Svalbard. An idea born quickly from nothing. An unscheduled holiday, a friend asking for help to buy a ticket for another destination, Iceland, a sudden change in the programme and here we are leaving for a journey towards the great north we really love. Follow me on my socials and by the hashtag:
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and…if it is a competition, we’ll win certainly for the northernmost tweet. Only an arctic expedition can beat us! Whether the connections will allow us to send it!
6th August 2014 – Departure
A few hours before the departure…this is the situation. I’m a hopeless case…but I’ll make it!
Here we are! Did someone perhaps doubt we would make it?
7th August 2014 – Awakening in Oslo
A quick tour in Oslo. Obviously after a suited salmon and smocked herring-based breakfast!
It’s always a very beautiful town and for the first time we savour it in summer.
Today it’s very hot! The very famous town hall.
Someone plays at being the Norwegian Juliet.
Someone is sunbathing and the other ones take advantage of this sun to enjoy the beach.
Did I already tell you it’s very hot today here?
At the harbour you can taste all sorts of delicacy.
Oslo-Bergen panoramic train: you can admire some of the most beautiful landscapes of whole Norway! Our new GoPro worked all the time!
Arrival at Bergen and…to all goodnight! See you tomorrow to explore the fjords by boat!
8th August 2014 – Awakening in Bergen
Good morning form Bergen!
We leave right now! Navigation among the fjords.
Wonderful views and absolute peace.
Some clouds in the morning…
How you exaggerate! It isn’t so cold!
The photographer is always working.
At last exaggerated sun! We are all sunburnt from the first night yet!
Here are the kayaks. It took me all day but at the end I managed to convince Inge alias Sampei: tomorrow I’ll try!
We are waiting for the Weller at berth.
By the next photo I’ll finally convince you that in Norway it’s hot!
Arriving by boat just under the double waterfall. How wonderful.
The navigation continues among unique views!
Inge takes the first kayak class. I’m ready in five minutes! Tomorrow we’ll see some good!
It’s better to think about something else. Here it’s easy to distract and think about something else, right?
These were delicious!!!
We go to bed. Even if here is always light it’s time to go. Tomorrow we’ll have another busy day ahead of us! Good night! This is the view from our room. Perfect location, right?
9th August 2014 – Bergen
We leave Bergen harbour early in the morning!
Spotlights and islets.
Shining sun and blue sky.
Colours are fabulous.
Did you think to take the bus today? Maybe you got something wrong.
Let’s go fishing!
Valeria, we trust you to eat something!
Meanwhile I enjoy these little places since I’m not patient to fish. Not bad at all!
At least we could be able to provide the baits!
Feverish works are under way…but are these carrots?!?…
Ah no! Fortunately…there’s even something else so….
Well done, Valeria! At least you allow us to eat!!! One!!!
And the biggest one!!! Well done!!!
Don’t you believe it? Here are the catch of the day!
With our exceptional chef…guaranteed result! Well done, Roby!
You are too ahead. Considering the means you had! Let Valeria fishing!
Meanwhile the navigation continues among wonderful views…even if we are a bit too busy eating instead of admiring them…
10th August 2014 – Bergen
Bergen in the morning is always wonderful.
What better day to climb the funicular railway to go and admire the town, the fjords and the islands from the top?
It’s a clear and sunny day.
The giant troll. A photo is de rigueur!
Roby! Stop it! You can’t eat the trolls!!!
A tour in the old Bryggen part of Bergen.
Wood coloured little houses: it’s lovely to walk among them.
This wonderful sailing vessel has arrived at the harbour. 7 days cruise towards Scotland. You must try it!
We went on board, of course. We certainly couldn’t miss the opportunity!
Last sunset in Bergen. Night train to Oslo and go!
11th August 2014 – Oslo
We are again in navigation early in the morning. Very beautiful views by sea!
Direction: Icebreaker Fram Museum, Arctic Explorations Museum, Navigation Museum…one more interesting than the other.
One week for each wouldn’t be enough to visit them well.
But my favourite is always the Fram one.
Explanations, reconstructions, settings…you can pick and choose!
You can go on board and venture upon the first explorers’ life.
At the Navigation Museum guaranteed fun, too, for all age groups.
But my boat was always screwing!
Now, do I convince you that in Oslo is hot? The school took the children for a swim…I’m always in short sleeves but today I’ve worn the anorak…
Why a Moai is in Oslo? Find it out at Kon-Tiki!
The day slip by visiting all these museums.
It’s time to go to bed even if the steady light does not make us want to go back. Tomorrow we’ll fly to Svalbard! See you on the next updating!
12th August 2014 – Towards Svalbard
Wideroe flight from Oslo early in the morning.
Flying above Norway is simply smashing!
From on high you can admire it in all its glory.
Here they are! Wonderful Svalbard!
Snow and glaciers where the man never set foot in.
13th August 2014 – To discover Longyearbyen
Walking in the town.
On the seashore. Do you want to have a swim, Valeria?
Snowmobiles parked in the town. Look well at the case in the back…
Warehouses along the road. Bears? Reindeers? Boh…
Valeria, where would you go with that?
It doesn’t get darker than this. To have 24hours light can stumble a bit but it’s beautiful!
14th August 2014 – Tour by boat to Pyramiden
Shining sun and clear sky in Svalbard. The ideal for a day on boat!
The harbour is very busy this morning.
These can be defined geo-located signs road!
Here it is! Hurtigruten! Next time you won’t miss!
The glacier front on the sea is simply beautiful.
Sky and sea blend in a dark blue that makes the ice blue, too.
Beyond description and wonderful.
To leave speechless. Small icebergs are floating in front of the stately glacier.
