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Period

9th-18th june 2023

Location

Svalbard

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Sea lovers

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SVALBARD EXPERIENCE


A special journey to discover these remote islands located less than a thousand km from the North Pole. The islands form an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, located between 74 ° and 81 ° north and between 10 ° and 34 ° east. They are the northernmost part of Norway, and the northernmost inhabited lands on the planet. During the summer, it is possible to navigate to places where during the rest of the year, due to the completely iced polar cap, it is practically unthinkable to venture. The journey will take place aboard a fantastic sailing boat, where it will be possible to experience this 100% uncontaminated place. The trip will take place on board a fantastic sailing boat, where it will be possible to experience this unspoilt place one hundred per cent. The goal is to live a unique experience, looking for breathtaking landscapes and fauna, from the glaciers plunging into the sea, to the colonies of walruses, to the fascinating puffin, the arctic fox, whales, orcas, beluga , narwhals and finally to the majestic polar bear.

The sailboat, small and agile hull, houses 5 double cabins with services for a total of 10 people. The trip is assisted by expert guides in Italian, overnight stay in a hotel in Longyearbyen, and full board on board and a program of daily shore excursions to discover the most, suggestive and remote areas of this fantastic archipelago.

Travel program

DAY 1 - 9th June

Departure from Italy on a direct flight to Oslo and onwards to the Svalbard Islands. Upon arrival in Longyearbyen transfer to the hotel or flat. Usually arrival time at the destination is late in the evening, however it will be possible to take a short exploration tour in search of local wildlife. Accommodation and overnight stay.

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DAY 2 - 10th June

Free day to to get acclimatised and do some shore excursions. Longyearbyen can offer a wide selection of picturesque and characteristic views, particular of its kind; there are some spots where it is easy to photograph arctic foxes, the Svalbard reindeer, a reindeer subspecies present in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, and various species of water birds such as the King eider, my favorite; we will have rental cars available to facilitate travel; free lunch and dinner all together where each of us will tell the epic moments lived.

DAY 3 TO DAY 9 - 11th\17th June

Morning at leisure for a walk around the administrative center of the Svalbard Islands, check out of the hotel and boarding on the private boat at 14:00. The sailboat will leave the port of Longyearbyen heading north around 18.00; the captain will give us a welcome briefing to familiarise us with what will be our home for the next few days. Full board on board. We will sail towards the north of the archipelago, with a program that will be dictated by the weather and sea conditions. With the assistance of an expert guide, we will try to spot as many polar bears as possible (the main interest of any trip to these beautiful islands) as well as whales, walruses, seals, reindeer and foxes. Depending on the weather conditions, we will try to make one or two shore excursions per day for beautiful and short treks under the supervision of an armed guide, on terrain which is always a bit bumpy since there are no marked trails.
(On Svalbard it is illegal to leave inhabited areas without having a firearm, and in case there are polar bears nearby it is mandatory to be equipped with a rifle in order to chase away any dangers.)
The return to the port is usually scheduled during the evening, we will spend the last night (with the midnight sun) at sea or in port depending on our needs and or the weather. The next morning we will leave our beloved sailboat by 12 noon, after breakfast. Once disembraked we will check in at the hotel where we will spend the last night. Free dinner.

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DAY 10 - 18th June

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Oslo. Change of aircraft and onwards to Italy.

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