Dear family and friends, We have had an eventful week above the Arctic Circle. It seems as though the temperatures dropped and rainy days began as we sailed past the Arctic Circle Monument on Vikingen last Saturday. The low 40's and barely reaching 50 for a high.
Norway | Stott | Artemis moored at old fishing harbor
We had a nice spinnaker sail up to Stott, an old fishing harbor. We stayed a couple of days, did laundry for free and had dinner out at the restaurant. One family pretty much owns the village. They've a restaurant, several renovated fisherman houses, fish processing plant, and guest pontoons.
Monday we had beam wind and sailed 45nm to Bodo. We bought groceries and decided to move on. We sailed another 6nm to Landegode Island. Our anchorage at Sandvig was tucked back into this small mountainous island and had lovely sandy beaches with good holding. The next morning the winds had switched and we had choppy seas and gusty winds as we pulled up the anchor. Just as the anchor broke the surface the windlass quit working!
Norway | Lofoten Islands | Austvogoy Island | Svolvaer
We had a beam wind again as we sailed 55nm to Svolvaer, on the largest of the Lofoten Islands Austvagoy. The winds were a constant 25kts gusting 30-35. Fortunately once back into the harbor at Svolvaer they died down. We were backing into a pontoon in calm conditions when the gear shifter broke. We quickly fended off the boat alongside and the tidal current pushed us over onto the pontoon! Al took the windlass apart first and discovered one of the brushes was stuck. He cleaned it up and it appears to be working again:-)
Wed. morning he tackled the gear shifter problem He needed to tear half the boat apart to get at it. We then found a shop in town that had the right size cable and connections. So Al has us all put back together again! Our Swedish friends Carin and Lars on "Ymer" arrived in the afternoon along with 4 other Swedish boats. We are joining them for a week or so cruising the Lofoten Islands.
Norway | Lofoten Islands | Skrova | Carin and Sally read for Swedish MidNight Sun celebration
We went to Skrova yesterday about 5nm from Svolvaer to celebrated MidNight Sun Swedish style last night. (herring/sour cream, schnapps, and strawberries) Carin and I went out to pick wild flowers earlier in the day and made crowns of flowers to wear at the celebration. Today is very windy, rainy and quite cold again. We are hoping to get a hike in later in the day if the weather improves. Al bought a Norwegian wool "moose" cap and I bought a very warm Norwegian sweater and headband to help keep us warm while in Svolvaer! A warm front is coming so we are looking forward to some nicer weather again. Hope all is well. Enjoy your weekend and hopefully much warmer weather than we are experiencing. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
June 13, 2014
Dear Family and Friends, We've had a wonderful first week cruising Norway. We are making longer passages when possible because we plan to get to Lofoten Islands this week. We'll cruise there for a week or so and then start heading south back along this coast we sailed by so quickly.
Norway | Bud | View of Bud and Artemis alongside
Our first stop after leaving Alesund was a place called Bud. We just had to stop as that was Al's Dad's name. It was a nice village with a museum and fort. We walked the hilltop along the WWII German fort but the museum was closed. It was very picturesque around the old fishing harbor and kids were in swimming. BRRR...
We stopped Sat at Hamnebukta anchorage off Tronheimsleia but didn't go ashore. Left early Sunday on another long passage day to Langstrandbukta anchorage in Bole Fjord.
Norway | Bjugnfjorden | Kjeungskjaer Lighthouse
Monday we were in the town of Rorvik at a visitor pontoon. It was a religious holiday so nothing was open. The museum looked new and interesting. Perhaps on our way back through. We bought diesel for the first time since leaving Suffolk Yacht Harbor. Far cheaper than UK we were pleasantly surprised. ($6.75per gallon)We also took far less fuel than we anticipated.