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Follow our live blog of the Norway 75 team updates! In June 2018, a team of 8, which includes serving and former Royal Marines, will traverse the length of Norway by sea and land, retelling heroic stories of WWII combined Commando raids in unique and captivating ways, and commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the infamous Telemark raids. As they embark on this historical journey throughout Norway, the team will be raising funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity.
Unexpected interview shot on the iPhone! The son of Operation Gunnerside âSaboteurâ, Knut Haukelid DSO MC, talking about his fatherâs pivotal role in establishing the local Norwegian Resistance during #WW2. pic.twitter.com/6ySiR9g3JB— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 18, 2018
Final cycling stage of Norway 75 complete and Iâm not sure whether our cleets could have taken much more! Theyâve done 3000 miles and climbed many viewing points to capture the incredible Nordic scenery.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 17, 2018
-@GiantUK @EBwatches pic.twitter.com/EoUfDjLm4L
Bikes prepped, food on the go, map check complete and wagons loaded. We are almost ready to set off on our final day of cycling - destination Haukeli in Telemark ð´ð»ââï¸ð» Here we begin our 75th anniversary commemoration of the WW2 Telemark raids.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 17, 2018
-@Brigantes_Ltd @GiantUK pic.twitter.com/KrSvWdx49S
Lee out on the water with support from @theRMcharity— Royal Marines Family (@theRMcharity) July 16, 2018
We are proud to have been able to assist Lee in his transition from the military into civilian life following his medical discharge. Lee has also been supporting @norway_75 on their historic journey.https://t.co/aWP7Jar7zH pic.twitter.com/9K0OUf5bZ2
We are on our penultimate cycling day. The legs are tired, but we could keep on going when the views are this epic! Please visit our justgiving page and donate to support good mental health in the @royalmarines:https://t.co/svh1bPNumN— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 16, 2018
Proudly supported by @L3TRL @L3TRLCycling pic.twitter.com/eIufhMgb0L
A veteran of Dunkirk and the 1941 MÃ¥lÃ¸y Raid, the 2IC of No. 3 Cdo, Lt Col âMad Jackâ Churchill (DSO & Bar, MC & Bar), was well known for leaping ahead of everyone in battle with his Scottish broadsword slung and bagpipes playing âMarch of the Cameron Menâ! pic.twitter.com/fXBWB9Q2OE— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 14, 2018
The 1941 MÃ¥lÃ¸y Raid was of huge strategic importance to the Allies during #WW2. It was a successful combined operation between all 3 services, it drew vast numbers of Germans away from the main front and discovered an Enigma machine with a fully deciphered codebook. pic.twitter.com/C81E2FUF2T— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 14, 2018
Today we met Ragnar Ulstein MM. A former member of the infamous Linge Company, an important participant in various Commando raids across Norway, and leader of a regional Norwegian resistance group codenamed âSiskinâ; he is an absolutely incredible individual from WW2. pic.twitter.com/pjH0jURc7R— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 13, 2018
The team have once again been hosted with such openness and generosity. This time by former Royal Marine, Nigel Willoughby (Retd Maj) and his wife Mette.
We have once again been hosted with such openness and generosity. This time by former Royal Marine, Nigel Willoughby (Retd Maj) and his wife Mette. You have fuelled us with intimate knowledge about #ww2 and the local area and fed us more cake than we could consume! #CorpsFamily pic.twitter.com/YOjj7jDiAV— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 12, 2018
Our @LandRover Discovery, aka âGunnersideâ, is the workhorse of this challenge. Always loaded up to the max, towing multiple bits of kit and acting as the mobile comms HQ. Weâll be sad to hand it back! pic.twitter.com/fp9hPV7Wpy— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 12, 2018
The team have now completed their final paddle!
We have now completed our final paddle! From start to finish and thanks to @theRMcharity, we have been amazingly well supported by former Royal Marine now sea kayak guide, Lee Waters. Please show your support to @theRMcharity by donating here: https://t.co/svh1bPNumN pic.twitter.com/AULBUsvMOv— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 11, 2018
Some stunning views for the Norway 75 team today as they cycle along the Atlantic Ocean Road.
