Meeting old friends in Australia

Meeting old friends in Australia was the highlight of getting to the end of...

Hiking, diving and sailing in New Caledonia

Sailing in New Caledonia, should be on everyones short-list. What's there...

Exploring the volcano on Tanna in Vanuatu

We've put together a video that shows our adventures in Vanuatu when we...

We swim with whales in Tonga

We swim with whales in Tonga, getting up close and personal with humpback whales of all...

Freediving with mantas and sharks in Bora Bora, Maupiti and Maupihaa

In this video we go freediving with mantas and sharks in Bora Bora, Maupiti and...

Swimming with sharks in Fakarava

In our leisurely sail through Tuamotos we go swimming with sharks in Fakarava, my...

Shark attack and falsifying the Kon Tiki Monument

A shark attack you ask? Yes. Watch the video to see how frisky they can get. We have...

Fish farming in French Polynesia

I have seen just how destructive fish farming can be to an ecosystem home in Norway, so...

Amanu an unspoilt South Pacific paradise

When you sail off the beaten track you always hope that you’ll find someplace truly...

Testing nuclear weapons in paradise

You would think that your place in Hell would be assured, if you had been busy testing...

Trekking in Gambier

Who would have thought that trekking in Gambier could be as much fun as it was? We were...

Fixing the boat in exotic locations

There is a well known saying: Sailing around the World is a sexier way to say that...

Green bananas are the new potato

I´ve just realised that bananas can be used when they’re still green! In fact it's not a...

Secret of the black pearl

When we sailed inside the reefs surrounding Gambier, we saw houses on stilts dotting...

Passagemaking

We are now halfway between Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Pitcairn and this is as good a...

The mysteries of Easter Island

After a strenuous sail we were eager to unlock the mysteries of Easter Island (Rapa Nui...

Amazing Galapagos

After 6 days of sailing from Panama, we could finally see some mountain peaks of on the...

Checking in to Galapagos

Galapagos is truly a rare gem on our planet and that’s why we really wanted to sail...

From our amazing trip with Stella Polaris!

Nautical Miles Sailed

Countries Visited

We swim with whales in Tonga

We swim with whales in Tonga

We swim with whales in Tonga, getting up close and personal with humpback whales of all sizes. We also explore Vava'u and Ha'apai, seeing Mariner's and Swallow's Caves, go to church and feel the magic of these wonderful islands. The video shows it all!...

Swimming with sharks in Fakarava

Swimming with sharks in Fakarava

In our leisurely sail through Tuamotos we go swimming with sharks in Fakarava, my favourite spot from 7 years ago. We can go freediving with hundreds of sharks and an abundance of fish you see few other places on our globe. We get to enjoy Fakarava with Kolbi and...

Fish farming in French Polynesia

Fish farming in French Polynesia

I have seen just how destructive fish farming can be to an ecosystem home in Norway, so when I heard that the Chinese have just been given permission to start fish-farming in French Polynesia, I was outraged. We are anchored in Hao in the Tuamotos and after talking to...

Amanu an unspoilt South Pacific paradise

Amanu an unspoilt South Pacific paradise

When you sail off the beaten track you always hope that you’ll find someplace truly special and our search can stop, because we’ve found the perfect unspoilt South Pacific paradise and it’s called Amanu. Amanu was our first stop in the Tuamotos after sailing from...

Testing nuclear weapons in paradise

Testing nuclear weapons in paradise

You would think that your place in Hell would be assured, if you had been busy testing nuclear weapons in paradise. When I say South Pacific, most people think of atolls with small sandy islands covered by palm trees, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and an abundance...

Trekking in Gambier

Trekking in Gambier

Who would have thought that trekking in Gambier could be as much fun as it was? We were certainly surprised at the different options we had. Gambier is a great mix of the Marquesas with its soaring peaks and Tuamotos with its sandy atolls. We did a bit of diving, but...

Secret of the black pearl

Secret of the black pearl

When we sailed inside the reefs surrounding Gambier, we saw houses on stilts dotting every bay. We thought they were hotels or villas, but they turned out to be instrumental in helping us unlock the secret of the black pearl. Between the islands, we had to steer wild...

Passagemaking

Passagemaking

We are now halfway between Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Pitcairn and this is as good a time as any to talk about passagemaking. For us passagemaking is whenever we do a sail involving overnights and you move a substantial distance. On this passage we’re sailing around...

The mysteries of Easter Island

The mysteries of Easter Island

After a strenuous sail we were eager to unlock the mysteries of Easter Island (Rapa Nui in Polynesian). Easter Island is the inhabited island, the second furthest away from civilization. When you consider that the nearest civilization (over 2000 km away) is Pitcairn...

Amazing Galapagos

Amazing Galapagos

After 6 days of sailing from Panama, we could finally see some mountain peaks of on the horizon. We had reached the isolated group of volcano islands we know from BBC documentary by David Attenborough; The Galàpagos Islands. The 5 of us onboard were really excited and...

