7th Edition Updates, #9

by phyllis on September 17, 2013


This will be the last updates post for the season. Thanks again for all your contributions. If any of you have any further updates, please contact us. We’re continually gathering information for the next (8th!) edition.

Another series of updates thanks to Neil McCubbin. You sure do cover some ground, Neil!

Narvik, Vol. III, p. 128:

The two small boat harbours in Narvik are not really suitable for any boat over about 40’. (We have no information on whether it is possible to use the commercial harbour for larger visiting boats.)

Shopping is excellent for general stuff but chandlery is limited. Holmlund Oljeservice is willing to fill foreign propane bottles. Tel: +(47) 76 94 41 50.

Neil and company stayed at the small boat harbour at Vassvika: They found the depth to be 1.7 m, though especially low tides could bring it as low as 1.5 m. Guest docks are just past the fuel dock, which is the first fingerberth to starboard on entry. The slips closest to the fuel dock seem the deepest and have the longest fingers. However, this harbour is still only suitable for a shallow draft, smaller vessel. The facilities in the club are good, with free shower and washing machine but no dryer.

Grundfjorden, Vol. III, p. 138:

Neil reports that they anchored in the middle of the NW arm of the anchorage. They did not feel that lines ashore were necessary as they had lots of swinging room in excellent holding. He reports that this is a beautiful anchorage on a sunny day, although it is in shade morning and evening. On a day with a low ceiling  it might very well be rather dismal.

The charted drying promontory and rock on the south side of the entry to the NW arm seems to be a little further out and definitely shallower than the updated Navionics chart shows. They are easy to avoid by staying north of center at the turn.

There is a path to halfway along the E side of the lake, which is only 100 m or so inland. Further walking can be a bit wet.

Sortland, Vol. III, p. 186 eBook/p. 187 paper book:

Neil reports that the Sortland Boat Club is 1.3 nm south of the bridge (not 2 nm as we say in the Guide).

They poked the bow into Sjøhussenteret, 0.7 nm north of the bridge but, despite having calm weather and a centerboarder with a bow-thruster, they retreated as the guest dock looked to be in disrepair and not suitable for any boat larger than 30’.

Lonkanfjorden, Vol. III, p. 183 eBook/p. 184 paper book:

Neil reports this is one of best anchorages he’s been in. High praise, indeed!

They anchored on the shelf created by the river in Norbotn in 15 m depth, about 30 m from the shallows, in very good holding. There are 3 cottages in sight, but otherwise it’s undeveloped.

There is a long abandoned road along the north side about 30 m vertical above the shore that reportedly once led to a small mine. It is now an excellent hiking trail, although the surface is rough enough that heavy running shoes or (better) light hiking boots are the best footwear.

The valley (Nordalen) is quite beautiful. After 3 km of very easy hiking, the trail becomes brutally steep and rises to a pass at about 450 m. From there it is possible to follow a trail on to the head of Ingelsfjorden (p. 136) or to turn north on a trail and climb a near and easy peak of about 1000 m alt.

Or, the very fit, experienced climber, in good weather, could choose to go on to Møysalen, at 1260 m alt the highest peak in the region. This trail includes a few pitches of easy rock climbing, furnished with chains. Neil quit about 100 m below the top because there was a bergschrund and steep snowfield that he felt was too dangerous to cross without equipment.

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