Follow in the Wake of Viking Seafarers & Legendary Explorers on an Epic Voyage of Adventure
Trace the routes of storied mariners on a voyage from Norway to the far-flung archipelagos of northern Europe. Aboard the brand-new National Geographic Endurance, a state-of-the-art polar expedition vessel, cruise Norway's fabled fjords, weave among the pointed spires of the Lofotens, explore Bronze Age sites in the Shetland Islands, and delve into the legacy of the Vikings in the windswept Faroes. Along the way, meet the hardy local people who cling to enduring traditions and lifestyles in these isolated outposts. This epic northern voyage of discovery concludes in Iceland, where we trace the most remote shorelines of this land of fire and ice, witnessing geological wonders from volcanoes to glaciers and thundering waterfalls, and observing a rich array of marine life including whales, seals and puffins.
- Explore the Lofoten IslandsExplore Norway’s fjords by kayak and Zodiac, and discover the enchanting landscape of the Lofoten Islands, whose sheer summits rise straight up out of the sea
- Discover Viking CultureDiscover the unique cultures of the Shetland and Faroe islands, where Viking influence retains a vivid presence and Bronze Age ruins capture the imagination
- Meet Ample Marine WildlifeMeet Iceland's abundant wildlife in the remote Westfjords and Westman Islands—watch whales and dolphins play, and witness thousands of seabirds nest on the Latrabjarg cliffs
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.
- Small Ships Mean Closer Nature Encounters
Lindblad's expedition ships offer an exhilarating, up-close experience of Norway's fjords and Scotland's outer isles in a personalized setting. The relatively small size of our National Geographic ships makes them nimble enough to access narrow fjords and protected bays that bigger ships can’t reach, while full stabilization and state-of-the-art technology provide exceptionally safe passage. Guests can also count on personal access to naturalists, guides and crew.
- Benefit from More than a Half-Century of Expertise
This adventure cruise offers a genuine expedition-style experience with a crew and staff who are highly seasoned in Arctic waters. As pioneers in commercial polar cruising, Lindblad draws upon more than 50 years of experience navigating northern seas, assuring safe passage and an immersive adventure in one of the planet’s wildest landscapes. You'll sail on a new state-of-the-art expedition ship with a veteran Expedition Leader, assistant Expedition Leader and a team of naturalists with diverse specialties. Lindblad's expert mariners have produced their own soundings and maps of areas that otherwise are not well charted, allowing its bridge officers to take you to lesser-known places that most travelers don't see. A National Geographic-certified photo instructor will help you capture outstanding photos of scenery and wildlife.
- A Broad Range of Amenities & Activities Makes Every Day Exciting
Choose from a host of adventures that immerse you in the raw beauty and wildlife of coastal Norway, Shetland and Orkney, led by expert naturalists. Sturdy motorized Zodiacs grant access to cliffside bird rookeries and shore landings, while a large fleet of tandem kayaks offers close-up exploration of rugged coastlines and marine life. Kayaks are chosen for their stability in frigid waters, and since they’re virtually untippable, no prior kayaking experience is necessary. A custom-designed floating platform allows kayaks to be launched from most any location.
- A Flexible Itinerary Enhances Your Adventure
The expeditionary nature of this journey allows for flexibility and spontaneity that are the cornerstone for genuine adventure. Our itinerary is focused on delivering a genuine immersion in nature and exhilarating wildlife encounters, 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.
- Observe the World Beneath the Sea
An undersea diving specialist travels aboard every voyage. Outfitted for northern waters and carrying nearly 200 pounds of gear, this special member of the expedition team shoots high-definition footage of a deep, frigid sea teeming with life, which is then shared on plasma screens in the ship's lounge—it's a whole 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 may be as unexplored as the moon.
- 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 your 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.
- Sail with Experts Who Specialize in Scandinavia and the North
Explore Norway's fjords and Scottish archipelagos with a passionate team of experts whose knowledge will enhance your adventure and your understanding of these environments and cultures. Travel with an Expedition Leader, a team of veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, an undersea specialist, knowledgeable guest speakers, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist. Your naturalist guides specialize in these regions, from wildlife biologists to ornithologists, marine scientists and 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 cost supports WWF.