Here some media we had in the last months in Norway. They like us as mediators between the people who worked hard their wholes lives on oil rigs and made Norway wealthy, – and the new generation who has to deal with a warmer climate in the future.
Den seglande familien – p1 – Grenda – Norway
Den seglande familien – p2 – Grenda – Norway
Familien har budd 20 ar i seglbat – Sogn Avis – Norway
A skutu um öll heimsins höf – Neytendabladid – Iceland
Jorden rund for klimaet – Spesiell seilerfamilie møtte elever – Nirway 28.8.2019 – Lister – Norway
On the way back from Valdres we also checked out routes in the surrounding of the highest peak in Norway, Mount Galdhoppigen. We hope we can make it soon from the boat to the top on skis?
Sailing into Kaupanger:
Thanks to Odd Tufte and Christian Zurbuchen we are now safely moored in Kaupanger near Sogndal. At night we made a Swiss dish for Odd and his kids:
The next day we made a wonderful hike with two other families we met overlooking the anchorage of Kupanger:
From there we went visiting schools in the area. Dario did a lecture for the Sogndal Campus of Western Norway University and we had a big public presentation in Sogndal.
We celebrated on the 16th of October the birthday of Laura and Dario first on the boat and then in Odd Tufte’s house. The traditional “treasure hunt” we did in the pitch dark.
It was lunchtime as we stressed to go out of the Viking fjord because the tide was sinking. Out of the fjord, I saw dolphins and seals. As we were planning over the water, we saw the forest coming down to the seas and there was a nice breeze coming from the southeast. We hissed the sail, the genoa, and the staysail and we sailed with the butterfly into the Kaupanger harbor. The water was very clear, so we thought that it might be too shallow for us.
In that evening we were invited to Christian, a Swiss friend of ours, who lives here. Odd Tufte, who organized a dock for Pachamama joined too. We ate this marvelous zucchini with cheese and meat.
The next day we went to Hanne, an old friend of Dario. She lives in Valdres together with Harald in a beautiful house. When we arrived, it was very cold, -3 degrees. We went to bed late, because we watched the movie “North of the sun” of the son of Harald, who built a hut on a beach out of trash. They cleaned up 3 tons of garbage on the beach. For us, it was very inspiring.
The next morning we went walking with Tyra, the nice dog of Hanne. My mum and dad came with us. After walking, I went kayaking on the lake near the house and my mum was scared because she did not know how to do an Eskimo roll. The next day we went walking again. On the way, we saw a deer. We went on top of the Grønsennknippa mountain, which is 1368 meters above sea level. On that mountain, it was so cold, that we could go Ice-skating on a frozen lake. My dad went to the middle of the lake, and the ice cracked very much because of his weight.
When we were back home, we wanted to look at a film, but somebody rang the doorbell. We went outside, and we saw a little candle and a piece of paper. On the paper was written something in old runes. While my brother was solving the riddle, I and Alegra found the key to the riddle in a secret box. In the letter was written: “Helft mir! Houderebäseler”. Then we went out, where we saw a track out of candles. We followed them and found a house without a roof. Inside the house was a weird person: Houderebäseler. He had a map where we had to find his lost friend, Schöppelimunggi. We came to a big gate with paper. On it was written that we had to go alone, and we should not say NO to the monsters (Totemügerli). Andri went first, the second was Alegra, third was me. There were monsters in the forest, and it was scary. As everyone was together near the lights, we asked the Totemügerli for the Schöppelimunggi. First, we had to find the bottle, and we found it under a tree stunk. We got a totemügerliname and we had to drink that nasty drink (much fish oil). Our new names: Noé: Zazu – Alegra: Alinghi – Andri: Bragi – Sabine: Sriracha – Dario: Peak – Mia: Grissini – Vital: Litho. The Totemügerli said that he will send us our friend back. So we went back to the house. This evening was like a scouting evening, based on a Swiss story performed by Lea and Laura.
The next day we went home to Pachamama. On the way, we stopped for visiting Martin and Matilde for eating dinner together. The very good food was completely out of their garden and the forest except the grapes was from Spain. After a very good dinner, we went home. In the night we heard the moose yelling in the forest.
What makes our life much more comfortable is our new dehumidifier from Munters:
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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.
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:
Blogs of the kids and Lea:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Alegra teaches Mia abseiling
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.
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.