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Skärgård - The Viking Route #2

The journey goes on! 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 during summer, makes a stopover in the old Viking settlement of Birka in the lake Mälaren and 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.

  • Claus Aktoprak
    Director
    The Viking Route #1 - Salt & Earth
  • Claus Aktoprak
    Writer
    The Viking Route #1 - Salt & Earth
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    Producer
    The Viking Route #1 - Salt & Earth
  • Claus Aktoprak
    Key Cast
    The Viking Route #1 - Salt & Earth
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Skärgård - Die Route der Wikinger #2
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Åland Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Sweden
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Claus Aktoprak

Claus Aktoprak is a professional musician, songwriter and movie maker. In 2014 he made his first long journey on a sailboat to compose 19 songs for his album "Time Millionaire". After 6 months at sea, he produced this album with 30 international musicians plus 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 an 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.

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Director Statement

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 long for your own time out and also opens your eyes for the history of the region. The hardest part was filming without a team and in parts also sailing single-handed simultaneously.