Experience the Rugged, Icebound Beauty of the Scandinavian Far North
From massive glaciers and drifting icebergs to boiling mud pots and spouting geysers, the European Arctic is an awe-inducing natural realm. It’s also home to a wondrous array of wildlife—polar bears, caribou, whales, seals, huge colonies of nesting seabirds and more. The short, intense summer sees the greening tundra abloom in wildflowers and waterfalls thundering from sheer peaks. Inuit and Viking heritage have also shaped this daunting land, with human habitation going back centuries. Depending on the itinerary you choose, your European Arctic cruise may include Norway’s fjord-rent coast; ice-clad Svalbard, home to numerous polar bears; the geothermal wonders of Iceland, and remote Greenland, one of the world’s last truly wild places.
- Cruise narrow fjords, crane your neck to view waterfalls pouring from on high, and watch icebergs calve from the face of towering glaciers
- Keep watch for polar bears—there are 2,500 of them on Spitsbergen—and look for walrus, bearded seal, Arctic fox, reindeer and extraordinary seabird colonies
- See remnants of ancient Norse and Inuit heritage, and learn about tradition and change that define contemporary life in far-flung Arctic settlements
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. Here are some reasons to choose the Lindblad voyages we offer for your Adventure Cruise in the European Arctic:
- Superior Experience & Expertise
Lindblad draws on more than 50 years of experience in polar waters, and its expert mariners have produced their own soundings and maps of areas that otherwise are not well charted. This allows the ice masters on the bridge to get you to lesser-known places in the Arctic that most travelers don't see. You'll sail on a state-of-the-art expedition ship with a veteran Expedition Leader, assistant Expedition Leader and a team of naturalists with diverse specialties. A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you capture outstanding photos of scenery and wildlife. In addition, Explorer travelers are accompanied by a National Geographic photographer and a Global Perspectives guest speaker for added advice and insights.
- A Host of Amenities & Activities Makes Every Day Exciting
Choose from a suite of daily adventures that immerse you in the raw beauty and wildlife of the Arctic wilderness, including Zodiac excursions, kayaking and hiking. Each outing is led by an expert naturalist. A fleet of Zodiacs offers up-close exploration, and while each craft can carry up to 15 passengers, we usually limit our capacity to 12 or fewer, so everyone has plenty of room and space to angle for that perfect photo. On the Orion, a glass-bottom Zodiac provides undersea observation while guests stay dry. Both ships are equipped with kayaks chosen for stability in polar waters—and since they’re virtually untippable, no prior kayaking experience is necessary. A custom-designed floating platform allows kayaks to be deployed from most any location.
- A Flexibile Itinerary Enhances Your Adventure
The expeditionary nature of these journeys allows for daily flexibility and spontaneity that are the cornerstone for genuine adventure. Our itineraries are focused on delivering an Arctic experience in exceptional depth, with plenty of leeway built in to permit that. The Expedition team has the freedom to follow wildlife, linger longer in places of lively animal activity, or change directions in search of better weather and wildlife-viewing conditions. Whether it’s polar bear and walrus sightings from Zodiacs, a foray in search of Arctic fox and caribou, or watching for whales under the midnight sun, every day will expand your knowledge and appreciation for Arctic wildlife, natural history and native cultures.
- Observe the Arctic World Beneath the Waves
An undersea specialist travels aboard every voyage. Outfitted for polar waters carrying nearly 200 pounds of gear, this special member of the expedition team shoots high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of a deep frigid sea teeming with life, sharing with you an entirely new way to appreciate the marine environment. Plus, the ship’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives up to 1,000 feet to view areas below the surface that are as unexplored as the moon. By sharing videos of potentially new species with scientists, such as a large worm our specialist captured imagery of in the Weddell Sea, Lindblad voyages actively contribute to scientific research.
- Custom Tools Maximize Your Perspective
A video microscope helps naturalists show and explain a multitude of elements in the Arctic environment, including tiny organisms in the marine ecosystem’s building blocks—like a krill’s body, at 80x magnification. High atop the ship’s mast, a crow’s nest camera provides a continual view on our surroundings that you can watch on your cabin TV. And underwater microphones are deployed to listen in on the Arctic’s marine mammals, offering real-time sounds of nearby whales and other life below the sea.
- Excellent Polar Bear Viewing Prospects
On cruises that include Svalbard, guests enjoy the chance to observe polar bears in their wild natural environment. The expedition team are seasoned pros in helping you spot them, along with other abundant Arctic wildlife such as ringed seals, Arctic fox, walrus, beluga and bowhead whales.
- 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.
Greenland & the Canadian Arctic
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9–24 Days / Jun – Sep / From $6990
Greenland & the Canadian Arctic
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14 Days / Nov – Feb, From $13360
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent