Menu

Category : 2010 Greenland

The final leg

Sailing back to Norway, approaching the  island Vestmannaeyjar on the south coast of Iceland.  Its Saturday evening and the old and new crew are enjoying a burger before we split up. Dan went back to China this morning, impressive performance as a first time sailor. Glenn as expected, thanks for an outstanding job and many hilarious moments wether is while cooking soup or interviewing police officers in Greenland. Nikolai thanks for delivering, young of age but an outstanding crewmember. Ketil well done, we did it again and […]

Amor fati

Fem uker på Memento Mori er over. Vi har hatt en lang og fin tur. En seilas som dette forlenger livet ettersom tidsperspektivet og oppfattningen av tid endres. Vi har muligens ervervet oss et halvt år lengere liv fullt av opplevelser og nye erfaringer. Det er vanskelig å forstå at vi har vært på Grønland og ettersom vi selv ikke forstår det er det vanskelig å forlange at venner skal begripe hvor spesiell denne turen har vært. Kropp og sjel […]

Andreas diving with an iceberg

The final day before sailing back to Iceland made for the perfect iceberg dive. In the outer skerries the visibility was not obstructed by glacial melting water. Andreas and his friend the underwater scooter Mojo made a final dive in Greenland for now.

Arrival in Iceland!

Above, from the left: Dan O´Brien, Ketil Christensen, Andreas B. Heide, Glenn Kvernmo and Nikolai Munch Frisak.    After battling ice, whales and stormy seas, Memento Mori has successfully entered Reykjavik port.  The ocean crossing has been beautiful. With strong winds from behind (20 KTS) we were able to keep an average speed at about 7 knots for the first days. This was very effective but it was also wearing on the crew. The last couple of days the wind […]

Report from the Denmark Straight

Memento Mori is heading back to Iceland after a wonderful trip to Greenland. Low on food and out of beer but morale is high. Greenland said farewell in the same way she greeted us, with calm waters and towering icebergs. After a while we slipped into dense fog with practically no visibility and the next time we see land will be in Iceland. The fog and calm was replaced by strong winds from the back making our travel so far […]

Heading back to Iceland

We are leaving Erik Raudes island and Greenland this time. Nine days in this ice cold desolate island, among seals, whales and Inuits. The sun is shining and behind us is an old volcanic island of stone sinking into the horizon. The island that bears the name of the old Norse that discovered this land is shining bright in sandy brown colours after us as we are navigating around the last icebergs on our way east. Memento Mori is ship-shape […]

Kungmit

Bilde: Kungumit Etter at Memento Mori unslapp isen dro vi tilbake til østkystens største by, Angmagssalik. Her bunkret vi opp og satte av den tyske filmskaperen Anni. Gutta på tur igjen. Vi satte kursen nordover mot en naturhavn kalt ‘Marie Havn’. Den var omringet av grå og ugjestmilde fjell på over 1000 meter.Vi tilbrakte 2 netter her med fluefiske, fottur og filmkveld. I dag våknet vi til regn, tåke og vindstille. 5 grader.Ikke akkurat sommerferievær, men med dieselmotor som varmer […]

Første stevnemøte med isen

Første landfall ved Vår første natt i uthavn noen dager tilbake i den forlatte Inuitt landsbyen Iqateq markerte på mange måter begynnelsen på Grønlandseventyret. Vi gikk for motor mellom isfjell på størrelse med bolighus, inn i ukjent farvann. Det finnes ikke gode sjøkart, så ved siden av å ha en mann i baugen måtte vi tidvis ut med lettbåten for å lodde dybden, akkurat som i gode gamle dager. Etter en times tid kom vi inn til den forlatte landsbyen […]

Trapped in the ice – My first blog post

The name of our boat is Memento Mori, Latin for “remember death”. The idea behind it is that we should live each day likes it’s our last, a bit like carpe diem with a slightly morbid slant. It’s a fitting name for a vessel that has carried us across the ocean and presented each of us with new experiences; some expected and others a little more surprising. I suppose I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced the most “firsts” so […]

Day two in Greenland – Ikateq

On the eastern side of the entrance to Sermilik fjord on the Greenland east coast, there is a small deserted Inuit village called Ikateq. Population: zero. The trip there took about 4 hours, from Amassalik. Getting into the small bay that would be our harbour took almost 2 hours more. There are no useful maps in Greenland so we had to do everything oldschool. That means sending in the dinghy first with a weight and a bit of string, to […]