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TOP of Iceland

We arrived in Reykjavik and filmmaker Livia left. She joined us in Flores and joins us again later on. Our Icelandic phone number is +354 833 01 58.

We cycled around Iceland to find a hospital to give birth. On the way, we explored exciting examples of renewable technologies. Hans from sailboat Thor joint us. Lagoon car rentals provided us with an escort car. They are super! They are a young team and we can only recommend them. They plan to have hybrid- and electric cars.

On our trip around Iceland, we were swimming with Icebergs the same day, we climbed the TOP of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur with 2112 meters. Noe with 7 years did it in 7 hours from sea level. We started at 10 p.m. lastSaturday and summited on Sunday at 5 a.m.. We were back down at sea level at 10 a.m. after 12 hours climbing. As a desert, we went to the hot pool in Selfoss and to the Geysir.

For Dario as a mountain guide, it was one of his highlights in his life to see his kids climbing so well and enjoying it so much.

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Back in Reykjavik Hans gave some training how Dario can control Sabine’s blood pressure, because of her pregnancy diabetes. It’s important that you can do it by yourself in remote places without hospitals.

IMG_3527Before departure from Reykjavik to the North, mountain guide Leifer joined us on Pachamama. He is very experienced in guiding in Greenland and could give us good advises, how we can approach the TOP of the Arctic. The best months are April,  May, June, and August.

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We had also the priveledges to welcome the Swiss honorary consul Jóhanna Vigdís Hjaltadóttir and her husband. She will help us with media and contacts to schools.

Evelyne fromGreenwich and Ron from Cordova just joined the boat and we are off to the North. Please trek us here!

Here with some delay the film from Vestmannaeyjar:

 

HEIMAEY ICELAND

We arrived in Iceland. We needed 9 days from the Azores and did once 200 nautical miles in 24 hours.

We arrived on the 22nd of June at 4 a.m. and had a nice welcome from the Icelandic police officer, who gave us a tour over the island in his police car.

Here on Heimaey Island we found the best museum on our 17 year long journey. The director Kristin invited us to do laundry at her place. This great museum tells the many stories about the outbreak of the vulcano in 1973, where all people had to be evacuated. We highly recommand to visit the Eldheimar museum , when you decide to come to Iceland.

Another attraction was our first shower after the Azores in the hot pool of the town.

Salina got invited to sail around the island and was fortunate to see whales by Ribsafari. It was her highlight these year for sure.

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We hiked a lot. On one vulcano the ground was still pretty hot. We also got involved in a community work to fight erosion. The whole family participated to carry gravel up the mountains to maintain the hiking path.

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The people here in Iceland are extremely hospital. The harbormaster Kristjan did a present for the kids and the pilot Alfred and his son Hallldor, who is a fisherman, donated us a lot of cod and shrimps.

 

Here some pictures about our first island in Iceland. Heimaey is really a perl:

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More pics and short films, you find like always on our dropbox.

It was hard to leave Heimaey Island and its people behind. But Sabine is now in her 9th month and needs once a control. That is only possible in Reykjavik, where we dock next.

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24 hours light in Iceland in summer.

North Atlantic crossing S to N

On the crossing from Bermuda to the Azores we crashed into a whale. Our children are very involved to preserve this great creatures. We all love whales and are said. To overcome the sadness, our kids did a “radio-interview” by themselves:

After our North Atlantic crossing from West to East, we crossed it now from South to North. Here how it was to cross the North Atlantic from the South to the North, means from the Azores to Iceland:

Our last preparation in Flores before the long journey North:

We sailed from Flores to Corvo. It was an exposed anchorage. In the morning we went to meet the students and teachers of the local school. We did a presentation and a clean-up with them. Suddenly a police car drove by and we got escorted to the harbor. The police officer told us that our mast is too high for the plane to land. Even the only plane that day has already landed when we got to our dinghy, the police officer forced us to go out and re-anchor Pachamama in a heavy swell. We got help from Cristiano, who drives normally tourist from Flores to the island on his speedboat. Back on land we got some fruits and vegetables from locals as gifts for our long journey North. The president of the Island, Mr. Silva gave each of our children a present and welcomed us back to Corvo anytime.

We sailed from Corvo North. We did the 1600 nm in 9 days. Once we did 200 nm in 24 hours. Means we had a lot of wind and specially in the beginning an uncomfortable swell. Filmmaker Livia was feeding the fish, but got after some days used to the constant shaking. At the end she was filming in heavy swells on our approach to Heimaey Island in Iceland, where we just arrived. Here to get an idea of the crossing filmed with my iPhone:

More pictures here!

New Ambassadors in Flores

We just sail North. Track us!

Note: More than a Million people listened again to the TOPtoTOP interview of the National Radio Station “NBR” in the USA, while Trump announced to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement!

In Flores we have been busy with schools and students like always. They are champions in recycling. You find also one of the best canyoning and hiking, but the best are the wonderful people:

Not: Dario was busy fixing the keel after we hit the grey whale on our Atlantic crossing. Now we hope all works fine so that we can set sail North soon.IMG_2680

We had also some fun. The captain of the most luxurious 5-star-Expedition-Cruising-Ship “Hanseatic” couldn’t win against Salina:

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Many thanks to Helmut & Erika, Camille & Marco, Lilian & Chris, Gabriella & Mario, Phillip & Anna, Birou and Marco Melo.

Special thanks to the most friendly harbormasters Carlos and Tino in Porto Lajes.

See more pictures here from the Atlantic crossing and the Azores.

 

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