Our new Polar Destination Specialist Heads to Svalbard
DAY 1: Saturday 26 May
A busy Heathrow Airport was the starting point for, and a complete contrast to, the upcoming Arctic voyage.
A balmy Oslo was the first stop for a connecting flight onto Longyearbyen via Tromsø. The distance can be partly understood by the 1,150km it takes to reach Oslo from London, while Oslo to Longyearbyen is over 2,000km. Given the remote destination, a half-day journey from the UK to reach Svalbard makes it quite accessible – longer of course for our US counterparts, but still, flying over ice and snow-covered mountains in a 737 is pretty unique. I’d suggest a window seat for the flight into Longyearbyen for these views.
Another piece of advice would be to pack your waterproofs and at least one warm outfit in your hand luggage, as luggage can be lost in transit – trust me! However, a day’s buffer before a voyage also helps as the luggage should then arrive on the next flight from Oslo… phew!