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Daily Archives: 22. May 2018 − News & Stories

Vesterålen: Stokmarknes

This bridge last night turned out to be an interesting thing. A 30 metre high bridge and a 31 metre high ship. Well, but the 30 metres of the bridge are the guaranteed minimum hight above the highest high water ever. To be sure, we sent mate Nick up the Besan to see if the main mast would fit.

Bridge at Stokmarknes, Vesterålen

Bridge at Stokmarknes, Vesterålen.

It did. There were still several metres of space.

Soon thereafter we had reached Stokmarknes in the late evening hours. Next to us, the old Hurtigruten ship Finnmarken is beached, now serving as a museum.

Hurtigruten ship Finnmarken in Stokmarknes, Vesterålen

Old Hurtigruten ship Finnmarken, now a museum, in Stokmarknes, Vesterålen.

After a lovely sunset (the last one of the voyage!) and a calm night in the harbour, we woke up to found the day to be grey and rainy. Nevertheless, we went off for a nice hike up the hills behind Stokmarknes.

Snow fields, Stokmarknes, Vesterålen

Snow fields in the mountains behind Stokmarknes, Vesterålen.

Nevertheless, it was a good hike with some nice views under the clouds, and it is always good to get some exercise. Especially if you have got some days at sea ahead. And we will soon set sail for Bear Island (Bjørnøya)!

View of Stokmarknes, Vesterålen

Grey view of Stokmarknes, Vesterålen.


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