One of the reasons for ending our last trip in Stokmarknes was to give Richard and Lin the opportunity to explore the island group of Vesteralen, just north of the Lofoten Islands.  After a quick scrub, clean and shop we were ready for the off and left Stokmarknes heading west to circumnavigate the island group.

We were really surprised to discover how different the islands were from Lofoten, lower, greener and more rounded.  There was also lots more habitation than we expected colourful houses, pretty churches and plenty of birds.

colourful buildings and hills

We found some spectacular anchorages but the highlight of the trip was the 5 killer whales who coasted by and stayed with us for about an hour, and even returned the following day.

3 killer whales killer whale tail

Now we are in Stokmarknes and ready to start our second one way trip, this one ending back at our usual base in Bodo.

First time on a one way trip to Stokmarknes

vl in stokmarknes
Velvet Lady on the guest pontoon in Stokmarknes

If only the sun had shone like this all week!  This was taken on our last morning, just after the guests had left us for their travel home.  212 miles sailed last week  in lovely sheltered waters but the sun didn’t shine as often as we would have liked!  Nevertheless we visited some spectacular places and enjoyed the scenery in the peace and tranquility so typical of the Lofoten Islands.  We even managed to find a bar with a telly to watch Andy Murray win wimbledon on our last night.  Beers all round!