Norwegian Mountains, Sogn og Fjordane

ěyna (Store°yna) in Barsnesfjorden, Dec 3 2011


 

Store°yna in Barsnesfjorden

Store°yna in Barsnesfjorden
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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.

 

Afloat!

Afloat!
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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.

 

A curious pair

A curious pair
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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.

 

Anne re-boards the Hawk

Anne re-boards the Hawk
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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.

 

Anne on Vetleskjer

Anne on Vetleskjer
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Pictures

The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6

 

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Trip pictures

Vetle°yna Back in the -hawk- My co-pilot Englandshovden Skinarfjellet Anne looks forward to swimming We have company! Anne wants to swim with seals Barsnes Loftesnes bridge Very cute! Two of them! Torpedo in the water! Curious but shy Loftesnes bridge On ěyna island Upwards On top of Stor°yna Splash... Anne hits the water We are being watched It works... Can you get onboard? Professional and amateur Good job! We are still being observed Anne on Vetleskjer Anne on Vetleskjer Anne on Vetleskjer Boarding Vetle°yna On Vetle°yna Store°yna Anne swims to shore A successful test Now, get back into the boat!

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