Floro


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The coastal town of Floro, roughly midway between Sognefjord and the headland Stad, was founded in 1860. Today Floro is the administrative center for the area and supports diverse industries with branches of several national and international companies, including Westcon, EWOS and CHC.

Westcon is a major shipyard company, with facilities along the Norwegian coast, EWOS is among the biggest international suppliers of feed and nutrition for farmed fish and CHC, based in Richmond, BC, Canada, is one of the largest commercial helicopter operators on the world. And nearby is Brodrene, who specialize in high-speed carbon composite ferries, including Vision of the Fjords, Legacy of the Fjords and Future of the Fjords, based on their visionary Seasight design.

From Fordefjorden, we continued north to spend five nights exploring the waterways in and around Floro. While there we made several long tender trips, including a detailed pass through Floro, and checked out the various industries in the area.

Below are highlights from November 25th through 29th, 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 mvdirona.com/maps.

11/25/2020
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Stavang Church
The Stavang Church was completed in 1957 on a site where a church has stood since the 1300s.
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Modern Home
Beautiful modern home in Stavang, with an open-space concept and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
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Stongasundet
Approaching the 49-ft (15m) bridge across the channel Stongasundet.
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Osstrupen
Because of the angle, the bridge across Osstrupen looks much lower than its 49-ft (15m) clearance.
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Osstrupen Anchorage
Our anchorage at the head of Osstrupen in 145 ft (44m) on 420 ft (128m) of rode. The anchorage is deep, but we quite liked the setting, surrounded by steep cliffs and waterfalls.
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River Current
A strong river flow enters the head of Osstrupen, with the current visible in the water behind Dirona. It looks like we’re underway, but that’s the water rushing past us at anchor.
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Osstrupen Waterfall
One of the many dramatic waterfalls that spill into our anchorage at Osstrupen.
11/26/2020
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Poles
We’ve seen several of these red-and-white pole pairs, such as this set while underway up Eikefjorden. They look like range markers, but aren’t charted nor in a place requiring them.
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Eikefjorden
View west as we turn towards our intended anchorage at in Pollen at the head of Eikefjorden
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Eikefjorden Anchorage
Our anchorage tucked into snug and sheltered Pollen at the head of Eikefjorden in 51 ft (15m) on 200 ft (61m) of rode.
11/27/2020
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Insulation
Adding a piece of thick foam to insulate the cockpit shower and reduce the likelihood of damage due to freezing as the temperature falls.
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Dirona
Dirona anchored in Pollen at the head of Eikefjorden with snow-dusted mountains in the background.
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Logs
Logs ashore at Eikford ready to load for marine transport, viewed on a tender tour of the area.
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Kleivaelva
The river Kleivaelva flowing in two branches under a road bridge in Eikford.
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Brodrene
Hull form at Brodrene, who specialize in high-speed carbon composite ferries. We’ve seen many of their vessels, including the fast ferry Fjordfart, the ambulance boat Rygerdoktoren and their visionary Seasight models, Vision of the Fjords, Legacy of the Fjords and Future of the Fjords.
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Coastal Road
Norway is famous for it’s early 19th-century roads strung along cliff edges. Here is a portion of the old road along the north shore of Eikefjorden supported with an extensive rock wall.
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Old Tunnel
A small part-tunnel through the cliff on the old 19th-century road along Eikefjorden. Tunneling was expensive back then, so the engineers only resorted to it when necessary. Here they also added rock and avalanche protection.
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Storoysundet Bridge
Passing under the small bridge across Storoysundet to the island of Store Helgoya in Eikefjorden.
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Hasteinen
View down Hoydalsfjorden to snow-capped 3,060-ft (933m) Hasteinen.
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Salmon Hatchery
The Barlindbotn Settefisk salmon hatchery in Eikefjorden annually produces about 2 million juvenile fish.
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265 Hours
We just crossed 265 hours on the “new tender“. We’ve really been winding the hours on this year, with over 100 hours since arriving in Norway late July at 163 hours.
11/28/2020
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Forward Spotlight
The forward spotlight illuminating the shore ahead as we depart before sunrise from the anchorage in Pollen at the head of Eikefjorden.
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CHC
CHC, based in Richmond, BC, Canada, is one of the largest commercial helicopter operators on the world, with major markets in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and the UK. The company operates a helicopter rescue service in Floro using an AS332L1 SuperPuma and a crew of six is on 15-minute standby.
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Control Tower
The Floro airport control tower.
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EWOS
Huge EWOS facility in Floro. Until purchased by Cargill in 2015, EWOS was one of the largest suppliers of feed and nutrition for farmed fish.
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Stabben Lighthouse
The Stabben Lighthouse just north of Floro was established in 1867 and takes up most of the islet it stands on.
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Floro
View to Floro Harbour as we pass by to the north. Floro has a population of 11,000 and is Norway’s westernmost town.
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Westcon
Westcon’s huge shipyard in Floro, one of several the company operates in Norway. We toured past their Olsfjorden facility earlier this year. The indoor shiphall, pictured, measures 656 x 131 ft (200 x 40 m). We were planning to continue through here to an anchorage, but new causeways not shown on our chart blocked our path.
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Norsea Fighter
The 269-ft (82m) offshore support vessel Norsea Fighter moored off Floro.
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Energy Empress
The Multi-Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV) Energy Empress was completed in 2019 following the Ulstein X-Bow design.
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Crushed Cars
A massive pile of crushed cars ashore on the outskirts of Floro.
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Massoya Anchorage
Our anchorage off the island fof Massoya, just west of Floro, in in 38 ft (12m) on 175 ft (53m) of rode.
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View from Massoya
View west from the anchorage at Massoya to the Energy Empress moored off Floro.
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Kinn Marina
Kinn Marina near Floro, seen on a tender tour of the area, offers year-round land storage and indoor, heated winter storage for boats.
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Figure
A small figure supervising traffic on the narrow waterway near Kinn Marina.
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Waterfall
Waterfall flowing into Klauefjorden north of Floro.
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Havhesten
The glass-enclosed Havhesten swimming facility near Floro has beautiful sea views from its pools.
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Small Boat Channel
Running a narrow and shallow small-boat channel at Floro back to Dirona. There’s barely room for the tender, and with a fast current, some care is required just to stay off the wall.
11/29/2020
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Norddalsfjorden Anchorage
Our anchorage at the head of Norddalsfjorden in 116 ft (35 m) on 375 ft (114 m) of rode.
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Swamped
We dropped the tender right after anchoring at Norddalsfjorden, in a rush to get out and tour the beautiful area. Don’t launch your tender without the hull drain plug in.
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Dirona
Dirona anchored at the head of Norddalsfjorden.
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Tender Tour
Out on a tender tour of the complex and shallow channels around the head of Norddalsfjorden with Dirona visible in the distance.
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Lakselva Channel
We were able to run the tender all the way through the intimate channel to Lakselva, much farther than the charts indicated.
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Otters
Two of a group of six otters playing along the shore in the channel to Lakselva. They sure are cute.
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