Checking in to Galapagos

Checking in to Galapagos

Galapagos is truly a rare gem on our planet and that’s why we really wanted to sail there with Stella Polaris. We had heard rumors that checking in to Galapagos could be a nightmare, but we didn’t let that deter us. The process for us was as follows: Before you arrive...

Solar Panel Install

Solar Panel Install

After having sailed with Stella Polaris for 8 months we now have a fairly good idea of how she works. We’ve discovered elements that are great and other that are not. We’ve also settled on particularities we need to change. There are a few things you need to have...

Welcome to the jungle

Welcome to the jungle

The stunning 365 islands of San Blas offer many possibilities to free-dive, relax on beaches and bask in the sun in jaw-dropping scenery, but if you want to do a hike, you need to head inland and for us it was a great welcome to the jungle....

Crocodiles in San Blas

Crocodiles in San Blas

We’ve now spent 4 months enjoying San Blas and much to our surprise crocodiles are a bit more prevalent here than we first thought. When we came to San Blas we read that they only stayed close to the mainland, in the rivers there, but have since discovered that they...

Visitors in San Blas

Visitors in San Blas

San Blas is the closest thing you get to paradise in the Caribbean and we’ve been lucky to be able to share it with a good group of visitors spread out over the months we’ve been here. With the visitors we’ve been able to explore the islands, the snorkeling spots, and...

A ”small” change of plans

A ”small” change of plans

When we left Norway we had a straightforward plan: fly to Trinidad and get Stella Polaris ready for adventure. From there we would sail to Panama, go through the Panama Canal and then sail south stopping on Easter Island, before heading to Patagonia, Antarctica, etc....

Drone Crash

Drone Crash

When someone asks you if you want collision avoidance on your drone, answer yes, if not I foresee a drone crash in your future ... You might not fly into your mast, but you WILL crash ... sooner or later. Take my word for it! I'm now saving up for a new drone, this...

Visitors from Norway in San Blas

Visitors from Norway in San Blas

This was the first time we were getting visitors from Norway in San Blas, and safe to say we were looking forward to it. Bente, Maren and Frode met us in Shelter Bay Marina, just outside Colon. We hadn’t been gone from Norway for more than a little over 3 months, but...

A taste of Colombia

A taste of Colombia

“If you haven’t drunk our coffee, you haven’t been to Colombia”, I was told by our guide Jose. So in spite of not being a big fan of coffee, I got a taste of Colombia and enjoyed it. Not enough to become an actual coffee drinker, but enough to appreciate the couple of...

Sailing to Colombia

Sailing to Colombia

Sailing to Colombia took us 53,5 hours from when we lifted anchor in Spanish Water on Curacao, till we were securely tied up at Marina Santa Marta in Colombia. This meant that we averaged 6 knots in a nice downwind sail. The area around the north coast of Colombia can...

A week on Curacao

A week on Curacao

You don’t need an engine to get from Bonaire to Curacao. You could float there in your bath-tub if you so desired, because you have wind, waves and current helping you along. We checked out from Bonaire on Friday evening and let go of the mooring Saturday morning...

Relaxing on Bonaire

Relaxing on Bonaire

After the month of working non-stop on the boat on Trinidad and the strenuous maiden voyage, we needed to kick back and enjoy ourselves. Relaxing on Bonaire is the perfect remedy and a great way to forget about time. It is a wonderful place to come with a sailboat,...

The maiden voyage

The maiden voyage

The day had finally come to leave Trinidad for our maiden voyage. We had finished all the pressing projects, had provisioned and were eager to get on our way. The final thing on our list was to check out. We planned to check out at 15:00, because if we were checked...

On the hard in Trinidad

On the hard in Trinidad

When the plane touched down on Trinidad, Margrethe and I knew we had a lot of hard work ahead of us. I guesstimated that we would need the rest of the month to get Stella Polaris ready, but hoped we would finish faster. Having your boat on the hard in Trinidad usually...

The adventure begins

The adventure begins

The adventure begins when there is no turning back. The doors closed. The stewardesses walked down the aisle checking that our seatbelts were fastened. Then we pulled away from the gate. All I could think was: what have I forgotten? As far as I could discern I hadn’t...

Sailaway Party

Sailaway Party

When we first started talking about having a sailaway party, we guesstimated that somewhere between 30 - 50 people would be a realistic headcount. We talked about having it at a few different venues and after some deliberation, decided to go all in, and both get a...

We’re going sailing

We’re going sailing

It's finally official: Margrethe and I are going sailing. I have been dreaming about and planning a new sailing trip, since I got home from the last trip in 2010. Margrethe wanted to explore the globe from the ocean after sailing in Croatia and Hawaii. She caught me...

Seilturen starter i mai

Da er det endelig offisielt: Margrethe og meg skal på seiltur ... en laaaaang seiltur. Jeg hadde planlagt å dra på langtur i 2017, så det kom litt overraskende på meg når Margrethe spurte om vi kunne kaste loss allerede i 2016. Det tok meg ikke mange nanosekundene å...