The Fabled Lands of the North; Lindblad and National Geographic’s latest partnered itinerary

National Geographic Endeavour, Svalbard, Norway/Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions is a particular favorite of mine to report on, mostly due to their green philosophy and their partnership with National Geographic.  So I’m pleased to see that they’ve announced their newest partnered itinerary,The Fabled Lands of the North.  Scheduled for departure on August 24, 2013, this 15-day voyage on the National Geographic Explorer will visit Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador.

The line reports: “The adventure will begin in the High Arctic with towering icebergs and massive glaciers, and a watch for polar bears, whales and walruses in their natural habitat. The journey will trace the historic coast of Labrador, where missionaries, fishermen, and whalers settled amid the Inuit, and a thriving community of artisans still remains. Guests will explore historic whaling towns, visit past and present Inuit villages, and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings in an ancient Norse settlement.”

Wow!  How amazing does this itinerary sound?  They also list some expedition highlights as:

• Travel with former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Canada’s first and only female Prime Minister, who will introduce guests to her country;
• Zodiac cruise among soaring sculptures of ice at the breathtaking Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
• Wander the ruins of the Viking village of L’Anse aux Meadows, established in 1000 and discovered in 1960;
• Meet Inuit artisans and learn about their carving and weaving tradition;
• Hike, kayak and Zodiac cruise amid beautiful scenery and observe the wildlife of the far north;
• Hike along a riverside trail with wonderful views of Autyuittuaq National Park, “the land that never melts;”
• View thousands of seabirds and marine mammals on the stark Button Islands;
• Travel with the best ice team on earth – outstanding naturalists, marine biologists, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic Photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor.

If you’re not familiar with this line, take a moment to check out some information about them in another blog I wrote, or on their ATC page, and there is a REALLY excellent travel diary by Timothy and Linda O’Keefe (AllThingsCruise writers) that starts here: http://allthingscruise.com/galapagos-adventure-on-the-national-geographic-endeavor-is-about-to-begin/.

Also, if you’re thinking about sailing on this line, be sure to have your travel agent get you their gorgeous, full-color brochures.  It could be the National Geographic connection- these materials have absolutely stunning photographs to accompany their itinerary details.

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