50 Years of Antarctic Exploration

In 1966 Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first-ever citizen explorer expedition

When Lars-Eric Lindblad, now considered the father of eco-tourism, led the first-ever citizen-explorer expedition to Antarctica 1966,  he invented the category of expedition travel. Along with him were 57 pioneering individuals, intrepid travelers, ready to embrace the notion of going where only professional explorers or scientists had gone before.

We honor Lars-Eric’s courage, vision, and the curiosity of our guests, then and now. 

A piece of history—in progress

50th Anniversary Parka

Vintage-modern expedition parka
Based on vintage post-Golden Age expedition gear with high-tech fabrication for maximum comfort, our exclusive parka was created specifically to commemorate Lindblad Expeditions’ 50
th Anniversary. Orange for Antarctica, we have also designed a blue version for the inaugural Arctic voyages of our newest polar vessel, National Geographic Endurance.  Our unique parka is the ultimate souvenir of your adventure, a “badge of courage,” so to speak, and a keepsake you’ll be proud to own. Each parka is adorned with an embroidered ‘merit badge’ on the sleeve— indicating that you have joined the illustrious ranks of polar explorers.

Resisting the easy and cheaper solution to resort to plastic packaging, our forward-thinking and responsible gear-up partners at Ship to Shore, created a reusable bag to pack our parkas in. As the bag states, it can be re-used as a laundry bag, for beach cleanups, storage, and other practical uses. Now guests can feel doubly good about their Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition polar parkas!


Free Digital Edition— Passport To Anywhere

Originally published in 1983, Lars-Eric Lindblad’s autobiography, Passport To Anywhere, is a portrait of a then new, adventurous era in travel.

In 2016, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Lindblad Expeditions, we published a digital version of Passport that's available for free download. It’s still a great read—and it’s incredible to learn about “virgin”  travel experiences!


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Reflecting on modern Antarctic exploration

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