Our long trip north along the Norwegian coast provided many quiet and picturesque anchorages. Much of it you can do inside skerries and islands with grand fjords everywhere. There are lots of lovely anchorages but few of them truly isolated. It does get better the further north you go, and once past Bergen you can go literally days without sighting a Bavaria 38.
We only did one long offshore leg – a fast 400 mile passage north from Bergen to the Lofotens under poled out staysail, with a 40 knot tail wind and the sort of surfing our Aries gear just loves. Poor Andrew was very seasick during this bit and decided, understandably, not to continue north from Tromso up to Svalbard. What a pity.
In Tromso Ian and I farewelled Andrew and picked up a local Norwegian chap, Bjorn, who was keen to do the Barents Sea passage.