After a wonderful morning’s sleep we were ready to start exploring. We spent a bit of time exploring Reine. Wondering around we saw the rows and rows of fish (or worse, fishheads) drying in the sun. No wonder Reine has such a strong smell!

At around 4pm we finally set off for a new town, Nusfjord, on Flakstadoy island. Our plan is to slowly make our way north, arriving in Tromso on Sunday (Capt Haddock would prefer Saturday so we’re not running off the boat as it touches the dock to catch flights).

The sail was almost great. It started brilliantly, but the offshore breeze meant that we had new direction and velocity every few minutes as the wind made its way around the islands. I even tried to get the spinnaker up at one point but by the time I’d fished it out its very tight space in the fore peak the wind was on the nose and it was starting to rain. Still freezing too. I’m starting to think I should’ve been a little more wary of all those people who told us they were able to swim around here…

We did however have our first fishing attempt! Capt Haddock (CH) received a fishing rod for Christmas and has been waiting to use it ever since! He had a brief go around Bodo in May. No fresh catch so far but we’re ready for a big cod tomorrow or maybe the next day…

The look of optimism:

CH added some funky bits of technology to the rod to make it more exciting for the fish.

Nusfjord is a very sweet little fishing village. So sweet in fact that the villagers have cottoned on to its tourist appeal and now charge all visitors a 30Kr entrance fee. It’s a further 30Kr to watch a video about the town’s history and local fishing industry. I’d say that fortunately for us we are excused because we entered the town by boat, but we have just paid the most expensive mooring fee so far. At least it includes a free screening of the film, which we never got around to viewing…

This is motoring around into the small bay where we moored up for the night.

The whole area is incredibly beautiful. We wondered around the village and up a hill to some inland lakes with delicious, fresh glacier water.

This is a project done by some architecture students. There was an outdoor hottub and a sauna but unfortunately neither were working while we were there!

And Captain Haddock found made some new friends…

Now we’re sat on the boat at midnight, tired but completely confused by the lack of darkness (or even dusk), trying to work out what we should do tomorrow.

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