What a spectacular cycle along the Atlantic Ocean Road and into Molde! The shining sun and northerly winds should hopefully continue for the next few days; bringing us into Ã lesund in high spirits before meeting some amazing individuals tied intricately to the history of #ww2. pic.twitter.com/U0XYvJsMTY— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 10, 2018
Surrounding the rich history and amazing people in #norway, we have had an incredible adventure so far. Shot on the @GoPro karma. @GoProUK #gopro.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 9, 2018
Raising money for @theRMcharity #goodmentalhealth https://t.co/svh1bQ55el pic.twitter.com/0vERC49kuf
Back on the road tomorrow! We are making our way towards Ã lesund where we plan to meet with two individuals who were absolutely integral to the Allied war effort during #worldwar2 both in Norway and on a global scale....— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 8, 2018
Thank you to a key N75 supporter: @L3TRL pic.twitter.com/D2KdElXBTd
Keeping track of the cycling team and forward support vehicle using the @DellRugged as a hub for our mapping and tracking services. An awesome bit of kit for every adventure! #rugged pic.twitter.com/cM33Ojzghk— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 7, 2018
This week the team retraced the insertion route that the team from No.2 Commando/SOE took in 1942 in order to destroy the Glømfjord Power Plant.
This week we retraced the insertion route that the team from No.2 Commando/SOE took in 1942 in order to destroy the GlÃ¸mfjord Power Plant in Norway.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 6, 2018
Check out our journey to find out more about this incredible piece of history: https://t.co/kaBK6BIotD pic.twitter.com/JtAZ9BA45h
âªCpl Lucy Chappell of the @royalmarines Band Service on where have we been, where are we now and where are we going?! A massive thanks to XL Catlin for supporting our endeavour to raise money for @thermcharity #goodmentalhealth bit.ly/2ji4YZ9â¬ - - - - #journey #update #team #norway #norge #charity #outdoors #royalmarines #commando #gopro #goprohero
The sun is out, weâre back on the @GiantUK Toughroads, moving South and the hot coffees are now getting substituted with @ORSHydration! Thank you so much for your support to our endeavour as we raise money for @theRMcharity #goodmentalhealth https://t.co/svh1bPNumN pic.twitter.com/dE1YKUc1uv— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 5, 2018
An incredible day up on the Svartisen Glacier in Norway as we retrace the No. 2 Commando insertion route from Operetion Musketoon in 1942.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 4, 2018
Raising money for @theRMcharity #goodmentalhealth https://t.co/svh1bPNumN @Brigantes_Ltd pic.twitter.com/fUIdscXbne
Today the team paddled into Bjærangsfjord as they retraced the insertion route of the 1942 Commando raid, Operation Musketoon.
Today we paddled into BjÃ¦rangsfjord as we retrace the insertion route of the 1942 Commando raid, Operation Musketoon. Tomorrow we cross the Svartisen Glacier on foot as those Commandos did in 1942 during their infiltration to destroy the German controlled GlÃ¸mfjord power plant. pic.twitter.com/SuwUwSpcwW— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 2, 2018
The Norway 75 team have experienced some truly incredible scenery. Here's some stunning footage of the Lofoten Islands.
Using the @GoPro Karma to help get some perspective on the incredible scenery in the #Norway Lofoten Islands. What an amazing place! #gopro. Continue to follow our journey as we raise money for @theRMcharity #goodmentalhealth https://t.co/svh1bPNumN pic.twitter.com/iRsVOrZhd1— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) July 1, 2018
Operation Claymore was a British Commando raid in 1941 targeting the production of fish oil and glycerine in the Lofoten Islands that supported the German war economy. This was a highly effective operation executed by @RoyalNavy, @RoyalMarines Commandos and various SOE assets. pic.twitter.com/E0nfU0Yw1p— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 29, 2018
What an incredible backdrop to our paddle in Lofoten yesterday. Truly breathtaking and so glad we finally found that break in the recent weather. pic.twitter.com/neqQ1eAN1F— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 29, 2018
Commence contingency planning for the strong winds that will hinder our third kayak phase commemorating the #ww2 Operation Claymore.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 26, 2018
None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors such as @PatronCapital and @L3TRL back in the UK. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/0ynCkolDXT
The weather is back on our side and preparations for the next paddle in #Lofoten commemorating #ww2 Operation Claymore has been underway. @armadillomerino @norlender @ebwatches @Gerber_Gear pic.twitter.com/sJWPwAyETj— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 28, 2018
85kph wind and solid rain has forced the team off the bikes today.
85kph winds and consistent rain has forced us off the bikes today. The route was going to be SvolvÃ¦r to Sorvagen, but we have instead driven and just about managed to keep the trailer upright in the crosswinds!! There is, however, light at the end of the many tunnels of #lofoten and that is the haven of @holmenlofoten who have kindly put us up for the night. Thank you so much! Weather dependent, we are looking to begin our third kayak from this location tomorrow morning. - - - - - #lofoten #lofotenislands #lofotenhighlights #norge #utno #fjelltur #norway #mittnorge #norway2day #wind #rain #storm #sea #ocean #norwayð³ð´
It may be another scorcher here in the UK, but the Norway 75 team are facing gale force headwinds, pouring rain and sub-zero temperatures.
