Y2D3 Monday 22 July. We left Helnes Fyr at 0810 and arrived at Gjesvær 1705. 41 km, 5.8 km/hr average speed.
We had a comfortable nights sleep at Helnes, but we were still a tad bit slow when the alarm went off at 0545. No pardon, weather and current forecast set us a target of 1330 at Knivskjellodden.
It ended up as one long stage, we sat continuously in the boat for a little more than five hours. It’s not like you can go ashore as and when you wish round here. Those five hours took us around Nordkapp and Knivskjellodden (which lies a little bit further north than Norkapp).
And then to the first (shell) sand beach we have landed on since before we crossed the Varangerfjord.
And the weather was almost as forecast, only better. Less wind, more sun and warmer than forecast. Might well have been the best day of summer round here. Our good “weather luck” has not left us.
We took a good long break at Tunes amongst the ruins of a fisher community once large enough to have its own graveyard. As boats grew larger they outgrew the beach landing at Tunes, and the settlement was abandoned.
On our short visit Per fired up the stove and produced cheese sandwiches.
Well rested and fed we set out on the last leg of today toward Gjesvær . We needn’t have worried about the wind…
Just as we paddled into Gjesvær harbor a small gust of the forecast wind shoved up, but now at 2300 it is dead calm again
Tomorrow we aim for Havøysund, before we go on to overnight at Store Latøya. WP.