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Glorious exploring in the Lofotens

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Monday delivered somewhat disappointing weather compared to the days before. Nonetheless Bluejay sailed on to the famous Trollfjord and the blue sky emerged just on time as we arrived. This was my fourth visit to Trollfjord and I have always wanted to take a Clipper 60 alongside onto the only pontoon or resting place in the fjord. Finally the pontoon was clear and I was able to do exactly that. We stopped for lunch and a few crew hiked the surrounding cliffs as others rested on board amidst the stunning scenery. It was a breathtaking but exhausting day as we then made our way back to Svolvær, the capital of the Lofoten chain.
Along side in Svolvær we had a leisurely start, the weather looking far kinder than we had anticipated but the planned day in port was to stay ….breakfast and on board showers (the luxury of shoreside water )were to be followed by a day of local exploration…at least for some.  Kath set off early for one of the three tourist office well described local “hikes”. Kathy & I set off an hour or so later ..& we met just below the summit of Tjeldbergtind (367m) for a stunning panorama of the area, in the glorious sunshine ..having done great imitations of mountain goats to get there, enjoying a taste of fresh local bilberries en route. Route suitable for children according to the tourist office blurb ! We watched in awe at some of the presumed locals almost running up & down. A very enjoyable 4+ hours …as opposed to the tourist office 2-3 hrs recommended!  The others did “chores” i.e washing (Hopefully we are all destined to smell good for the rest of the week)took a wander round town and chilled out with a book on board ….before the obligatory pre-supper visit to the local bar whose mooring we are on ( sort of ).
Tomorrow is another day.