We arrived off the northern coast early on the 14th and anchored off Klaksvik at 0200. The water is deep right up to the high water mark so it was fun anchoring at night, strange harbour and deep right up until the last minute.
The Faroe Islands are one of the most dramatic landscapes you can visit.
After a sleep we entered Klaksvik, completed entry and relaxed.
We had a booking for Blue Lagoon, highly recommended. We hired a car from ‘sadcars’, a Subaru that had done 389575 miles, and it looked it. But it had fuel in and did the day for us without problem. Blue Lagoon is 45 minutes away but we left early and went to Grindavik, a fishing port on the south coast.
Famous for sheep and ship wrecks:
With a light house as well
we didn’t take the camera into Blue Lagoon, all that steam but lots of people did and ipads, phones etc
here is the outside
Reykjavik was a pleasant place to arrive, nice and easy approach, Marina close to town and well protected.
The town itself was surprisingly busy, two cruise ships on the day we arrived but even after they left it was still busy. Tourism is taking off and the place looks as though it is enjoying the good times with lots of building, good new cars on the roads and general signs of prosperity. Good luck to them.
Very beautiful area with still some snow on the hills.
Groceries were good but a bit more expensive. Fresh fish was hard, if not impossible, to find which is strange for a fishing port. We did have Fish & Chips, well super healthy fish in spelt flour and wedges. Alcohol is state controlled and sold in special stores, after awhile you tend to miss UK style supermarkets where you can do one shop and get everything.
We left Bonavista at 1600 on Friday the 31st July for the 7 day voyage to Reykjavik in Iceland. The start was foggy but we saw whales as we waved Canada goodbye.
In the next 24 hrs a large swell from the NE developed, driven by a depression south of Iceland. It built to about 4m over the next day and rolling became a problem so the stabilisers went on. After that the wind built from the NE as well so there was a rough sea over the swell. The wind backed over the voyage going round to North and then to NW. There was a bit of a respite as we went through the high pressure extending south of Greenland but after that the wind returned and the swell also came round to the North and then NW.
We were escorted the entire way by a number of Northern Fulmars who, at times, flew very close to Kapowai. So close that one or two came close to getting the stem jack pole in a painful place.
Eventually we made landfall and approached Reykjavik. Nice scenery crossing the bay and even better the swell and sea flattened.
The volcanic nature very apparent.
We were all fast by 1300 and cleared in shortly after. Matt & Laura joined us. We had dinner, got half way through a movie and then went to bed for 12 hours.
Bonavista Harbour is at the top of Bonavista Peninsular, on the eastern shores of Bonavista Bay and south of Cape Bonavista. The locals were quick to correct you if you mixed them up:
I hear it rains a lot up here, ahh thats the Bay you’re thinking of.
And the fog, ahh thats the Cape you’re thinking of.
Where can I get a beer? Try Bonavista.
A fishing port with a factory and a developing tourist business. It’s main claim to fame is the first landing point of John Cabot.
As we approached we were greeted with a flood of boats coming out of the harbour. We thought the locals had heard about us – flee it’s the Johnson horde on the Kapowai.
In truth it was the first fine day during the 3 week recreational fishing window allowed in Canada and everyone was heading out to get some fish.
We left Halifax heading for Bonavista Harbour but didn’t get too far. Set up the fuel system incorrectly and the main engine died. Started the wing and with a poor forecast put into Tangier Harbour for the night. Here is the anchorage:
The next day went round to Sheet Harbour and another pleasant night at anchor.
Still not able to start the main engine and no cell phone or internet we headed back to Halifax until in phone range. 5 minute call with an MTU engineer and the engine was back on line and we resumed the passage to Bonavista.