Almost a year since our big adventure and we’re back on the water again, in glorious sunshine with hardly any wind, motoring up the coast or Norway. I thought you were taking the boat South? Yes. I realise this is the wrong direction, but we felt that given this may be the last time we have a boat this far up Norway, we should make the most of it. So we’re off to the Lofoten’s again.  

We arrived in Bodo in drips and drabs, all meeting up for a late dinner on a busy patio. 24 hour daylight, beautiful blue skies and flat calm seas is just what the doctor ordered for the next few days. We’re already alternating disorganised watches with long naps on deck. Here’s everyone enjoying the sunshine. And flat calm. We did sail for a bit. 

No matter how sunny it is, I still seem to freeze… 

 

We did do some sailing too… 

The first night, we anchored up the coast of Norway in a bay called Straumhamn. This was on the advice of some friends as not only is it meant to be (and absolutely is!!) a scenic spot but there’s easy access to a lovely fresh water lake filled with trout. We dragged the dinghy across the rocks and paddled about for a bit. 

Of course we didn’t get anywhere with the lake fishing (wrong equipment apparently) but J managed to catch two cod in quick succession once back aboard Hal. I think she has the magic touch. We threw them back in, having already made plans for dinner by this point. This was our spot for the night, absolutely picturesque. 

And almost tropical with it’s white sandy beaches… 

It has’t stopped their either. We had a lovely sail across yesterday to the Lofoten Islands to a little village built across two small islands, Risvaer. The plan was to have lunch but we arrived to find the cafe closed until the tourist season begins again in June (probably mid-June at that). In fact, the place was almost deserted. Clearly a summer getaway. 

No fear though, we anchored just around the corner for lunch and J caught a lovely cod for dinner. Captain Haddock (back again for the sequel) made himself busy filleting and our feast. 

  

We seasoned it with fresh mussels picked from the dock in another deserted bay, Gullvika, where we spent the afternoon lazy away on the boat and trying to go for a walk along the shore. Unfortunately the beautifully built dock didn’t seem to link to any sort of civiization so we were scrambling up rocks or wading through marshland as soon as we stepped off the wood. 

It was lovely and peaceful though and we managed to get a bit of height. 

We were going to spend the night here, but as seems to be the case in this area, there was somewhere a little better just around the corner so we motored to Ulvagen. This fjord was so narrow that Gareth had told us we’d be able to touch both sides from the boat. This turned out to be a slight exaggeration but it was still absolutely lovely. And so still it was hard to tell up from down… 

We can’t get enough of the late night sun… 

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