Assistant Expedition Leaders

They ensure that logistical organization remains one of our hallmarks

Assistant expedition leaders, most of who have risen through the ranks after years of expedition travel, are masters of detail. They plan each landing to ensure the day goes off without a hitch—from ensuring there are enough Zodiacs running for efficient shuttles ashore to working with local agents on luggage transfers. Coordinating between the navigation, hotel and expedition departments, they ensure a seamless, unified, guest-centered expedition. 

Featured Assistant Expedition Leaders

Anja Henselmans

Assistant Expedition Leader
Born and raised in The Netherlands between the tulips and the windmills, Anja started working right after high school. Sales, customer services, human resources… as long as it had to do with people.  A backpacking trip through Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as a 20-year-old made Anja realize that traveling would steal her heart permanently.

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Dagný Ívarsdóttir

Born under the ever-lingering midnight sun in the Arctic and surrounded by exploding geysers, spewing volcanoes, majestic glaciers, and powerful waterfalls—Dagný is a true Icelandic Viking who firmly believes in elves, trolls, and all the other supernatural beings that reside in Iceland’s mystical nature. She is a committed adventure junkie who loves nothing more than spending time in the backcountry, snowboarding, mountain biking, or hiking.

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Patrycja O'Brien

Assistant Expedition Leader
Caribbean, 16 February 2021
Patrycja O’Brien was born and raised in Poland, when the borders during the communist time where still closed and travelling was only a dream that could never come true. So following her interests in biology and biochemistry she earned a Master’s degree in biotechnology and also studied languages, fitness and dance. As soon as the times had changed, she completely changed her life, leaving an established carrier in logistics management of a big international company to pursue her travel inspirations, which found her working for a few different travel companies. She lived in Egypt, Cuba and finally southern Spain. It was there that she joined Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic as assistant expedition leader on Mediterranean and Caribbean sailing voyages in 2008. She likes scuba diving and her biggest interests are whales and dolphins so in her free time between contracts she used to work as a whale-watching guide in Baja California in Mexico.

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