On our way North

We have been told we’re on a flight and to be at the airport by 11am.

We had a few hours this morning – no need for an early rise. I snuggled up to Mum.

I like these quiet moments – rather than those confusing moments of where we’re going next.

Mum knows it and she turned around and we cuddled for a few more minutes – before we needed to go through again what we had done yesterday.

We eventually got up and got ready to get on the Airport Bus – and try again to see if we can take off.

We were checked in and went to the same gate … Mum said we should take a photo with this poster …

March is too late for the Northern Lights. We have seen it the last time we were up this way – on Christmas Eve, 2017. It was magical.

We went through immigration, and finally … we were boarding.

Goodbye Tromso!

Static dog! This is what happens on the plane.

And soon the announcement came that we will soon be landing in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Look at that!
Broken blocks of ice!

Svalbard – here we come!

First sighting

And we have landed!

We got off the plane and walked the short distance to the terminal …

What kind of place is this?

We needed to go to the Service Desk to register my arrival. It wasn’t difficult as we had all our papers in place. Anyone bringing an animal to Svalbard has to apply for permission from the Mattilsynet (the Norwegian Food Safety Authority). The rules are even stricter than us returning to the UK – because they are trying to prevent any spread of rabies. Because we had done the rabies titre test in anticipation of Brexit, we were well prepared for what they required.

Looks like we’re not in Kansas any more! Wearing my ruby red vest!

We got on the Airport Bus to the town centre … and as this is our first AirBnB experience, Mum was a little unsure of where to go. Always ask and someone will point us in the right direction.

There’s Netflix and Mum has never sat down and watched so many programmes as she did – and we loved Ricky Gervais’ Humanity – a lot of dog references.

Nicely surprised – Mum was pleased. But we’re missing room service and a restaurant downstairs so we had to go to the supermarket to get some food – especially for me! Mum remembered where it was from the last time she was here – eight years ago. We walked along the Main Street of Longyearbyen.

And then Mum spotted this guy …

Is that a doodle?!?!?!

Mum went inside the store and asked his owner.

Alas, Kajtek is a Schapendoes or Dutch Sheepdog

But, his owner really wanted a cockapoo but she had difficulty finding a breeder in Norway!

She was very happy to meet me.
Mum thinks I need shoes like Kajtek! Uh-oh!

We were happy to go back to our apartment and stay warm till we had to go out again for my last toilet walk.

Yup! -9 degrees centigrade and very windy!

May’s comment: I was in Longyearbyen eight years ago (pre-Darcy) and had quite an adventure – crossing the Spitbergen island on the back of a Snowmobile (I couldn’t drive one) and staying overnight at Radio Isfjord and husky sledding. As we were already in Sweden, I just had this crazy idea to re-visit with Darcy. I knew there is no way I could repeat any of those crazy, fun adventures. This time I just wanted to be away for a few days – just me and D. – to catch up on things I can’t seem to find the time to do. Do I really have to go so far away? Well, it’s always an adventure that calls my name!

Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, midway between Norway and the North Pole … from 74° to 81° north latitude, so really quite up North!

Though not part of any Norwegian County, it is administered by the Governor appointed by the Government of Norway.

I love the wildness of the place. I seem to like cold places to visit.

3 Comments

  1. Cheryl

    Thank you for the pictures and commentary, I so enjoy visiting these chilly places vicariously through you! You are quite the traveler, and it’s wonderful that you take Miss D and or George when possible!
    Continued safe travels!

  2. Shalimar

    Been there then we went 2 weeks further north to the arctic circle. Enjoy May and Darcy .

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