Sail still hoisted, approaching Bergen. Photo: Ina Schjøtt Brackman.
The unmistakable profile of the trimaran as it enters Bergen harbour.
It was a beautiful evening as we sailed under the suspension bridge that connects the mainland to Askøy, a large island just to the west of Bergen, and we continued slowly to the “City of Seven Mountains”, which has a magnificent approach from the sea. The calm waters of the harbour reflected a violet and blue sky.
Just before 22.00, we moored our trimaran to the side of another sailing boat – space is at a premium in the harbour that is the heart of Bergen. Now I’m going to have a quiet dinner with my son Max, who is returning to Oslo.
We’ll be on our way again a bit past midnight. The gentle wind makes for perfect sailing, and we see no reason to wait. Our next port of call is Ålesund, yet another coastal town with a rich and colourful history; more about that later. I expect our journey to take slightly more than 24 hours.
Børge and his son Max enjoyed a few hours in Bergen, before parting ways for now. Behind them can be seen the wind generator, which provides the power needed on board.
Børge and Thorleif during a relaxed moment in Bergen. Photo: Ina Schjøtt Brackman.
Leaving Bergen by night.