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Vikings

The world’s longest fjord is situated in Greenland and is referred to as the Scoresby Sund (350 km), where we have been last year.

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Now we are in Sognefjord (205 km), one of Norway’s most prominent fjords holds the distinction of being the second-longest fjord in the world.

Here we are visiting schools and clean-up plastic and joined the Vikings:

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Blogs of the kids and Lea:

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Andri:

Drrring, drrring, drrring, my alarm clock rang at 6:30. We started school at 7:00 and pulled up the anchor. Soon, Pachamama glided over the water to the Viking museum in the beautiful fjord Gud Fangen. Cliffs hanging over the clear water, the mountains sparkled because of the frost and the snow on the top, the rivers and waterfalls reaching down to the ocean. After one-hour beauty, all of us stepped on land and we went to the Viking museum. It was a Viking town with a lot of crafts and a few houses. We had a tour and that was great.

I had to find out something about the topic food and cooking of the Vikings:

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Making fire

They cooked with a fireplace and hanged the pan over the fire with an iron chain. The fire was protected by a stonewall, so it can not escape and burn the wooden houses. The Vikings hunted fish, land animals and crabs. I saw a wooden trap for crabs. Mostly they wanted to make the food lasting a long time. They ate porridge, potatoes, a little bit of vegetables, fish and meat. They had a lot of fish recipes: cold and hot smoked, dried, cold, fried and boiled fish… While they where sailing they ate salted fish/meat or wrapped it in leather, so that it will last longer. So they had enough vitamins and stuff.

Lea:

In the town, the ships fascinated me the most. They built long, flat, wooden boats, up to 40 meters. To fill the holes between the planks, they used wool and tear. To form such long planks, the Vikings never used saws, they just split up the wood. Like this, the planks were bendable and didn’t boke so fast. They had sailing and rowing boats, most of them were a combination of both. When the wind was from a good angle, they could reach a speed up to 17 knots! That was also the reason why they were so good attackers on the sea. Because the boats had no big keel, they were able to go up even little rivers. They worked with surprise attacks and had a very good working strategy.

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Alegra:

The Viking village was really nice. I especially liked the wool and how they colored it. What was fun to do, was shooting the arrow. I was happy when I shot into the blue ring the first time and I was impressed that my brother shot in the middle!

My question was how the Vikings did school. I picked that topic because I didn’t know how the children learned back then. To find that out, I asked one of the Viking guides. He told me that the kids learned from their mums and dads. So, when the father worked as a fisherman, then the son became a fisherman too. But it could also be, that if the son loved sailing, he would become a sailor maybe.

It was nice that I didn’t see one piece of plastic there, because everything was made of something natural like leather, plants, wood, wool, iron, stone and glass. In the end, my brother asked the woman at the entrance if he could put on her woolen scarf. We could all try it on, and it was so cozy! In just one minute, it gave me so warm. When we were sailing off, we waved at the woman to say goodbye.

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Alegra teaches Mia abseiling

Noé:

My task was to find out, how the Vikings built their houses. As I saw the village, I was very interested. I asked a Viking guide how they built houses. They put a stone bottom and on top of that they put wooden poles. In that they put some sheets and they put it in to the wooden poles. Then they filled up the holes with wool and tear. The roof was made with grass. The houses were 30-60 meters long and in there lived many families. The houses were warm although they did not isolate them, because the wood does isolate them.

I liked the village very much, and I want to work there someday as well as a Viking.

captain Vital

Bergen – Dalsøyra – Losna

We sailed on Tuesday from Rosendal to Bergen to give a presentation at the high school of Bergen the organization Marine Wide was organizing for us. The students told us the problem of huge distances they have to travel in their country and the problem of CO2 emissions to do so. The solution we had for them once more is offsetting the CO2 for example with myclimate.

