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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Gdansk, Poland
February 7, 2017
Blog Post

In 1961, the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa was recovered from the Baltic Sea. King Gustavus Adolphus had spared no expense in building what was to be one of the most powerful warships of its day, carrying more than 60 cannons on two gun decks and decorated with exquisite sculptures of mythic gods and mermaids.

Sadly, the Vasa sank on its maiden voyage not far from the Stockholm harbor. More than 300 years later, its...

Kiel Canal, Germany
January 11, 2017
Blog Post

With all the gridlock on our roadways, we forget that some of the world’s busiest transportation routes aren’t even on dry land. The oldest-known canals date back to 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, where they were used for irrigation. Yet these artificial waterways have played an even more crucial economic role in the development of civilization. By utilizing a series of locks, dams, and other engineered structures, canals create alternative freight channels and regulate maritime traffic of...

Bornholm Island, Denmark
December 28, 2016
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For centuries, various groups sought dominance over the lucrative trade route in the Baltic region. Between the 12th and 17th centuries, the German-based Hanseatic League established and maintained a trade monopoly in the Baltic and throughout northern Europe, ensuring the safe passage of goods for every member country. On our upcoming Best of the Baltic...

Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden
December 19, 2016
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Viking lore and vivacious cities, opulent palaces and onion-dome churches, fairytale castles and fantastical natural wonders—it’s easy to see why nearly every major cruise line offers a Baltic itinerary. On our upcoming Best of the Baltic expedition, we take more curious travelers beyond the usual ports of call to places oft overlooked, yet equally...

Tallinn, Estonia
December 19, 2016
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For many, a European cruise evokes images of Greco-Roman ruins and sun-soaked rivieras. Yet more adventurous travelers are now turning to the Baltic region, and for good reason. Few destinations boast such a concentration of history, heritage, cultures, and natural phenomena, as evidenced by its vast number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Indeed, among the nine countries that border the Baltic Sea—Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, and Finland—more than 30...

Tripe Soup, Romania
November 29, 2016
Blog Post

Situated on the crossroads of East and West, Romania has been conquered and occupied by a variety of different civilizations over the centuries—Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian—while trade with other European countries, such as France, Italy, Poland, and Russia, have also had a profound effect on the language and culture of Romania. Today, this mélange of cultural influences are evident in traditional Romanian food.

On our upcoming expedition,...

Bay Islands, Honduras
November 22, 2016
Blog Post

At this time of year, as we join our family and friends and reflect on what we're thankful for, a common thread that unites the staff here at Zegrahm is, of course, travel. Here are just a few of the moments—across all seven continents—we're most grateful for experiencing over the past year: 

 

Sean Koenig | Program Manager

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
November 16, 2016
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Like silk, amber was once considered so valuable that it earned a namesake trade route. Stretching from the Baltic coast across Bohemia to the Danube—then forking on to Greece, Italy, the Black Sea, and beyond to Asia Minor—the Amber Route dates from the Bronze Age, when merchants exchanged the semi-precious stone for ceramics, glassware, copper, and coins of silver and gold. In turn, amber was used to make jewelry and decorative pieces, perfumes and folkloric potions.

Amber,...

Sapporo, Japan
November 3, 2016
Blog Post

This election season, we at Zegrahm vote for a straight ticket to adventure with this informal ballot of top expeditions for 2018. It’s a competitive race, stretching across three continents with a referendum on nature and new cultural experiences.

Here’s a look at our 2018 candidates:

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Tallinn, Estonia
November 1, 2016
Blog Post

The news of the day is filled with trade agreements, financial influence, the effects of capitalism, and growing competition from outsiders. Welcome to Northern Europe circa 1400.

During the Middle Ages, trading towns around the Continent developed a burgeoning middle class of merchants, or burghers, and skilled artisans. As these towns grew in wealth and power, many banded together to protect their commodities and crafts against...

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