The   Challenge

Take on the challenge of the Viking Rally and drive through 6 countries in 3 days, covering a staggering 1000 miles. You will pass through the beautiful countryside of France and Belgium, the canals and lowlands of the Netherlands, the great cities of Northern Germany and the Nordic beauty of Denmark and Sweden.

Each evening teams will meet at the Rusty Rally Hotel, either in a city or remote location, to swap tales of the adventures had on the way. Teams will determine their exact route between locations and everyone’s experience will be unique, depending on the road they choose.

Our intention is that every minute of your experience is an adventure and we will ensure that you enjoy great local cuisine and entertainment so that, whether you are inside or outside of your vehicle, this is a trip you will never forget.

Each car will have a minimum of two people and your team’s first challenge is to find a vehicle for £500 that takes you into Northern Europe in Style!

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About Us

What we do is simple. We take groups of young people out of their comfort zone and give them adventures they never forget. For many, this is their first experience of wilderness – of limitless stars overhead, mountains and greenery as far as the eye can see, sometimes even something as simple as the sight of sheep – and it dramatically changes their perspective.

And then the real adventure begins: within. Having to face new challenges in the company of peers, and experienced instructors, gives rise to new and intense emotions. It changes people, for the better. Forever.

For more information about The Outward Bound Trust please visit our website.

Our   Aim

The Rusty Rally, whilst a fun challenge, will raise important funds for The Outward Bound Trust and each car is requested to raise or donate £10,000. The entire sum will go directly towards funding our bursary schemes that enable disadvantaged young people to attend a life changing course. There is an additional registration fee of £250 per person to enter that covers costs.

We believe that a lack of funds should not be a barrier to boosting a young person’s confidence and self-esteem and improving their ability to work with others and to lead others. We are determined to make our courses as widely available as possible to all young people.

The   Route

On this incredible route, you and your old banger will drive through 6 countries in 3 days, covering 1000 miles. You will pass through beautiful countryside, great cities, sweeping coastlines and cross bridges that span countries. Your exact route is up to you, so you can determine your own adventure. Your registration fee includes 3 nights at 4* hotels with fine dining and wine, as well as, 2 RAC trained mechanics at your beck and call throughout the rally.

Thursday 14th September

Meet the Rusty Rally teams in Calais and admire the old bangers before starting our long trip north. Cross the border into Belgium, maybe stopping off at one of the many military sites en route. Border crossing number three takes us into Holland, where you can have lunch by the the Zaan River, with 6 authentic and fully operational windmills or stock up on cheese in the town of Edam. The first bridge of the trip is a mere 20 miles long across the Wadden sea into Northern Holland.

Rally HQ tonight is the beautiful canal town of Groningen, reminiscent of a mini Amsterdam. Enjoy a traditional Dutch meal by the canalside, swapping stories of day one's adventures.

Friday 15th September

From Holland cross into northern Germany, where you could choose from a number of different routes up into Denmark. Visit the quaint 18th century village of Treppenviertel on the outskirts of Hamburg, home to enchanting windings stairways and perfect views of the rolling hills, go via Kiel to step inside a WWII U boat or take a coastal route via the farmlands and the picturesque harbour town of Husum.

Reach Denmark by late afternoon and cruise along peaceful roads as you drive further north to the beautiful Sinatur hotel near Vejle Fjord. Here we will enjoy a Danish meal in the old 15th-century manor house.

Saturday 16th September

Today is a day of discovery – stop for coffee in the historical town of Odense, the home of Hans Christian Andersen, before taking the coastal trail to seek out small fishing villages, crossing between islands on huge bridges spanning the fjords below. Or head to the colourful city of Copenhagen before crossing the famous 10 mile long Øresund Bridge which links Denmark and Sweden. A drive up the coastline of south west Sweden takes you past the coastal towns of Halmstad, Varberg and Falkenberg.

Our final night is in the revived post-industrial City of Gothenberg, now one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations, we will celebrate our epic journey.

Sunday 17th September

At leisure. You can make your own arrangements to return home from Gothenberg or you can choose to stay on for a few days. If you are not driving home we can arrange for a car transporter to return your car for a fee.

The   Rules

Terms & conditions must be agreed and adhered to. Please click this link to read them in full.

Application   Form

To apply to take part in the Rusty Rally please complete the online application form. Once your application has been accepted you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person.