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Skje­r­vøy – Orcas and nort­hern lights!

Based on some infor­ma­ti­on of recent sightin­gs and a bit of opti­mism, we had set cour­se nor­the­ast towards the waters around Skje­røya, at 70 degrees north. Usual­ly we don’t get far on this trip! But con­si­de­ring the Orca sightin­gs that had been made by others the­re in recent days, we wan­ted to give it a try.

We were not disap­poin­ted!

Orcas, Skjervøy

Orcas near Skje­r­vøy.

Of cour­se we used the oppor­tu­ni­ty to visit Skje­r­vøy, an small island with a sett­le­ment and har­bour that all bear the same name. This is whe­re Fri­dt­jof Nansen’s Fram final­ly retur­ned to civi­li­sa­ti­on after her famous 3 year drift across the Arc­tic Oce­an (1893-1896). Nan­sen hims­elf, accom­pa­nied by Hja­l­mar Johan­sen, had famous­ly left the ship in 1895 to reach the north pole (which did not work), so they were not on board when the Fram reached Skje­r­vøy. A gre­at bit of polar histo­ry, and this place was part of it. This alo­ne was actual­ly a good rea­son to visit.

Skjervøy

Skje­r­vøy: island, har­bour, sett­le­ment.

As it tur­ned out, the­re are some good hiking oppor­tu­nities on Skje­r­vøya. Cur­r­ent­ly limi­ted as the sun is going down just befo­re 3 p.m., but it was enough for a short walk to get some fine views of the place.

And as if this hadn’t been enough for a good day, we even got some first nort­hern lights later the same evening! Not very strong and the pho­to con­di­ti­ons were not ide­al on the moving ship, but still … nort­hern light is nort­hern light 🙂

Northern light near Skjervøy

Nort­hern light near Skje­r­vøy.

Trom­sø – 28 Octo­ber 2018

The day we had been wai­t­ing for! Today ever­y­bo­dy is com­ing on board and we will set sail with Anti­gua, tra­vel­ling from Trom­sø to Bodø. The last sai­ling voya­ge of the arc­tic sea­son 2018. W are hoping for gre­at light, ever­ything that the sun may send us, both direct­ly during the day and more indi­rect­ly during the dark hours … may­be Orcas, Sea eagles, cer­tain­ly a lot of gre­at sce­ne­ry, lovely litt­le vil­la­ges and other inte­res­ting pla­ces, sai­ling …

Roald Amundsen, Rolf Stange, Tromsø

Roald and Rolf in Trom­sø.

But first, ever­y­bo­dy has time to explo­re Trom­sø; many arri­ved just yes­ter­day and the­re is ple­nty to do here, espe­cial­ly as the wea­ther is fine again today.

The ear­ly win­ter often brings a mix­tu­re of snow and rain, free­zing and thawing. The result: ice on the streets. A bad luck moment on a street in Trom­sø brings a bro­ken arm and thus a very pre­ma­tu­re end of the voya­ge befo­re it has even real­ly begun for two unlu­cky per­sons (inclu­ding a non-inju­red com­pa­n­ion). We wish you all the best, quick and com­ple­te reco­very!

In late hours, Cap­tain Mario pushes the Anti­gua against a pret­ty strong cur­rent out of the har­bour and through under the bridge. We are star­ting our trip to Bodø … set­ting cour­se nor­thwards!

SV Antigua, Tromsø

SV Anti­gua rea­dy to set sail in Trom­sø.

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