Exploring the World

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One country, one ocean, one step at a time

Traveling has been a lifelong passion for us. I started traveling before I was born (or so my parents tell me), but didn’t get around to blogging about traveling before 2005. Prior to that I wrote travel updates in letters and emails to anyone I thought could be interested.
Margrethe and I joined forces in 2015. Before then she had done a lot of traveling that she documented on Facebook and Instagram. Now we travel together and make blog posts with pictures and short videos, to help us remember our adventures and hopefully inspire you to get out there and experience the World.

An unquenchable thirst for adventure

Sailing across the Pacific twice, crossing half the World on the Transsiberian Railroad and exploring Norway’s long coastline are just some of the trips we’ve done in recent years. Delve into our trips and be inspired to create your own unforgettable memories.

Sailing in Norway
Exploring unknown treasures

Sailing Stella Polaris
Across the Pacific

French Polynesia
Diving with sharks

A new beginning

A new beginning

At the end of 2017 we returned home to Norway after being away for 1 year and 8 months. We spent 2016 exploring the Caribbean and 2017 sailing across the South Pacific from South...

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Skiing across Hardangervidda

Skiing across Hardangervidda

Easter is the time of year when all Norwegians crowd to the mountains to enjoy sun, snow, good skiing conditions, Kvikk lunsj, oranges and Easter eggs. Combine this with skiing...

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The grand New Zealand roadtrip

The grand New Zealand roadtrip

On December 2nd we left Stella Polaris in Sydney and flew to Christchurch in New Zealand for 4 weeks of road-tripping fun. If you’re feeling lazy, watch this video with some of...

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Meeting old friends in Australia

Meeting old friends in Australia

Meeting old friends in Australia was the highlight of getting to the end of our journey. Both Margrethe and I have studied in Australia, so we had friends from back then, on top...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Fixing the boat in exotic locations

Fixing the boat in exotic locations

There is a well known saying: Sailing around the World is a sexier way to say that you’ll be fixing you boat in exotic locations. Though Stella Polaris is in great shape,...

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Green bananas are the new potato

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 stretch to say that green bananas are the new potato, it`s just a matter of being...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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