7 - 16th July
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Departure from Italy with direct flight to Oslo and then proceed to the Svalbard Islands. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen transfer to the hotel. Usually the expected arrival time at the destination is late in the evening. Accommodation and overnight.
Free day to have the opportunity to settle in and make some excursions from the ground. Longyearbyen can offer a wide selection of picturesque and characteristic views, particular in its kind; free lunch and dinner all together where we will have the opportunity to tell some moments of the day spent.
Morning available for a walk in the administrative center of the Svalbard Islands, Check out of the hotel and boarding the private boat at 14:00. The sailboat will leave the port of Longyearbyen heading north at about 18.00; the captain with his welcome briefing will give us all the directives to become familiar with what will be our home for the next few days. Full board on board. We will sail to the north of the archipelago, with a program that will be dictated by weather and sea conditions. With the assistance of a very experienced guide we will try to spot as many polar bears as possible (main interest of every trip to these beautiful islands) as well as whales, walruses, seals, reindeer and foxes. Always depending on the weather conditions, we will try to make one or two shore excursions a day for beautiful and short treks under the supervision of the armed guide, on land which is always a bit bumpy since there are no marked trails.(On the Svalbard Islands it is illegal to leave inhabited centers without the possession of a firearm, in case there are polar bears nearby it is mandatory to be equipped with a rifle in order to drive away any dangers.) The return to the port is usually scheduled during the evening, we will spend the last night (with the midnight sun) in navigation or in port depending on our needs and or the weather. The next morning we will leave our beloved sailboat by 12 o’clock, after breakfast. Once disembarked we will go to check in at the Hotel where we will spend the last night. Free dinner.
End of the journey, transfer to the airport for the flight to Oslo.