Hello, Scotland!

Detour had a blazing sail to Scotland, averaging 6.7 knots.  We sailed first with a 15-20 knot northwest wind, followed by a lull which required a bit of motoring, ended with a building southeast, and finally another bit of motoring to bring us into the Moray Firth.  We’d traveled exactly 360nm from Utsira, Norway; total 53 hours…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…