Rollo, the first Jarl of Normandy, nicknamed Hrolf the walker because of his height(1), was an exceptional Viking who travelled thousands of kilometers through lands and seas with his companions looking for new territories.
(1) According to the legend, Rollon was so tall and the Scandinavian horses so small that he walked more than he rode!
The project has been imagined by Christian SEBIRE (founder of Ornavik) as a tribute to the Jarl and a way to federate the Normans and the Scandinavians who share an interesting heritage. The marathon runner and the Ornavik team have accepted the incredible challenge to walk in the footsteps of Rollo’s journey to Normandy. A team of people representing Ornavik, partners and the media will follow Lionel Rivoire, Norman marathon runner during a journey that will take them along the route of the first Jarl of Normandy. More than 2,000 kilometers separate Ålesund in Norway, Rollo's birthplace, from Rouen, Normandy's county capital.
It's for the kick-off of the 2018 season at Ornavik on 28 April that the marathon will start. The association teams will follow Lionel Rivoire on board a camper van until 19 May.
Statue of Rollo, which you can see in Rouen (Normandy)
ORNAVIK historical park
DOMAINE DE BEAUREGARD
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