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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,…

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66° 33′ 39″ N

A gloomy day welcomed us into the Arctic, but aboard Detour there was only excitement and celebration.It is a huge achievement for any sailor  to cross the Arctic Circle, at 66° 33′ 39″ N this is the northernmost, imaginary line of accomplishment.  The Arctic Circle is the farthest south latitude where one can witness 24-hours of sunlight or 24-hours…

North view from summit, clouds.

Donnamannen

“Suit up!” we exclaimed, tossing Josh a full set of rain gear (thanks, Bruce!) as Brian and I prepared Detour to haul the anchor.  The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Arctic Rally was on the move!  Conditions were superb, strong head winds and rain.  “Don’t worry,” we encouraged Josh, “at tonight’s anchorage, Hjartoya, we should have a…

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Torghatten

Our newest crew member received a warm welcome at Rorvik with a hot meal (debatable whether he liked all the ingredients), a soft bed (on the couch due to crew overlap), a fresh shower (the following morning) and promise of the splendor of Norway.  Then, we told him to suit up into all of his warmest…