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‘Blazing’ Through North Europe on Bikes; Kayaking Across Baltic


Briton, Robert McArthur and Scot, Poldy van Lynden are attempting an all-human-power ultra-triathlon from Marble Arch in London to Svalbard in the Arctic. The journey will consist of 1) Three marathons from London to Dover; 2) swimming the English Channel; 3) cycling from Calais, France, across Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and then to Tromso, Norway; and 4) rowing from Tromso to Longyearbyen, Svalbard in the Arctic. They are doing this to raise money for The Scouts, young adventurers in the UK.

The quintessential Dutch shot in Holland.

Rob and Poldy are now well into the ‘third’ phase of their adventurous and strenuous ‘ultra-triathalon’, the long-distance cycling from Calais, France to Europe’s northernmost point in Norway.

They have been cycling long days across Belgium, Holland and Germany in temperatures of approximately 85°F, crossing iconic cities such as Bruge, Antwerp, Eindhoven and Hamburg. For a more direct path, they decided to kayak for 3 1/2 hours across a strait of the Baltic Sea from Puttgarden, Germany to Rodbyhavn, Denmark, and were compelled to swim the last few hundred feet due to harbor restrictions. Last reported, they are in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rob and Poldy have a beer in Copenhagen while watching the England-Croatia World Cup Game.

Click here for Arch2Arctic’s base page that explains the expedition, contains the latest news, the best photos, expedition links and previous updates.

Camping in Germany. The two have reported they are not sleeping well because the tent is too small!

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