Aglow with Midnight Sun

Sun at Midnight – Landegode

more sun at midnigh

Just completed our first Lofoten Island trip – this one, a shorter one than usual at 8 nights, was a great start to the summer.  By Day 3 Carol was saying that the trip had already exceeded her expectations!

The weather was the usual Lofoten Island mix of sunshine and blue skies – interspersed with the odd grey sky and showers.  Our last night at anchor seemed a bit dreary, but just as we were thinking of going to bed I noticed the sun glowing against the mountains – a quick check of the time and there it was, the sun at midnight and a pinky sky.  Was it red sky at night or red sky in the morning though!

Definitely worth a photo or 2 – and to really capture the feeling we were all ‘playing’ with the panorama settings on our gadgets

The second highlight of the week was our bbq at the spectacular anchorage in Haversand, where we ended up eating on deck in shorts and t shirts.

anchorage in haversandLooking forward to more of the same next week – and if you want to join us there are 2 spaces on the 31 July


Fast and Lively – Oban to Bodo

sunrise or sunset!We’re heading north – is this sunrise or sunset!!

We arrived safely in Bodo this week after a very fast and lively crossing of the Norwegian Sea. This annual trip north from Oban was, as to be expected, completely different to previous years.

It started out with gales forecast and so we started by spending 2 days in Oban. Safety briefings and boat familiarisation out of the way on the first day, we opted for a visit to the Oban distillery and then a seafood lunch the second. It was actually a great way to start a holiday if the weather prevents you from sailing and gave our guests a chance to see Oban.

Our first days sailing saw us heading across to the sound of Mull and then out around Ardnarmurchan point to the anchorage on the island of Rhum. This was a fabulous sail and a good way to get people used to the boat – and also a watch system

Working the tides, we decided that 6am was the time to leave and we set off to sail outside of Skye and northwards. A couple of tacks to clear Neist point and then we were off, non stop to Norway. 780nm on the log in 6 days. We had help from the current of about ½ a knot the whole way. We had one gale just north of Shetland and arrived in Sandnessjoen in Norway just before the next one.  At this time of year we are lucky to have very little dark.  It went dark for 2 hours on the first 2 days, and then just a sort of dusk.  It was quite hard to tell if it was sunset or sunrise.

The second half of the trip was definitely 24 hour daylight as we cruised amongst the islands north of the Arctic circle – rather like we will when we head south on the Bodo to Kristiansund trip. We explored Sandnessjoen which was new to us, and a good pit stop for bread, milk and wifi! We found a new anchorage at Lapvika, detoured to the glacier, the second largest in mainland Europe, and anchored south of Fugloya before arriving in Bodo. With more gales forecast the harbour was busy – mainly with fishing boats ‘hiding’ so we spent 2 days on the fuel pontoon. Nothing was moving so we were not in anyone’s way, and now the harbour is empty and there is plenty of room for us as the locals set off for this holiday weekend. (the locals celebrate Midsummer with bonfires and bbq’s)

Our guests arrive tomorrow and we are looking forward to another summer season exploring the Lofoten Islands – we’re just about sold out with only 2 places remaining on the trip from 31st July to 10th August and still some spaces on Bodo to Kristiansund.

The sun is shining and the forecast is good – if a little cold at 12 degrees!

Looks like we’ll need the thermals for a little longer.