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Svartisen Glacier

A light, northwesterly breeze gave us a pleasant downwind sail across the Vestfjorden to return to mainland Norway from the Lofoten islands.  We landed at a beautiful anchorage on the island of Rodoy where of course, we explored our new view from the summit of Rodoylova (Rodoy Lion).  From a distance, Rodoylova looks like a proud, male…

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Vaeroy

For the first time in ten weeks, Detour headed south.  It was difficult to turn away from the Lofoten islands, so much was left unexplored!  But we weren’t quite finished with Norway and the countdown toward our next destination had begun.  With a few more fresh pollock (saithe) in the freezer, we soon approached the outlying island…

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Mouthwatering Scenery

At the harbour of Sorvagen, Moskenes we reunited with S/Y Jenny; pleased to raft-up since the guest pontoon had been full the evening of our arrival, and ecstatic to show Jan and Eli the head and roe of my largest cod ever.  We were generously invited aboard S/Y Jenny for dinner; Eli served a delicious,…

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Fjords, Friends, & Fish – More Fish!

Norway evokes the image of fjords, and the Lofoten islands are no exception as they present fjords both large and small.The Trollfjord was our northernmost destination at 68 21.83’N  014 57.90’E. The picturesque, tiny fishing harbor of the Nusfjord actually charges 50NOK admission during the summer for tourists to stroll the pier and snap that…

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Store Molle

The scenery was always changing at Store Molle, where we first explored from the inner pool anchorage at Gullvika. Store Molle presented sandy shorelines, sprawling fields, woodland trails, and dirt roads for our wandering delight.  On the south side of the island, we meandered into the town of Brettesnes.  We stopped for a chat with a man painting…

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Lille Molle

Lille Molle is described in our guidebook as “a beautiful, lonely harbour,” which to us sounded very enticing! It was, in fact, beautiful!  But it was not lonely the evening we stayed because we were joined by our friends Alison and Peter aboard S/Y Upshot.  The fact we were both anchoring at Lille Molle became a bit of…

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Arctic Rally Ends

At Henningsvaer, we reunited with the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Arctic Rally fleet only to bid our farewells.  We’d like to thank Hovde Maritime for allowing the fleet use of their company canteen to house our farewell pot-luck.  The sailors would disperse, let loose in Norway!  M/Y Migration continued northward, the only participant of the Arctic Rally…

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Vestvagoy Vikings

At the island of Vestvagoy, from the airport at Leknes, we would say goodbye to Josh.  But we couldn’t let him leave without just one more excursion!We visited the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg.  In 1981, a farmer plowing his fields at Borg discovered the ruins of a dwelling.  Further excavation determined that the farmer’s discovery was an…

Catch of the day!

“Fish ON!”

“Fish ON!” I would yell each time someone announced he or she had a bite on the line.  The phrase caught, and soon Brian, Josh, Jack, Debbi, and Kerri were shouting, “Fish ON!” from every direction!  Detour and S/Y Iroquois had a blast during a sunny afternoon of rafted-up fishing, just offshore from Kabbelvag.  Kerri and I took…

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Make Way for Vikings!

The scenery continued to amaze; snow-capped mountain peaks piled atop one another in the background while the foreground was a maze of rocky islets.  We kept our eyes on the sea on the lookout for puffins; these little heartthrobs bobbed among the waves so we’d get a glimpse of their adorable orange beaks and white, panda-like eyes,…