sven lindblad and lindblad expeditions

President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, Sven Lindblad was born in Switzerland and is the son of renowned adventure pioneer Lars-Eric Lindblad.  As a child, Sven traveled extensively with his father who, in 1966, led the first non-scientific groups of travelers to Antarctica and Galapagos in 1967.  In 1979, Sven launched Special Expeditions, the adventure travel company that became Lindblad Expeditions, offering marine-focused expeditions aboard small ships. In 2004, the company formed a strategic alliance with National Geographic that combines the strengths of two pioneers in global exploration, with the goal of inspiring people to explore and care about the planet. 

Sven’s personal experience led to a commitment to environmentally responsible travel, which has resulted in numerous travel and environmental awards. He is a founding member of the non-profit organization, Ocean Elders, serves on the Board of Advisors for Pristine Seas, and is an honorary member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands.  In addition, he serves on the Board of The Safina Center, The Hubbard Council of the National Geographic Society, and the Board of Trustees for RARE.

In May 2006, Sven received international recognition for his innovative and successful model of tourism, receiving the Commandeur de Notre Ordre de Merite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau from Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the Grand-Ducal Place.  He also had a newly discovered endemic species of moth in the Galapagos Islands, Undulambia lindbladi, named in honor of his conservation work.