Midgard Expedition - The search for intelligent life on earth
The Search For Intelligent Life on Earth
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What is the Midgard Expedition?
The Midgard Expedition crew lead by Bjorn Heyerdahl, a group of global citizens, are exploring globally models of intelligent sustainable human habitation and applying it to their own lives, careers and communities. This learning is shared as a global dialogue so that the lessons can be applied by any interested group or individual.
The Integral Doing, or application, is happening around the globe in partner academic institutions and the communities that surround them, in Climate Parks from Myanmar to Costa Rica, in sustainable human settlements, hospitalities and residential estates from the Free State in South Africa to Minnesota to medieval hamlets in Italy, in sustainable urban greening and renewal programs from Dubai to Johannesburg, in desert and coastal recovery programs from the gravel plains of the Sharjah desert to the islands of Mozambique.
Inspired by the genius in efficiency, design, earth-friendly materials and zero waste of Viking longboats, and the courage of the intrepid Vikings who built and sailed them, our research vessel RV ‘Midgard Herron’ will travel the globe with a crew of diverse scientists, explorers, and sustainability specialists, studying the three Integrating Institutions of the small pockets of real sustainable development to be found: the Science of Knowing, the Magic of Doing and the Mysticism of Being.
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We at Engel are always striving towards developing new, environmental sustainable products.
Supporting great causes like the Midgard, not only help us offset our carbon footprint but allows us to collaborate with like minded individuals on the cutting edge fo new developments in eco friendly materials and manufacturing techniques.
Engel has contributed not only funds to the expedition but also an array of cooler products, including the world’s most efficient and reliable Fridge Freezers, high-performance coolers, equipment dry boxes and soft cooler bags. that allow the crew and backup.
The Midgard Heron is supported by multiple vehicles and vessels that travel around the globe with them. The Engel Fridges and have proven invaluable as ice is hard to come by in the more remote locations.
“Deck space came at a premium onboard our 35ft Viking long boat. 12 Crew members meant for cramped working and living conditions which made for highly practical gear decisions.” – Bjorn Heyerdahl Expedition leader
Onboard the Herron the Engel 123 Hard Cooler became invaluable for food storage for the entire crew of 12. It also doubled up as functional bench for the Tillerman and aft crew members. The non slip rubberised feet on the Hard Cooler kept it stable in some very trying sea conditions.
The Soft Cooler bags were deployed for keep refreshments cool and accessible.
“The 123 Hard cooler was a life saver for us onboard our open deck Viking boat. Really proved its salt on many an occasion during the Southern Ocean legs. Also gave me a seat during the long sessions at the helm.”
– Nick Heygate Skipper Midgard Herron
ABOUT THE EXPEDITION
THE INTENTION OF THE EXPEDITION
The intention of these expeditions was to explore and understand the biosphere and mankind’s place in it. It was, and is, a search for context. A search for intelligent life on earth. What I have been exploring is mans capacity, ancient and modern, to integrate his identity and ingenuity with the grander systems of life. Much of the ego that drives exploration and accomplishment of any kind, is ironically, oblivious to the context and intimate connections to the subtle life systems that are our extended being. This same ego drives the industrial and informational machine and its why so many great explorers where also great leaders of ethnic, political and economic houses.
ROB ‘TOR’ TORKILDSON
ROB ‘TOR’ TORKILDSON
14 Guinness World Records
ROB ‘TOR’ TORKILDSON
NICK "CHOPPER" HEYGATE
Adventurer, Yachtmaster, Navigator
ANDRE (FLOKI) VAN DER WALT
Master Viking Ship Builder & Crew Member
A character with an open heart, humility, and integrity.
CAROLINE (CAZZ) LANDER
Adventure athlete, sport scientist, ocean rower
Diver, explorer, animal lover, solo Ocean rower
SHANNON MARY DEAN
Explorer, sailor, and Mom