 

School presentation and clean up in Dalsøyra (by Andri)

We sailed away from Bergen, because we wanted to meet up with some friends (Kevin, Naxo, Dris, and David). We met them in Bergen because Kevin and Naxo have a project with microplastic, so we decided to visit a school up in the north and make a presentation together. On the way, we found a climbing spot at N60.33E004.52 and we went there in the morning. We saw the wind coming from the west and I heard on the radio that there is a gale warning for this night. So, we went to a secure anchor place at N60.52E004.55 named Viking Harbour, which was beautiful. Our friends came over for eating spaghetti with us. The next day, the 27.9.19, we got up at 06:30 and went to the school in Dalsøyra and we met an English and Norwegian teacher, Kjellfrid Bothun. The presentation together witch Naxo was very cool. He told the children about the microplastic problem and Dario told them about CO2 and our expedition. I learned that even a plastic bag can exist 300 years more in the wild. We also analyzed the plastic that we found in the clean up before. We saw that the plastic remains, but the color of the packaging disappears. In this school they have a very good recycling system; they even recycle compost in the classroom.

The school class came on board to have a look at the two sailing boats. After that, we went to the teacher’s house on another island, Losna, because she invited us to have supper with her. Kjellfrid knows very much and cooked two times very good food for us. We stayed on the island for two days and we could go fishing with her husband. The next day everybody got up at 06.30 again and we sailed off in the Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Europe.

 

First snow (by Noe)

As I stood up, we sailed into the Sognefjord. We had school and it was a little bit annoying. Then we anchored in this place: N61°006,619’, E005°45,235’. Sadly, we could not anchor at the place we were wanted to go climbing, because the cliffs went too steep into the water. In the middle of the Fjord, it is about 1300 meters deep. On the way to the climbing place, we saw some porpoises. Lea nearly freaked out because she didn’t saw them. As we came to the place at 3 p.m. we met a family near the climbing cliffs. The climbing was very hard. As we were done with climbing, we went back to the house of the family and saw that they had an apple tree. So, we went picking apples. As we came back to the boat, we saw that the tide was very low, about one and a half meters lower than before. We showed the father of the family our boat. When we were outside, I started fishing. I caught a fish, a pollack. Then he said that a fish farm has broken, and many salmon escaped out of there. He said if the fish mate with wild salmon, it’s very bad. So, the fishermen must catch many salmon. He told me that 17’200 salmon escaped. Then I was very tired, and we went to bed.

The next morning, we were in an ice-cold Storm. Lea and Laura screamed very loud because they saw a wonderful rainbow. Only with the staysail, we sailed very fast, 8-10 knots. I saw on the highest mountain peaks, that there was snow. Then we anchored in a calm place beneath an island with a little church. Our book says, that it is the smallest island on the planet with a church. On that island, there was very much garbage near a creepy house. We were sad, that we could not do a clean-up. Now I must quit my blog because it’s freezing cold and I have to knit a warmer pullover.

Clean up Paradise

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At 7.50 p.m. we arrived in a hidden harbor of a village. We were in Espevaer. We went on land and it was already dark and rainy. Dad went off and found a little school. At the next day, we visited the school and dad did a presentation. It was a big and nice school but with only seven children. After the presentation, we played soccer against the Norwegian kids. It was really funny. The school-sponsored us to go to the lobster park. Dagfinn Nilssen, the guide of the park gave us a tour of the museum. The museum contained one room and next to the room there was a water channel. Over the channel was a white, wooden roof. We could explore the channel with a raft and saw many lobsters, stingrays, fish, and crabs. In the evening Noés new friend Ludvig took us fishing and we caught five fish. The next morning, we sailed off from Espevaer. It was a mystical morning because of the fog which hung over the water and we could hardly see the stones and islands.

 

Clean-up in Paradise (by Noe)

We went to an island near Bergen. There we made a clean-up. The place looked very nice, but when we came closer, we saw lots of plastic. An then we started the clean-up. Everybody ran away and we picked up as much trash as we could. The first thing I found was a canister out of plastic, which was full of oil. There was a leak in it where oil was coming out. We found plastic ropes, bottles, bags, a ball, and other stuff. We filled two trash bags, although we taught first there is nothing to find. I find it very sad that so much plastic is lying around at such nice spots. In the end, I found a shark egg and I was very happy. Later we sailed to Rosendal. There we met Anita and we did a clean-up climbing to the mountain above the village “Malmangernuten” and over the ridge all the way far into the glacial valley. On the way back we had visited the only castle in Norway and later on the “stone park”.

