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The town of Forde lies at the head of 19-nm long Fordefjorden, the next major fjord system north of Buefjorden. Forde is the commercial, industrial, and government center for the region, with good shopping opportunities for us to buy a little more winter gear.

We spent four nights exploring the fjord and approaches, including a two-night stop on the guest dock in Forde. While in the area, we encountered another major storm system that brought 64-knot winds and heavy rain to one of our anchorages, but on the plus side really brought out the waterfalls along Fordefjorden.

Below are highlights from November 20th and 25th, 2020. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at

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Heggoyna Anchorage
Our snug anchorage off the island of Heggoyna at the mouth of Stongfjorden in 53 ft (16m) on 200 ft (61m) of rode. We had considered anchoring in Eidsfjorden, a branch of Stongfjorden, but swing room was insufficient for the depth there.
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64 Knots
Another big storm system arrive last night, bringing gusts of 64 knots to our anchorage at Heggoyna (see tell-tale on wind speed guage at top right). The winds have settled to “only” a steady 30 now.
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Winds at Heggoyna
Early morning view looking behind the boat as strong winds blow through the anchorage at Heggoyna. It’s surprising how much the waves have kicked up in this tiny anchorage.
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Windswept Smelvaerosen
We decided to depart the anchorage at Heggoyna for one with better wind protection. Conditions in exposed Smelvaerosen were rough, with the wind blowing steady in the 30s behind us and gusts to over 40. We were pitching over 14° and rolling 11.5° as we passed through.
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Svanoya Anchorage
Our anchorage at the island of Svanoya in 70 ft (21m) on 300 ft (91m) of rode. We’re only two hours away from our last anchorage, but it was rough enough out there that it’s nice to be in a more sheltered more location.
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Anchor Ball
Our anchor ball lost one of its fins in last night’s big winds.
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We haven’t seen this one before. We have no external leaks and frequently see strong winds with rain, and yet this storm was driving rain in so hard from behind us it actually brought a fair amount of water down the stack area and into the engine room. It’s probably less than a gallon, but did make a bit of a mess.
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Tender Cover
Our tender cover partially blew of in the storm, but fortunately was still held on by the bungee underneath the bow and across the engine. That’s an expensive custom-fit cover, so we’re glad we don’t have to replace it.
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The winds aren’t quite as strong as yesterday, but are steady in the 25-20-knot range, with gusts as high as 57 knots.
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The view to (217m) snow-dusted Asaholten as we approach the anchorage off the village of Kvammen in Fordefjorden.
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Kvammen Anchorage
Our anchorage near the town of Kvammen, partway along Fordefjorden, in 61 ft (19m) on 200 ft (61m) of rode.
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Happy Hour
We’re still enjoying Happy Hour outside in the cockpit, but now that the temperature is down to 44°F (7°C), we’ve started wearing our Mustang suits for extra warmth.
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What appears to be a navy ship under construction in Forde at the head of Fordefjorden.

Update: Blog reader Olav Bjorneset tells us this is a “nobody wants” 269-ft (82m) Palmer Johnson World Explorer, originally built for a Russian billionaire who died before the papers were signed.

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Forde Berth
Our berth at Forde, at the head of Fordefjorden, with a single 16A shorepower, and water available (the Navionics chartplotter app we run on our phone has much better navigation detail). We’re on the fuel dock since it’s the only place available with sufficient depth for us, and even this is effectively less than we need if we experience a low tide. But we have 10ft of water now and will be fine during the current low tidal exchange.
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Forde Views
Views to Forde from our berth (clockwise from top left: forward, aft, starboard and port).
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Returning to the boat with a load of groceries. The store was so close we just brought their cart to the boat and walked it back.
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Dirona is fairly prominent on the dock in Forde, and several locals came by to chat. One was a ferry captain, and they’re all interested in boats, so we had a great discussion.
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Studded Bike Tires
In Norway, studded tires are common. They even sell studded bike tires.
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Udder Support
We stopped into a farm supply store in Forde and found all kinds of unusual products that we’d never use. But it’s good to know that if we do get a pet cow for the boat that udder support is available.
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Returning to the boat after doing some shopping in town to pickup a few more items of winter gear.
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We took advantage of our convenient location on the fuel dock at Forde to top up our gasoline supply.
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Dirona on the dock in Forde at the head of Fordefjorden.
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Departing Forde
Running the shallow and narrow channel out of our berth at Forde before sunrise. Our forward spotlight is lighting up the shore in the distance and the starboard sidelight is illuminating the trees at right. The lights are super-helpful in navigating at night in tight quarters like this, giving us an ability to see our surroundings.
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Waterfall gushing down the slope at Oykevelta along Fordefjorden.
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The river Storelva, swollen after several days of rain, pouring into Fordefjorden near Vevring.
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