Wednesday 9 December 2015

Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic 2016 Arctic Itineraries


Australia's most loved expedition ship to travel to the Arctic

November 2015: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, the leader in expedition travel, has released their 2016 Arctic brochure, offering breathtaking experiences in some of the most spectacular regions on earth.

The National Geographic Explorer and for the first time National Geographic Orion
 will explore the picturesque Arctic and the sub-Arctic regions, offering eight unique itineraries.

Whether it's taking in the overwhelming power of the ice in all its forms, the charismatic creatures that inhabit the Arctic Circle, or the inspiring presence of the human communities that thrive and sustain within the rugged wilderness, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic's Arctic experiences will leave travellers thrilled, amazed and ready for more.

The following are Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic's Arctic voyages for 2016. Rates are per person, in Australian dollars, based on double occupancy in a category one cabin:

Land of the Ice Bears: an in-depth exploration of Arctic Svalbard

Svalbard is a high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole and is a place of deep fjords, massive sheets of ice and magnificent polar bears. This trip is a 10-day exploration aboard the National Geographic Explorer, which journeys through nature at its purest. Immerse yourself as you search for the very symbol of the Arctic—polar bears, observing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
Experience the legendary midnight sun,
where it  never sets.
This unique adventure will be available from June 5, 12 and 19 with prices from $12,290 and will depart and disembark in Svalbard, Norway.

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard

This voyage allows guests to meander along Norway's fjord-carved coast, travelling from the Hanseatic town of Bergen to the ice and wildlife of the Svalbard Archipelago, less than 1000 kilometres from the North Pole. Visit tiny fishing hamlets and kayak narrow inlets between towering peaks. Thrill seekers can search for Svalbard's polar bears and the abundance of surrounding Arctic wildlife. The 16-day voyage will start in Norway on May 23, 2016 on the National Geographic Explorer and July 3 and 16* (*reverse itinerary), 2016 aboard the National Geographic Orion. Rates start from $19,910, departing Bergen and disembarking in Svalbard, Norway.

Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland's East Coast

Explore the iconic Arctic regions of the Svalbard Archipelago of Norway, and the countries of Iceland and Greenland. This 16-day experience will see you aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a ship perfectly suited to the ever-changing ice. Adventurers will rely on the planet's best ice team to be guided across ice edges to search for wildlife, including polar bears, walrus, reindeer and arctic foxes. Starting in Oslo on June 26, 2016 and disembarking in Reykjavík, Iceland, rates for this voyage are $18,140. Lindblad is offering an early bird special – book by January 1 to receive a complimentary one-way charter airfare between Oslo and Svalbard.

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

Travelling to the extraordinary Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island, Lancaster and Greenland, this itinerary sees guests venture deep into the far reaches of the ice. Learn the legacy of the ancient Thule and Dorset at remote archaeological sites. Trace the rarely explored coast of northwest Greenland, going rarely or never-been-seen places, where guests can take in glaciers of extreme beauty and polar bears in their natural habitats. This 23-day voyage commences August 14, 2016 with rates from $31,490 aboard the National Geographic Explorer and departs and disembarks from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Iceland and Greenland: Viking Legends and Wild Fjords

On this new 15-day voyage aboard the National Geographic Explorer, follow the route of Viking explorer Erik the Red from Iceland's western coast across the Denmark Strait to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of eastern Greenland. Seek out the big ice and venture into fjords to search for polar bears and other wildlife. At Greenland's southern tip encounter the relics of Viking settlements. Departing Reykjavík, Iceland on August 2, 2016, rates start from $18,690 and will disembark at Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.  For any bookings made by January 1, Lindblad is offering a complimentary one-way charter airfare between Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Experience a land of geological extremes on this 10-day circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes, one of Europe's largest ice caps and the world's youngest island. Walk on lava fields and ice sheets, and feel the power of hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jökulsárlón, and soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, this adventure departs on July 11 and 20, 2016 (departing and disembarking from Reykjavík, Iceland) with prices starting from $12,270.

Iceland by Land and Sea from Reykjavík to the Wild West

This six-day exploration aboard the National Geographic Explorer is both compact and uniquely immersive, covering both land and sea adventure. Actively explore Reykjavík and the Golden Circle, including the natural beauty of the 'land of fire and ice'. Go deep into the wild, exploring the untamed western coast and savour an exclusive private dinner on Viðey Island prepared by one of Iceland's top chefs. Discover Iceland's top musicians through performances arranged by Lindblad's ethnomusicologist. Starting on July 28th, 2016, prices are from $6,240 and will begin and disembark in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The Canadian Maritimes

This eight-day expedition circumnavigates Newfoundland and visits the islands of Cape Breton, St.-Pierre (France) and Îles de la Madeleine. Sail through the Narrows of St. John's, Newfoundland, along rugged coastline, the isles of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Discover dunes and sandstone cliffs as you hike the nature trails of Gros Morne National Park, and Acadian culture on the Îles de la Madeleine. Aboard the National Geographic Explorer, starting on September 8 and 15, 2016 (departing and disembarking St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), prices start from $9,910.

To order the Explorations catalogue, obtain additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic or to book, visit, call 1300 361 012 (AU), 0800 444 462 (NZ) and +61 2 9033 8700 (international) or see your travel agent.

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