2022 has been an amazing year! We already from New Year planned our sail journey to the Mediterranean in June, so we had a lot to clean up at home (because we should rent out our house), quit jobs and activities, and say goodbye to friends and family.
For 3 years we have been host family for students at UWC (United World College) in Fjaler, a couple of hours drive from us. They have been visiting us 3-4 times a year. The last year this 3 beautiful girls have visiting us:
Sunita from Nepal, Petrina from Canada, and Asmita from Nepal
I hope we one day, when we are coming back to Norway can do things like this again. I will recommend other families to become hosts from students coming to Norway!
February came with snow. Not much, but it was cold and nice weather for a while.
24. of february Russia started the war against Ukraina and a lot of people from Ukraina came to Florø. The church in Florø arranged “Concert for peace” and a lot of musicians participated. And the church was almost full. It was a touching moment.
Because we live in the western part of Norway we are used to great sunset, like this.
Already in the beginning of march we had breakfast on our balcony.
And in the end of March it was time to pack our car for driving a lot of our stuff to Greece.
We drove to Sweden and through Germany to the south of Germany, where we had a stop in beautiful Oberammergau. Here it was full winter and we needed warm clothes.
We had a short trip through Austria before we arrived in Italy and drove south to Brindisi where we took the ferry over to Igoumenitza, Greece. It was nice and warm on the way over to Greece.
After months of dreaming and planning we finally arrived in Cleopatra Marina, Preveza, where our new boat stayed on the hard. And what a mess it was when we filled the boat with all the things we brought…
Until the last day before we went back to Norway
We took the ferry back to Bari, Italy and went to Lake Garda, Sirmione. Amazing place!
We drove through Germany and Denmark, last stop at Skagen and Hirtshals before taking the ferry back to Norway.
Kinn island is my favourite island and in the beginning of May we went out there. I didn`t write about this trip to Kinn in the blog, but here is a post from 2021:
17th of May Norway is celebrating our National Day
In the end of May we hiked to the mountain Hatlesetnipa, which has an amazing view to Florø.
And finally, 25th of June we were on our way to Greece. We left our house to great people and left Florø for indefinite time. Our fosterdaughter Miriam came with us for a month.
After two days of hard work we could put the boat on the water.
We had to check in to Greece in Preveza where our journey started, and we checked out in Corfu Town two days later. From Corfu we sailed over to Albania and check in to the country in Sarande.
From Albania we sailed past Montenegro because Miriam needed visa to get there. We checked into Croatia in Cavtat and took the bus to beautiful Dubrovnik.
After Miriam left we had visitors from Norway and we sailed from Split to Hvar and Vis.
After Croatia we continue our journey to Montenegro and the bay of Kotor.
We stayed in Montenegro only for a week and sailed to Albania where we did the checkin in Durres.
We sailed south to Sarande, and the days before we left Albania we explored the southern part of the country.
In September we finally where back in Greece, and did the checkin in Corfu. From there we sailed to the northern part of Corfu to visit some of the small remote islands.
On one of theese islands we met Phil from UK, living on Paxos, and some weeks later we met him again there and he guided us around the island.
On Kefalonia we did a hike to the highest mountain and rented a car to explore the island.
We met Ingela and Lars from Sweden at Zakynthos and we followed each other for a couple of weeks. We visited Olympia and a winery together.
Monemvasia was one of the most important places on my todolist!
We left Peleponnes and continued east to the islands in the Aegean sea. On Milos we rented a car and explore this beautiful island.
It started to be colder, but still nice days and it was perfect for exploring and hiking. We arrived my favourite island Naxos and stayed there for a week.
On Naxos we hiked to the highest mountain, Zevs.
Our last island in Greece was Rhodes, and we anchored in the bay of St. Pauls for many days. It has to be one of the most beautiful anchorage in the world!
We visited the ancient town of Kameiros. Amazing place!
In the end of December it was time to leave Greece, and we sailed over to Marmaris, Türkiye.
We have stayed in Marmaris for a month now, it is a beautiful town where you can find most of the things you need. I celebrate my birthday here, and we made this Christmas card.
A sunny Marmaris!
Christmas Eve Dinner!
It has been an amazing journey this far, we have seen and explored a lot, and we have met a lot of nice people. We will continue this journey in 2023 and maybe we see you somewhere around?