 

Rosendal (by Lea):

Before we are going to Bergen, we made a stop in the beautiful Rosendal. There we met Anita, a lovely person living there. She showed us the village and took us on a trip over two hills. Nature there is very beautiful. It was sad that we saw from the hill the big cruise ship, which was anchored ahead of the harbor of Rosendal. The tourists were everywhere in the village, even on top of the hill we met a big group of them. Anita told us that there are more people on the cruise ship than the city has inhabitants. When the ship left, it horned six times in a deep, bloodcurdling way and a cloud of exhaust fumes was rising up.

Rosendal has a great exhibition about the landscape and nature of the region. Folgefonnsenteret is a great example of how knowledge about the environment can be presented to people. It’s a very interesting and well-designed museum and also good for young guests. It is important that people understand the complexity of nature and the ecosystem so they can treat the environment carefully.

Die Delphine (by Alegra – in German)

Wir waren in der Nähe von Stavanger, und hatten gerade Schule. Wir segelten einen Knoten schnell. In der Pause gingen wir raus und tanzten um uns aufzuwärmen. Wir haben an Land geschaut und entdeckten auf den Bergen Schnee. Danach sahen wir in der Ferne zwei Delphine vor einer Fischzucht schwimmen. Dann segelten wir weiter in eine kleine Einfahrt, ankerten und assen Zmittag. Dort trafen wir ein anderes Schweizer Boot, auf dem eine französisch sprechende Crew war. Wir fuhren weiter durch einen Fjord und mussten unter zwei Brücken durchfahren, was sehr aufregend war.

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Schönes Land (by Alegra – in German)

Wir waren in Rosendal und liefen auf den Berg neben dem Dorf. Noé war als erster oben. Auf dem Berg hatten wir sehr schöne Aussicht auf die Inseln und das Meer. Als wir wieder unten waren hat uns Anita abgeholt. Am Abend haben wir gegrillt und ich habe mir mit der Gabel ein Bisschen Zahn ausgeschlagen. Am nächsten Morgen weckte mich mein Vater auf und wir gingen zum Zahnarzt.

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Weil wir lange warten mussten beim Zahnarzt, gingen wir zum Steinmuseum. Wir haben gesehen wie die ersten Tiere der Welt aussahen. Es war spannend. Nachdem wir im Museum waren, haben wir eine Sägerei entdeckt, die die Säge mit Wasserkraft betreibt. Mit einem Wasserrad konnten sie die Säge zum sägen bringen.

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Als wir zurückkamen sahen wir ein grosses Holzsegelschiff im Wasser. Es war spannend anzuschauen, weil die Männer, die uns das Schiff zeigten, haben es in 8 Jahren selbst gebaut. Danach sind wir in ein Museum gegangen, das ich noch interessant fand. Zum Glück konnten wir noch auf dem Affenspielplatz der Schule spielen gehen. Leider hatten wir nur noch 3 Minuten Zeit auf dem Spielplatz. Danach segelten wir weiter nach Bergen.

 

Stavanger

Stavanger is the oil capital in Norway. Our timing was just right to be in Stavanger; there were important elections. The main topic of the people is Climate Change and how to make the transformation to a more sustainable future with the fact that their nation’s wealth is based on the oil industry. There was even a Climate Exhibition in the petroleum museum.

Time in Stavanger – kids view:

by Andri, supported by Lea:

It was getting dark when we sailed off from Farsund. As the waves rocked our boat, Dario navigated me out of the fjord. The waves were much bigger outside of the fjord and Laura and Lea got seasick. Close by Stavanger in the morning my dad woke me up – we were in a storm. He yelled that I have to go steering. Waves came over the deck and it was raining hard. It was difficult to take down the genoa because there was so much wind. But in the end, we managed it and soon we sailed in the bay near Stavanger where the weather was calmer.

