Today 16 km
Total 349 km
Average 23.3 km/day
Number of days stranded
Northerly winds 7-10 m/s
Atlantic char 1,5 kg
Our super porridge. Sandwiches with mayonnaise, dried bacon and eggs. Oven baked Atlantic char with onions, potatoes and two sauces.
Gunnarsfjord beach: 7/10. Lots of plastic bottles, cork floats and fishing nets. Also local trash such as beer cans and alike.
The weather doesn’t seem to be on our side. The northerly winds continue to dominate and even if they are not so strong, our exposed location combined with the past week’s weather makes paddling difficult. We nevertheless leave Risfjord in reasonable weather and have some protection from the points in the north when we paddle to Gunnarsfjord 8 km further north. Vi decide to stop here since Johan’s friend John, who works at Nordkyn Nordic Safari fishing camp in Mehamn, can come to meet us in Gunnarsfjord in the evening.
On arrival in Gunarsfjord we were met by an unfriendly older man who says that this is his land and that we have to camp on the other side of the river. Apparently he is fed up with littering tourists – a bit ironic considering our mission.
The next morning we were mindset for Mehamn, but the winds are even stronger than yesterday and the paddling gets tough in the headwind. When we reach Gamvik, we realize that the waves are to big to allow us to passVarmes point. There are many shallow areas outside of it, and the sea is full of large breaking waves. We decide to stop at Gamvik and wait for better weather. From the shore we conclude that our decision was wise, not the least because our unsure about possibilities to land again before Mehamn, about 20 km away.
After a beer in the sauna, we are ready for bed. Rarely did we sleep as well as this night.
//Johan och Alex