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post #10 of Old 05-16-2011
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Originally Posted by WanderingStar View Post
And the northern route has fog, fishing boats and icebergs! Not a good mix. Also the current runs against, as the Gulf Stream continues across to Ireland. He needs Cornell's World Cruising Routes.
Not necessarily, he'd be north of the Stream, and carry a favorable spinoff of the Stream towards Iceland, then ride the Irminger and E Greenland current down Denmark Strait, and then the favorable Labrador Current...

Actually, the northern route that was plied by the Vikings for centuries still has quite a bit to recommend it…

The northern route can be broken into a number of relatively short passages, and afford the chance to see some remarkable places along the way… Scotland – Faroes – Iceland – Greenland – Labrador/Newfoundland… Delay the approach to Cap Farvel and the Labrador Sea until August, and in the typical season ice should not be too much of a problem…

Met a guy years ago who had returned from Norway via the Shetlands, Faroes, and so on… He recommended the route highly, thought it was a great way to return from Northern Europe…
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