In search of the Midnight Sun

Henningsvaer – one of the magical places we visited last trip, tucked in behind the rocks it is protected from all wind and sea. (We are the black circle in the centre, the white triangles are AIS positions of fishing boats.

‘A great experience sailing in the far north – pity there was no sign of the midnight sun but we saw plenty of wildlife- including a very playful minke whale!’

This comment in our guest book sums up our first trip in Lofoten and Vesteralen entirely.  It wasnt the wettest week we have ever had, nor was it the coldest but it was definitely the greyest.  There was some great wind and plenty of ‘moments’ of clear sunshine but never at midnight.

The highlight was the hour we spend with a very inquisitive Minke whale who must have been feeding, and in between mouthfuls kept circling around us to see who we were!  Lots of camera snapping ensued.

Now we are moored in the tiny town of Stokmarknes and looking forward to our return trip to Bodo next week with sunshine in the forecast!

A trip of firsts

 

Last week , after our Oban to Norway trip, one of our guests described the trip as ‘a trip of firsts’.

  • My first proper sea crossing (after a milebuilding trip on Velvet Lady last year from Plymouth to Oban)
  • My first proper seasickness!
  • First time in Norway
  • First time crossing the Arctic circle
  • First walk to a Glacier
  • First Oil rigs seen at sea
  • First time hailed in the face whilst helming
  • First time shower aboard a boat

We sailed 1100 miles to get from Oban to Bodo, with various stops in the Hebrides as well as a few special places on the Norwegian coast. The weather was a bit of a mixed bag – with calm then gales, rain then sun, cold then warm all to be expected on an ocean crossing.

We will be returning from Kristiansund to Plymouth (via the Hebrides) in September, and if you fancy a trip of firsts and 1100 miles for your log book, there are still a few spaces.  This will be the last of our 1000 mile plus trips, as next year, we are breaking all of the milebuilding trips into ‘shorter chunks!’

Full details of this and all of our trips – including the new look 2019 Schedule are available on the Schedule page of our website.

Velvet Lady in Bodo harbour