After 20 hours of sailing, we docked in Stavanger beside the oil museum. A few days later, we went there and learned much about petroleum. The energy was our actual subject in school. My first impression was, that it was a huge building which looked like an oilrig itself. They explained well how the petroleum was produced and how they can get it out of the ground. It was really interesting to see how they worked on an oilrig, it looked very dangerous. It was really shocking for me to see how bad the petroleum is for the environment. I liked the games in the museum and it had many things to try out by yourself.

In Stavanger, there is a big library, where we do school while we are staying here. We had a tour through the building. There is a music room, computers, 390 000 books, and much space for learning and working. I really like the library because there are so many calm rooms inside it.

Our friend Lars brought our family to go climbing in a big climbing hall last week. My father could give them a presentation. After that presentation, we could go without paying to the climbing hall. The climbing hall was sectored in three parts: the easy part, bouldering, and the hard part. Mostly we were at the easy part but sometimes we tried to climb at the hard part. I and my siblings managed to climb a 7- (a difficult route). It was pretty cool to climb with experienced people. After climbing we were really exhausted and tired. But I still want to go again.

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I like Stavanger although I normally do not like bigger towns.

by Noe, supported by Lea:

When I woke up in the morning, it was pretty windy. I took my rain jacket and went to school. As I came back for lunch my mom called me to go on the other boat which was next to us, to eat lunch. She said that the fire extinguisher was exploded! That was pretty funny because it also happened to me several years ago. My Mom said that everywhere inside our home was white dust, which came out of the fire extinguisher. While eating lunch my neighbor and my mom told us that an army vessel crashed in the pontoon. They explained it very funny and I knew now the reason why the railing was not straight anymore. They did it two times. It was a funny Friday the 13th.

Busy with cleanups, presentations, and tours on the boat:

Many thanks to Doris and Charles from MS San Gottardo; the locals Geir Heitmann, Siri Kalvig and Anja Fremo; Paul from Stavanger Sailmakers and the whole family of Lars.

Farsund

After visiting the primary school, three classes came to see how we are living on our boat. Our kids gave them a tour and explained to them how they live. The students were very interested and asked many questions.

The next day Gudula, a new friend from Switzerland, invited us to make art in her beautiful studio. We painted the whole afternoon and when we got home, everybody had made nice paintings and our faces were covered in paint.

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Pal, the sailing teacher was very nice and helpful, he went optimist sailing with the kids and trained them for a regatta.

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The kids took part in the Norwegian national optimist race. They were very good, Andri got the 1st place, Noe the 4th, both in class A and Alegra the 3rd place in class B.

Vital and Mia checked out a very interesting farm with Alpacas. Cecilie and her husband Steinar are just building a climate-friendly house all out of wood.

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On Sunday we went with Thore and his kid’s crab fishing before we went windsurfing with him. Alegra caught one crab, we made a fire and enjoyed a nice afternoon:

 

In school the children made some research and learned how to draw diagrams:

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“I asked 53 people how they go or went to school. Almost half of them said walk. One-third of the people come on the bus. Five come by bike.”

 

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Noe’s Diagram

“I asked 40 people how they go to work. Half of the people go by car. One person goes by helicopter. 7 people go by kickboard.”

 

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Andri’s Diagram

“I asked forty-six people in the Supermarket in which way they move the most in a day. Most people are walking, one-fourth of them are going in the car and only a few people took the bike. One-twelfth of people use other vehicles.”

img_7835.jpgBefore we left, we had to go with Noe to the doctor. All is fine again.

Agnetha, a teacher from high school, invited us to her family. Ole, Agnetha and their kids showed us around in their house and offered us a very good dinner. Sadly we had to hurry up in the end, because the wind was changing and we had to go. We left Farsund in the evening and we sailed to Stavanger by night.

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We thank you for all your friendliness and hospitality, thank you for the sailing-lessons, the surfing, the bikes, the drawing session, and all the good talks and new friendships we made in Farsund.

Just arrived in Stavanger where Mia and Vital had their 1st TV performance: A film team made a documentary about climate change.

 

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