Today was so exciting! This was it. The first day of our big trip! And we started with a journey to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
We had to wake up at 06:15 to get the last bits and bobs packed up before we left at 08:00. When it was time to depart we all got our big backpacks on. Thank goodness we don’t have to lug them all the way up mountains ‘cause let me tell you, those things are HEAVY.
We got the bus and then the train (The Gatwick Express) to the airport. We sped through security so we had about an hour to have breakfast in the lounge (Mum and Dad have splashed out for a special pass because we’re going to be spending so much time in airports this year and you get free food…)
When we got off the plane in Oslo - our first stop - we had to go through security again! For lunch we got sandwiches and they were so expensive. £44.00!! That’s a lot for only four sandwiches and a couple drinks…
We boarded a new type of aeroplane in Oslo and the flight attendant let me sit in the seat next to Dad that had loads of leg room, because there weren’t that many people on the flight. I watched Rio 2 on the TV monitor. I’ve seen it before, but I didn’t mind seeing it again because it’s so funny, especially the bit where Nigel tries to poison Blue in his sleep and Blue says, “You need a breath mint”. Then Nigel says in his funny accent, “You mock me, even in your sleep!”
We have arrived in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard and the first thing I see when I come out of the plane to collect my bags is… a real, stuffed Polar Bear. Great… It’s called taxidermy when you stuff animals. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
We went on a coach called the Flybusse that went around the village and dropped people off at their hotels. Ours is called Basecamp Hotel and we are room number 17. It’s the best room ever because it has a special bunk room at the top. Also, you get coffee and hot chocolate and tea for FREE!!! It’s the cosiest hotel with cool stuff and really nice people who work there. I really like Maria especially. She’s very kind.
The restaurant opposite to us is called Svalbar and we went there for dinner and had the best margarita pizzas EVER! No grease on them whatsoever! (unlike Dominoes…) Tomorrow we’re going Quad Biking. See you then!