We’ve crossed our wake – and arrived in Norway!

Published 14.10 in category Northern Passage - 2010

Position update 11.34 CEST: 60.25619 N, 5.2375 E – Now at Hjellestad, a harbour south of Bergen.

Position update 22.13 CEST: 60.13575 N, 5.27842 E – Continuing south, at the mouth of the Lysefjord.
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CelebrationHappy faces! At 03.00 our team found good reason to open the Champagne. The headlights were a necessity!
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In the early hours of this morning, Thursday 14 October, the “Northern Passage” crossed its own wake
and reached the coast of Norway. They have successfully completed their mission: the first Arctic circumnavigation through the Northeast and Northwest Passages during one and the same season!

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After 11 days of battling the North Atlantic, Børge and Thorleif, in the good company of Trygve and Vince, can look forward to sailing along the Norwegian coast – home to Oslo, where the “Northern Passage” commenced its expedition on Midsummer’s Eve, 23 June.
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Here is a video of their celebration, after 108 days at sea.
The Champagne was a gift from a Russian sponsor, in Murmansk.



54 comments to We’ve crossed our wake – and arrived in Norway!54

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    Tom K  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!! Looking forward to the film-book- etc…


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    Olav  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer med en fantastisk prestasjon!
    Det har vært utrolig spennende å følge dere.


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    Lars Erik Karlsen  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer så mye med en fantastisk seilas.
    Utrolig hva dere har fått til!
    Lars Erik


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    Knut Vibe-Rheymer  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer! Det har vaert super spennende for en landkrabbe i Sveits a fölge dere. Jeg har ogsaa gratulasjon fra folk paa Island og fra Frankrike. God tur tilbake til Oslo.
    Hjertelig hilsen Knut


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    Nils-Peter Jangaard Loe  /  October 14, 2010

    En fantastisk prestasjon. Gratulerer.


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    Per Ewing  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!!! I am really impressed.
    Thorleif will we see You with the CHAMPS in Frankfurt next week?
    I will buy You a really big beer!

    All the best / Per


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    Ulrich ( Corsair Sweden )  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!

    It has been a fantastic journey to follow and a great inspiration for other sailors. While at the office; day after day passes by with the same routines and during the same time you have often crossed a sea never heard of before or navigated through landscapes with incredibly sceneries all transmitted to us with the means of modern technology.
    In the true Viking spirit you have by careful planning, purposefulness and bravery made sure that you would succeed. And we never doubted you would.

    A great achievement!


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    Martine Thorleifsson og familien thorleifsson  /  October 14, 2010

    Grattulerer!!! Vi gleder oss sånn til dere kommer hjem! Det har vært så spennende å følge dere, så hva skal vi gjøre nå? data spill? Vi løper til PCen som en flokk kyr hver gang Olav G sender et lite hint om “Nytt nytt”. Dette er stort, vi er stolte!! Men vi feirer ikke før dere er trygt i havn på KNS!


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    Espen  /  October 14, 2010

    Amazing! It is hard to find any media in Norway or elsewhere who got this great story!


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    Nils Narum og Kari Høydal  /  October 14, 2010

    Nå har vi “medseilt” ved hjelp av posisjonspila siden St.Hans.
    Egentlig en grei måte å være i i Nordområdene på mens vi nyter sola og varmen her hjemme.

    GRATULERER MASSE. Og velkommen hjem til Dronningen.


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    Leif  /  October 14, 2010

    GRATULERER POLARHELTER.

    Men hva skal vi nå fylle dagene med? Man har sjekket posisjon på bloggen flere ganger daglig og nå er det slutt!
    Takk for et fantastisk eventyr.


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    Werner Stolz  /  October 14, 2010

    You have achieved what many people only can dream of. Congartulations.


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    Harry  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!


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    Rikki  /  October 14, 2010

    YESSS!!


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    Rolf o Deborah, Swedish yacht Northern Light  /  October 14, 2010

    Hat’s off to you! Congratulations on a brilliantly-executed circumnavigation of the globe at the highest possible latitude. So happy for you!


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    Rolf Bjørum  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer Børge og Thorleif!
    En imponerende utført ekspedisjon, dere har videreført en sterkt norsk tradisjon. Det har vært en stor glede å kunne følge dere på ferden.
    Velkommen hjem, – tipper litt peiskos og en varm, tørr seng i vater vil smake godt nå.
    Mvh Rolf Bjørum
    (Sørkedalen(Børge) og UNIKE(TT) hvor vi bruket en halvmodell av Amundsens jakt Gjøa som gave til deltagerne, et symbol på felles utfordringer og godt samarbeid)


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    Kenneth  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer!

    Rett og slett imponerende 🙂 Vært spennende å følge med.


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    Kjell Karlsen.  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer med gjennomført “Polomseiling”. Det har vært utrolig spennende å følge med! Børge: Håper å treffe deg når du kommer til Tromsø.


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    Grant Kelly  /  October 14, 2010

    Fantastic! We are all in awe of you….


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    Trygve & Randi  /  October 14, 2010

    Vi slutter oss til rekken av gratulanter – fantastisk ! og en sterk søknad til årets Påskeforedrag på Finse den 21. april 🙂


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    Peter  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations to the crew of Northern Passage in their historic passage.


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    Pati  /  October 14, 2010

    Hi Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!
    What’s next for the intrepid lady “The Northern Passage” and her Vikings?


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    Liv  /  October 14, 2010

    Fantastisk – Gratulere! Har fulgt med fra dag en. Godt at dere er hjemme og i god behold.


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    Gunilla Niska  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerar, men mina dagar blir tristare nu när jag inte kan följa med er på nätet. Det har varit en spännande resa också för en landkrabba!


