Blue Hour

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
25 August 2019 | Årnes indre
25 August 2019
25 August 2019 | Sommarøy
25 August 2019 | Sommarøy
25 August 2019 | Husøy, Senja Island, Norway

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina
Joni and I visited the Rijksmuseum to see the Dutch Masters' paintings. This is Rembrandt's Night Watch undergoing restoration. The two of us also enjoyed the Van Gogh museum while the guys took Sirius to the large Vondelpark. Another day, the kids and Jonathon had a great time at the zoo while Sirius and I walked all over the city. Jonathon and Jonas also visited the Maritime museum.

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina
We loved seeing all the bike traffic here.

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina
In front of our apartment

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina
Dragging all our luggage from Central Station to our Airbnb apartment

Amsterdam stopover

31 August 2019 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nina
After our flights to Oslo and Amsterdam, we spent three nights in Amsterdam so we could exercise Sirius before the long flight to Toronto. We loved the city and the apartment we stayed in which was on a downtown canal.

Bye bye Blue Hour till next summer

31 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Nina
We are so glad we headed this far north in Norway and got to see the amazing coastline and islands. But getting home from Tromsø will take 3 flights.

Siriusly? This is where my bed used to be!

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Sirius

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Joni
And this is Sirius, overwhelmed by all the things going on and hiding underneath a blanket.

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Joni
This is Dad trying to work but having some difficulty because of all the stuff around him.

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Joni
This is Mom cleaning the freezer.

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Joni
This is me scrubbing the galley

Last Day in Norway

27 August 2019 | Skattøra, Norway
Joni
Sadly, our cruise is almost over. We are flying to Amsterdam tomorrow, before flying to Toronto a few days later. Mom and I are starting to think that we should have stayed in an Air bnb instead of on the boat today because, as Jonas said,
“I don’t want to spend another night eating dinner on the genoa and jumping over solar panels to get to my bedroom.”

In this picture, Jonas is taking down our cockpit enclosure.

Hiking with popcorn aka using up provisions

25 August 2019 | Riyoa
Jonathon

Last Opti Sail

25 August 2019 | Årnes indre
Jonathon

Laundry day

25 August 2019
Jonathon

Nice hike

25 August 2019 | Sommarøy
Jonathon

Steep hill!

25 August 2019 | Sommarøy
Jonathon

Senja Island, Norway

25 August 2019 | Husøy, Senja Island, Norway
Jonathon
As we made our way North towards Tromsø where we will leave Blue Hour for the winter Nina suggested cruising along the west coast of Senja Island. This can be tricky with the sea and winds of the far North Atlantic and fall coming. Fortunately we had a few days of pleasant weather and had a delightful time with continued spectacular scenery and lovely hiking.

22 August 2019 | Sommerøy, Norway
Joni
We have been going on so many beautiful hikes recently that it is hard to keep track. This and the previous two photos are of some hikes.

22 August 2019 | Gryllefjord
Joni

22 August 2019 | Meløyvær, Norway
Joni

Last Week of Cruise😭

22 August 2019
Joni
It is sadly the last week of our cruise. We will leave Blue Hour in Tromsø and fly away on the 28th. We couldn't get a direct flight home to Toronto, so we will fly to Oslo, then to Amsterdam and spend three days there, then finally fly back to Toronto. In the mean time, we have to pack and clean the boat. This includes using all the food. We did such a good job that with still a week to go until we moved off, the only fruits or vegetables we had left were three garlic cloves, so we had to go shopping and now we have a bit too much food.

On a happier note, Mom, Jonas, and I played Twister the other night. We even convinced Dad to play for one round but then he chickened out. Sirius tried to play too, but he ended up standing on the Twister map and it was an extra challenge to play around him.

The Big Hike

18 August 2019 | Between Nyksund and Stø
Jonas
Mom and Joni did a hike and we dropped them off in one spot. In that harbour there was a floating dock that we wanted to dock on. But we couldn’t because there was an overhead cable that we weren’t sure if we could fit under. There also was a wall but it was too shallow so Dad had to keep the boat in the harbour and drop the dinghy down. I dropped Mom, Joni and Sirius off at the floating dock with the dinghy. Dad and I took the boat to a place that was 5 miles away. Then Mom, Joni and Sirius came back four hours later. They went up seven mountains.

15 August 2019 | Nordvågen, Langøya, Norway
Sirius
Jonas and I played tug of war. He is good to play with and he won but it was okay because I went and chewed on his shoes. But guess what? A miracle happened today. My family had mussels for dinner and do you know what happened? I ACTUALLY GOT SOME MUSSELS AS TREATS! I can’t believe it. Although they are not as good as chicken.

15 August 2019 | Skipøyosen, Norway
Sirius
We had a beach fire yesterday and roasted marshmallows. It was the first beach fire of the summer. It was raining, but Jonas had brought some wood from Toronto that everyone rolled there eyes at but was actually a good thing because all the wood here was wet. I didn’t get any marshmallows.

15 August 2019 | Grundfjord, Norway
Sirius

15 August 2019 | Trollfjord, Norway
Sirius
A few days ago, my family made me go in the Horrible Thing that took us up a fjord. It was really scary. We went for another hike, and then we had to go back in the Horrible Thing. I don’t know what gets into them sometimes.

I Like Lofoten

15 August 2019 | Gullvika, Norway
Sirius
I like Lofoten. There are great hikes that are a little bit too easy, but still good. The best hike I’ve been on was this summer and it took 7 1/2 hours. It was a good length.

Just another day in Lofoten

12 August 2019 | Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
Nina
Thanks, Joni, for the hike and pie!

Just another day in Lofoten

12 August 2019 | Svolvær, Lofoten
Nina
At first we kept Sirius away from the Devil’s Gate but as soon as he had a chance he went there to see why we had been standing there.

