my route to Svalbard
I promised to post this over a week ago but even then my involvement in the Nowhere Island project had not been confirmed. As it happened final confirmation that I could leave London for 7 weeks and reach the Arctic without a plane, came just 20 hours before my cargo ship was to depart from Immingham docks. Those 20 hours were fraught: last minute thermal shopping, one last climate rush meeting and then a lot of drinks in my house to see me off. At 6.30am on Friday 26th I had done a Mary Poppins bag trick on my rucksack (my computer, wellies, Arctic trousers and coat, layers (xPlenty) all fit) – I was ready to leave my house, head to Kings Cross for the 8am train to Grimsby Town.
Now I’m in Bergen after the roughest crossing of the North Sea (more tomorrow on that). My hotel has WIFI (!!) and faces onto the park. I’m outta here to explore but please check out my trip itinerary below and I’ll write tomorrow about the crossing.
Monday 29 August 2011
Arrival into Bergen Port @ 09.00.
Check-in to: Steens Hotel
Tuesday 30 August
Day spent in Bergen.
Wednesday 31 August
Check-out of: Steens Hotel
Board the P1 Coastal Service from Bergen Port to travel up to Bodø.
Thursday 1 September – Sunday 4th September
At sea on P1 Coastal Service. Travelling up Norwegian Coast to Bodø.
Sunday 4 September
Arrival into Bodø Port
Sunday 4th – Friday 9th September
Check-in to: Bodø International Youth Hostel.
Friday 9th September
Checkout of: Bodø International Youth Hostel.
Board M/V Green Frost in Bodø Port to travel up to Longyearbyen, Svalbard across the Barents Sea.
Friday 9th to Monday 12th September
At sea on M/V Green Frost from 9th to 12th September. Travelling across the Barents Sea.
Monday 12 September
Arrival into Longyearbyen Port, Svalbard
The rest of the expedition team arrives on Sunday 11 September 2011. The team will spend the night on board the Noorderlicht docked in the Port of Longyearbyen.