Friday, September 30, 2016

Beautiful Nature!

We still need to determine who's eggs these might have been, since no bird was around when we found them...but anyway, it was one of the most amazing findings this summer: A nest made of shattered ouster and other shells and three beautiful eggs with a pattern like it was painted on them with ink and a form so very cleverly designed :-)


This swan wasn't all to friendly to us when we moored in Evjesundet/Norway this summer. In the end only a handful of water prevented him from further attacking our dinghy...

Goats in the morning....

We wake up early in the morning and the children had to jump out of the boat immediately, since we had visitors for breakfast.....
There are a few dozen goats on Haoya and their milk is processed at the local cheese dairy we visited yesterday.
Although our two guest might have hope for something better, the children sticked to what the very friendly lady at the dairy explained to us....

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kon-Tiki Museum Oslo/Norway - 07/31/2016

Last winter I read Thor Heyerdahls book about his incredible travel on a self build balsa raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands.
By this amazing journey Heyerdahl and his companions were able to proof, that the ancestors of the people on the island may have come 1500 years ago from the East under the lead of Kon-Tiki, a mystic god and prime father.
The Kon-Tiki museum was enchanting, showing THE Kon-Tiki raft.
As well as the story of this highly unusual journey other expeditions of Heyerdahl were explained.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vigelands Park Oslo/Norway - 07/30/2016

In the afternoon we planed to visit the Vigelands Park. But  just when we were about to take the half hour walk there, it started to rain cats and dogs. Therefore we took the tram, which brought us directly to the entrance. It was still raining there, but the park was rather crowded...we soon found out that it was not because of the really interesting, very dynamic sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869 -1943) but the park seems to be kind of a hotspot for Pokemon Go......although rain poured down, many, like many people went around mostly in small groups looking on their devices....well our children had some patience to look at the sculptures, but I guess Pokemon Go built a much stronger memory to this place..."Sorry, Gustav!" ;-)

Oslo/Norway - 07/30/2016

Before we reached the capital of Norway, the children wished to go swimming, since it was a rather hot day with about 28°C....We anchored in a bay close to Oslo, rather close to rocks....after a short swimming we felt the anchor might not be fast enough on the rocky ground with swell of the nearby passing speed ferry....anyway we reached Oslo in the afternoon and were guided by the harbor master to a free box at the Aker Brugge Marina. We were just at the center of Oslo and actually we enjoyed it a lot :-)

Bastoy/Norway - 07/30/2016

Well, we did not stay in Lindholmen for the night....Somehow Wolfgang felt to go while we were all falling asleep, he brought us to Bastoy further up the Oslo Fjord. When I wake up the next morning, we were surrounded by a really beautiful bay :-)


Seeing the Stars and Strips at the stern of a boat always provokes certain dreams about crossing the Atlantik and travel the States by boat.....sigh

Lindholmen/Norway - 07/29/2016

We didn't stay in Verdens Ende, since it was overcrowded with bus tourist and felt not comfortable for us.
Instead we visited Lindholmen. We have been here last year and the children enjoyed very much the endless possibilities to play on the large skerries with forest and water puddles and rocks to climb on.
When we arrived and tried to moor at the rock, it was a really big step for me to get out from the ship onto the rocks (although only a minor step for mankind....;-). I nearly missed my step and felt like I would crushed between boat and the cliffy rocks. Luckily I kind of got my balance back, but my knees were shaking for quite a while after that....
The children enjoyed being here a lot :-)

Verdens Ende/Norway - 07/29/2016

Early in the morning we left Langoy Killen and headed for the Oslo Fjord. Large herons were flying above us.
We had a brief stop at Verdens Ende, at the south end of the fjord. Nice skerries here but too many bus tourists...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Langoy Killen / Norway - 07/28/2016

We had the most pleasant stay in Langoy Killen. Outside the bay it was rather rough, but here we were very well protected.
We used the day to explore this island. Nearby was an old iron mine. Inside the rocks it was so bitter cold that the humidity condensed at the old entrance. It was really chilly to stand in front of the gate.
The island is still inhabited, although mostly by holiday house owners and only a few farmers.
The atmosphere was kind of enchanted.
We like the old graveyard and the wonderful forest, which covers almost the whole place.

Langoy Killen/Norway - 07/27/2016

Back in Risør a very nice lady we met at the harbor laundry recommended Langoy Killen to us. It has a very, very, very narrow entrance but the whole bay is very protected. So a good spot for us to stay during the heavy winds of the following days....

Dypsholmen/Norway - 07/27/2016

After the very nice town of Risør, we wanted nature again, so we went for the skerry Dypsholmen. Well with a wood ponton build on the rock, it was not that much of wild nature, but of course the landing was very easy, so no complains here ;-)
Dypsholmen is a beautiful skerry and we enjoyed our stay a lot. But for the night heavy winds from the wrong direction were predicted and we did not dare to stay there, with only the stern anchor to be relied on....

Risør/Norway - 07/26/2016

Risør the "White city of the Skagerrak" is the best preserved wooden building place of Europe.
In former times Risør lived on wood trade. When the wood commerce was moved to Kristiansand the people of Risør refused to move there. Later in the war of 1808-18 many warships started from Risør.
Above the town is a very prominent limestone rock.
Each year in August a wood boat regatta takes place in Risør.
We enjoyed our stay in the lively yet relaxed town a lot :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Furoya / Norway - 07/24/2016

Although we had a good spot for Frida in the harbor of Tvedestrand, we longed for nature and therefore left again in the evening making a short trip over to the skerry Furoya.
Here we made our first campfire of the journey and the children met Norwegian children with whom they played until late in the night.

Tvedestrand / Norway - 07/24/2016

The town of Tvedestrand is also called city of books because of it's many, many bookshops....A boo obsessed family like ours does not need any more reasons to visit a place.
Tvedestrand is a nice place, may be a bit calm, but it way Sunday afternoon when we arrived....