Ballstad - Kunna
With a crew of 7, we sailed the first leg to Nusfjord.
Later, we dropped the anchor in a bay on the island Kunna and took the dingy to fish a big pollak for dinner and have a trip on land.
Reine is considered the most beautiful place in Norway - be the judge!
The Kirkefjord couldn't admit Welkin, as the bridge were only 15m, but with "Potta" (The potty a.k.a. T/T to Welkin)) we could take in the views up close.:
The next morning the Kirkefjord was like a "Troll" Fjord.
Even other mountains along the outermost part of Lofoten were spooky this morning.
We had planned to anchor in the big bay in the harbour at the island Værøy, but somebody had removed the water! Therefore we squeezed in between the fishing boats in the makeshift quay by the breakwater.(right)
€15 million is the budget for the project to make the harbour at Værøy deeper, a dam has been made to keep the water out, while big dumpers are transporting the seabed off.
We went first to the nesting cliff on the SW end of Værøy, but even at high tide, the current between the two islands Værøy and Røst made the sea rather choppy. In addition it seemed like the bird had finished nesting and departed but the Puffins and Guillemots enjoyed themselves in big flights.
Having escaped the current we could sail in deeper waters along the east side of Røst.
Røst is a rather flat island and does not provide much shelter.
On this island the seagulls were nesting in apartment blocks...
.. and terrasse apartments
Facing a narrow, almost unmarked fairway, with lots of shallows, we dropped the anchor at 3m depth just before the last run into the harbour.
Beautiful broad reaching across the Vestfjord, and just south of Bodø we could watch the narrow cumulus build above an inversion.
Bodø Guest Harbour is consistent; The Harbour Mastrer offered to drive to a petrol station in order to get another gas bottle for Welkin!
The trip continued to Sandviken, a tight, shallow and sand filled little harbour.
Yet another beautiful sail - towards Myken - A fresh breeze that increased to strong breeze in the end. On the way the glacier Svartisen pushed up above the mountains.
The harbour did not provide much shelter fir the wind, we had 17m/s by the floating stage, but the narrow entrance(s) fortunately stopped the waves.
Two young boys approached the boat and offered us the days catch of crabs, and after picking some cloudberries (right) the dinner was all set!
Right;: The view eastward to the glacier Svartisen.
Myken - Lovund
The plan was originally to go to Træna, but the waves after last nights gale were not that friendly, so after some uncontrollable surfs south of Myken, we snuck into the sheltered waters inside Lyngvær and headed towards Lovund.
This three's fight against the wind forces could be studied from the harbour at Lovund.
Lovund - Herøy
With the north-west wind from behind, we sailed to Herøyholmen, where we docked straight outside the hotel.
The picture below is from Tomma, just NE of Dønna
A rainy day ( the first one in one and a half month), with variable wind we returned once again to Straumøya. The photographer had the day off!
The day started with rain and fog.
The island Vega is - with some imagination - visible to the left of the rock in the horizon......
When Rørvik came into view, we saw the light - again!
Today's sea mark is Helgelandsflesa:
Having arrived in Rørvik, the sun got out and we could pick up the failed IC for the autopilot onboard the SAR boat "Harald V". Soldering it in place were quite a challenge - it's only 4 mm long!