Fjällbacka Bohuslän 110319-20 It looked far out as it would be an equally tough winter like last year but in the end seemed to chill at last begin to let go. Heidi and I got a little off timing the same weekend as it was promised decent wind, solchans, frost and full moon. We talked a little in front and back of the week before, Blekinge, West Coast or maybe Misterhult, and I actually had all the maps in the car on Saturday morning. Only after having loaded the kayaks and coming out of Malmo, we decided - north, towards Fjällbacka. It was so nice last time we were there in November , foolish to take a chance as well ..
While the ice had just unloaded on the channel bottom in Malmö but I was still convinced that there would be no problem here. Though when we passed the Uddevalla Bridge and saw how far it was, both in the woods and on the water, we began to hesitate .. What if we could run the 40 mil and then not able to launch. Occasionally fun to camp on the mainland ..
Arriving in Fjällbacka we saw that it was pretty hard water inside near a beach, it would have been completely free the day before but the night wind had pushed into some old ice. Further along the harbor, it was a bit thinner and we unloaded the stuff and packed the kayaks.
Shortly before three, we stumbled out of the ice and paddled west. Brilliant sunshine and only a weak northerly wind.
Open horizon, Deep Cut
We followed Valön north side and after Pors Holmen we turned against Småsvinningarna. I wanted to check out a campground on the Big Pig No, and we found it in the bay on the south side. Furthermore, around Dann Holmen and then due north behind St. Skärholmen. A little old swell but decreasing wind. Fine paddling the Little Makholm, around the Great, before we landed on the beach on the east side. Large Makholm is an amazing island with sandy beach, overlooking mountains, mazes and plenty of fine pitches. Not much shelter, but nice view. In the summer, rarely alone here but now it was not so disturbing crowded ..
Arriving Large Makholm
Bath with seal
Up with the tent and then an ultra-fast micro-dip. Do not know if it really made as much use but you woke up to quite hard, and finally got one almost feeling back in my toes, too.
When we got up and had dried by us, we saw that there were three seals and check out us out in the water. Wondering which ones were most surprised really ..
Four sleeping bags ..
After the bath we rewarded ourselves with a hearty snack in the afternoon sun. Still decently warm in the air and you could actually feel a slight warmth in the rock as well.
Before dinner it was time for a walk around the island. In summer it is very birds that nest here and one can hardly approach the west side before all the protesters at one time. But now it was only a few sea gulls and geese trumpeted a little turned off when we went up the mountain.
After watching the sun set over the ocean we went back to the tent to kick off the evening meal. Påspasta with cheese in mixed versions ..
Wind Turbines & full moon
It had barely begin to darken until a large moon rose over the mainland. A few small clouds obscured now and then but otherwise every fine shadows. We sat some hours outside the tent and småsnackade little, drank tea & hot chocolate before bedtime. But finally came the cold caught up with us. There was ice on the canvas when we crawled into sleeping bags just after nine ..
Sunday morning 06:00
We had gardening led to two sleeping bags each, I slept like a log but Heidi thought it was a little cool on the seagull ..
Had set the clock at six to catch up and watch the sunrise. It seems to be a prime idea the night before but not quite as obvious in the morning, strangely enough .. Hursom, once dragged out of the warm bag, got on some clothes and got started the stove is usually seldom repent. And this morning was really something special ..
First the sun
Totally calm and silent when we crawled out of the tent. Everything was vitpudrat, a thick layer of frost covered the whole island. First, is still quite dark, but soon the sun rose up, spreading a red glow over everything. Fantastically beautiful!
Right after the morning coffee break, we went for a walk around the island again. Frost on the grass, some frozen puddles, but otherwise dry on the mountain. Only a faint haze made it looked Weather Islands in the southwest and beautiful and beacon on Ulsholmskalven north. You could even make out the two lighthouses on Ursholmen south of Koster. Apart from a solitary fishing boat on the way out, it felt like we were all alone in the whole archipelago.
According to the morning weather would get Skagerrak 3-7 m / s southwest, increasing to 60-10 during the day and gale warning on Monday. Although the sun still warmed felt the wind and it began to bite the cheeks. After breakfast it was time for a special förmiddagslur in the tent, we were probably a bit tired after scant eight hours of sleep and having gone up so early ..
Just a little nap ..
A bank of clouds rolled in from the west and it seemed clear that a weather change was coming. After lunch we took a last turn up on the mountain before we packed up and tore down the tent.
In this event, you are extra pleased dry suits that dries quickly, to take on wet neoprene in a few degrees above freezing attracts not really ..
As the wind began to tear up a little lake we went inland. Only toward Musörumpan and then further south inside Hasstensholmen. Heidi wanted to feel the waves one last time so we rounded Pors Holmen on the outside before we turned east. Wave height just below the meter, but at times pretty tough uphill battle.
As we approached we saw Fjällbacka the west wind had filled the entire bay with ice. Could not get into where we put in but in the end we managed to find a low bridge and was able to pull up the kayaks.
Sidosjö outside Pors Holmen
Fantastic weekend, perfect weather with sun, moon, frost, pale and wind, and a beautiful archipelago. Nice to finally get out and camp again! While it may seem a long way to run for such a short time so it was definitely worth it ..
Paddled 8 +8 km.