Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

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Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Mark R » Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:38 pm

I have no idea what it all says, but lurvely piccies...
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Post by DaveSt » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:39 pm

There's a "Google translate " box, near the top-right of the web-page.

Though the photos speak for themselves, and make me feel somewhat wimpish for not getting out much over the winter. T'was a mere -10 degrees C here in the (not so) Black Isle this morning. And this is just the start of winter...

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:07 am

Thank you for visiting my blog. :) Still a bit chilly here, but only -5C on the trip yesterday. Better keep the fingers inside the gloves. Still some more winter to go, but it's getting brighter every day.We'll soon see the sun again and warmer days are not too far away! Hurray! :D

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Post by ian johnston » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:32 am

Hi Mia,

Welcome - great to see you here!

Kind Regards

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Post by soundoftheseagull » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:41 am

Great pictures just a quick note if you use Google Chrome apart from the speed it also pops up a translate facility when you open the blog up.
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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by stewh » Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:13 am

Kjempe bra Maria. Eg er ikkje kjent med omrodet dit.
Eg bode I Haugesund og Skaanevik for mange aar siden, og eg har lust aa paddler rundt paa Vest kjysten av Norge en dag.

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Post by chykensa » Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:18 pm

Firefox gives you the option to translate as well. Stunning pictures Mia, thanks you so much for sharing them with us. How long does your daylight last, I notice a couple of posts back you mentioned that you wouldn't have much light?

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:16 am

Finally I found this forum again. I lost the link and didn't remember what to search for, but today I came across the place I found it on last time. :)

About the light here. For several months people who work 8am-4pm (usual here) like me, don't see any daylight. Even in the weekends, it's just a few hours - and it's not very bright light, either. When it's cloudy it's even worse. It get's this "blue light".

But now in Mars it's nearly two months since the sun came back and now it don't get dark until 6pm. Makes it LOT easier taking photos, for example. :)

Still winter, though. Hopefully spring will come in April, but sometimes not until May...

(And now I'm bookmarking this page...)

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Post by forestknights » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:18 pm

Great Blogg almost makes me want to the sea kayak out.
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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:06 pm

With flowers in my garden (although it was snowdrops), I kind of thought it was Spring here now, at last... But no. Definately not. I don't know how much snow has come the last days, but it's a LOT. So, here it's still rather chilly nordic paddling... Snow, snow, snow, not at all the blue sky and surroundings I had pictured for the Easter. (But on the other side - I get to ski, and that I hadn't pictured at all...)

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:42 am

Now it's getting rather chilly here again. First trip in snowy surroundings this fall, yesterday. But it was really great! Just have to remember enough warm clothes. :) I can't believe so many people put their kayaks away for the winter, already now the water is crystal clear. White and blue surroundings, changing weather and special light. All the "just-summer-paddlers" are really missing out on something great!

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Bards » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:54 am

Really nice blog. My I.T. skills are on a par with my Norsk (non-existant), but it seems most of the trips are based around the Vesteralen archipelago (just north of Lofoten); have I got that right?
I've had a hankering for a snowy Scandi trip for a while, though more likely to dip a candy-assed toe in the Stockholm Archipelago first by way of intro...
Takk for the inspiration,

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Post by johnb » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:11 pm

I love following this blog, and it's always entertaining to see what google translate makes of it! It was nice to see the snow and sunshine.

Are the huts you stay at DNT huts? (I used to ski tour in Norway many years ago).

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:15 am

Thanks!

Yes, I'm based in the middle of Vesterålen, just north of Lofoten. Lots of people think this also is Lofoten, so you score lot of points there, Bards. ;)

Google translate is fun, and I use some local words from time to time, that can be really funny. :) But it's suprisingly good, actually. Often gets a surprise the times I check what it makes my writing to in English, of how understandable it actually gets.

By the way, if anyone wants to come here on not so chilly time of year, you should check out the Arctic Sea Kayak Race www.askr.no. I hope to join myself next year again. (Or else anyone are most welcome any time, I'll be helpful if someone wants to come here.)

Yes, most of the cabins I use are DNT huts, we also have a paddlers-hut but that one has lower standard. (But the area is GREAT, and we like the low standard.)

