Barba is getting ready for the long way home to Stavanger. It´s been two great weeks here, and we are already looking forward to going back in not too long. Estimated arrival in Stavanger on Sunday.
The weather at G! Festival was perfect for attending the festival, and for a flying with the birds. What better to do then to combine the two
After two days in Torshavn with rest and recovery, diving and a good night out we finally head out to explore the Faroes. We will be circumnavigating clockwise around the archipelago, starting by the island Hestur, followed by Mykines then heading north to Klaksvik. In a weeks time we will anchor outside G-festival and paddle ashore for the concerts. To much fun to attend, and not enough time to write on the blog unfortunately.
Thomas B. Johannessen joined us yesterday, so we are now five aspiring adventurers in total. Photos and videos to follow at some point..
After far too long sailing the inshore, Barba is finally ready to hit the open ocean. We will be sailing for three weeks, with Stavanger-Shetland-Faroe Islands-Norway the intended route. As always, Barba is loaded with diving gear, food, paragliders and good people.
A video of the indefatigable crew of Barba climbing the most inaccessible mountain in Norway. Dedicated to those who declined to come along to Jan Mayen
Little time had been spent in the water since arriving at the island. We had one failed attempt to swim with a humpback that kept out swimming us (whales are good swimmers), and one occasion we had to swim a rope ashore to ensure a safe landing.
The final day of the final hour before sailing south had arrived. It was time to get the dry suit on, and get into the water. Not the most spectacular dive I have done, but it still satisfied my curiosity of what it would look like under water in this arctic oasis. The water was as warm as it gets in the region, just above 3 degrees Celsius.
A previousy unpublished precious moment from Greenland in 2010. Glenn and Andreas beautifully demonstrates the slipperiness of an iceberg.
Jan Mayen has been important for predicting the weather in Europe ever since the first meteorological station was established in 1921. World War II was no exception. Norwegian troops were stationed on the Island to maintain the critical forecasts, and was the only part of Norway not occupied by Germany.
My initial dream was to fly down from the Beerenberg. As the Barba spirit is not about being foolish, I had to abandon the plan. Better to walk up and down on the mountain, then to end the flight in a glacier crevasse, or in the not so warm arctic water. (Of course I greatly regretted this decision standing at the summit 2277 meters above the sea feeling like the creator himself)
Sailing to Jan Mayen was expected to be the hardest leg on the trip. The prevailing winds are from the North, and with a tight time schedule we had the less exciting but still fabulous ”Faro Islands” as an alternative destination. To improve our chances of success, we fueled up with an additional 300 liters of diesel, in addition to the 130 liters in the fuel tank onboard, totaling 430 liters.