About Lindblad Expeditions

Going where awesome is for 50 years

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 commiting 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.

Welcome to a culture of discovery

Discovery is in the Lindblad DNA. They’ve been at this for 50 years. The collaboration between their masterful Captains and experienced expedition leaders creates unprecedented opportunities for guests.

Teams that do whatever it takes

Lindblad’s teams will do whatever it takes to ensure you unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s manning the spotting scopes all night to ensure a polar bear sighting, orchestrating a landing at an extraordinary wildlife site to coincide with a magnificent sunrise, or sending waitstaff out with gourmet ice cream bars to refresh you as you explore a Polynesia atoll, their commitment creates thrilling moments for you.

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We see ourselves as far more than a travel company. We are a conduit—to exhilaration. To the feeling you get when you see something wild and unexpected, or rare and beautiful.

Sven Lindblad

A heritage of exploration and innovation 

Over 50 years ago, Lars-Eric Lindblad chartered a ship and brought the first non-scientific travelers to Antarctica. A year later, in 1967, he did it again in Galápagos. Regarded as the father of ecotourism, he believed that educated people who saw things with their own eyes would be a potent force for the preservation of the places they visited. 

Lars-Eric was a real—as well as symbolic—father, and since 1979 his son, Sven-Olof Lindblad, grew his legacy by greatly expanding transformative travel experiences in the world’s most remarkable places. Under his leadership, Lindblad Expeditions has built the most advanced fleet of expedition ships in the world; pioneered expeditions in Baja, Polynesia, and the High Arctic, and created the most in-depth programs in places like Alaska, Galápagos, and Costa Rica & Panama. He too has grown the conservation ethos his father imbued in his company, not only making the operation 100% carbon neutral, but raising millions of dollars that has gone directly to on-the-ground projects in the places we explore.

Campfire spirit of safari camps

In the early 1970s, Sven Lindblad led safaris as a wildlife photographer in East Africa. He loved the camaraderie and companionship that kindled in safari-based camps. Groups of strangers, united by their shared interest in the wild place they’d explore together, would venture out by day in Land Rovers and return each night to their camp to gather around bonfires under the stars and share stories over drinks while naturalists talked about the wildlife they saw that day and what they could expect the next. He too understood that ships could be used to convey people to wild areas that rivaled the great plains of Africa in their grandeur. That the ship could become a kind of movable basecamp—with all aboard sharing in each day’s freshness and wonder.

Guiding Principles

These guiding principles were formed during a gathering of more than 50  leaders, naturalists, scientists, and office staff. Lindblad arrived at these principles collectively, after spending a few days at sea together immersed in the expedition environment. These principles guide their conduct towards the guests they serve and define the manner in which they explore the world.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

At Lindblad Expeditions, we simply could not do our work without the diverse kaleidoscope of humanity that creates and delivers our remarkable offerings across the planet. As a Company that respects and celebrates the inherent diversity in the places we explore, we recognize the need to mirror that same diversity and all the interconnected perspectives within our organization. We are committed to building a community of different genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, chosen identities, and countries of origin where every person brings their whole self to work and whose skills, talents and abilities are valued. We believe we can explore farther and in a more meaningful way by actively creating a more diverse and inclusive organization where everyone feels that they belong.