Our luck with poor weather in Norway continues...gale force headwinds, pouring rain and sub zero temperatures. But our mission to retell heroic stories from WW2 and raise money for @theRMcharity goes on. Please show your support and visit our justgiving: https://t.co/svh1bPNumN pic.twitter.com/zZLRv805Ni— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 25, 2018
Long days on the bike, but morale is high.
Over the last 5 days, we have immersed ourselves in the epic 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud.
Over the last 5 days, we have immersed ourselves in the epic 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud. The sheer courage, determination and resilience of Jan and all those who supported his journey should be an inspiration to us all: https://t.co/Q4WRWNur5B pic.twitter.com/VbOJxfDqyW— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 23, 2018
200KM on the bikes today for the team!
The teams 3-day paddle commemorating the escape of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud, has come to an end
Our 3 day paddle commemorating the escape of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud, has come to an end. We have received so much support and input into the story behind Janâs journey. For that, we canât thanks the members of the Norwegian Home Guard District-16 enough @Forsvaret_no pic.twitter.com/Oh9nK4mUMo— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 21, 2018
Whilst mobile phone coverage is absolutely amazing in Norway, it canât always be relied upon. Especially when you are operating at reach and you need to have that safety net in place. Thank you @inmarsatglobal for supporting our #satcomms on this historic endeavour. pic.twitter.com/mrmOthIwE9— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 21, 2018
75 team member, Dave, getting prepped ahead of jumping in the boat for today’s paddle
Lucy has found the new team mascot! Vernon the vole!
Lucy has found the new team mascot! Vernon the vole! pic.twitter.com/0B3qzjShNx— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 20, 2018
We are currently immersed in a 3 day paddle near TromsÃ¸ commemorating Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud. However, phase three in Lofoten commemorating the World War Two Operation Claymore is due to be spectacular, rain or shine. We cannot wait!!!!! ð·: @seffis. - - - - #lofoten #lofotenislands #norge #norway2day #utno #fjelltur #summer #mittnorge #norway #beach #sea #blue #norwayð³ð´
Tomorrow morning the team are back in the kayaks.
Tomorrow morning we are back in the kayaks for 3 days and plan to paddle from TromsÃ¸ to Lyngseidet. This route is in-keeping and commemorative towards the 1943 escape and evasion of Norwegian Commando, Jan Balsruud MBE.— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 18, 2018
Some amazing first hand accounts to share later this week. pic.twitter.com/uijoZdPdeX
All in a days work on the bike as we continue to move South in this incredible country; retelling Commando history and raising money for @theRMcharity and good mental health. Visit our justgiving https://t.co/svh1bPNumN@GiantUK @GoProUK @visitnorway @Northern_Norway pic.twitter.com/JXJ4MkPTQp— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 18, 2018
Over the last 36 hours, the team have brought to life the finer details of the 1943 Operation Source.
Over the last 36 hours weâve brought to life the finer details of the 1943 Operation Source. It was an honour to conduct a small memorial service for the lost @royalnavy crews of the X-Craft submarines followed by an intimate tour of the Tirpitz museum in KÃ¥fjord #wewillremember pic.twitter.com/Fd4mZEK4hc— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 16, 2018
Our kayak leg to commemorate Operation Source - the @RoyalNavy midget submarine raid on the Nazi battleship, Tirpitz, in 1943 - was cut short due to foul weather. Itâs summer here. Allied troops faced these fjords mid-winter, under perpetual darkness and took the highest of risks pic.twitter.com/y0ZVaiY6TE— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 15, 2018
Albert ð³ð´ - an individual who epitomises #norwegian hospitality by going us a bed for the night and through family accounts, has brought to life some amazing history of how the Nazi Germany occupation impacted the local community in his area of Finnmark. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/o2zqo5k0jq— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 15, 2018
C/Sgt joined the Norway 75 team today. After being medically discharged from the Royal Marines in 2016 due to significant physical injury, The Royal Marines Charity has supported, and continues to support, his aspiration to become a professional sea kayak guide.