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Post by johnb » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:18 am

The arctic kayak race is on my tick list!

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:18 am

21.-26. July this year. :)
(Roomer is that our Olympic champion Eirik Veraas Larsen will participate again in 2013. Not confirmed yet, but seems like he will be here if possible - roomer says.)

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:26 am

My last trip is in the local newspaper on web:
http://www.blv.no/lokalsider/kvafjord/a ... 324715.ece

All pictures: http://www.blv.no/lokalsider/kvafjord/a ... 324639.ece

And my blog about it: http://www.padlemia.blogspot.no/2012/11 ... fjord.html

Paddling with whales is just the best! Every time! :D

(And for those who didn't read about paddling with the dolphins, that's here: http://www.padlemia.blogspot.no/2012/10 ... hurra.html)

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Post by Miamaria » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:05 am

Confirmed - Arctic Sea Kayak Race (ASKR) now announces:
"Eirik Verås Larsen to ASKR 2013

Norway's Eirik Verås Larsen won the Olympic gold medal in the men's canoe sprint k1 1000 m at the 2012 London Games. Mr Verås Larsen has informed us that he plans to participate in Oceanpaddler World Series, ASKR in 2013. We look forward to see him again. He participated in our first Surfski Race in 2010."

Kind of cool? :)

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Post by bloghog » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:00 am

Beautiful pictures and really cool to see the blog author on here.

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:43 am

Sunday was chilly. Coldest paddle ever, for me. Minus 13C, could have been even colder as well. Shivering. Three and four layers of wool under the drysuit. Still, it was not enough. Freezy! Things just fell apart because of the cold. :S

It was beautiful, though. Cold but beautiful.

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:13 am

This time, not so chilly - but I was a bit shake from time to time anyway. :) Whales!!! Orcas, Humpbackwhale, and we think Finwhale.

Best day ever! :)

Take a look! (Both film and pictures)
http://www.padlemia.blogspot.no/2013/01 ... orden.html

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Post by Douglas Wilcox » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:48 am

Absolutely fintastic, thank you.

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Post by soundoftheseagull » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:27 pm

Wow factor you lucky people ta!
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Post by Miamaria » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:46 am

Right now we are on front page of National news stadion too, www.nrk.no, have been a couple of days now. :) Nice. :) (And most of all, it gave us a couple of bucks to our local paddle club.)

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:48 am

Not som chilly anymore! Well, in the water it still is, and ground is still frozen but... The sun gives a warm feeling when paddling. :)

Yesterday a trip to welcome the northern gannet. :) Impressive, beautiful birds!

More about it in my blog of course, HERE.

Spring has definately arrived (finally!) - love it! :)

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Post by Kevin B » Wed May 01, 2013 2:55 am

Mia thanks so much for sharing your blog. Amazing photo's and write ups (thanks to google translate)
Remember....Keep your paddles moist

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:12 am

Not so chilly these days! We've had more summerdays this year now than we had all of last year... Went on a midnight sun paddle trip fram 31st of May to 1st of June. It was great! Take a look here!

One of the best places I know, where to be. :)

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:07 am

Now we've passed the point of the year when it's beginning to get colder again. So I'm using every opportunity to paddle - this weekend, fishing for crabs. Fun - though I only went home with fish this time. Hope to catch som eatable crabs soon. :)
http://padlemia.blogspot.no/2013/09/for ... fiske.html
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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:09 am

Then it's rather chilly here again. Chilly and dark. Not so much more to say about that.
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(Photo with snow in the blog here, forum didn't want it so had to put out the crappy one instead, sorry...)

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Re: Rather chilly Nordic paddling...

Post by Miamaria » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:58 am

Even darker now. And more darkness to come... Dark when I get out of bed in the morning, and dark again when I come home from work... Possibly some daylight in between, but I wouldn't know behind my computer at work. ;) Well, luckily I don't work Saturdays and Sundays, so last Saturday I got to paddle just a little trip. Nice weather, some waves and good company. - But oh my #&/%$ how cold when we got back!

"Rather chilly", definately good description!
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