To bring Freydis, Tarbert's longship, to Norway to attend Tonsberg Viking Festival in preparation of Loch Fyne Viking Festival 2017.
About the project
Freydis, Tarbert's longship was built in Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Scotland by volunteers in 2014 to re-enact King Magnus Barfot's longship portage from West Loch Tarbert to East Loch Tarbert as part of Loch Fyne Viking Festival. In preparation for a more extensive Loch Fyne Viking Festival in 2017, with guests anticipated to come from Norway, Sweden and Brittany, we accepted an invitation to bring our longship to Tonsberg's Viking Festival (9-13 September 2015). We aim to strenghten our contacts with Viking groups, Viking craft workers, traditional boat builders and start preparations for the Loch Fyne Viking Festival in the summer of 2017. On the way to Tonsberg we will stop at Burghead to attend the Burghead Viking Event (22-23 August).
We anticipate to cross the North Sea with a total crew of 8 with different nationalities (British, Dutch, Swiss and Danish) on two support vessels, Mallemok and St. Claire from Tarbert to bring Freydis over to Norway. Other international crew (Norwegian) will join us in Norway.
The current passage plan allows for visits to several places in Scotland and harbour towns along the Norwegian south coast. We will make use of this opportunity to invite local residents to be informed about Loch Fyne, Kintyre and Argyll and share some of our local produce.
14 August - 21 August: Tarbert to Burghead
We will be leaving from Tarbert to sail to Ardrishaig, go through the Crinan Canal and then continue to Corpach, where we will enter the Caledonian Canal. After passing through the Caledonian Canal we will sail to Burghead to attend the Burghead Viking Event.
24 August - 26 August: Burghead to Mandal (Norway)
We will start our 300 Nm North Sea crossing on Monday 24 August and plan to arrive in Mandal on Thursday 27 August during the day.
29 August - 7 September: Mandal to Tonsberg
We aim to stop at Kristiansand, Lillesand, Grimstad, Arendal, Tvedestrand, Risor, Kragero, Stavern. We will arrive in each of these harbours in the afternoon and leave the next morning or stay an extra day depending on our progress. We will organise a small event on our vessels/quayside, displaying Freydis, produce from Argyll and talking about our journey. These events are open for visitors and local residents.
14 September - 25 September: Tonsberg to Tarbert
We are 6 friends from different professional backgrounds who enjoy being involved in and helping with community events. These events strenghten our communities and make our villages more economically resilient. We also organise these events because of the fun we have in creating, preparing and running them. We're always proud to see how a small rural community can come together to create a big event that attracts thousands of visitors. All of us give our time and expertise for free. We also like doing it, because we enjoy a challenge. Our motto is: We do solutions, not problems!"
About the vessels
Freydis is a 40 ft replica longship built in Tarbert between January and May 2014 by Phil Robertson with the help of volunteers. Since her launch in June 2014 during the first Loch Fyne Viking Festival Freydis has attended Largs Viking Festival 2014, Loch Fyne Viking Festival 2015 and will attend Burghead Viking Festival 2015, Tonsberg Viking Festival and Thurso Viking Festival 2016.
Mallemok is a 25 m two mast gaffed rigged cutter. Her iron hull dates from 1903 and in 1935 with a reinforced hull she worked as a steam tug and icebreaker for the Royal Dutch Navy. She was decommisioned in 1983 an converted into a home. Recently she has been altered to charter with 12 passengers along the Scottish West-coast.
St. Claire is a 17 m wooden ringnet fishing boat built in Fairlie 1948 and converted to a home in the mid-nineties.
Why your support is needed now
Currently we have about 75% of our budget available through considerable support of Burghead Viking event organisers, Heart of Argyll Tourism Association and Scottish Canals. The support vessels and their skippers are made available for free and the crew pay for the food and drink themselves. The remaining costs are diesel for the support vessels and any harbour dues in Norway. We recently had to spend a lot more money to alter the longship sail than orginally suggested. This set us back considerably. We want to recover the excess as soon as possible to realise this trip that will help organise a bigger and better Loch Fyne Viking Festival in 2017 and promote Argyll along our route in Scotland and in Norway.