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Arctic Expedition – the schedule

September 7, 2011

I hate to tempt fate. I’m a big believer that if I write here with the assumption that the next leg of the trip – aboard the Green Frost cargo ship to Svalbard – will go without hiccough then I am condemning myself to arriving too late to Svalbard and missing my connection with the expedition boat: the Noordelicht.

The Noordelicht is scheduled to leave Longyearbyen Port (in Svalbard) on Monday 12th September – the same date that the Green Frost is scheduled to arrive… The slightest disruption (in the weather, the mechanics, the cargo) and I will have no choice but to turn tail and return to England having missed (ouch!) the expedition of a life time (see the schedule below). So please – friends – pray to whichever power gives you faith. Pray that the weather is fine, the mechanics in exemplary condition and the cargo everso well coordinated. Really really do – because I need every little piece of help to get me to Svalbard on time.

Anyhow – not at all assuming that I will get there – but in the hope and optimism that I might – below is the schedule of what we would be up to:

Monday 12 September and Tuesday 13 September
Leave Longyearbyen (17:00; 12/8/2011)
Sail along the west coast of Spitsbergen

Wednesday 14 September – Friday 16 September
Arrive at Nyskjaeret (the island Alex discovered in 2004) near Negribreen. The team will spend three days here and begin the process of collecting the island territory.

Saturday 17 September – Tuesday 20 September
Leave Nyskjaeret and begin the journey to international waters – 200 nautical miles from Svalbard. Travel through Heleysundet, a narrow sound between Kükenthaløya and Spitsbergen, then The Hinlopen Strait, between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet and passing Moffen Island, a small island north of the mouth of Wijdefjorden, on the northern coast of Spitsbergen.

Wednesday 21 September
West of Spitsbergen, 200 nautical miles north of Svalbard, the expedition team reach international waters and Nowhereisland is declared as a micronation. The expedition team embarks on the return journey to the port Longyearbyen.

Thursday 22 September
The expedition team continues their journey home to Longyearbyen, at sea west of Spitsbergen, passing Prins Karls Foreland, one of the islands that form the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Sunday 25 September
Arrive in Longyearbyen and back on the cargo ships home.

Okay I’m off up a mountain and then to the cathedral – both good locations for some mighty loud beggings of the powers that be.

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