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Arksen Pelorus Viking Rally

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Viking Rally

Expect the trip of a lifetime on this six-month yacht rally as you follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, accompanied by a fleet of yachts and like-minded adventurers. Read on to learn about the cruising locations, activities, and conservations that make up the epic Arksen Viking Rally.

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Passages: Research and Conservation

There will be no time wasted awaiting weather windows or during passages while on the Arksen Viking Rally. Join research in any of the following areas:

  • Microplastics and their effect on the ocean and ecosystems
  • Ghost nets – smaller vessels will search and geotag ghost nets and the larger vessels will assist in collection. Research can then be undertaken to discover where the nets were released and how this practice can be prevented
  • Ocean current and oceanography studies
  • Quantitative ocean science
  • Weather pattern studies
  • Lost containers – geotagging and tracking
  • Enhancement projects for alkalinity in the deep ocean
  • Research to help develop ocean-based negative emission technologies
  • Mapping ocean currents
Scotland

Experiences:

  • Anchor in sheltered sea lochs before climbing rugged mountains, spotting deer and sea eagles as you ascend
  • Cold water surf in head-height waves
  • Fly fish for wild Atlantic salmon amid the many remote rivers snaking through atmospheric moorlands to the coast
  • Stalk red deer with local ghillies
  • Discover the history of Fort William and the Battle of Inverlochy with a local historian
  • Hike the dramatic Scottish landscape, looking out for species such as golden eagles, otters, hen harriers, red deer, and seals
  • Forage alongside a naturalist and uncover delicious wild treasures before dining
  • Attempt lobster potting in The Isle of Sky before your onboard chef prepares your catch for dinner
  • Attend private distillery tours and tastings with master blenders and mixologists
  • Take advantage of exclusive access to the far-flung British settlement of St Kilda, in the company of archaeologists

Conservation:

  • Prepare camera traps in osprey nesting areas to assist in research on these birds of prey
  • Complete population and productivity counts for kittiwake, fulmar, guillemot, and razorbills
  • Contribute to efforts to save Scotland’s threatened red squirrel population, supplying vaccines and habitats
  • Help shore up Scotland’s wild beavers, transferring them to suitable habitats
  • Research the benefits of leaving decommissioned oil rigs in place to provide refuge and habitats for marine life
Isle of Sky Scotland Bergen Norwegian Fjords
razorbill bird scotland rafting in Norway
NORWEGIAN FJORDS

Experiences:

  • Explore the mountains with local guides and hike behind waterfalls before paragliding from the heights to your sun deck
  • White water raft from high upriver, concluding at the swim platform of your vessel
  • Discover the renowned Atlantic highway by e-bike or classic motorbike
  • Take a helicopter  to a constant glacier for a snowy hike, climb and traverse in the summertime
  • Enjoy extraordinary post-hike views of Geiranger from the overhanging Flydalsjuvet rock, with the thrilling option to rappel down the 262ft drop
  • Take a submarine down to explore wrecks of whalers and transport ships
  • Paddleboard and kayak among the Norwegian Moldives

Conservation:

  • Gather data into rockslides and avalanches, helping scientists research and develop methods to predict and prevent
  • Measure the fjords’ water and air pollution cruise ship routes
  • Assist the hunt for suspected wrecks from as far back as the 17th century. The chances are high to make a discovery along this stretch of coast
LOFOTEN

Experiences:

  • Experience glacier hiking after being dropped off by a helicopter. Lunch on the ice with stunning panoramas all around, before climbing in the afternoon. Descend by helicopter once again opt for mountain bikes or a paraglide
  • Meet a renowned Polar Explorer at his home before a trek while you learn about his Arctic exploits
  • Transfer by helicopter to  a luxury mountain lodge in the wilderness—here you’ll come encounter habituated wolves on truly memorable face-to-face experience
  • Climb and leap between high-altitude rock formations, with your guides and instructors close at hand
  • Dive for king crabs in the Norwegian Sea’s bounteous waters, with your catch prepared to perfection by your chef

Conservation:

  • Join a specialized naturalist in a tender to spy sea eagles. Learn about this protected bird as you watch them dive into the water for its prey.
  • Join local scientists in monitoring the health of resident orcas and other wildlife
  • Join in with local awareness programs, assisting in the redesign of the area’s fisheries
  • Spend time at Wolf Lodge on shore, helping with wildlife conservation and the protection of the animals
SVALBARD

Experiences:

