Discover the Wildlife Wonders of the World's Last Best Wilderness
Antarctica. The name alone is epic. No place is more synonymous with adventure, extremes, and pristine wilderness. Though rumored to exist even among the ancient Greeks, Antarctica had no documented sightings by humans until 1820. The most intrepid expeditions in history penetrated its inner reaches just a century ago. Today, its white wonders are within reach of anyone with an explorer’s spirit. Our small ships cruise among colossal icebergs and giant whales, while tens of thousands of penguins congregate ashore. Antarctica arguably supersedes any place on earth in provoking a traveler’s awe, and no less now than for Shackleton or Amundsen.
Meet a profusion of marine wildlife as you discover the ultimate wilderness experience on the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring on land and at sea
Get close to penguins, seals, whales, seabirds and more on motorized Zodiac excursions and walks ashore, accompanied by naturalist guides
Learn about historic polar exploration and contemporary international research in Antarctica during onboard lectures from your ship's staff of experts
Sail with the World Leader in Conservation-Focused Small Ship Cruising
We’re proud to offer a worldwide slate of Adventure Cruises through our partner Lindblad Expeditions. Nat Hab joined forces with Lindblad in 2016 to expand our mutual collection of nature adventures. Founded in 1958 by Lars-Eric Lindblad, the company pioneered eco-conscious expeditions for “citizen explorers" and today is the world leader in conservation-focused small-ship cruises. Our Adventure Specialists are intimately familiar with the ships and itineraries and are on call to answer any questions you might have.
Small Ships Assure Closer Nature Encounters
Meaningful nature adventures are what we are all about, and that can’t happen in a crowd. Lindblad's two sister expedition ships in Antarctica offer an exhilarating, up-close experience of the southern ice and the abundant wildlife of the White Continent. Their small size make them nimble enough to access protected coves and channels that big ships can’t reach, while full stabilization and state-of-the-art technology make them exceptionally safe. The ship you sail aboard will depend upon the itinerary and departure you choose: National Geographic Explorer carries 148 guests and National Geographic Orion carries 102 guests. Both ensure the intimacy of personal access to naturalists, guides and crew.
Benefit from More than a Half-Century of Expertise
This is a genuine expedition-style experience aboard an authentic expedition ship with a seasoned polar adventure team. As pioneers in opening Antarctica to civilian travelers, Lindblad draws upon more than 50 years of experience navigating polar seas assuring safe passage and an immersive adventure in one of the planet’s wildest landscapes. You’ll benefit from traveling with a company whose stellar reputation has been carefully earned over decades.
Tap Multiple Tools for Immersive Expedition Travel
Tandem kayaks deploy quickly and allow for close-up exploration among the sculptural majesty of Antarctica’s icebergs. A fleet of 13 Zodiacs and 32 double kayaks lets us cruise near penguins, leopard seals and marine mammals along Antarctica’s bays and coastlines. A mobile platform enables fast, safe deployment of kayaks within minutes of finding an anchorage, with plenty of kayaks for personal encounters with the ice and its creatures at your own pace. Led by veteran Expedition Leaders, hikes and activities on shore are accessible at a variety of physical exertion levels. A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and undersea interpretive specialist give passengers a rare opportunity to view Antarctica’s seldom-seen underwater world. An onboard National Geographic photographer helps ensure you get the best shots.
See the Undersea
Unique to Lindblad, each voyage hosts an undersea specialist who suits up for polar waters, dives to capture vivid HD video footage and shares it on plasma screens in the ship’s lounge. Going even deeper, the ship’s hydrophone lets passengers listen in on whales while a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of exploring depths up to 1,000 feet films the places where no diver can go. The ROV and polar dives provide a rare journey into the virtually unknown Antarctic undersea, while you enjoy the underwater expedition from a warm and dry spot on board. For the bird’s eye view, a remote-controlled crow’s nest camera broadcasts real-time footage on individual cabin video screens.
Sail with Top Experts Who Specialize in Antarctica
Explore Antarctica with a passionate team of experts whose knowledge will enhance your adventure and your comprehension of the polar landscape. Travel with an Expedition Leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, an undersea specialist, knowledgeable guest speakers, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist. Your first-rate team of naturalist guides specializes in Antarctica, from wildlife biologists to ornithologists, marine scientists and polar historians.
We’re Committed to the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventure is a standard-setter in eco-conscious travel. We were the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company. And we continue to break innovative ground in adopting practices that help to protect our global environment. Because of our concern for the environment, we are pleased to partner with Lindblad Expeditions for our Adventure Cruises, a company that shares our values and commitment to the planet.
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our environmental commitment and the outstanding quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund has chosen Natural Habitat Adventures as its worldwide travel partner, a designation we’re very proud of! When you book your Lindblad Expeditions cruise with us, a portion of your trip fee supports WWF.