Date 19-21 June
Today 0 km
Total 278 km
Average 23.2 km/day
Number of days with no paddling
Rain, strong winds from the north
Porridge with real milk, fresh fruit, pancakes, juice and coffee.
Pizza, tacos, pasta with tomato sauce
As expected, we got stuck in Berlevåg. The winds have been strong and shaken our tent during the nights. It has rained without interruption, but the tent is still dry inside.It is nevertheless god that we arrived here before the storm. In Berlevåg, we have been able to spend our daysindoors at the tourist station, which is also a pension. We have been able to take a warm shower, and have found, not entirely to our surprise, that we have both lost a kilo or two in weight. We also have had a stable internetconnection, at last, and have therefore been able to fix with the blog and other matters.
We have enjoyed a couple of beers at the pub and met with the locals. As in most villages up here, everything circles around fishing. We spoke with a haddock fisher who complained about large trawlers getting increasingaccess to waters near the coasts. “It is as if our government wants the smaller commercial fishing boats to disappear” he said with a sigh. He also points out thatseal and whale hunting is a prerequisite for the maintenance of a large cod population. It seems as if it is not only EU who has a bad fishing policy, even if Norway has managed to maintain many of the populations and species of fish at a good and stable level.
A brief summary of the littering situation so far: The coast between Kirkenes and Bugöynes was littered to about 6-7 on our 10-degree scale. At the southern side of Varanger peninsula, the amount of litter was significantly less, about 4/10, to increase on the east and north sides to 8-9/10. The stretch between Hamningberg and Syltefjord (see the lower picture) was worst affected, and we cold clearly see heaps of colorful waste on the shores. Most of the waste was from the fishing industry, such as floats and nets. Also metal from wrecks, and plastic and metal containers from both Norway and Russia.
Tomorrow, it will finally calm down and we will hopefully get closer to, and perhaps across, Tana fjord. It will likely be challenging even to get into the water, as big waves are breaking into the shoreline right now.