Two architects re-purposing a 100 person marine survival lifeboat; Stødig, into a self sufficient expedition home to travel 3500km from the UK to the Norwegian Arctic in 2019
Architects Guylee Simmonds and David Schnabel bought a marine survival lifeboat in February 2018 and are currently mid conversion. Along with Shackleton the dog, they are preparing to sail from the UK to Tromsø, far north in the Norwegian Fjords. Situated at 70o north, Tromsø is the largest city in the Arctic Circle and having arrived, the lifeboat will spend the winter there, making smaller coastal excursions. The aim of this expedition is to explore this wild and isolated landscape, demonstrate the ability of design innovation to facilitate self sufficiency in such extreme environments and to document and share the adventure through photography and film.
The voyage will begin in Spring 2019, departing the southern British port of Newhaven. The route will then skirt along the Dutch coast, passing the Kiel canal into the Baltic. Passing up the Danish coast past Copenhagen and Göteborg, before crossing the Skagerrak south of the lower tip of Norway up to Bergen. The lifeboat will then follow the route of the famous Hurtigruten ferry, passing up the fjords for over 1500 kilometres to Tromsø.