The crew at Skjoldungen enjoyed the traditional oatmeal with a view of the old ships in the small historic harbor at the Bergen Fisheries Museum Monday morning.
"We agreed to take advantage of the favorable wind and decided to depart at noon. Some went to the Hanseatic museum in the morning, while others prepared the ship and got supplies made", Skipper of Skjoldungen Torben Okkels tells.
"We said good-bye and thank you for the hospitality to Jon, from the Fisheries Museum, Bergen's Coastal Culture Center andto a member of the Viking Ship Haakon Haakonson's boat guild and went out of the harbor exactly at 12.
We rowed towards the wind to the Kvarven Lighthouse and set sail. We had a nice sailing. Alternately cutting, half wind and the transverse axis at a speed between 5 and 8 knots".
Skjoldungen recovers well in the reasonably large waves, but occasionally it takes a small splash of water over the gunwale in the front of the ship.
"Down through the narrow fjords with reefs and islands of all sizes it went - 30 nautical miles to Bekkjarvik!
A cozy little harbor. We are moored in the harbour at a local fishing museum, that has a nice collection of fishing boats.
Years ago here was great fishing for herring and shark.
We have met the local fishing matador and have been invited to put up the tents in the park surrounding his large estate".
"Tuesday we will leave at 9 am before the wind increases, so we can safely get over the large Selbjørnfjord, which is open to the Atlantic," says Torben Okkels, skipper of Skjoldungen.