Kari Finstad is a 30-something Norwegian sailor and yoga instructor. Kari recently purchased and refit a 32-foot Wauquiez Centurion - one of my favorite boats, and comparable to the legendary Contessa 32 - and spends most of her time above the Arctic Circle. We talked about her yoga travels to India & the east, her winter on BjornOya in the Arctic working at the meteorology station, refitting the Wauquiez, her cat companion, baking bread, making kombucha & much more.

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Topics Discussed in the Podcast

  • Kari has a Wauquiez Centurion 32 and loves it
  • Kari aspires to sail long distances in a simple boat
  • Karis is currently in Norway living aboard 
  • Wauguiez Centurion 32  is often compared to Contessa 32 in the USA
  • Kari’s Blog 
  • Kari is A Norwegian writer in English 
  • Kari has a background in filmmaking, media production, writing, and yoga
  • Having supportive parents will help you follow your passions
  • Mindfulness meditation brings you closer to what you want to do in life 
  • How to create your own happiness
  • How living on the boat represents the ultimate freedom
  • Any proper voyage should being on a foundation of financial unrest – Sterling Hayden
  • Contessa 26 for crossing oceans 
  • Kari worked on Bear Island between at NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corp.). She was one of a rotating crew of 9 people BI 
  • Scandinavian weather philosophy “No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”
  • She aspires to sail to French Polynesia  
  • Outfitting a simple boat
  • AirHead composting toilet
  • Kari has a Pipsqueak wood stove
  • On demand hot water heater that runs on propane
  • Yoga Instructor that was trained in
  •  Nepal and India training
  • Nepal Earthquake, in need of tourism to stimulate the economy
  • The idea of you’re home being portable and wherever there is water you can go
  • Culturing Sourdough, how to maintain it, and use it regularly on a boat 
  • Tartine Experiment Blog
  • Toby the SCOBY for making Kombucha
  • Mindfulness mediation and how it helps travel
  • Hi On Life Trekking Company that I cooperated with in Nepal
  • Blue Flag eco-label


People and Books Mentioned in the Podcast


Read more from Kari on her website yogini.no
Follow Karin on Instagram: @petronellafjord


Relevant Quotes:

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first."  – Jim Morrisson


"He manages to sum up my thoughts on going inside much better than I've done myself. "  

- Kari Finstad


Kari at the helm in Northern Lat.

Kari at the helm in Northern Lat.