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The best views of the Arctic ever

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    ABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION | 2016

    ARCTIC SVALBARD& NORWAYS FJORDS

    WIN-WINCHOICE OF 2 ITINERARIES TO POLAR BEAR VALHALLA

    JUST ADDED: SPECIAL SAVINGS OFFERON JULY 16 NORWAY

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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.

  • DEAR TRAVELLER,

    When I first saw the photograph on the cover, I literally laughed out loud. It seemed almost as if the young bear in the middle was part of a welcoming committee.

    Reality is, though, that polar bears so often seem curious about us and regularly approach our ships to check us out'. Nothing of our size has directly threatened them, or perhaps, they may be attracted to smells. Or it may be something else entirely we may never fully understand.

    In any case, Arctic Svalbard is a unique place to encounter these majestic animals. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 banned the hunting of polar bears (except among Alaskan natives, who are still allowed to hunt the bears. The practice also remains legal in Canada) and their populations have grown considerably since. But its also true that weve been exploring here for over 30 years, so weve learned their behaviour, understand how they tend to move in the pack ice, and consequently, know where to find themto deliver the thrill for you.

    Clearly, finding and observing polar bears in their wild habitat is the pinnacle experience of exploring the Arctic, but if you join us you will find so many other utterly fascinating thingsa waterfall gushing from a great glacier terminus, throngs of seabirds, blankets of wildflowers. This, and more, can be seen on our focused Svalbard expedition. If you have time, however, you should consider combining Svalbard with a sojourn up the Norwegian coast. Its a startling contrast below the Arctic Circlewith lovely villages, stunning fjords and plenty of time to engage with the hearty folk who inhabit this rugged landscape.

    Either way, its both an exciting and peaceful way to spend part of your summer.

    All the best,

    Sven-Olof Lindblad

    Cover: Polar bear mother and cubs on pack ice, Svalbard. This page: National Geographic Explorer noses up to give guests a view of ice cap and waterfall, Svalbard. Ships registry: Bahamas

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  • POLAR BEARS & ICEThe Arctic is all about radical simplicityelemental rock sculpted by millennial forces, the carpeting tundra, the impassive massiveness of tidewater glaciers, and lordly bears stalking the lace-like vastness of the pack ice.

    Timeless and essential, wild and beautiful, the Arctic weve explored for decades is mythicproviding the thrill of pure discovery in pure wildness. And the two itineraries featured here deliver the best of the Arctic on the proverbial silver platterfeaturing the capital of Arctic nature: Svalbard.

    Svalbard is one of the few places on Earth where the polar bear can be reliably found in its natural environment. And spotting a polar bear in the wild, a life-list must for many, is a chance for all ages to experience the Arctic on a visceral level.

    In over 30 years of Arctic exploration, our ace spotters have honed their skills; they know how to find isbjorn, the ice bear. And our Captains know how to approach the animalsrespectfullyfor optimal sightings. Join us and you can rely on experiencing the joyof seeing an apex predator, of observing a beautiful animal secure in its native habitat, and of the elegiac ache at the prospect of what looms, given melting ice.

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    2 ARCTIC EXPEDITIONSOur 10-day Ice Bears aboard National Geographic Explorer gives you everything you want from a sojourn in the Arctic. Add six more days, and our Arctic Norway aboard National Geographic Orion will give you everything you want and moreliterally. Both offer the pure wildness of Svalbard and the prospect of bears. The Orion itinerary adds Norways jaw-dropping fjords and picturesque coastal villages to enrich your experience of this inspiring geography.

    BEARS & WILDLIFE

    STUNNING LANDSCAPES

    FJORDS & CULTURE

    Glacier terminus, Svalbard.

    Mother and cub on the pack ice.

  • For people who love the natural world, seeing the fjords of Norway is a travel must. Little on the planet surpasses the achievements of glaciers in sculpting these stunning forms. And in addition to lyrical landscapes, this coastal region of Norway offers a radiant profusion of birds, wildflowers, reindeer, even the silvery dart of an Arctic fox passing us on a hike. Theres the human factor, too: the people and their homes in the tiny towns and picturesque villages that animate these vistas in such delightful ways. The glacier-carved coastline is 1,770 kilometres long and well explore nearly the full length on

    NORWAYS FJORDSour 16-day expedition. Venturing off the beaten track plied by cruise ships, well explore the rarer western fjords, threading the narrows and nosing National Geographic Orions bow up to glacier termini. Hike, walk, kayak through stunning scenery, then make for the wilder wilds of Svalbard to see polar bears, ice and Arctic wildlife. (The July 16, 2016 departure travels in reverse).

