Bergen has a reputation for being the wettest place in Norway, no wonder then that it started to rain just as we approached!!
Our 601 miles sailed from Bodo to Bergen were filled with excitement and adventure. We visited 7 new places on route, all of them different. We saw eagles, dolphins, seals at rest on a rock, a very large whale, many large oil rigs, plenty of shipping and to cap it all watched the moon rise over a glacier.
We had a good mixture of strong and light winds which gave us the opportunity to go tacking through narrow channels. At one point I looked out of the window and there were trees on both sides as we sailed between two very small islands. As well as day sailing, we had one longer passage where we spent 2 nights at sea and anchored just before dark on the third night in Vagsvag in Vagsoy. Our biggest problem that night was finding a place that it was shallow enough to anchor!
Everyone enjoyed this mix of day sailing and coastal cruising combined with the opportunity to experience a longer offshore passage. I think it is all summed up in the poem that Paul wrote one night after watch
Warm and dry, fed
Not thirsty, do not need the head
My teeth are clean, I have not shaved
Not on watch
I am happy