Viking King: Inside the hardcore explorer yacht Ragnar

Written by Charl van Rooy

Inspired by the identity of the famous Norse warrior king, the 68.2-metre charter yacht Ragnar was built to take guests out of their comfort zones and into an unchartered world of snowy mountain tops, unforgiving tundra and pitch-black ocean depths that teams with marine life. Beneath her rugged exterior is an even more untamed commercial backbone that sets motor yacht Ragnar apart from luxury explorer wannabes in her class.Ragnar yacht cruisingPhoto: Blueiprod / Burgess

To get a grip of the owner’s vision with motor yacht Ragnar, British design studio RWD delved deep into the Viking history books to pick up on characteristic elements that could be introduced in the project’s overall design. “The owner is hugely interested in medieval battles and weaponry, so we picked up on his hobby and gave the project real character with a helmet-like face,” says Charlie Baker, RWD team leader for the exterior and interior design. “He wanted the vessel to have a physical presence and I think the imposing bow and superstructure deliver that.”  Ragnar yacht with tenderPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessRagnar yacht with tenderPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessWith over 500 square metres of deck space and a total volume of 2,450 GT, motor yacht Ragnar is substantially larger than your conventional 68-meter motor yacht. A whopping 900 GT was added to the ship’s overall volume during the intensive rebuild project at Icon Yachts which lasted three years. Ragnar yacht as SanaborgRagnar yacht cruisingPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessOn a vessel that defies nearly every superyacht cliché in terms of layout and function, the top deck is perhaps the most subdued and familiar of them all. Here, guests will find an open-plan setup that wraps-around a central technical space which houses Ragnar’s emergency generator. A bar on the port side serves guests relaxing in the lounge up forward as well as those opting to warm up in the jacuzzi as the Scandinavian sun dips below the horizon. Ragnar yacht deckPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessInspiration for the interior spaces came from the owner’s own travel experiences and the long ocean voyages he has undertaken. The spaces on board are tailored to match the activities on offer to her guests, welcoming those returning from heli-skiing in a warm and cosy environment and embracing others surfacing after a deep dive with a spacious layout that is a blend of Scandinavian chic and old-world grandeur.Ragnar yacht barPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessThe guest accommodation arrangement is spread across two decks, starting with four equally-sized guest cabins separated by a central passage along the main deck. Two decks above, on B deck, two symmetrical owner cabins can be found in the aft section which both lead out onto a generous private aft deck.Ragnar yacht stateroomPhoto: BurgessRagnar yacht saloonPhoto: BurgessIt is on C deck one level below where guests can come together after a long day’s adventure activities in the formal dining room. A British pub-inspired bar to port and a giant 14-seater dining table to starboard sets the scene for an evening of storytelling and reliving some of the trip’s most memorable moments. Ragnar yacht diningPhoto: BurgessRagnar yacht diningPhoto: BurgessThe lounge opens up onto the pool deck where a family-sized jacuzzi/pool awaits flanked by two large sunbeds and an outdoor lounge. Her fully certified helipad allows for an ACH145 to land on deck, raising the bar when it comes to taking guests to the heart of the action on the slopes. Ragnar yacht deckPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessBehind the wheelhouse on A deck is the upper saloon is where guests get to enjoy a purpose-designed room for reading and games at over 10 metres above sea level. Following a similar highlands-inspired theme, this stately lounge is lined with dark walnut panelling, oversized leather armchairs and a custom-made games table. The all-encompassing explorer theme of the vessel is echoed in the addition of a galleon wheel mounted along the centreline as a piece of art. Ragnar yacht saloonPhoto: BurgessRagnar’s commercial identity made for an interesting lower deck arrangement, with the engine room located in the bow section and her ice pods in each corner of the stern. Technical spaces link these two parts but the design and engineering team managed to include a sizable gym down here along with a fully-equipped spa centre, away from the hustle and bustle of the operations on deck. Guests can relax in the massage room, sauna, steam room and beauty spa.Ragnar yacht gymPhoto: BurgessRagnar yacht stateroomPhoto: Burgess

When it comes to cruising, Ragnar is in a class of her own and comes with an autonomous range of 6,000 nm, not to mention her ice-breaking capabilities. Ragnar is the first LY3 superyacht rated Ice Class 1A Super,  able to operate in temperatures as low as -35°C and maintain a speed of four knots in ice over half a metre thick. Her twin CAT 3516 HD diesel engines (2000kW each) and Ice Class PC5-rated Wärtsilä electric pods (1750 kW each) are designed to churn ice while moving both ahead and astern.Ragnar yacht with tenderPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessSupporting Ragnar’s off-the-beaten-track credentials is a fleet of toys and tenders on standby to accompany even the most adventurous of guests. A hangar below the helideck houses a three-seater submarine, a custom-built Ripsaw EV2 amphibious vehicle, four snowmobiles and four quad bikes. Out on deck is where Ragnar stores an 8.9-metre Marell ice-condition tender with 800 hp along with two Ribeye Tenders and four jet skis. Toys are deployed and retrieved using the ship’s original 10- and five-ton capacity deck cranes. Adjacent to the garage is a heated and ventilated ski and wet room where guests can remove damp gear after returning from heli-skiing or a tender trip ashore and head straight down to the spa on the deck below. Ragnar yacht anchoredPhoto: Blueiprod / BurgessRagnar yacht lifestylePhoto: Blueiprod / Burgess

For those looking for the ultimate land and sea adventure holiday, Ragnar is available for charter with Burgess from $525,000 per week. Ragnar yacht sternPhoto: Blueiprod / Burgess



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