Goodbye, Norway

Bergen, the bustling city that had greeted us with sunshine and warmth in June, now demonstrated its true colors – wet!  Since we’d been up north, Bergen had set record breaking rainfall at nearly 10 inches recorded during the month of July.  Rain was still pouring down, every day!  We took this opportunity to visit the driest…

Øye the Hjørundfjord

Summer seemed to end when we exited the Geirangerfjord, the temperature cooled and the rain began.We docked at the head of the Hjørundfjord, at the town of Øye; respite from the hustle and bustle of touristy Geirangerfjord.  We arrived late in the evening, and hunkered inside to get warm and dry!  Øye’s history knows tourism well.  The…

Geirangerfjord

We’re winding down Norway, still a few more spectacular sights to check off our list (and comprising another list for our next visit).  There was not yet a good wind forecast for our next big move, so we deviated from the coastline and took a 50-mile detour into the Geirangerfjord.  During our few days in the fjord the weather was…

Lånan

The tiny island of Lånan is not only unique because of its low-lying topography, accessible by boat it is far off the beaten path and has a very special connection to nature.  Navigating through narrow, shallow, rock-laden passages among the skerries that comprise Lånan and neighboring island communities requires calm weather and attention. Lånan’s recent addition as a UNESCO…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…