After scares of our kayak guide not making it out, he has finally joined us and pictured here briefing the team ahead of the first kayak phase commemorating Operation Source, 1943 - the @royalnavy raid that saw mini submarines X3, X5 and X7 disable the Nazi battleship, Tirpitz. pic.twitter.com/UWfcNpxSiM— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 14, 2018
Some stunning drone footage from Northern Norway - One day to go until they kayaks come out for the first paddle
Using the #goprokarma to capture #drone footage of the team cycling through the snowy region of Finnmark in @Northern_Norway. One more day to go before we start thinking about getting the kayaks out for the first paddle. @landrover @LandRoverUKPR @landrover_uk @gopro @goprouk pic.twitter.com/ddRtKAtwN3— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 13, 2018
We are currently cycling and sea kayaking the length of Norway; retelling heroic stories of WW2 Commando raids and raising awareness for good mental health in the @RoyalMarines. Please RT and visit our justgiving https://t.co/svh1bPNumN to show your support! Thanks! @theRMcharity pic.twitter.com/b4VNGZCAlq— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 13, 2018
The last few days of cycling across Finnmark have been all about staying warm for the team.
The last few days of cycling across Finnmark has been about staying warm and receiving inspirational speeches from our resident bike guru, Rich! Check out @armadillomerino at https://t.co/NPUwCKHsrv for a 15% discount and 15% net of sale to @theRMcharity. Thanks for your support! pic.twitter.com/EFLB4HSkTI— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 12, 2018
After 18 months of planning, Norway 75 is officially underway!
Norway 75 is officially underway and what better way to start than with our good friends from @Forsvaret_no! Please visit https://t.co/6rUwgkdlDM to find out more about this endeavour and donate here https://t.co/svh1bPNumN to support good mental health in the @RoyalMarines. pic.twitter.com/rtnpCTNNSH— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 11, 2018
Mid-June inside the Arctic circle providing some colder temperatures for the team
We are rapidly getting into the #Nordic way of life thanks to @norlender knitwear! Collected from the #varangermuseum in #kirkenes, it was a perfect way to begin our historic journey by learning more about the importance of local iron ore for the Nazi war efforts, and where the #norwegian resistance were in operation. - A family owned business that dates back to 1927, Norlenderâs founder and his sons were part of the resistance movement in Norway during #WW2 - a highly risky, but heroic part to play. - #norway #knitwear #history #museum #utno #norway2day
Listen to Norway 75 team leader Tim on BFBS earlier today with Rachel Cochrane
Great to hear @norway_75 team leader Tim on @ForcesRadioBFBS earlier today with @RadioRachelC - as they prepare to embark on their epic Norweigan journey.— Royal Marines Family (@theRMcharity) June 8, 2018
Listen to part one here: https://t.co/9vAwM2RE2c
Here's the second part of the interview as they prepare for this historic journey. https://t.co/zsvmZ42Ttm— Royal Marines Family (@theRMcharity) June 8, 2018
The Norway 75 team have received support from across the world, including from England and Tottenham Star Dele.
Thanks @dele for your show of support to @thermcharity and our 2000 mile journey through #Norway - we start on Sunday in the rain and wind! Well done on the win last night and good luck in the @fifaworldcup! - @spursofficial @orshydration @royalmarines @england. - Justgiving: bit.ly/2ji4YZ9 - #WorldCup2018 #ThreeLions #delealli #england #football #tottenhamhotspur #tottenhamhotspur #goodluck
Road conditions around the teams start point in Northern Norway! Be sure to listen to BFBS tomorrow to hear an interview at 10:30 with the team!
Road conditions surrounding our start point in @Northern_Norway are a stark contrast to what we have been driving up in! Closing in on freezing and snow creeping down to 300m! Time to get the bike snow chains out and layer up in our @armadillomerino! âï¸ð¨ pic.twitter.com/ULZANnmXYk— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 7, 2018
Inside Land Rover Discovery number 2 - aka Gunnerside!
T-1 before we set off and today has seen us fill bags, boxes, vehicles and trailers with all the kit we need to make our way down the coast. Starting at 0400 tomorrow, we have a 4 day drive to our start point..if we did that same trip East, we would end up just shy of Kazakhstan! pic.twitter.com/y9kvFDi4FW— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) June 4, 2018
Re-launch of our new promo video! With just over 4 weeks to go, team preparations are in full swing! Please RT and show your support to @theRMcharity by visiting our justgiving page https://t.co/z8HAY3vIXu or text NORW75 to 70070 to donate Â£10. @RoyalMarines @RoyalNavy pic.twitter.com/Y7B6BOOg0b— Norway 75 Challenge (@norway_75) May 4, 2018