(CNN) — As journeys home go, it was a particularly long and unusual one.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced a group of 24 Dutch teenagers to sail  across the Atlantic to return to the Netherlands, arriving safely in the port of Harlingen on Sunday after more than five weeks at sea.
The students, aged between 14 and 17, were on a sail/study program around the Caribbean on the "Wylde Swan" two-mast topsail schooner. While they were scheduled to fly home from Cuba last month, restrictions due to the global pandemic put their return journey in major doubt.
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