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    Clockwise from top left: Visit a charming fishing village tucked away in the Lofoten Islands; the sheer walls of Trollfjord allow our captain to approach close enough for us to pluck leaves from trees; learn the benefit of slow shutter speeds when shooting waterfalls; kayaking Hellemobotens scenic shoreline.

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  • ALYSSA ADLERUndersea specialist A marine biologist with over 500 dives, Alyssa has participated in NOAAs reef survey and acted as lead scientist on long-line shark capture-and-tagging expeditions.

    ADAM CROPP Expedition leader, naturalist With a unique background spanning internationally-acclaimed documentary filmmaking, diving, animal husbandry, and operating ships, Adam is an exceptional part of any voyage.

    THE QUALITY OF OUR STAFF

    ENHANCES THE QUALITY OF YOUR EXPERIENCEOur expedition leaders, known as ELs to staff and guests alike, are outstanding individuals, leaders who attract and inspire the naturalists, marine biologists, geologists, glaciologists, historians, and undersea specialists who return each year, like migratory species, to their respective geographies on NG Explorer and NG Orions routes. They help us spot polar bears in the vast whiteness of the Arctic pack ice to deliver unprecedented observations, and experience the thrill of genuine discovery. Their commitment and passion will engage you, and their knowledge will illuminate the facets of all youll see and do during your expedition.

    VISIT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/EXPERTS AND SELECT YOUR ITINERARY TO LEARN WHICH STAFF IS TRAVELLING ON YOUR DEPARTURE.

    From left: Carl Erik Kilander, Michael Nolan, Alyssa Adler, Adam Cropp.

    MICHAEL NOLAN Naturalist, certified photo instructor A longtime naturalist/photographer, Michael has travelled the worlds oceans and his photography has been featured in hun-dreds of magazines, calendars, and books in over 45 countries.

    CARL ERIK KILANDERArctic specialistNorwegian native and naturalist, Carl has been with Lindblad since

    2003. A major part of his previous professional experience, including a stint as the Head of the

    Environmental Department at the Governor of Svalbards office, consisted of planning and management of protected areas, particularly

    in southern Norway and Svalbard.

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    SHOOT WITH THE WORLDS TOP PROSWhether you think of yourself as a photographer or simply want to capture the moments at the heart of your voyage, youll take

    your best photos ever aboard National Geographic Explorer or National Geographic Orion. Youll have a top National Geographic photographer onboard to provide inspiration, tips and advice gleaned over the course of significant careers. Point-and-shoot, iPhone and DSLR users alike will find the quality of their images, and their storytelling, will improve greatly during the voyage. And regardless of your skill level, youll return home a more confident photographer, with shots youll enjoy sharing.

    LEARN MORE AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/PHOTO AND FIND INTERESTING BIOS FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS AT WWW.EXPEDITIONS.COM/NGPS

    National Geographic photographers aboard this season are (from left): Ralph Lee Hopkins, Sisse Brimberg and Rich Reid.

    Guests photographing polar bears.

    Top photography gear and knowledgeable advice. Stellar shipping and customer service. These reasons are why Lindblad Expeditions formed a unique partnership with Teds Cameras - Australias prominent and renowned camera retailer. Book with us, and in addition to region -specific gear recommendations, youll also receive exclusive guest disounts on camera gear and accessories. Call an expedition specialist for more details.

    Helping you capture life

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    10 DAYS/9 NIGHTSABOARD NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRICES FROM: $12,290 to $22,700 (See pages 13 for complete prices.)

    A high Arctic archipelago situated between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snowcapped mountains, massive sheets of ice, and magnificent polar bears. Travel under the midnight sun aboard National Geographic Explorer, and experience nature in its purest form.

    EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS Search for the very symbol of the Arcticpolar bearsand observe these majestic

    creatures in their natural habitat, on the sea ice.

    Take na