Voyage Across the North Sea from Norway’s Wild Coast to the Shetland and Orkney Islands
Aboard the new state-of-the-art polar expedition ship National Geographic Endurance, cross the North Sea in the wake of legendary explorers and seafarers, sailing from Norway’s famous fjords to the green hills and ancient ruins of Scotland and its far-flung isles. En route, explore the rich traditions and evocative seascapes of the Shetland Islands, and wander among the Stone Age sites of the Orkney archipelago. Accompanied by our knowledgeable expedition team, encounter an interwoven tapestry of natural history and human cultures as we explore on foot, by kayak and by Zodiac. Our adventure cruise concludes with a tour of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital since the 15th century.
- Discover Rugged LandscapesGain a close-up vantage on Hardangerfjord's sheer cliffs and waterfalls by Zodiac and kayak, hike or bike among lush fruit orchards, and explore little-visited Hidra off Norway's coast
- Watch Seabirds GatherIn the Shetland Islands, visit enormous seabird colonies on the cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve home to thousands of puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes
- Experience Northern HistoryTrace centuries of Viking history in the Orkney Islands and investigate Stone Age sites including the Ring of Brodgar and 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae
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 Adventures 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.