Thursday, 13 June 2013
An Audacious Crossing
On Monday last four men set out from Norway to row the first leg of an unsupported journey to their native Iceland. They are expected to be in Kirkwall by the end of this week, before continuing to the Faroes.
Their boat is called the Audur and is named after the most famous Viking female rower, Audur Djupudga - literally the 'Audacious', who lived from 834 - 900, and whose exploits are worth reading about.
Her life is commemorated by this cross in Iceland, where she finally settled. The rowers intend to team up next year to complete the final stages of their North Atlantic Row - by following in the wake of Erik the Red and reaching Canada via Greenland.
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