  • Speed across vast open expanses by dog sled and snowmobile and search the ice for polar bears alongside internationally recognised experts
  • See walrus colonies up close
  • Kayak past icebergs the size of multi-storey buildings, rappel into glowing ice crevasses, and barbecue on the pack ice in supreme solitude
  • With a dive master, head underwater in dry-suitsto watch guillemots piercing the water at incredible speeds to catch fish—a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Discover glacial valleys and wide fjords before switching to land with a guide and a ski tour of virgin slopes
  • Get up close to an ice cap as hundreds of glacial waterfalls thunder from the edge into the sea. Opt to get even closer in a submersible to see the scale of the ice shelf from an entirely fresh perspective

Conservation:

  • Monitor Svalbard’s polar bear population alongside experts
  • Set camera traps in hard-to-access areas, close to where polar bears are known to den
  • See the Global Seed Vault
  • In association with AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators), take part in the protection of the ice cap and clean seas initiatives
  • Deploy moorings to assess the inflow of warm, nutrient-rich Atlantic waters and gather existing moorings for maintenance
  • Collect data from observatories’ black carbon detectors and transport samples to Longyearbyen
  • Monitor the mass balance of glaciers
  • Deliver supplies to the Hausgarten deep sea observatory
Longyearbyen Norway image credit Kristin Folsland Olsen RIB Tender - photocredit Jostensersen
Ice Cave in Svalbard atlantic puffins and razorbills
JAN MAYEN

Experiences:

  • Trek to the weathered remains of a 17th-century whaling station
  • Spot puffins, fulmars, and kittiwakes
  • Strike out in a tender to spot minke whales, often seen in the area
  • Trek to the summit of the northernmost active volcano in the world—Mount Beerenburg. Learn about the history of this remote island and investigate plane wreckage along the way

Conservation:

  • Visit the weather station and discover how scientists monitor weather at this northern latitude as well as carry out essential Arctic Research
  • Assist in citizen science projects, recording the area’s wildlife
ICELAND

Experiences:

  • Heli-ski in the Troll Mountains—a range that offers the perfect blend of steep to very steep couloirs and faces, to vast, open, low-angled glacier runs Ski runs that travel over 4000ft from summit to sea
  • Explore Iceland’s mountains and glaciers in its dramatic national parks while touring in specially modified 4WD vehicles for use in challenging environments
  • Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park. Float in translucent water and see its fascinating underwater landscape
  • Take a helicopter to see the Vatnshellir lava cave found in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Descend into an otherworldly realm of stalactites, stalagmites, and lava formations as you explore Vatnshellir
  • Iceland is a hot bed for hot springs. Edge into the cold water, walk upstream to a warm and cold confluence mingle, find the perfect temperature and relax as you take in the scenery

Conservation:

  • Join glaciologists as they study Iceland’s vast ice formations. Travel by helicopter to the foot of the glacier to meet a renowned glaciologist who will accompany you through tunnels in the icecap to the heart of the glacier
  • Collect data for the study of exploring volcanic paroxysmal explosive activity
  • Conduct research on the impact of climate change in Iceland
  • Assist AECO in cleaning the peninsula’s shores and beaches
GREENLAND

Experiences:

  • Experience remarkable heli-skiing and kiteboarding across Greenland’s incredible snowy terrain and untouched landscape
  • Compete in the Inuit Games, picking up skills from trainers for the national team
  • JoinInuit guides on dogsleds and hunts before completing the day ice fishing and relaxing in natural hot springs while cooking your catch on an open heather fire
  • It’s possible to have a true exploration experience as you camp overnight spotting stars
  •  Ice climb and snowshoe on permanent glaciers
  • Fat bike across the tundra in total isolation
  • Visit the resident Narwhal population above Disko Island or go deep sea fishing for capelin
  • Visit the remote American DYE 1 and DYE 2 research stations and learn about these abandoned outposts
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Conservation:

  • Monitor ocean wildlife populations of seal, whale, and coldwater coral
  • Take part in conservation awareness programs for children on visits to local schools
  • Track polar bears for the Greenlandic Polar Bear Institute
LABRADOR COAST

Experiences:

  • Discover the World Heritage-listed Tablelands and its unique geology and fantastic scenery. Visit the boreal wetlands with their impressive rock ridges, pitcher plants, and white-throated sparrows. Keep an eye out for moose as you explore deeper.
  • Explore L’Anse aux Meadows with a resident archaeologist and witness the evidence of how Vikings discovered North America five hundred years prior to Christopher Columbus as you
  • See polar bears stalk seals along the coastline, and watch caribou herds migrate to and from their calving grounds
  • Climb Canada’s highest mountains east of The Rockies, traverse the snowmelt and forests on fat or mountain bike
  • Kayak close to fjord-based seal colonies in Torngat National Park
  • Spot walrus in Frobisher Bay, existing in an uneasy truce with bears