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  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    After a couple of cold, overcast days, Saint Petersburg welcomed us with sunny weather and blue skies. On the first of our two days at Russia’s cultural capital, our guests visited the Catherine Palace and the new Fabergé Museum, and we also had the opportunity to watch a performance of Alexander Krein’s Laurencia, a ballet based on the work of Lope de Vega. . Read More

  • Tallinn, Estonia

    It doesn't seem right that slushy hail should be pelting down just shy of May, but that's the kind of day it was during our brief visit to Tallinn, Estonia. Just minutes earlier, the sun had peaked through the cloudy skies, raising hope that the unseasonably cold weather would pass, but alas … it was not yet to be. The weather may have dampened our hair and clothing, but it did not lessen the beauty of this well-preserved medieval old town. Tallinn is truly a magical place, and no amount of bad weather can change that.After having spent the morning exploring the picturesque stone walls, buildings and cobblestone streets of this ancient Baltic city, we arrived at the St. Read More

    • Apr 26, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Riga, Latvia

    The benefit of an overnight stop in port is the option of an early start in an already familiar city. After a series of excellent tours and a pleasant evening in a local hostelry yesterday, we were ready to enjoy a morning’s activities before our lunchtime departure for Tallinn.The first excursion to depart took to the canals of Riga. Read More

  • Riga, Latvia

    I'm always amazed with how much can be fit into one day on a Lindblad expedition. It is even more impressive when you consider that we spent the morning at sea, sailing through the Baltic on our way to Riga, the capital and largest city of Latvia. While you would think a morning at sea would be an opportunity for napping and relaxation, there's no time for that given the fascinating talks provided by the ship's knowledgeable staff. Historian Stephen Fisher got the day started with an in-depth look at the political contortions of the Baltics in the 20th Century. Read More

  • Gotland, Sweden

    A short overnight journey across the Baltic has brought us to the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland.  We landed at the lovely town of Visby, which was an important Viking port and a stronghold for the medieval kings of Sweden and Denmark.  Excursions by coach and on foot took us around the island, introducing us to its history, culture and landscapes on a beautiful sunny day.. Read More

    • Apr 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Klaipeda, Lithuania

    Despite reports of challenging weather, we arrived in Lithuania this morning right on time. Before retiring to bed last night, it was unclear if we would be able to call into Klaipeda at all, as the winds were projected to be over 40 knots at the time of our arrival. Expedition Leader Jen was up at the early hour of 5 a.m. assessing wind conditions with the Captain. The winds appeared to be around 20 knots. However, they were increasing steadily, and by the time the Captain got the ship alongside the winds had already reached 45 knots. It was an extraordinary docking maneuver and we were very grateful to be able to continue with our schedule as planned (even if a bit windy!).Upon arrival in Klaipeda we broke into three groups: those doing a cycling ride to the Curonian Spit (a narrow sandbar stretching from the Kaliningrad coast all the way across the Lithuanian coastline up to Klaipeda); those visiting the folkloric Hill of Witches; and those going out to the Cape Vente ornithological station. Read More

    • Apr 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Gdansk, Poland

    Today we washed up on the shores of one of the most beautiful cities in the Baltics, namely Gdansk, with its fine architecture, gates and colorful houses. We learned about Poland’s complex and interesting history with the help of extremely friendly and knowledgable local guides who happily took us from the starting grounds of WWII and the birthplace of the anti-communism movement to the charming rebuilt streets of Old Town with all its colorful amber. We also had a fresh breeze to truly help us “feel the Baltic”and appreciate the lovely traditional Polish lunch. . Read More

    • Apr 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Ertholmene Archipelago and Bornholm Island, Denmark

    Our first full day of our adventure in the Baltic Sea has proven to be a great combination of history, landscape and nature, with the added benefit of good weather. Radiant sun and blue skies all day long! Our morning adventure started with a visit to the only populated islands within the small archipelago of Ertholme, Christiansø and Frederiksø islands. Read More

    • Apr 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Baltics
  • Drake Passage

    Antarctica often throws up the unexpected. Early this morning some of us awoke to realize that the familiar thrum of the ship’s engine was missing. Later we found that there is a mechanical glitch and that we must proceed towards Ushuaia under reduced power at a modest speed. Although onward travel plans from Ushuaia will need some re-configuring due to our late arrival, we are not in any risk and have sufficient luxuries to see us through. We have time to reflect on the experiences of the last ten days as we cross the Drake at a leisurely pace. Read More

    • Dec 27, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Drake Passage

    Calm seas again! We are headed toward Ushuaia and the seas are being good to us for a second Drake crossing. The Christmas carols have been sung, the presents have been opened, the Minora candles are being lit and the building-sized icebergs are behind us. Today has been a day of reflection. Read More

    • Dec 26, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
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