An intrepid explorer has swapped the bitter cold of the Arctic for the soggy climes of one of Europe’s wettest region in a new month-long adventure on board a Viking longship.
Unemployed Vicky Inglis, 32, of Bird’s Hill, Heath & Reach is part of a sailing expedition on the west coast aimed at putting the authentically replicated boat through its paces.
Said Vicky: “I’ve joined the crew of a ship called Dragon Harald Fairhair, which is the largest reconstruction Viking longship ever built, and named in honour of the Viking king that founded Norway.
“ The ship has taken several years to build using traditional boatbuilding techniques still used in that region of Norway, and evidence gathered from archaeological remains of Viking ships.
“We will be taking the ship through a series of ‘shakedown’ sails along the Norwegian coast and through the fjords, putting her through her paces and working out systems for next year, when she’ll retrace some of the great Viking voyages of discovery.
“We’ve sailed to Bergen on the west coast of Norway from our home port on the island of Vibrandsøy in Haugesund, spending several nights aboard.
“The ship has an open deck, so we have to rig up a shelter for the rain.
“ It rains very heavily when it does, and the Bergen area is known for having 300 days of rain a year”.