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    Jörn Köpcke  /  October 14, 2010

    back to future, enjoy & relax!


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    Gunn og Sigurd  /  October 14, 2010

    Fantastisk gjennomført gutter. Spennende å følge dere dag for dag og blog diskusjonene som har fulgt med. Mange gratulasjoner!!!!!!!!


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    Harald M  /  October 14, 2010

    Absolutely amazing! And thank you for an excellent daily update.


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    Olav Grinde  /  October 14, 2010

    Hi Gunilla,
    I have good news for you: the blog will be covering the journey of the “Northern Passage” along the Norwegian coast all the way to Oslo. This leg of their expedition may lack the challenge and adrenaline that has characterised much of their journey so far – for instance across the North Atlantic – but it is sure to be scenic and worthwhile in its own way.

    So be sure to still visit Børge’s blog daily! 🙂

    Best regards,
    Olav


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    Gordon Anderson  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!! Thanks for taking us all along on a truly amazing journey. You are all truly an inspiration to those who “choose to follow the road less travelled”! Can’t wait to see what’s next.


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    Jean M, Colorado  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer til mannskapet! Truly, history-in-the-making: Very fortunate to have been able to follow it!


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    Jon  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer med vel gjennomført seilas!


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    Mister Mike  /  October 14, 2010

    Hurrah!!! Welcome home and thank you for a great adventure!


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    Tony  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations…

    If you need a new challenge, I don’t think it will be many years before you could try to sail to the north pole !!


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    Arne Martin Kragholm  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer med turen rundt !
    Gøy å ha fulgt dere på turen rundt !

    Arne Martin


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    Birger  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer 🙂

    Det var spennende å følge med i hvert fall to ganger daglig!!!


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    Paul K  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations !! Børge and Thorleif, Vincent and Eric 😉


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    Patrice  /  October 14, 2010

    I am glad to see this. Inspiring adventure, good team spirit, courage and many, many experiences. Congratulations to Borge, Thorlief, Stas, Vince and Eric – you are great sailors 🙂
    I hope that there will be movie about your journey. And I am glad that you will keep this blog alive until you end up in Oslo.


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    Siren Dale Narum  /  October 14, 2010

    For en bragd !!! Gratulerer ! Hils Bergen ! Jeg ønsker dere en god seilas på siste etappe ! Blir hyggelig å se dere igjen 🙂


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    Nicolay Lange-Nielsen, Emma Hansen  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer! Dere klarte det. Fantastisk å følge den lille prikken,på steder av kloden der ingen skulle tru at nokon kunne segle. Steder jeg aldri har tenkt på fantes. Gleder oss til foredrag!! Emma og Nicolay


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    Wollert  /  October 14, 2010

    Dette er en tur det står respekt av, og nå kan jo både Børge og Toffen titulere seg som jordomseglere:)


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    Johan J. Petersen  /  October 14, 2010

    Veldig koolt prosjekt som også har imponert med raskt, lett og enkelt fartøy og utstyr. Godt tenkt – vel seilt – gratulerer!


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    lordsoth  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations!!

    It will probably take more than a few days to get your land legs back.

    So what happen to the Peter I Russian Crew ? It looks like things were neck and neck until they suddenly went into Tourist Mode during the home stretch. Did they have mechanical problems, and then get on the wrong side of the weather ?


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    Reidun H.Rushfeldt  /  October 14, 2010

    God tur videre gutter, æ har fått heim min gubbe no og sjampisen står på bordet..


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    Scott  /  October 14, 2010

    Congratulations to you all!
    Thank you for bringing us with you…


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    Bjarte Rydland  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer! God tur forbi Fitjar og ferden vidare heim til Oslo, Sjåast!


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    Nick Barnes  /  October 14, 2010

    Warmest congratulations!


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    Eirik Bæivi  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulere for en vel gjennomført bragd, dere har satt Norge og klimaendringene på kartet på en helt utrolig måte. Tenker dusjen i Bergen føltes bra! God tur videre til Oslo!!


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    Eirik Bæivi  /  October 14, 2010

    To Vincent, your dreams come true…


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    Oliver J  /  October 14, 2010

    @lordsoth:
    Peter I didn’t go into ‘Tourist Mode’. They challenged the North Atlantic like the Northern Passage did – but in contrast to the Northern Passage they missed the narrow window of opportunity for good winds – they simply came too late and had a rough ride.

    At the end and according to their website “almost everything” was broken onboard, they were sailing with almost no electricity (no lights, no warm meals, no orientation). Somehow they managed it to reach Reykjavik.

    They had to go into ‘Repair Mode’ in Reykjavik.


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    Marilyn  /  October 14, 2010

    Gratulerer on such an historic journey! I have read the blog with great anticipation every day. Am thrilled to be able to tell people I saw you in Kirkenes as you were preparing to leave. I will look forward to seeing you finish in Oslo. Only wish I could be there in person to watch you sail into the harbor. Please continue posting the wonderful pictures on your blog. Tusen takk.
    Marilyn in SE Iowa, USA


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    Ane Håbjørg  /  October 15, 2010

    Dere er klin gæne! Nå kan noen av oss trekke et lettelsens sukk. Well done!


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    Andrew MacInnes  /  October 15, 2010

    guys, congrats! what an achievement. You make all us f-31 owners proud and excited to follow in your wake.


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    Stig-Tore  /  October 15, 2010

    Gratulerer.
    Nok en gang har normenn skrevet polarhistorie. Og nok en gang er mr. Ousland involvert, i godt parrløp med Torleif.
    Gratulerer til dere alle.
    Vi stiller kl 1400 sharp.

    MVH
    Basecamp Kirkenes


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    Faysal  /  October 15, 2010

    Congratulations:)) A great trip.
    See you in Oslo.


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