National Geographic Endurance is the first new polar build in the cruise line’s history
Lindblad Expeditions’ new polar expedition vessel, National Geographic Endurance, will make her inaugural voyage on 21 July 2021 from Reykjavik, Iceland.
The 19-day cruise will begin and end in the Icelandic capital. National Geographic Endurance will explore the country’s fjords and give guests the opportunity to visit the country’s natural landscapes, before sailing along the edge of the Arctic ice off the east coast of Greenland to observe local wildlife. If Greenland opens its borders for foreign visitors before her arrival, the ship will make landings and allow passengers to go onshore.
Following her inaugural voyage, National Geographic Endurance will embark on two 13-day voyages departing on 7 and 18 August. The ‘Iceland and Greenland: Wild Coasts and Icy Shores’ itineraries will again visit the Icelandic fjords, before visiting the Westfjords and allowing guests to hike over the country’s cooled lava fields. The ship will then follow Greenland’s seasonal sea ice with a flexible agenda.
Guests on both itineraries will have the opportunity to hike to the erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano in the region of Geldingadalur in Iceland.
Originally scheduled to launch in April 2020, the 126-guest ship has remained in Norway throughout the pandemic. She is the first new polar build in the cruise line’s history and was named after explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship.
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