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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Arctic Rally Rallies North

The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) participants of the Arctic Rally made tracks northward, but constant north winds in the forecast meant we really had to rally to keep energized and keep moving!  We were thankful for Norway’s protective coastline, which kept the seas at bay while we motored the intricate, inner leads.  Detour  earned the nickname, “Rock…