Norway | Moyhamna | Artemis and Ymer at the new pontoon at Moyhamna
July 20, 2014
Dear Family and friends, We continue to enjoy cruising Norway now heading south back toward Kiel Germany where we'll fly home for threeweeks August 19. We've stayed in some beautiful little harbors and anchorages, Husoy onTraena, Sannessjoen on Alten Island, where we bought great halibut and cod! Igeroy on Vega Island, Moyhamna where we walked Torghatten cave again this time with Swedish friends Lars and Carin, Solsemvag on Leka, another visit to Rorvig. This time the museum was open. It was new and beautiful but expensive. Then we discovered our ticket also gave us a guided tour of 5 historic buildings belonging to Berg estate (rich man who farmed and financed the area employing many)
Norway | Stokksund Island | Kuringvagen
Kuringvagen in Stokksund was beautiful harbor and nice walks, Kongsvoll in Imsterfjord was another nice spot.,
Our best find in a while was Halholmn in Ytrefjord at North end of the Atlantic Road. This former fishing settlement was restored by well known Norwegian sailor Ragnar Thorseth as a conference center. He's known for his expedition following Viking paths in a Viking Merchantman built from 1000 year old Viking ship design. Ragnar and his wife and two sons with various other crew went around the world on Saga Siglar 1983-1986. Halholmn is a beautiful facility, excellent finger pontoons for 100NOK a night including wifi, showers and electricity. (very inexpensive) The museum was built around the remains of one of the replica Viking ships "Oseberg" that sunk in a freak storm off Spain in the Mediterranean. Ragnar now 70 years old is planning to row his dingy for the second time across the North Sea from Norway to the Shetlands.
Norway | Molde
Yesterday we arrived in Molde as we had hoped to enjoy the last day of their annual 6 day Jazz Festival. Unfortunately by 1900 Saturday night the booths were being dismantled to reopen the streets and the only music we heard was Rock n'Roll at an outdoor bar with 150 NOK cover charge per person:-( We did enjoy our walk to town and had a refreshing beer with Lars and Carin. It's hard to believe this is Norway when the temps are in the 80's!! Our days slowly sailing or motoring among the mountainous islands and skerries are absolutely beautiful. We still are enjoying sunlight for 24 hours but not the very bright sun we had a few weeks ago at midnight!
Norway | Molde | Swedish friends Lars and Carin on s\y Ymer leaving Molde
Sadly we will leave our Swedish friends Lars and Carin tomorrow. They will go to meet their daughter and husband and we will continue cruising south toward Kiel. We hope to be situated at BKYC with Artemis sometime the weekend of Aug. 16 as we fly out of Hamburg Aug. 19th for Chicago. We're only home for 3 weeks. So plan a short visit in Chicago then to MN by Aug. 15 until after Labor Day. Then we'll return to Chicago for a week before we fly back to Germany. We still don't know our final UK destination for this cruising season and haven't given up on St. Katharine Docks London. Hope all is well and you're enjoying some lovely summer weather. The Norwegians keep saying they can not remember a summer of such continuous nice weather. (waiting for the other shoe to fall) Love and God Bless Sally and Al
Norway | Lofoten Islands | Skrova Island | Carin and Sally ready for Swed Mid-Night Sun celebration
July 6, 2014
Dear family and friends,
I've been putting some pictures up on facebook and writing short notes each day so I nearly forgot about writing a log. So if you've seen facebook much of what is written here will be a repeat. We enjoyed our twelve days in the Lofoten Islands despite the colder rainer weather than our previous weeks. We met up with our 5 Swedish boats for Mid-Night sun celebration Swedish style on the island of Skrova. One boat grilled whale which tasted/texture very much like beef. I made a fish chowder for Al and I but most had types of herring, schnapps and strawberries. Carin and Lars on Ymer are friends we met back in Kemer Turkey and on the EMYR to Egypt back in 2008. Carin, Marie and I made wild flower crowns to wear:-)