More than fifty 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. Founded as Lindblad Travel in 1958, Lars-Eric Lindblad would risk it all to bring a handful of “citizen explorers” to the very last corners of the Earth. Backed by a treasure trove of archival footage and meticulously researched, “On This Day” explores—and celebrates—this heritage of Lars-Eric Lindblad’s evolving vision for Lindblad Expeditions.

On This Day

February 17, 1967: Lindblad's First Galápagos Expedition

On this day in 1967, Lars-Eric Lindblad filled a couple of suitcases with Chilean pesos, headed to Valparaiso, chartered the Navarino, a ship he described as “no frills, but comfortable,” then cruised to Lima to embark his guests for the first citizen explorer expedition to Galápagos.