Just another day in Lofoten

12 August 2019 | Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
Nina
Standing on top of the Devil’s Gate.

Just another day in Lofoten

12 August 2019 | Svolvær, Lofoten Islands
Nina
Joni, Jonas and I studied our book of about 50 possible hikes in Lofoten and each chose the top five that we wanted to do. When we looked at which ones were close to suitable harbours, we each got to go to one of our chosen spots. Today was Joni's selection: Djevelporten (Devil's Gate) near the town of Svolvær. It was a steep two hour hike and Jonas was glad that we couldn't make it to Joni's top choice which would have been about twice as high.

After the hike Jonathon and Jonas visited the two marine stores in town, then we motored to our current anchorage called Gullvika, only 8 nautical miles away. Here the guys went fishing and came back with three fish to eat tomorrow. I took Sirius on a walk along a path through woods, stone road, and beach. Since there were no people and no sheep, it was a pleasure to have Sirius as an off leash companion except that he peed on me.

When we returned to Blue Hour, an amazing aroma was wafting from our galley where Joni was cooking chicken pot pie. A while ago she made puff pastry and has had it in the freezer. So aside from tonight's pie, we have been treated to two kinds of beef pie, pain au chocolat, and tomorrow she plans on preparing tarte Tatin.

Glomtinden, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon

Glomtinden, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon

Glomtinden, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon

Kalle, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon
A short trip brought us into a delightful land locked bay called Kalle where we anchored for the night. We had a terrific hike up Glomtinden followed by opti sailing and kayaking.

Henningsvær, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon
Henningsvær is a village wrapped around a lagoon between two islands. Quite charming. Unfortunately not much dock space so we tied up in front of a local fish restaurant. Just have to go out for dinner then! We had a terrific meal with the best blueberry sorbet all of us have experienced.

Reinebringen, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon

Reinebringen, Lofoten Islands

10 August 2019
Jonathon

Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway

10 August 2019
Jonathon
Although we have been north of the arctic circle for several weeks now, the weather continues to be warm and sunny so we're continuing to travel north. To make the most of our time up here we have decided to winter Blue Hour in northern Norway. This has provided us time to visit the famed Lofoten Islands.

Our first stop on Lofoten was Reine which is now mostly a tourist town with some local fishing activity. We went on a terrific hike up Reinebringen. The path was closed for most of the summer while Sherpa steps were placed but fortunately just re-opened. It was a bit crowded but the scenery was spectacular.

06 August 2019 | Sørfugløy, Norway
Joni
It was a bit hotter today, so we went to the beach. Jonas went swimming, although it wasn’t quite hot enough for that in my opinion, and Mom, Dad, and Sirius played frisbee. I read a book in my beach chair and tried not to get hit in the face with the frisbee.

06 August 2019 | Bolga, Norway
Joni
We went for a beautiful hike a few days ago that was a bit tricky, especially getting Sirius up and down the parts that had a ladder or a rope that we were supposed to hold on to. There was a great view of the many tiny island that are scattered up the Norwegian cost at the top.

06 August 2019 | Svartisen Glacier, Engen, Norway
Joni
The blue thing behind us is the glacier that we were (probably) pretty close to, but that is where the path ended.

To a Glacier, Up a Mountain, on a Beach

06 August 2019 | Svartisen Glacier, Engen, Norway
Joni
A few days ago, we docked in a place with a glacier close by. I was excited to go and see it, so we biked along a road to a hike to the glacier. Glaciers alter the sense of distance, as we learned in Greenland when we decided to take Zoom to a glacier that was close by (we thought). After a really long time, the glacier was not any closer, so we had to turn around. They are so big that even if you are quite far away, they still look close. We didn’t actually get to go on the glacier here like I wanted because you need a guide, but we got pretty close to it (I think). The glacier was in a beautiful fjord with tall mountains and lots of pine trees at the top of a lake. The bike ride was extremely scenic, and so was the hike, although it was a bit sketchy because we were basically climbing up a rock face that the glacier had carved out as it retreated inland.

02 August 2019 | Rødøy, Norway
Jonas

02 August 2019 | Rødøy, Norway
Jonas

02 August 2019 | Nordfjordvågen, Norway
Jonas
We had a fancy lunch because that’s when we crossed the arctic circle and we had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner that Joni made and the for dessert we had that cake that Joni made with Norwegian marshmallows that tasted like vanilla ice cream and weren’t as good as the Canadian ones and then after dinner we jumped into the water in the arctic. Mum and Joni went right away, they just braved it, but Dad and I had a big argument about who would go first because we were both scared to go in and then I went in first and I changed my mind halfway through so I grabbed onto the lifeline but unfortunately I swung and banged my chin on the gunwhale so now my chin is sore.

02 August 2019 | Nordfjord, Norway
Joni
This is when we crossed the arctic circle. People who haven’t crossed the arctic circle are called tadpoles and people who have are called bluenoses like us and Grandpa. To cross the arctic circle safely you have to give Poseidon a gift. And the captain of the ship plays the roll of Poseidon and when we gave Dad/Poseidon the gift, he tried to eat it. We gave him a piece of Parian marble from an Ancient Greek temple and when you are tadpoles you are all dirty and when you are bluenoses Dad/Poseidon sprayed us with shaving cream and Mum said a speech. And part of the tradition is that you have to kiss a cod and luckily that morning I caught a cod but the problem was that we had already cut the head off so we had to kiss the head.
Vessel Name: Blue Hour
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Ocean 49
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Jonathon, Nina, Joni, Jonas, Sirius
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