A voyage preempted


SEPT. 12 — Move over, Leif Erikson. There’s a new generation of Vikings on the seas.

Five Norwegian sailors who call themselves the Wild Vikings were ordered to leave Canada when three of the crewmembers didn’t report their presence to immigration officials in the Nunavut hamlet of Cambridge Bay, according to CBC News.

One of the three crewmembers who were deported was 29-year-old Captain Jarle Andhoy, while the other two members were ordered to leave the country, forbidden to return for a year. The immigration office concluded that Andhoy had deliberately misled officials in Nunavut about his crew because he was hiding crewmember Fredrick Juell, who had been ordered deported when they stopped in Halifax earlier this year, according to CBC.

The Wild Vikings were attempting to sail the Northwest Passage in their 48-foot steel sailboat dubbed Berserk II, complete with a menacing shark’s face painted on the bow, according to information on their Web site (www.wildvikings.com). The Vikings, however, were forced to leave the boat at Cambridge Bay, as Andhoy, Juell and another crewmember returned to Norway and the two other sailors went to the United States. Andhoy told CBC News that he is unsure what will happen to the boat.

The exploits of the Wild Vikings apparently are nothing new. A videotaped voyage to northern Russia in 2003 shows the crew wearing horned helmets, chasing polar bears, and even sharing a drink or two with the Russian coast guard, according to CBC News.

“The crew on board Berserk II wish to pick up the old Norsemen traditions, opposed to today’s so-called ‘civilized’ and often artificial way of living,” states the Wild Vikings credo on their site. “The Wild Vikings turn the time back to the old days when men were men.”

With a motto like that, this likely won’t be the end of their adventures.

— Elizabeth Ellis