Yes from what I have read you have more extreme wether on your side. The coast up her is a fantastic cruising aerea. It is not so many cruisers here so you can really enjoy the peace and solitude. If you look at my friends home site you can see pics from the Lofoten peninsula.
The text are written in norwegian but the picxs give you a clue of the cenery.
The trip south is planned to go through Germany
and follow the inland watherways to the Med. Then cruise
the Balearic isl. follow the spanish coast and ovet to nothern Africa
and Canary isl.
After that we are not sure. I want to go across the atlantic, but this part is still beeing discussed in the family
.....We havent crossed any real oceans yet so my wife think it is a bit more scary than I do.....