Sailing from Grebbestad to Åsgårdstrand then long weekends sailing to different marinas and natural harbours in the Oslo fjord
From Åsgårdstrand to Oscarsborg to spend an evening at the outdoor opera performance of Aida
14th August arrival at Åsgårdstrand then 22nm motoring to Oscarsborg fortress.
The opera was a musical challenge and a fantastic experience for all.
To Åsgårdstrand then Skjæløy Slipp and Marina
Friday 2nd. - Sunday 4rth. August 10 NM, 2 hours motoring to Skjæløy
Skjæløy marina has been enlarged and improved in recent years. The restaurant’s popularitet tempted us to sail over for the weekend - a new marina for us. Our meal was delicious, particularly the clam starter. The fish main courses were remarkable, delicate and tasty.
This marina is a good alternative to Engelsviken, nearby.
More sailing around Oslo’s fjord, Tallakshavn, Østre Nes then Østre Bolærne
22. - 27. July
The warm summer weather continues, enticing us back to boat life, even without wind. Three hours motoring to Tallakshavn, lying at anchor, rowing ashore for a walk to Tønsberg tønne, the highest point in the area then a swim to cool down. Sea temperature now 18 deg.
We moved northwards to and were met by friends and a delicious prawn and white wine lunch. Østre Nes is has many summer cabins owned by Kongsberg families, including Swensen, Qvenild and Bøhmer.
Our next mooring was Østre Bolærne, a popular Island of historic interest. A local ferry transports people and cargo out from the mainland several times daily to the ever expanding harbour/marina, the cabins that can be hired and the hiking tracks. We spent a fantastic day there with a couple of my pharmacy colleagues - one of the best this summer.
Oslofjord In July
July 11 -14th.
Back to Asgårdstrand to explore the Oslofjord, now with relatively few boats in the area. The weather is good and more stable now, something all those on vacation appreciate.
We sailed north to Dragsund on Håøya, a natural harbour with no water or electricity but mooring for many boats, good hiking and a kaffe selling homemade goatcheese, buns and cakes.
Håøya has an abnormal variety of plants and trees and is a nature reservat. No plants or flowers can be picked. We had an interesting 4 hour hike over the top to the South of the Island.
1st July. Return to Åsgårdstrand , home harbour
A lovely sunny morning , vind 13 m/s and making good speed sailing 5nm North to Åsgårdstrand. A pleasant to finish this 3 week cruise in Sweden.
We have cruised 300 NM, have had lots of fun, met Interesting people and some challenges.
Back to Kongsberg for the Jazz festival.
29th.-30th. June at Verdu/Saugen’s summer cabin
After a short trip to Langesund Fiskemottak to purchase a delicious seafood birthday dinner for Gabriela we motored up and moored by the pier, using no less than four rope securely bound to the rocks ashore.
We spent a lovely time celebrating Gabriela and Bernt but decided to move on after Sunday breakfast du to increasing wind the next few days. We had a rather humpy-bumpy trip out in the open fjord, but we could sail as we changed course towards Tvistein then Svenner lighthouse. The most tricky part was rounding Tønsberg Tønna, a narrow passage, gale wind, boat swaying from side to side then a huge cabin cruiser coming alongside between us and 3 waterscooters, causing a mighty wake! It was a relief to get shelter in Tallakshavn for a pitstop, before sailing on to Havnebakken marina, in lee of the wind.
From Havstensund in Sweden to Langesunds fjord, Norway
Sailing from Grebbestad back to Åsgårdstrand
We spent a night anchored up in S.Dyvik bay before sailing to Grebbestad to go for a walk along the coast and have a taste of life in Grebbestad after Midsummer. The hops along the coast have been short - We are enjoying a Swedish holiday before sailing over to the Norwegian coast tomorrow, Friday .28 th June. Much to skip Jon Erik’s pleasure we have had 3 nights in natural harbours recently, we’ve had a go at fishing without luck, have been swimming and making the most of the gradual improvement in weather. A fantastic life!