to:
- Experience unbridled 21st-century exploration, as we venture to new frontiers deep into the far reaches of the ice to Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike the tundra.
- Trace the rugged fjords of rarely explored northwest Greenland to the massive ice cap, spotting arctic wildlife and marveling at hardy Inuit communities. Glide between soaring icebergs at the mouth of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Follow in the wake of legendary explorers and hear their dramatic stories as we explore Lancaster Sound, the gateway to the Northwest Passage, and then venture even farther north.
- Observe polar bears, arctic foxes and caribou, ringed seals, humpback, minke, and beluga whales, and perhaps elusive narwhals.
- Discover the incredible landscapes and wildlife of legendary Baffin Island on hikes and excursions by Zodiac.
- Encounter the legacy of the ancient Inuit, Thule, Dorset. Archaeological sites abound in the areas we visit, some unexcavated but marvelously preserved by the temperatures of the Far North.
- Explore the geologic phenomena of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
Hot Springs and Icebergs: Iceland to West Greenland
Two August 2017 departures
Go by land, sea, and air to experience a tour of Iceland and Greenland on a wide-ranging adventure in a compact timeframe. Over just nine days you’ll soak in the heat of Iceland’s thermal baths, feel the spray of its thunderous falls, and explore the cool urban capital of Reykjavík. See Greenland’s epic ice cap that covers 80% of the country by air, then sail along its ice edge with glaciers that can stretch over 100 miles and calve some of the largest icebergs on Earth. You'll have two opportunities to witness the Northern Lights activity in both countries. Successfully capture their strange and beautiful dance on camera with help from a National Geographic photographer as you learn all about the dazzling phenomena from your experienced naturalists. Travel to Greenland’s long fjords choked with massive bergs and call at small communities to meet the hardy inhabitants. This expedition will enable you to:
- Feel the extreme contrasts of fire and ice from the warmth of Reykjavík’s outdoor thermal baths to kayaking amid shimmering glacial ice
- Take in opportunities to view the Northern Lights in both Iceland and Greenland
- See the towering ice edge of Greenland up close and and sail among massive icebergs
- Actively explore: hike, kayak, swim, horseback ride, and Zodiac cruise
- Enjoy an exclusive, private dinner on Viðey Island accompanied by acclaimed local musicians
- Meet Greenlanders and learn about their traditions and way of life
Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard
16MAY & 29MAY 2017 departures
Follow Norway’s fjord-carved coast, from the charming town of Bergen, past the North Cape to the ice and wildness of the Svalbard archipelago, for a perfect balance between the charmingly scenic and the spectacularly wild. Explore Tromso and Bear Island on the way to Svalbard in the high arctic, where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.
“The land divides us, the sea unites” Norwegians have said for centuries. The sea here carves a 1,100-mile-long coastline (longer than the U.S. west coast) and on this expedition we’ll explore almost the full-length of its varied contours––from the jaw-droppingly lovely Norwegian fjordlands to the heart-pounding icescapes of Svalbard. Venturing far off the beaten track plied by big cruise ships, our nimble ships enable us to:
- Explore the rare northern fjords, threading the ice-carved narrows and standing on the bow as the captain noses up to glacier termini
- Actively explore: hike, walk, and kayak through stunning scenery
- Follow the bucket-list-worthy glacially-carved coast
- Make for the wilder wilds of Svalbard to see ice, bears, and Arctic wildlife
- Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland
22JUN & 13AUG 2017 departures
Sail beneath the midnight sun, over seas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Vikings by blood. See the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their tiny towns of turf-roofed homes. On Scotland’s outlying isles you’ll discover a 5,000-year-old village and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar.
And in the west, on a near circumnavigation of Iceland, see this geologically roiling land just as the Vikings must have, from thundering waterfalls and boiling springs, to islands so young the earth still steams. This expedition enables you to:
- See Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull icecap, third largest in the world, a seldom-seen sight to behold that is the focus of so much media attention
- Sail under the towering bird cliffs of Noss that teem with murres and kittiwakes, and visit a colony of thousands of charismatic puffins in the Faroes
- Discover a land of living geology: from boiling mud pools to spectacular waterfalls to the world’s youngest island
- Meet welcoming locals—modern day Vikings—who make their lives in these spectacularly remote and beautiful lands
- See the dramatic cliffs and sea stacks and stunning Viking relics