This is our first week sailing in the Lofoten Islands and we are currently half way through an 8 night trip.. WOW seems to be the word of the day. We awoke this morning to glassy calms and reflections in one of our favourite anchorages, and took lots of photos before setting sail to Trollfjord where we were joined by the Hurtigruten mail boat! I am now writing this after dinner in Digermulen, a small town at the bottom of a 310m hill, whilst our guests have gone climbing to the top to see the midnight sun.
You too could be enjoying the Lofoten Experience next week, we have spaces left from 20th -30th June. See the itinerary on our website
We are now in Bodo after a fantastic trip from Oban. 1031 miles logged in a trip which is best described in 3 parts.
Oban to Lerwick
Lerwick to Norway
Cruising the Norwegian Islands.
We left Oban in bright sunshine and glassy calm seas, motoring all the way along the sound of Mull to our first nights anchorage. A bright and early start to catch the tide saw us sailing up the sound of Sleat and through the narrows at Kyle Rhea by mid afternoon. The wind was fickly until Cape Wrath where it settled down and we close reached all the way to Shetland. As we rounded the south tip of Shetland Helicopter Bond 2 called us up and asked if they could practice with us landing a winchman on our deck. Very exciting and they agreed to take some aeriel shots of Velvet Lady in return. The wind was squally and Velvet Lady had small sails, but the photos are fantastic and the winchman landed on the deck with no problems. As it turned out the pilot Graham was a friend of Rod one of our crew members – small world – so we all met for coffee in Lerwick.
The windiest (and wettest) day of the trip was our day in Lerwick, with a Force 9 battering us against the harbour wall, bursting 3 fenders which we duly replaced. Good job we were in harbour and not out at sea.
After topping up with diesel we left Lerwick once the wind had died and ended up motoring for the next 50 hours towards Norway. We zig zagged through the oil rigs and had plenty of time to look for wildlife. Minke whales, seals, dolphins and many types of seabirds entertained us on this part of the trip, but none so spectacular as the 5 killer whales (3 male and 2 female) that circled us as we approached the Norwegian coastline. Wow, a good moment to call everyone out of bed. The wind filled in for our final approach to Norway and we enjoyed making landfall under sail. 24 hour daylight here so there was no problem finding our anchorage at midnight.
We made such good time to Norway that we now had 5 nights to sail and explore amongst the islands and skerries. We found 3 isolated new anchorages, 1 new small boat harbour, but the favourite again was our trip to the Glacier. After a hike up to the glacier snout there is nothing like a Gin and Tonic, cooled down with glacier ice, to celebrate a successful crossing. For the whole of our 5 days cruising we had sunshine and blue skies, some of us even wearing shorts on deck, with temperatures in the late 20’s. Long may it last!
The summer is now almost a sellout, with the only places left now on the Midnight Sun trip – 20th – 30th June. We have just reduced the price to a mere £899, what a fantastic bargain for a summer holiday. Return flights are available from Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow for approximately £300 so why not join us and experience Norway for yourselves.