Discover the Arctic with Lindblad Expeditions
invokes thoughts of Vikings, the Inuit and North Pole Explorers. With Lindblad Expeditions you have the opportunity to venture forth into the beauty and majesty of this region and seek out the Polar bears and other wildlife that call this region home whilst you traverse the several diverse sectors of the Arctic.
With over 30 years experience in the Arctic, Lindblad Expeditions offer experiences like no other. Join a Zodiac with a group or Kayak out for up close personal explorations, get advice on how to take the best pictures from National Geographic photographers onboard, explore down to 300m below the ocean with their Remotely Operated Vehicle and more. Due for January 2020, their new polar ship National Geographic Endurance will be capable of exploring more adventurous latitudes. Read below to discover more about where their Cruise Expeditions can take you in this exhilarating region.
A Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas. The northern lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the “midnight sun”—sunlight 24 hours a day.
We explore the Svalbard archipelago
to observe one of the most magisterial sights on Earth: a polar bear, in its element, ranging over the pack ice, hunting for seals. Our ace spotters will do whatever it takes—from manning the spotting scopes round the clock, to disturbing your sleep with a gentle ‘bear alert’—to make sure you don’t miss the thrill of seeing a lone male, or a mother with cubs, gaze up at you with curiosity and no fear at all.
Iceland and the Faroe Islands
A Nordic island nation, Iceland
is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull National Parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavík, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga Museums, tracing the nation’s Viking history.
The Viking heritage, overlaid by a cosmopolitan gloss in Iceland, is readily apparent in the Faroes, where the genetic stamp is strong: many of the locals look like they just arrived on a Viking longboat. And where most landscapes have the timeless, sea-facing sweep of a just-established Viking settlement.
Greenland and Canada
is a massive island and autonomous Danish territory between the north Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Much of its land surface is covered in ice. Its northerly position, largely above the Arctic Circle, results in natural phenomena such as summer’s midnight sun and winter’s northern lights.
Situated in the northern extremity of North America and covering about 885,000 sq. kilometres, the Arctic archipelago
comprises much of the territory of Northern Canada. It is bounded on the west by the Beaufort Sea; on the northwest by the Arctic Ocean; on the east by Greenland, Baffin Bay and Davis Strait; and on the south by Hudson Bay and the Canadian mainland.
This is true polar exploration—whether it’s attempting to penetrate the massive ice of east Greenland to reach Scoresbysund, marvelling at the big ice of West Greenland, or cruising among the towering icebergs of UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ilulissat Icefjord. We go high, deep and far into the Canadian Arctic lured by the chance to spot the mythic species: muskox, beluga whales, numerous polar bears and possible even the elusive narwhal. And to log the exhilarating sightings of polar bears, walrus, bearded and ringed seals, humpback whales and more, that our keen-eyed spotters reliably deliver each year.
The far or extreme north is the part of Russia
located mainly north of the Arctic Circle. Its total area is about 3,380,000 square kilometres, approximately one-third of Russia’s total area. Formally, the extreme north comprises territories such as Kamchatka and Chukotka, cities such as Provideniya, all the islands of the Arctic Ocean, and the Bering Sea. As a result of the climate and the environment, the indigenous peoples of the area, including the Chukchi and the Yupik, have developed certain genetic differences and cultures that allow them to survive the harsh conditions.
This is epic: our expedition into the Russian Arctic offers both firsts and foremosts—experiences like nowhere else on Earth. Join us as we head into parts previously unknown to all but a very few of our team.
The Bering Sea
is separated from the Gulf of Alaska by the Alaska Peninsula. It is bordered on the east and northeast by Alaska, on the south by the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, and on the far north by the Bering Strait, which connects the Bering Sea to the Chukchi Sea. Bristol Bay is the portion of the Bering Sea which separates the Alaska Peninsula from mainland Alaska.
Traverse the breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the Cold War-era military outpost of Provideniya, with its intriguing history, before exploring the Pribilof Islands, sometimes referred to as “the Galápagos of the North.”
Interested in joining Lindblad Expeditions in the Arctic? Find out more about their itineraries here
or feel free to speak to our Expedition expert on 1300 361 012 (AU) or 0800 444 462 (NZ).