Adventure Meets History – A docutainment trilogy
The journey continues! In „Skärgård“ Claus Aktoprak continues to follow an old route through Scandinavia’s gorgeous nature alone on his sailboat. Episode#2 of the docutainment trilogy „The Viking Route“ is leading deep into the spectacular world of the Stockholm archipelago in during summer, makes a stopover in the old Viking settlement of Birka in the lake Mälaren end ends on the Åland-Islands. The movie shows, beside the travel itself, the emotions of a long time-out and spotlights – as already in part 1 – the ingenious navigational methods and the epic mythology of the Vikings.
In the Danish National Archives, the description of this old sea route is kept like a treasure. By coincidence Claus Aktoprak got aware of this itinerary and curiosity kicked in. This document, written by monks in Latin script, is one of the oldest and exiting sources about navigating the Baltic sea. It mentions many places which together forming – mostly sheltered by skerries – a sea route along the east coast of Sweden, over the Åland-islands and Southern-Finland to Reval (todays Tallinn). This sailing route, already used by Vikings, the 40-year-old sailboat LA MER auctioned at eBay and a kayak are the ingredients of this new Baltic sea adventure from Claus Aktoprak through the dreamlike archipelagos of Scandinavia.
Click here to watch „#2 Skärgård“ on PrimeVideo in the US
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Adventure Meets History – In this docutainment trilogy Claus Aktoprak is sailing single-handed on the traces of history through the dreamlike archipelagos of Sweden, the Åland-islands and Finland to Tallinn in Estonia. Following an ancient itinerary, written by monks in the 13th century, this oldest and exiting source about navigating the Baltic sea is dating back to the age of the Vikings. This sailing route, his 40 year old sailboat LA MER auctioned at eBay and a kayak are the ingredients of this new Baltic sea adventure from Claus Aktoprak through the dreamlike archipelagos of Scandinavia.
My goal was to create a movie which shows all sorts of historical facts and documentary content found along the route in combination with my personal emotions and experiences. Highlighted by big pictures of the unique landscape in the Scandinavian archipelagos. A movie that makes you longing for your own time out and also open your eyes for the history of the region. The hardest part was filming without a team and in parts also saiing single-handed simultaniously.
Director Biography – Claus Aktoprak
Claus Aktoprak is a professional musician and songwriter. In 2014 he made his first long journey on a sailboat to write 19 songs for his album „Zeitmillionär“. After 6 month at sea, he produced this album with 30 international musicians, and also produced a documentary movie about the travel and the creation of the music and the album. This was followed by touring along the coast of the Baltic to perform his album live. Another product of that journey was a educational video teaching the techniques of single-handed sailing. In 2017 Claus Aktoprak had the idea for the partly crowdfunded documentary „The Viking Route“ and set sails in 2018 for the elaborate production of the trilogy.
Length of movies: Salt&Earth 83 minutes, Skärgård 73 minutes
Language: English Subtitles: English
Click here to take a look at the original text of the itinerary
Click here to take a look at my translation of the itinerary
Click here to take a look at the coordinates of all the waypoints mentioned in the movie
Here are the coordinates as GPX/KML files for plotter or Google earth
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