Wednesday June 18
Today 27 km
Total 278 km
Average 30.9 km/day
Northwesterly winds up to 6-8 m/s. Sun morning and evening.
None – we didn’t even try
6/10. Mostly local dumping of car tires, metal waste, plastic bottles and Styrofoam.
Porridge with powdered milk, coffee.
Fish stew with haddock, cod and saithe.
Couscous and fish stew.
We slept in, and perhaps that was the best to do, as rain showers passed, one after the other. The forecast looks bad – it is supposed to be northerly gale from tomorrow until Friday. We realized that we will be stranded for a few days and will therefore try to get to Berlevåg tonight, about 20 km paddling from here.
During the day, we used the time to blog and loadbatteries using our solar panel during short periods of sun. Alex managed to get 3G connection by climbing the highest cliff on the island, and finally we could update the blog. Vi also slept for an extra hour during the day since the tide peak at 10 PM.
The wind continued to blow and turn more on the north before we left in a blend of snowfall and rain. We had a bumpy ride as we moved out of the fjord. The headwindwas about 6 m/s but we nevertheless made good speed through the water. We passed and had to keep distance toseveral shallow spots where the waves broke. We watched out for breaking waves but Alex panickedsomewhat when an approaching big wave looked like it was going to break, and Johan laughed out load when Alex paddled for his life to escape it. After this, we triedto keep some distance to the shore.
The trip was tough even though we had rested during the day. Our bodies were exhausted, and the constant changes of the daily rhythm don’t help either. Powered by numerous snickers and bounty bars we finally reachedBerlevåg where we landed and put up our campsite. To be forced into a few days of rest and luxury doesn’t feel that bad, after all.