Haholmen Island by Viking Ship and the Atlantic Road, with Lunch
- Viking ship: Enjoy a roundtrip crossing to Haholmen aboard the 18th-century Viking ship replica Sara Siglar, piloted around the world by modern explorer Ragnar Thorseth.
- Haholmen village: Explore an 18th-century fishing village restored by Thorseth and his wife, with wharves, traditional fishermen's shacks, and a rustic restaurant where you'll enjoy a lunch of gourmet fish soup and bread.
- Documentary film: In Saga Siglar Hall, adorned with artifacts from Thorseth's sea exploits, watch a short film about his globe-spanning voyages on Viking ships.
- Atlantic Road: Experience sea-serpent curves, dips, and thrills on a five-mile, eight-bridge causeway that snakes between tiny islands over open North Atlantic waters – one of the planet's most spectacular drives.
About this Molde Tour
They call him Norway's Last Viking, and rightly so. Ragnar Thorseth– sailor, journalist, author, historian, and utterly fearless adventurer – has gone places in traditional Norse wooden boats that even the Vikings themselves never got around to. He even dragged his family along on a few of the most epic voyages. Including the one that circumnavigated the globe.
They set out in 1984 aboard the 54-foot Saga Siglar, a faithful replica of a 1,000-year-old knar merchant ship. (They made sure it was faithful by conforming to the exact dimensions and construction of a knarr that had been excavated from the bottom of a Danish fjord.)With a cool $1 million in backing, Thorseth, his wife Kari, their two young sons, and a small volunteer crew completed this record-breaking 35,000-mile journey in 26 months.
It was not smooth sailing; the family and crew faced life-threatening challenges, including35-foot waves driven by 65-knot winds – in an open boat just 54 feet long.
But unshakable guys like Thorseth eat challenge for lunch. In 1969, at just 21, he became the first person to row single-handedly across the North Sea – from Maloy, Norway to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands – in a 15-foot open boat.
In 1975, en route from Norway to Greenland and beyond, he got stranded on an ice floe that crushed his small boat. In'79, he retraced explorer Roald Amundsen's route through the Northwest Passage – in a 20-foot speedboat. And in '82, he took the North Pole via snowmobile.
You get the idea. Relentless forward motion. But when Thorseth inherited Haholmen from his grandfather, he took on a new kind of challenge. He and Kari set about turning this picturesque, 10-acre island – long a meeting place, home, and working port for fishermen, seamen, and traders – into a living museum. It's a tribute to a centuries-old way of life, and a man whose life has truly been a journey.
Around the world in 780 days
Note to self: When sailing around the planet for 26 months in an open Viking boat, battling 65-knot winds, seasickness and worse, consider leaving the wife and kids snug at home. "Our living conditions were definitely better than the Vikings had 1,000 years ago," Ragnar Thorseth said of his epic voyage. "But then, they only took 14-day trips to Greenland and never went around the world." At least the Thorseths had a VCR.
Please proceed to the Cruise Terminal and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the bus, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can. The order of sites may vary.
Althought the amount of walking is minimal, you have to be agile to get in and out of the boats. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Full Day, Scenic
15-Seat Air Conditoned Van
English, German, Spanish, French, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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