Sailing, Mosken and seals

Having made it to Bodø, we had covered most of the distance between the port of Stavanger down south, and the whales up north. Heidi flew back home to Finland to continue her studies, and we received reinforcements from further east. Svetlana Romantsova came flying in from Moscow, and Barba was to be her first time out sailing. She is a professional photographer, and knows Kari from the kite surfing circus. Featured image – A grey seal cub at the Mosken […]

Lovund seen from the sky


Barba at anchor on the south side of Lovund. By Lars Korvald.  Barba continues her relentless push towards the north. The days are becoming shorter, and it´s getting colder, as expected. Normally we could have added some sentences on how we battle with the wind and elements. To date, October has still been dead calm, with virtually no wind, and exceptionally good weather. Selfie by Kari, in Brønnøysund. The northern lights are leading the way! Since Brønnøysund, the skyline has […]

Pit stop in Trondheim, and then the next push North

A random peeing stop for Truls somewhere along the route. By Lars Korvald.  Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway and the home of many good things. This was not our reason for making the detour into the Trondheim fjord. As with the Svalbard expedition in 2015, Barba was to get a safety check of the rig, with the help of our good friends at Maritimt Kompani. Trondheim is the last chance to get technical assistance of this kind […]

Stavanger – Trondheim, the first leg

Sailing out from Stavanger. From the left,Truls, Kari, Dag and Heidi.  And so it was, Saturday October 1st Barba threw her moorings and headed north. Tons of gear had found it´s way onboard, as well as food for a week. It was as usual hectic, and the glue from installing the new instrument panel was still drying as we sailed into the sunset. Rule number one is to get gear and crew onboard. The rest can be resolved on the […]

Winter is coming, and Barba is heading North

At the island of “Alden”, outside Florø. From the left, Kari, Truls, Andreas, Heidi and Dag. More about the fabulous five in the next blog post.  It´s been somewhat quiet on the Barba blog lately, and you might think that we have taken shelter for good in the rather civilized town of Stavanger, in southern Norway. Sailing-wise it has indeed been a quiet summer, with only short excursions from home venturing into the fjords and out at sea for paragliding, […]

Barba and the Orcas – The video

A video summary from spending three weeks in Senja Norway with Barba, the winter of 2016. For the background story, see previous blog posts from the expedition.

Humpback chasing herring

The whale adventure summarized

Featured image, a humpback chasing herring. Photo by Tony Wu.  The whale expedition came to an end as planned Friday February 5th, with Barba returning to Tromsø to get some well deserved rest. She had seen 10 days and 1500 km of sailing from Stavanger, followed by 3 intense weeks interacting with the whales in Hamn, Senja. It had been quite the challenge for the crew, but also one of our most spectacular nature interactions to date.   Close up with a humpback. […]

Orcas, humpbacks and herrings

Tony steaming towards a diving humpback.  Barba has relentlessly been patrolling the waters of the island Senja for the last couple of weeks. We look for our chubby friends close to land and underwater reefs where we think it´s likely that they will start eating herring. Video of whales, and Tony seeing the sun for the first time in two weeks.  The herring is a pelagic fish that can reach 40 cm in length and weigh up to 500 grams. […]

The first orca close encounter

It was the second day of the Barba whale expedition in Hamn, Senja. The birds were flying next to a small cove in large numbers, and we could see the distinct orca dorsal fins slicing through the water. Tony and myself were approaching in the dinghy, wearing our wetsuits. Action time. The dinghy, used for quick and easy access as well as to venture into shallow waters.  Although we had seen numerous humpbacks and orcas the previous day, we had […]

In pole position

Barba defied temperatures of -20 Celsius and made it to Tromsø on January 11th, early in the morning, thus providing evidence that sailing the Norwegian coast during winter time is not such a big deal. Despite the couple of gales we experienced, the wind was blowing mostly offshore during the transit and the sea was mostly flat. The main challenge was nighttime navigation, with the days growing progressively shorter as we sailed North. We saw the sun for the last time at the island […]