From my home in Flø, the lighthouse at Grasøyane (the grass islands) dominates the view, as the photogenic red and white cast iron lighthouse breaks the line of the empty horizon. The sun seems to favour this small archipelago, and it appears to radiate light both day and night, beckoning me to visit. After a very stormy Christmas, the first calm and sunny day of the new year on January 3rd was ideal for a kayak trip, so Christian, Lillian and I set out in the yellow morning light to visit this magical site.
The six km paddle each way takes approximately an hour, and can only be realized when the wind is stable on-shore, as the archipelago is the very last land to the west. Also it can only be visited between August 14th. and April 14th. as Grasøyane is a bird sanctuary. On the way you pass the treacherous waters around Eggholmane, where the ocean is only a metre deep, and huge, lazy waves rise up from nowhere.
Our first stop was at Skjervøya south west of the lighthouse, where a large colony of grey seals (havert) resides. These large seals have a characteristic nose, and are very curious. If you sit still in your kayak, they often try to sneek up at you from the back to watch you, craning their necks to get a really good view.
One of the locals
Some of the seals are more adventurous than others, and this young pup seems to have no fear what so ever. It came back to check us out several times:
After a nice, long visit with the grey seals, we headed to the lighthouse for lunch. The sun was already setting, and the colours were rich and beautiful.
Lunch at the lighthouse. Photo by Lillian Alice Sætre.
Over lunch and coffee we watched the colours change from yellows into gradient pinks and later deeper and deeper shades of cobalt. At around 16.00 hrs we headed back to the kayaks to make the journey home in the aftermath of the sunset.