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    Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology and conservation will provide extraordinary travel expe-riences and disseminate geographic knowledge around the globe.


    While it might seem somewhat dramatic to equate our expeditions with the epic storytelling of the Norse sagas, there is something of the heros journey about the two voyages featured here. And each is essentially narrativeeach a story about an aspect of the North with a beginning, middle, end, and a coherent point. So, given that theyre taking place in the high North, saga seems like a fitting description.

    And if you are the kind of individual who searches for meaning in your travels, I can assure youll find it on any of these expeditions.

    The Arctic is an inherently meaningful place. It is full of wonder, populated by the most magnificent wildlife, resilient people, and some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. And the question of what the Arctic meansin the context of demand for shipping lanes, mining and drilling rights, and global warmingis one of great consequence to the whole world right now.

    And to make your expedition experience even more fulfilling, each of the featured voyages creates opportunities for you to meet and travel with exceptional individualsour Global Perspectives guest speakers whose knowledge and expertise will add immeasurably to yours, as will our expert staff.

    My whole life has been connected with nature and this natural region is a quintessential place to explore, revere and yes, protect. We would very much like to be the conduit to enriching your life with its unique meaning and magic.

    All the best,

    Sven-Olof Lindblad

    Cover: Magic light and blue ice along Baffin Island, Canada. This page: National Geographic Explorer framed by a massive ice arch in the Davis Strait, Greenland. Both photos Ralph Lee Hopkins. Ships registry: Bahamas

  • 2First Christian church, Brattahlid, Eriksfjord, Greenland.

  • WORLD CLASS GEOLOGY & VIKING ARCHAEOLOGYGreenlander (from Nuuk, which well visit) Minik Rosing, arguably the worlds most famous geologist, achieved global renown for his groundbreaking researchon photosynthesis in the Greenland Sea bedsthat reset the date for the beginning of life on Earth, from 2.8 billion years ago to 3.7 billion. Recently his name was in the news in conjunction with the art installation, 'Ice Watch', created by Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson for the Paris Climate talks. Rosing was instrumental in selecting the dozen Greenland icebergs featured in 'Ice Watch'.

    ...I still enjoy this immensely. Mainly because Greenland consists of the oldest rocks in the world, but also because I love the physical process of the trade, using the hammer and chisel.

    Minik Rosing, From 'Let The Rocks Tell The Stories', by Finn Jrn Jacobsen

    A dazzling lecturer, Rosings passion for geology makes the subject thoroughly entertainingas youll see when he gives a pair of lectures in his role as Global Perspective guest speaker aboard. Ever the scientist, however, he intends to also use his time to collect samplesa rare opportunity for you to see a world-class geologist in action. We are certain that after this voyage, you will share his conviction that when you know something about it, there isnt a single boring rock in the world".

    And our second Global Perspectives guest speaker, archaeologist Jette Arneborg will provide the most privileged docent experience a history-lover could

    want. A specialist in the Norse Viking settlement of Greenland, she will shed light on the little known settler aspect of Viking life. And, she will personally accompany us through two important sites: Hvalsey, where she worked last summer and engaged with NG Explorer guests who wandered on their own to the site, and asked the kind of questions she loves to answer; and the Brattahlid site. Exceptional opportunities to really discover Greenland.



    Ice Watch was created by artist Olafur Eliasson with the help of our guest speaker Minik Rosing and installed at Place du Panthon during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Twelve immense blocks of ice, harvested as free-floating icebergs from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland were arranged in a clock formation and left to melt away.


    Follow the route of Erik the Red from Icelands beautiful western coast across the Denmark Strait to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of eastern Greenland. Trace the coast northwards to seek out the big icefrom towering tidewater glaciers to huge icebergs calved from Greenlands ice sheetand venture into magnificent fjords to search for polar bears, whales, and other wildlife. Continue our epic journey around Greenlands southern tip and encounter the vestiges of Viking settlements from the 15th century. In brightly painted coastal villages from Flatey Island to Nuuk, learn about everyday life on the Arctic Circle.

    EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS Search for polar bears on the sea ice as we explore

    eastern Greenland, and glide in a Zodiac or kayak amid a wonderland of glistening glaciers and icebergs.

    Spot razorbills among the towering cliffs of Ltrabjarg, on Icelands western coast, and watch for blue whales as

    we cross the Denmark Strait.

    Trace the saga of Erik the Red at his former homestead, and explore ancient Norse culture

    among remarkable ruins on Greenlands southwestern shores.

    The southern portion of Greenland is a remarkably rich cultural landscape, peppered with archaeo-logical remains, imprints of a human presence since the late 10th century. We will visit Brattahlid and Hvalsey, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and among the best preserved Norse ruins in all of Greenland. It was here in this spectacular fjord system that Erik the Reds son Leif planned and launched his expedition to North America around 1000 AD. To come and visit these sites is to engage with a vanished culture, to see a landscape little changed by time and to walk in the footsteps of these pioneering adventurers.

    Hunter Snyder, Cultural Specialist, NG Explorer



    Guests explore the ice via Zodiac, Scoresbysund, Northeast Greenland.

  • Hvalsey ruins, Greenland.

    Atlantic Ocean




    Flatey Is.

    Skjoldungen Fjord

    NanortalikPrins Christian SundQaqortoq




    Davis Strait

    Barents Sea



    rk Strai



    King Oscar Fjord

    Dependent on ice conditions

    AUG. 2: REYKJAVK, ICELAND/EMBARKFly to Reykjavk. On an overview of the old town, visit Hallgrmskirkja Cathedral and delve into Viking history at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures. Embark our ship. (L,D)

    AUG. 3: THE WEST COAST OF ICELANDNational Geographic Explorer navigates Icelands wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Ltrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge popula-tion of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks in the village and Zodiac explorations. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 4: SCORESBYSUND, GREENLANDWe cross the Denmark Strait and arrive at the mouth of Scoresbysund (the planets largest fjord system) in the afternoon. This area is marked by mountains that rise straight out of the sea, glistening tidewater glaciers and is also a major area to capture the ice calving off from the east side of the Greenland ice cap and depending on ice conditions well explore the area by hiking, Zodiac and will keep an eye out for whales and other marine life. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 5 AND 6: KING OSCAR FJORDWe explore north over the next two days using our tools for exploration to the fullest, taking Zodiac or kayak forays among the icebergs, deploying our ROV and setting out on foot to hike. Our ace spotters will help us search for polar bears. If ice conditions are unrelenting, we will explore a bit further south, where there are spectacular fjords that are generally ice-free at this time of year. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 7 AND 8: AT SEANational Geographic Explorer heads south to follow in the wake of Erik the Red and Brendan the Navigator. Watch for whales and bird life. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 9: SKJOLDUNGEN FJORDThe Greenland ice sheet is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic ice sheet, roughly 80% of the surface of Greenland. The high arctic-like climate is dominated by ice floes. Explore by Zodiac, kayak or enjoy a variety of hikes. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 10: PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND & NANORTALIKPrins Christian Sund is a fjord on the southern coast of Greenland. Surrounded by mountain pinnacles and glaciers, the decks are perfect for viewing this landscape. Anchor off Nanortalik, Greenlands most southerly town. Go ashore to the picturesque town. (B,L,D)

    AUG. 11: HVALSEY RUINS (QAQORTUKULOOQ) & QAQORTOQToday youll explore a remarkable site on the Viking Trail. Qaqortukulooq was settled by one of Erik the Reds cousins in 986 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the most extensive Norse site in Greenland. Continue to Qaqortoq. Inhabited since Norse times, the Scandinavian influence is still apparent in the colou