Fogo Islanders know well that Mother Nature is unpredictable. So unpredictable, in fact, that Fogo-ers have created three new seasons, for a grand total of seven: Spring, Trap Berth, Summer, Berry, Late fall, Winter and Pack Ice.
Despite our immense desire for a “Trap Berth” wedding, our date of August 19th falls in Summer. Historical data suggests August temperatures will be around 70 degrees in daytime and 55 degrees at night.
Jen and I are actively lobbying multiple solar deities, Áine, Ra and Helios but we can’t completely rely on our noteworthy abilities of persuasion. Guests should come prepared for wet weather. Snow is not expected.
The are a number of activities on Fogo Island. Here is a full list of things to do. Activity arrangements can be made through the Inn upon arrival. Our experiential suggestions are:
1.) Hiking: There are great hikes across the island. Below, Jen and a reindeer take in the views of the frozen-over Deep Bay harbor in February. Hikes can be tailored to various special interests, such as geology, berries, mushrooms, caribou and so forth.
2.) Visiting artist studios: There are four architecturally interesting artist studio on the island; Long, Squish, Bridge, and Tower studios.
3.) Sightseeing in Tilting: Once the home to a significant cod fishery, Tilting is a village from a time gone by with fishing huts or stages nestled into every cranny along the sea.
4.) Boating on the Ketanja: Captain Ane and his crew pilot MV Ketanja for a range of ocean adventures. From the comfort and safety of this well-equipped vessel you may: visit Little Fogo Islands, an abandoned fishing community; look for whales; visit colonies of puffins, razorbills and other seabirds.
5.) Punt racing: Get your heart rate up by commanding (read: rowing) a punt (read: rowboat) on the open ocean. As described in typical Newfie, “These workhorses of the inshore fishery can be a handful to row.”
6.) Pond and trout fishing: There are few things more tranquil than being alone on a pond in the wilderness, pulling in your catch and patiently waiting for the next one to bite.
- Wedding clothes (formal attire), tailored for moderate to heavy dancing. The ceremony will be outdoors so a cover up might be useful if you are subject to a chill.
- Casual clothes for the Boil Up and various other casual occasions.
- Hiking or boating attire, including hiking shoes or boots. We suggest layers for outdoor activities.
- Swimsuit for outdoor hot tubs. We spotted a sun pillar (below) from the rooftop hot tub on out visits.