Træna islands 66:29.735N 012:05.054E

Frans & Sarah Toonen
Tue 21 Jul 2015 13:19
Tuesday 21st July 2015. 31nm, NE 3-5, overcast. 1 engine hour. 

 A scenic trip out west using the cruising chute. The view of the mainland was amazing - over 180 degrees of snow capped and rocky peaks with the glacier visible like a fluffy blanket. The mountains of the island of Sanna are visible from 40+ miles away and Sanna together with Husøyvær, where we moored, are the centres of habitation for the five groups of islands and skerries which make up the most westerly inhabited part of Norway, the Træna islands. Many yachts visit Træna and there are 2 very smart council pontoons. We had a walk all around our island and saw less than 10 kinds of birds despite the islands claim to over 200! 

We dropped back below the Arctic Circle today which was a little sad as we felt more adventurous ‘cruising the Arctic’. 

Yesterday we had left the glacier mooring late afternoon and motored 15nm in flat calm west out of Holandsfjord. We were trying to find an anchorage noted in one of our books when we found the guest pontoon of Vågaholmen instead. This tiny village on the mainland has a great pontoon with all facilities, a fuel berth, a supermarket, some boat repairs and as many eagles as there are pilotage markers for them to berth on.

The fuel berth was very busy and we found out why when we paid. At 8.86NOK per litre this is 15% cheaper than we paid a month ago on the way north. Generally the diesel is 2/3rds of the UK price and so we will certainly be leaving with full tanks. We would anyway of course when headed on a sea passage. We use between 500 and 1000l of diesel per year.

Smart council dock

Thanks for the “Pelagia” towels Granny.