Wild Way Of The Vikings

Mara Medi

TV Programming

Scotland

2017

Total project grant (euros)

153,979

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

TV Programming

Call number

23/2016

Call publication date

23 Sep 2016

Application deadline

25 May 2017

Result publication date

25 Oct 2017

This documentary follows the Vikings’ footsteps from the Norwegian Coast to Newfoundland, visiting each of the magical islands of ‘Fire and Ice’ on the way: the Shetlands, the Faroes, Greenland and Iceland. In sum- mer, pilot whales appear in huge numbers in Faroese waters. On Iceland the dominant hunters aren’t humans but wily arctic foxes. In mid-summer guillemot chicks leap from high ledges, aiming for the churning sea 150 meters below. Any that don’t leap clear will quickly be grabbed by the opportunistic foxes that patrol at the foot of the cliffs. Besides the polar bears, musk ox, wolves and arctic foxes, Greenland is home to vast breeding colonies of geese and the dashing gyr falcon – one of the most formidable hunting ma- chines in Nature. Finally reaching the well-wooded shores of Newfoundland, the camera dives beneath the surface to watch the humpbacks as they breach and roll in pure exuberance.

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