This summer has given us a chance to do what has been on our "bucket list" for a very long time: cruising the coast of Norway. Vincent, whom most of you will know from this discussion board as Vikendios
, has brought his brand new Aleutian RPH-53 (production number 1), named "Morrowind", up from the Mediterranean to cruise this gorgeous country. After overwintering the vessel in The Netherlands, and bringing her to Denmark this spring, the last several weeks have been spent cruising Norway, from Sweden in the south-east, through the Oslo fjord, around the southern end and up the west coast to Trondheim. This is where my wife and I embarked, together with our son, for a slow exploratory cruise down the coast with a target of Copenhagen, Denmark.
With us onboard, besides Vincent and his wife, is a childhood friend of Vincent's, with his wife, and a "yacht girl", all of whom provide the absolute best of French hospitality and a fantastic platform for lasting friendships. The other couple onboard leave us after a week to do a little sightseeing by car and then travel to Spain. At the same time our son goes back to the Norwegian military to defend the country against the often violent and totally unpredictable Swedes, who have for many years tried forcing Norwegians to eat more herring.
The weather this summer has been exceptionally cool and overcast, but the low hanging clouds certainly add to the mystique of ragged mountains framing the fjords with their often totally flat waters. When viewing this landscape from the sea and hearing the rolling thunder reverberating amongst the mountains, one can understand how the stories of Trolls were conceived.
The Aleutian 53 is quite a different animal from our little Classic 36, but the lines are very definitely Grand Banks, and the handling is very similar. There are fore and aft thrusters, but no stabilizers (none needed). We run from the lower helm almost all the time, but the flybridge is very spacious and nice when the weather is agreeable. With a huge generator and a water maker onboard this yacht is fully equipped to make long stays at sea, but the number of idyllic anchorages along the entire coast makes this an option we don't rely on for this cruise.
For some introductory photos check out the Grand Banks site
. Most of the photos are of Vincent's boat. More photos are coming and specific cruising routes & places will be covered and entered any time I gain internet access (which is quite sporadic along the coast).