We have lunch as kings under this glacier: unique scenery. What do we eat? Salmon and whale. I’ll arouse many people’s anger but whale is really good!
The lunch on boat is a buffet lunch. We ruined them!
Here is Pyramiden from far.
Here you walk like that. Yesterday a polar bear was swimming at the quay.
You take the bus, too, with the gun. Obligatory to stay in group and not go away.
Today Pyramiden counts 15 inhabitants!
Stay in group, don’t go away, stay closed. The bear can be everywhere. This is not a game.
Here we are at the 79th parallel. Got past! (Even if…these Russians have cheated a bit!).
Here is our Uata group in full force to end with a flourish a wonderful day. Where does the name come from? Impossible to explain. Only hereabout they could understand it…
15th August 2014 – Today by Zodiac in the Arctic
Certain that there just would be a beautiful tour by snowmobile. Uff! It’s too hot!
Then what about a beautiful tour by limousine? Here are 50km roads that can be travelled over, central streets, too!
The views are always delightful everywhere you turn!
We are ready and harnessed on board Zodiac. Don’t you know what is it? Pretty cool!!!
By Zodiac in the middle of the Arctic…guaranteed adrenalin! Very beautiful experience…but not for everyone!
It’s evening now but because it never get dark we don’t go to bed. We have a walk to the abandoned coal mine that actually it’s out of the pink zone yet (bear free) but it’s so near that we venture.
Roby says not to worry that…he think about the bear…with the stick! No! That one was for the tiger in Nepal!
The place is desolating and a bit worrying.
The insides are untouched and deserted. A surreal place.
Worrying and charming are the perfect adjectives.
It’s better to go down after have taken a billion of photos. Come on, Roby, it’s getting dark…ah no!
Another teddy bear!
Impossible to think that we have to go to bed with this light. But it’s very late, yet!
16th August 2014 – Trekking on the “Sarcophagus”
We are ready to leave. Sarcophagus is the name of the mountain we’ll climb!
What am I doing here up? Don’t ask me! I even don’t know why I drag myself in these so difficult things!
Here we are at the edge of the first glacier!
What do you say? Could I become arctic guide and stay living here in Svalbard? No! It’s not for me! How wonderful! I visit them. I’ll come again if I can…but not living here!
The view from the top of the Sarcophagus is really remarkable, even if actually we didn’t climb so far: less than 600m.
Another one. In winter this become a snowmobile track. Absolutely I must come again.
Moss and lichens. A sun ray is enough to nature get wonderful colours.
Always unique and different views…but how strenuous.
Okay! For her there’s nothing difficult! Never! And she is always complaining that has always to wait us and that here she cannot go on alone. Ah! Then you are afraid of bear!!!
How do we cross this one? I’d exclude swimming…
Come on, Roby! Okay…the photos…but you can’t fall behind so much! The bear eats you!
Above and under the glacier. What a sight!
A walk on the glacier. Here there’s not crevasses danger and it’s a very beautiful feeling the ice creaking under the boots.
Then seeing together fjords, sea and ice is very particular.
The only crevasses are these one full of water. You have to know that exist some crazy people that walk the glacier uphill dragging the kayak and then go down inside these crevasses when they are full of water. It seems it’s a unique experience. Unfortunately this, too, is not for me! Too strenuous! Uff!
We are satisfied with walk.
Fossils on our way back. There are many of them and you can collect them. It’s stunning to think that here in these deserted lands had existed plants, too!
We go back. But how far still is it???
Not all flavours are mint! Here in this tent lives a man all year. In summer and in winter. It seems he is a very highly-regarded arctic guide…I can well believe it!!!
Flora and moss at the edge of the glacier.
0.18 am in the night by our window. If I am always active, the never-ending light makes me want to stay always awake! What a sight!!!
17th August 2014 – Rental car
Today reindeers. First meeting of the day.
Very multicoloured views, even only moving far a few kilometres.
This is another abandoned coal mine.
Here is evident the collapses danger. It’s impossible to go inside. At Svalbard there’s a law: all that is dated before 1946 can’t be touched.
Here are other geo-localized roads signs.
Things to Svalbard.
Mums (bloggers and not) listen to me! Share this photo and help me to make understand that we can travel with children, the little ones, too, almost everywhere! It’s enough to get ready!!!…In this case with the gun for the polar bear danger that here it’s true and real! Parents and child were playing happy on the beach a few metres far.
Polar bear. True or false?
18th August 2014 – We come back to Oslo
Last flashes of Svalbard, a few souvenirs…
What’s better than find out the flight provide for a low flight above the archipelago for over a half hour to admire the landscape from on high?
Svalbard say good bye to us!
I would be here to admire them from on high for an entire day. Bye bye.
We come back to the green Norway. Intermediate stop in Tromso.
Actually I have not coming here for a bit.
We would see to it. Landing Oslo.
This is the Norwegian train from which I’m posting: it has TV and free Wi-Fi. Just like us.
Tired but very satisfied we end with a flourish: a dinner in Oslo in a beautiful location among green a few far from the town hall! Recommended!
Here we have tear!!! When you are very hungry…
Well…The dishes really deserve and the price is very lower than the venues hereabout!
Of course, salmon can’t miss!
Last movida hours in Oslo.
Always very wonderful.
I know it’s late but…just still a few steps!
19th August 2014 – At home
We come back home with the certainty to have set foot in so farthest places that most of the people even don’t know.
A fortune and a responsibility. The Earth is really wonderful, it’s our duty to preserve it. Svalbard are unique and they are beautifully still untouched because tourism is minimum. We always travel being fully aware of the fact that tourism destroy everything in the place where it arrives. We try to do it the least possible!