Endurance, Arctic Exporation ex Reykjavik to Oslo

Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions
Ship
National Geographic Endurance
Cruise Departs
14 Jul 2020
Cruise Duration
15 Nights
Embark Ship
Reykjavik, Iceland
Disembark Ship
Oslo, Norway
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Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
14 Jul 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland
15 Jul 2020
Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), Iceland
16 Jul 2020
Flatley Island, Iceland
17 Jul 2020
Westfjords, Iceland
18 Jul 2020 At sea    
19 Jul 2020 At sea    
20 Jul 2020 At sea    
21 Jul 2020 At sea    
22 Jul 2020 At sea    
23 Jul 2020
Jan Mayen Island Norway
24 Jul 2020
Jan Mayen Island Norway
25 Jul 2020
Lofoten Islands, Norway
26 Jul 2020
Nordfjord, Norway
26 Jul 2020
Svartisen, Norway
27 Jul 2020
Tysfjord (Tysfjorden)
28 Jul 2020
Tromso, Norway
29 Jul 2020
Oslo, Norway
Charter Flight Hotel

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

14 Night Arctic Exploration Voyage departing from Reykjavik to Tromso onboard National Geographic Endurance. Charter flight and one nights post cruise accommodation is included in Oslo.

Embark the new, state-of-the-art National Geographic Endurance for an epic journey from the remote reaches of Iceland to the rugged, ice-sculpted shores of Greenland and the spectacular fjords of Norway. Go ashore in the volcanic Westman Islands, then trace the route of legendary Viking explorer Erik the Red to Greenland’s ice-etched eastern coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system. We’ll chart a course north, seeking out big ice and fascinating Arctic wildlife before cruising to Norway to explore the magical Lofoten islands and fjords that carve deeply into the country’s wild interior.

Day by Day Itinerary:

DAY 1: Reykjavík, Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Set out to explore the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja church. Delve into Norse culture at the National Museum, which features an array of Viking treasures. Later, embark our ship. (L,D)

DAY 2: Westman Islands
Spend the day in the Westman Islands, one of the world’s younger archipelagos, formed by undersea volcanos some 11,000 years ago. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off the harbor. We’ll visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock. We’ll also spy Surtsey, one of the world’s youngest islands, which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Flatey Island/Látrabjarg
Cruise to Flatey island, a fishing and trading post for centuries, and walk around this charming 18th-century hamlet. Navigate the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland. Sail past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to teeming populations of bird species, including razorbills and puffins. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Exploring Northwestern Iceland
Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Head out on a hike to a remote waterfall, or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliffs teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks is processed. (B,L,D)

DAY 5-9: At Sea/Exploring East Greenland
With roughly eighty percent of its surface covered in ice, Greenland is a living laboratory for geological forces. After a day at sea, we’ll reach the country’s fjord-laced eastern coast, where mountains rise straight from the sea and glistening glaciers calve massive chunks of off the Greenland ice cap. The region also harbors an array of wildlife, including polar bears, seals, whales, and rich birdlife.

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, we’ll chart our course based on the rhythms of our environment. Our state-of-the-art ship is equipped with the latest satellite imagery, and an ice-strengthened hull that enables us to navigate waters off-limits to other vessels. Set out by kayak or Zodiac to see spectacular iceberg-dotted seascapes from water level, and get a glimpse at the fascinating marine life and geology below the sea via the underwater cameras and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) deployed by our undersea specialist. (B,L,D)

DAY 10-11: Jan Mayen, Norway/At Sea
Today we’ll have the extremely rare opportunity to visit Jan Mayen, a remote Norwegian island with a small military and weather station that holds the settlement’s only residents. The seldom visited isle is presided over by the ice-capped crater of Beerenberg, the world’s northernmost active above ground volcano. Spend the next day at sea, enjoying the ship’s amenities as we cruise toward the Norwegian mainland. Listen to talks given by our naturalists, head to the bridge to watch for whales, or relax in the sauna or library. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages ringed by jagged, granite peaks. Head ashore at Værøy, where fishing is still a major part of the economy; and search for Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. Later, head to the ship deck as we glide through Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. (B,L,D)

DAY 13: Nordfjorden/Svartisen
Svartisen National Park consists of a large ice field of the central Norwegian coast. We enter the park on a beautiful fjord called Nordfjord. As we cross the park boundary, the sheer walls of the fjord tower above the ship. The Captain actors the ship near the mouth of a glacier fed river flowing down from a hanging glacier off the main ice field of Svartisen. Our morning will be spent gasping at the scenery taking walks ashore in the birch meadows and possibly kayaking in the protected waters. Zodiac cruising along the shores is always popular to view the numerous waterfalls cascading down the rock walls. Be on deck as we cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway’s mythical beings: trolls. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: Tysfjorden
This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions; and explore a U-shaped valley whose fjord reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden. (B,L,D)

DAY 15-16: Tromsø/Oslo/Home
Disembark in Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” due to the large number of Arctic expeditions that originated here. Visit the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs; and peruse the Polar Museum, which showcases the ships, equipment, and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers. Later, fly by chartered air to Oslo and spend a night at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel.

National Geographic Endurance is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Code PC5 (Category A) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore unchartered waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Maiden Voyage: Apr 2020
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 126

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Tablets USB/mobile device docking
  • Flat screen television
  • Wi-Fi connections

Ship Facilities

  • Observation Deck
  • Observation Lounge
  • Bistro
  • Bistro Bar
  • Sauna & Spa
  • Yoga Studio
  • Infinity Edge Swimming Pool
  • Gym
  • Lift(s)
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Medical Centre
  • Mudroom / Lockers
  • Kayak Storage
  • Zodiac Boarding

For over 50 years, Lindblad Expeditions has been turning vacationers into informed and engaged explorers. Together with National Geographic we offer intimate small-ship expedition cruises that, unlike traditional cruises, are your opportunity to encounter the world’s most pristine and inspiring places up close with the seasoned experts who know them best.

Our expedition cruises provide the safest and most innovative ways to explore places already “discovered” and those that are still very, very wild. Whether you choose to go on a Galapagos cruise, an Alaska cruise, a cruise to Egypt, or any of our other cruise destinations, each expedition cruise features an unmatched combination of adventure travel technology as well as well-appointed cabins, regional and sustainable cuisine and friendly, personal service.

We believe the more closely our guests are able to connect with a destination, the more valuable an affect it will have on their lives and on the more they will come to care about and protect it for future exploration.

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