Valiente made it to Iceland after sailing 815 nautical miles from Greenland, the first day we got a taste of a pretty heavy low pressure leaving us upto 10 meter waves. The last days we had sun and good sailing conditions. Now we set sail towards Faroe Island⛵️⛈ 📸: @matsgrimseth
Imagine that you are sitting in front of the sailboat, temperature is dropping close to 0 Celsius, and you are looking after icebergs. It’s pitch dark and out of nowhere the northern lights appear, shining light on the icebergs and the fjord. The season is on😍 Night shifts ain’t that bad anymore! 📸: @matsgrimseth
The next days of the trip «Iceland-Greenland» we sailed through Prins Christiandsund and explored our way trough landscapes of mountain and ice that never stopped impressing. In all the villages; Aappilattoq, Nanortalik, Qaqortoq, we were met by a warm, happy and welcoming people everywhere. The expericenes of these days is so strong, and overwhelming, and we feel so lucky to have completed this. Thank you so far Greenland ⛰💙⛵️
What a journey ⛵️The crossing from Isafjordur in Iceland to the south of Greenland gave us both calm sea, perfect winds, but also challenged us with 4-5 meters waves, and gust of wind up to 50 knots. Our ship Valiente once again showed her strength and stabilty, and we had a amazing crew onboard! 🙌
Svalbard➖Jan Mayen➖East Greenland Scorsby Sound➖Iceland ☑️ ⛵️⛰ Happy skippers: We have crossed the Greenland Sea 580 nautical miles from Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) to Jan Mayen! A great view of Kjerulfbreen dropping down from the top of Beerenberg (2277m.a.s.) Pic 2 Beerenberg: Beerenberg is hiding the top in the clouds as we head for our anchorage. Jan Mayen is difficult to access, but SeilNorway can take you there!
Pic.3 Dramatic scenery: Dramatic scenery as we approach Walrus Bay.
Pic.4 Beereberg in view: We were lucky and were given a tour of Jan Mayen by the Station Manager himself. And when we were in Maria Musch Bay, Beerenberg removed his veil and decided to show us all his might! The wild cliffs on the left are called Fugleberget (Bird Mountain). Pic.5 Expedition ready. After 260 natical miles from Jan Mayen to East Greenland, we enter Scorsby Sound. Iceberg on the horizon and we are both ready and eager to explore.
Pic.6 Valiente Iceberg. Not the largest of icebergs, but big enough for us.
Pic.7 Valiente Scoresby: Valiente at anchor by the village of Ittoqqortoormiit.
Pic.8 Playground: Summer in East Greenland and kids do as kids do. I am not sure if they sees the magnificent background in the same way we do.
Pic.9 Scary encounter. Leaving Greenland we found this bergy bit in the fog. Hardly visible from 100 meters away, but luckily showed up on radar. The combination of fog and bergy bits like this and also smaler pieces, was the most challenging part of our voyage.
Pic.10 Landfall Iceland: 260 nautical miles south from Scoresby Sound we have the West Fjords of Iceland in view. Valiente has taken us safely on a fantastic voyage of 1100 nautical miles from Spitsbergen to Iceland via Jan Mayen and East Greenland!
Valiente have sailed all the way from Brønnøysund-Svalbard-Jan Mayen-Iceland and today they reached Greenland!! We congratulate the crew on board and especially our captain off all time, Emil! We got this text from the sat phone: “We have reached the fjord my grandpa rowed in 1940. Emil”
Finally our biggest expedition and historic journey has begun. We follow SeilNorge founder Emil's grandfather's old journey, and sail his route to Greenland. We have many exciting weeks ahead of us. The first part is Svalbard - Jan Mayen - Iceland 🏔 Ship O’ Hoi
When we go on land on Svalbard we always make sure that it looks better when we leave. On almost all our landings we filled up a bag with garbage. Even when hiking above 100 meters we found plastic. #cleanupsvalbard#tavaha@nordicoceanwatch