National Geographic Endurance set for debut

Delivered in April 2020, Lindblad Expeditions' newest ship will enter service in Iceland

© Ulstein Group

Lindblad Expeditions’ inaugural voyage on its polar expedition ship, National Geographic Endurance, will commence from 21 July 2021 out of Reykjavik, Iceland.

The first new polar build in the line’s history, the ship was named to honour explorer Ernest Shackleton, and embodies every innovation and concept Lindblad has developed in over 50+ years of pioneering expedition travel. Originally set to launch in April 2020, National Geographic Endurance sat out the pandemic in Norway -and is now ready to discover the wilder side of Iceland and Greenland.

National Geographic Endurance | Credit: Ulstein Group

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The 19-day inaugural voyage, National Geographic Endurance Inaugural: Iceland & Greenland, will begin and end in Reykjavik. Guests will explore Iceland’s fjords and waterfalls, tour puffin-studded cliffs and hike stunning landscapes. She will then venture along the ice’s edge off the east coast of Greenland, an Arctic “savannah” for polar bears, walruses, and whales.

With the highest ice class of any purpose-built passenger vessel—and her ability to go deeper, farther, longer – the 126-passenger vessel will enable guests on her inaugural voyage unprecedented access to spectacular, pristine Arctic regions that few have ever seen.

Following her inaugural voyage, National Geographic Endurance will embark on two 13-day voyages, Iceland and Greenland: Wild Coasts and Icy Shores, planned for departures on 7 and 18 August.

Guests on both itineraries will have the opportunity to hike to the erupting Fagradalsfjall Volcano in the region of Geldingadalur. Offered as an optional and complimentary excursion, the approximately three-hour adventure will culminate with a stunning view of Iceland’s erupting volcano.

National Geographic Resolution emerges from the dock hall at Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway | Credit: Ulstein Group/Per Eide Studio

Meanwhile, Lindblad Expeditions’ second Ulstein X-BOW hulled ship National Geographic Resolution touched water at the Ulstein Verft dock hall in Norway earlier this month. A sister-ship to National Geographic Endurance, Resolution is named in honour of Captain James Cook and is expected to be delivered in Q4 2021.

National Geographic Resolution is earmarked to navigate polar passages, starting with Antarctica at the end of this year.

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