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Great day on Midøya

Ilene and Odd taking the sherpa steps to Bløkallen

Ilene and Odd taking the sherpa steps to Bløkallen

Incredible view from our bedroom in Odd's house

Incredible view from our bedroom in Odd's house

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Day 16

We woke up at 7:00 am and got ready for our interview with the NRK program "Opptur." The sound of pouring rain pounding our tent was broadcast throughout Norway. After the interview, we still had to patiently wait in the tent until the weather turned. Finally at around 2:00pm the kayaks were packed and we headed towards Odd's house. The trip was nice - we met a seal on the way, and an otter was waiting for us upon arrival. What hospitality! Odd met us on the beach and helped carry the kayaks and dry bags. We got warm showers, a delicious dinner, a wonderful car tour of the island, and a room with a view. The weather should be fine the next few days!

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Nothing to do but sleep and eat...

Dead tired!

Dead tired!

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Day 15

Stuck in the tent all day long. Terrible winds and pouring rain. We used the time to write a poem:

Two baldheaded great grandmothers went on a kayaking trip,
They were not like all the others, everyone thought they were hip.

They met seals and otters along the coastal way,
As true globetrotters, they admired every bay.

Bergliot prepares the meals, Ilene sets up the tent,
It's the teamwork that appeals, time together well spent.

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Day 14

Up early and kayaking already 5:00 am. Saw seals, otters, dolphins and eagles. Paddled 33 kilometers, but didn't reach Odd's house. Got too tired and are in the tent listening to pouring rain.

Tidlig opp og i kajakkene kl 05. Takk for lån av naust Lars! Flott vær helt frem til Lepsøybrua, derfra noe tøft sjø.
Vi klarte 33 km men kom ikke frem til Ilene sin kollegas far, Odd, på Midøya, det var leit. Vi har slått opp telt på Kyrkjeberget slitne og ømme i armene.
På turen så vi en flokk niser, en havørn som så ut til å ha hvit hode, en oter travelt opptatt med å spise, en nysgjerrig sel som fulgte oss litt, og på teltplassen fløy en havsule forbi. Vi fikk hagel og styrtregn som danset på vannoverflaten og lignet på små krystallkuler. Masse å se som gjør padlingen lettere 😊
Vel inne i teltet og hører regnet plaske ned på teltduken, da er det godt med varm sovepose, Ilene sin latter da vi begge har fått putesveis på våre nå 2,5cm lange hår 🤣. Det går bra med oss.

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Great time in Ålesund with Helena and Aura

Monopoly winner in the middle

Monopoly winner in the middle

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Flø

Hurtigruten sails past "Sakteruten" and Runde

Hurtigruten sails past "Sakteruten" and Runde

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Day 12 and 13

On day 12 we woke up to strong winds and big waves. We decided to wait for calmer seas, in the late afternoon, before heading for Ålesund. In the meantime, the owner of Flø feriesenter contacted a journalist from the local newspaper. We were interviewed after lunch and began paddling at around 3:00 pm. The waves were still quite large, so we often held onto each other's kayaks for added stability. We were fortunate to come in contact with Lars Ole Oksnes, the leader of the Ålesund paddle club. He met us at the club's boathouse and let us store our kayaks there during our stay in beautiful Ålesund. He also kindly drove us to the comfortable home of Andreas, Helena, Aura and Liv. Bergliot's nephew Andreas and youngest daughter Liv are in the Faroes, but it is wonderful to spend time with Helena and Aura, laughing together and sharing good memories and stories. Delicious meals, warm showers, and washing machine are greatly appreciated! We are thoroughly enjoying day 13 relaxing and socializing here. We will set our alarms for 4:00 am tomorrow - a long paddle to Harald's (my nice colleague in the orchestra) father's house on Midøya.

