Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane
ěyna (Store°yna) in Barsnesfjorden, Dec 3 2011
Anne and me were planning a trip to Berrskallen on the west side of Veitastrondvatnet, and this top requires access by boat. On two occasions this autumn, Anne and me went up to Ugulsvik, only to come up empty in terms of boat rent. So we brought "the Hawk" from Sunnm°re, with the sole purpose to get us across Veitastrondvatnet. True, we could have used our kayaks, but the logistics is easier with an inflatable rubber boat.
It's been a while since I've used
"the Hawk", and the last time we heard nasty
sounds from one of the valves. We better had to take it for a short trip to see
if it was functional. This was also a good time for Anne to test her new dry
suit. We decided that Store°yna (ěyna) in Barsnesfjorden was an OK target. The
distance from the mainland to the island was a howling 70 meters. In case of
disaster, we would stand a fair chance.
After a little while, we noticed two harbor seals, and the interest seemed to be mutual. They kept a fair distance, but there was little doubt about them being very curious about us.
After having conquered the summit of Store°yna island, Anne jumped into the fjord to test her new dry suit. We had a little hope that this would attract the seals to come even closer, but we were not that lucky. Anne's test was very successful; she stayed warm (except for her feet), dry and she was able to get back in the boat by her own means.
Afterwards, we took a trip to Vetleskjer where Anne rested for a while on the bench that has been put there. Then we stopped by Vetle°yna, and Anne decided to swim the few meters to the shore. All in all, a fun day and a good test before going to Veitastrondvatnet the next day.
The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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