The Far North

In July 2011 we took another, rather different, Lindblad trip. This time we went to the far north, specifically to Svalbard. We flew to Oslo, Norway where we spent a few days before taking a charter flight to Longyearbyen, the only significant town on Spitsbergen which is the biggest island in the Svalbard archipelago. After boarding the ship there, we headed north, all the way to 80˚ north. We headed back south between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet, the second largest island in the archipelago, to become the first ship that year to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. After returning to Oslo we spent a few days traveling by train and ferry to the fjord country on the west coast of Norway before continuing on to Bergen and then back to Oslo by train for our flight home..

The maps below give you an idea where Svalbard is (that big lump on the left is Greenland and the round bit on the bottom is the north coast of Scandinavia) and most of the route we took around Spitsbergen. The last leg back to Longyearbyen isn't shown.

British Isles 2010-00/00/44

British Isles 2010-00/26/43

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