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Days 10 and 11

Day of rest and long paddle to Flø

It was a very windy day yesterday, so we decided to stay one more day with the wonderful people and animals at Hakallagården. In the midst of relaxing, we received two phone calls from journalists who have heard about our trip. We will be interviewed live on 'opptur' early Sunday morning, around 7:30 am, and another interview may take place in Ålesund - depending on the weather. We are not quite sure about when we will arrive there, but hopefully tomorrow. We set the alarm for 4:00 am this morning and were in the boats just after 5:00 am. The first kilometers were wonderful, with no wind and a flat sea. Then suddenly, when we came to beautiful Stokksund, we experienced terrible headwinds. Bergliot loved seeing Runde in the distance since it reminded her of the Faroes. Runde is famous for its puffin colony. We are now in gorgeous Flø, checking the weather report and planning the trip to Ålesund - and replenishing our calorie supply by eating, eating, eating 🙂

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Day 9

Our day at Hakallegarden

Cosy cabin

Cosy cabin

Feeding the lamb

Feeding the lamb

Don't forget about the dog!

Don't forget about the dog!

Bergliot's new friend

Bergliot's new friend

Wise words

Wise words

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Fantastic people!

The day began with a delicious English breakfast prepared by our unbelievably hospitable host at Frimannsbuda who came to work early on a Sunday morning just to feed us! We, and our kayaks, were then picked up by friendly Ståle and his trailer. Turns out that Ståle, in addition to being an oil semi-trailer driver, is a musician. Just two weeks ago he was stopped on the road in front of a church by a man in a suit. "The church organist forgot about today's wedding," said the desperate man. Ståle parked his truck, ran into the church, started up the organ and began playing 'here comes the bride.' Ståle drove us to the other side of Stad, and we began the day's paddle - a relatively short distance to rest our bodies a bit. That turned out to be the right decision, since we ended up at the most amazing pet farm, Hakallegarden. The kind welcoming owner, Aina, offered to let us sleep in the world's coziest little cabin right on the premises. It is easy to see that Aina is an artist since every detail of the farm, cafe, houses, etc., is colorful and esthetically pleasing. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the company of all the creatures here - human and animal.

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We planned a little stop at the medieval monastery in Selje.

Should have been a 20 minute walk, so we kept our kayaking gear on, took the wrong hiking trail - three hours later we met a farmer who couldn't believe his eyes when he saw us coming out of the woods with life vests on!

Stadt and Selje

Stadt and Selje

View from Selje

View from Selje

Beginning of the trail to the monastery

Beginning of the trail to the monastery

Much longer hike than we thought...

Much longer hike than we thought...

Top of the island with Stadt in the background

Top of the island with Stadt in the background

Finally reached the monastery

Finally reached the monastery

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En innholdsrik dag

Lørdagen startet med lang og god frokost. Ilene påpekte at vi er Sakteruten og ikke Hurtigruten nordover. Vi la i vei kl 13 og hadde en kort tur foran oss kun 21 km. Nydelig vær og tidevannet med oss. Været skifter fort og inn mot Selje var dønningene plutselig 1,5 m og litt ruskete. Avgjørelsen tatt vi dropper turen rundt Stadt og blir fraktet veien over. Oldemødre er ikke så tøffe. Vi ble oppfordret til å ta turen innom klosteret på øya Selje og vi så gjorde. Kommet ut av kajakkene falt Ilene pladask for(an) øya. Kommende fjære så kajakkene ble ikke dradd langt opp. Turen skulle ta ca 20 min og vi så straks skiltet «tursti til Klosteret» glade og entusiastiske trasket vi avsted. Som bilde viser endte vi med å komme på toppen av øya i fult kajakkutstyr! Det må være rekord. Slitne og trøtte kom vi til det vakre stedet hvor klosteret ligger. Godt at vi hadde tørrfisk og tørket hjortekjøtt med oss. Returen på den rette sti. Her møtte vi bonden som hugde ved og med et godt glimt i øya syntes at vi kanskje ikke hadde trengt redningsvestene 😂. Endelig tilbake etter 2,5 timer lå kajakkene flere meter oppe.
På Seljes Frimannsbuda bestilte vi fisk og chips med cava - vidunderlig etter en ganske så innholdsrik dag.

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Personal record - 55 kilometers!

Florø eidet

Florø eidet

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