06 October 2018 | North East Iceland
We left Akureyri early yesterday as it takes 6 hours to get to the entrance of Eyjafjordur. This allowed the swell to ease slightly but it was still quite rolly and we had a very brisk 25kt head wind as well. What we hadn't expected was for there to be a quite big iceberg in the entrance of Eyjafjordur. We motored unawares past it in the dark on our way in to Akureyri - how funny would that have been to hit a growler in Iceland after all our time in the ice!!
Once out of the fjord we managed to sail in the swell on a beam reach until we came round Langanes Point at which time the wind headed us and died but it had been good to be sailing for a change. We arrived here in this lovely harbour late morning after 30 hours, having made good time sailing at 7+knots. This is a great location with about 760 residents, many not speaking English. The harbour has numerous breakwaters along with a natural one. The fjord is quite wide and very open to the East but even so it is calm here at the moment despite there being 30+ knots at the entrance to the fjord. We are here tonight then kick out about 8am to take advantage of some more wind for a few days to get to the Faroes 370nm before the next front blows through, where we will have to wait for our next opportunity to jump to Scotland.
If we had not taken the decision to head up the East coast of Greenland, we would still be waiting for the weather and with winter having arrived there now, would probably have been there for another winter. This may be slow but we are making steady progress towards the UK and the bonus is meeting up with friends and making new ones along the way. Winter is coming in fast in Iceland too.
PICTURE : Destiny in Vapnafjordur harbour