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With the engine at 2000 rpm, we should be doing 4 knots, but thanks to the Yell Sound streams, we’re at 10. Nice, but study the maps carefully!  

Shetland du gamle du grå

Shetland er ikke mer enn en svipptur fra Norge. Likestillt med å stikke på kiosken eller toge til Oslo. Kysten er kald, flat og gul med et tåkeslør favner rundt øyene som et kaldt gufs. Havna er tom , husene er grå, av stein og ujevn i fargen, det blåser. Kystvakten kaller oss opp over radioen for å la oss vite at de vet at vi er der. De kaller oss opp igjen for å fortelle at de har fått […]

First port. Lerwick

We reached Lerwic about 16.00 this afternoon, way much earlier than we had expected. Lerwick is the main port an capital of Shetlands and has a population of about 7000. Notable cities to Lerwick is Aberdeen, Bergen and Torshavn. Knowing that Lerwck derives from old norse and shares the name with a norwegian place called Leivik makes us feel home, and showes the islands close connctions to Norway in the old ages as well as during the world wars where […]

Departure

Finally, after years of dreaming and months of planning Memento Mori has left port in Bergen Friday July 9 at 22.00 hours local time. For the next two weeks Ketil, Glenn, Harald, Martin and Dan will sail the white lady via Shetland and The Faroe Islands to Iceland, with Greenland as the ultimate destination. In Reykjavik Martin and Harald will be replaced by Nikolai, and myself. For me Its the first time not beeing onboard as Memento Mori emarqs on a longer trip. As I watched […]

Hvordan sy en pølse og ellers ymse forberedelser

Above: Doctor Ashraf teaching Glenn and Andreas how to set stitches with a sausage as a patient. Potential useful skills for Greenland. Kunsten å kunne sette sting er en kunst jeg lenge har hatt lysten til å beherske, og behovet ble litt mer prekært nå som ekspedisjonen stod for døren. Planen var klar. Torsdag klokken 22.00 skulle Glenn, et stykke bacon og jeg møte spirende legestudent Ashraf Pakzad i båten for å få opplæring av sistnenvte i kunsten å sette […]

De som blir med

Han som blir med, finner den vises sten på stien og lemper den i skogen og tenker ikke på den igjen Han som ikke blir med, går gjennom krattet, synger på en salme og tar den med hjem.

D-day

Departure day is approaching rapidly. As always its hectical, and sleep deprivation is an essential ingredient the last week before departure. Things are starting to come together though. The homepage will be launched today, and the boat is still afloat in Bergen harbor. Ketil and I made the first satellite phone call yesterday, ensuring communications with the vessel while en route. It was a one minute call filled with joy setting us back two dollars, but well worth it. Tomorrow […]

Håkon Håkonson – King of Norway and Greenland.

Snorri Sturluson wrote of Håkon Håkonsson who was king of Norway between 1217 and 1263.The king’s envoy to Greenland came back with the message that the Greenlanders were subject to pay tax and put under the laws of the norwegian king (manna bot). Although the murder was taken place in Greenland under the the star of Polaris (leidarstjernen). Sturla continuing lay in Landnåmå. Translated in a way.

Eirik Raude (Eirik the red)

Kalaallit Nunaat as Greenland is named by the inuits is the worlds largest island. A big lump of ice that clearly on the North American tectonic plate but is subject to rule from Denmark. It was Erik the Red who discovered the island around 1000 after being exiled from Iceland, by decision of the Althing.

Sailing instructions from norway to Greenland according to The book of Haukr (Hauksbòk)

Haukr Erlendson wrote one of the few medival manuscripts of which the author is known.. -From the the West coast of Norway you sail west and keep far north of the shetlands until you could barely see land.