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7 days in Northern Norway

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Grace at the settlement of Nordskot
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Day one: Nordskot

Basking in the constant daylight of northern Norway, Roger Lean-Vercoe spent a week last summer cruising the 250 miles or so from Bodø to Tromsø on board the 48.35 metre motor yacht Grace. Here, in his fascinating diary, he records the highlights of the journey...

Midnight sun has some interesting effects. Landing at Bodø at 11pm, the exhaustion of a six-hour, three-legged flight from the South of France utterly dissolves in the brilliant sunshine. It is a consequence of being at 67 degrees north, well within the Arctic Circle, in summertime. It may seem like madness to leave the warm delights of the Mediterranean in favour of these cold, yacht-free waters, but summer here (May to July) reveals a paradise of strange and ethereal landscapes – and glorious isolation in which to explore them by boat.

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