It's another world at high latitudes; cold, yes, but breathtaking beautiful too.
This summer it felt like time to sail outside the comfort zone and achieve a long held wish to sail in northern waters.
Over the last couple weeks I sailed a Contessa 32 double handed with the natural navigator Tristan Gooley:
- starting from Kirkwall in Orkney
- headed NNW to the Faroes
- transversed the Faroes along the Kalsoe Fjord
- headed north up to the Arctic Circle
- then sailed roughly west along the top of Iceland
- saw lots of wildlife including seals, dolphins and whales
- rounded Iceland's untouched Hornstrandir headland
- sailed up the Jokulfirdir fjord into uncharted waters (literally)
- admired the Drangajokull glacier
- headed south passed the volcanic cone of Snaefellsnes
- to finish in Reykjavik
That's a thousand NM to blog, with a memory card full of photos, a boatful of kit to review and dozens of stories.
It begins with the screen grab above, the iNavX route from the iPad, when we sailed up to 67N.
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