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Discussion: Ferry trip

in: blairtrewin; blairtrewin > 2018-07-31

Jul 31, 2018 9:36 PM # 
When I took the ferry from A to Bodo many years ago it was the worst trip ever - a heavy sea running across the direction of travel. The boat was rolling something crazy. Needless to say the café didn't even bother opening. Sounds like wild weather wasn't a problem at the moment though.

I thought it would be a job finding a flat run in Lofoten!
Aug 1, 2018 12:58 AM # 
In my copy of Stort bitlas Norge there is a little annotation in the sea just south of A. "Strongest sea current in the world". The annotation is printed over the path of the ferry also shown on the map. I imagine that with winds and swell in the right combination this would indeed make a rough trip.
Aug 1, 2018 5:13 AM # 
It was a millpond yesterday - still a bit of a swell but nothing of any concern. Can imagine it would be a different story in rough conditions.

I think the really strong current is between Moskenesoy (the island that A is on) and the next set of islands to the south. There is a ferry that goes via those islands but the direct route is further to the east.

The strong currents, driven by large tidal ranges, are an interesting phenomenon in themselves - quite often you would see a visible flow of water when crossing between islands. The strongest of all is at the narrow outlet of a fjord east of Bodo - similar phenomenon to the Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley, I imagine.
Aug 1, 2018 10:17 AM # 
I visited Lofoten last summer with my wife and the seas between Bodö and Moskenes were defitely not a millpond. Strong winds so ferry was cancelled for 24 hours so we actually had to drive an additional 4 hours North rather than sleeping in the car. The ferry there was more inland and much calmer so still running. This also meant we had to do Lofoten both ways since our next destination was Kiruna. Of course we made it all the way down to Å and also had a few stops for hiking.
Aug 1, 2018 12:47 PM # 
a longer path to run, and sail, and cycle
"Traveling from ;Å to B

In 2004, a British writer-comedian named Paul Parry decided he would take the ultimate cycling trip: from Point A to Point B. That is, he would bike from Å, Norway to Bee, Nebraska. (Technically, this also included an ocean voyage from Southampton to New York. Parry didn’t ride a stationary bike the whole time, but he says he did run full marathons on the deck of the Queen Mary 2.) When he finally arrived in Nebraska more than three months later, the Mayor of Omaha officially proclaimed it “A to B Day,” and a flurry of media attention greeted the weary traveler as he arrived at the tiny town of Bee, Nebraska."

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