Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords on National Geographic Explorer
Antarctica and Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords
This extraordinary new voyage is like a blockbuster film—the star is the seventh continent. And the co-stars are the big ice of remote West Antarctica, where we are sure to set foot on ice where no other humans ever have; the prolific wildlife and impressive ice shelf of the Ross Sea region; and the sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia, World Heritage sites for the thousands of seals and millions of penguins here, including huge colonies of king penguins and the endemic royal penguin.This is wildness and wildlife at its finest. Following in the footsteps of Scott, Ross, Amundsen and Shackleton, perhaps only a few thousand people in the history of the planet have ever made this voyage. And the opportunity we’re offering is too good to pass up. Join us, and you might be able to legitimately paraphrase the iconic line: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
- Discover four stunningly beautiful wilderness regions aboard the ultimate polar ship, National Geographic Endurance, providing unprecedented access, opening up unexplored opportunities in polar environments, and making polar travel safe, smooth, thrilling, and luxurious.
- In the company of a top expedition team, encounter the big tabular icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula and remote West Antarctica, and sail along the spectacular Ross Ice Shelf, a wall of ice towering over the water by as much as 200 feet.
- Explore the seldom-visited sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand and Australia, UNESCO sites that are havens for wildlife.
- Follow the routes of Scott, Ross, Amundsen and Shackleton.
- Paddle a kayak in the pristine bays, hike the landscape, and Zodiac cruise amid the bergs. Capture your best images with a National Geographic photographer by your side.
- Observe unique and abundant wildlife: endemic royal penguins, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins—and the largest of the species, the emperor penguin. Visit the world’s largest colony of Adélie penguins, and see 100,000 pairs of king penguins on a single beach!
Explore Antarctica in expedition style aboard our new next-generation expedition ship National Geographic Endurance—an incomparable experience and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Endurance has the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger ship, with a patented X-bow design for the smoothest and most comfortable ride. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 50+ years of experience navigating polar geographies is your assurance of safe passage in one of the wildest sectors of the planet.
- Adventure and Active
- Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
Originally constructed for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, she ferried passengers among the fjords of this iconic coast in conditions that could deteriorate into heavy seas in a matter of minutes. She had to be able to handle deep swells and towering waves—and have a high degree of maneuverability. Those traits, and an ideal size, made her a natural choice for addition to the Lindblad fleet.
The plans to completely rebuild her drew on 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise. National Geographic Explorer was equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos—the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.
For many guests she remains their paradigm of an expedition ship. She is devoted to exploration—from her Welcoming Bridge, and the Chart Room below it where you can tuck in to warm up with a hot chocolate, to her high-perched Observation deck with its aqueous light and compelling 24/7 views. Even the art on the walls—from the Hurley prints of Shackleton’s expedition to the stunning National Geographic photos— tells an uber-narrative of globe-spanning travel and a dedication to curiosity and wonder.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
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