What a difference 21 months makes. What was previously an unattractive offshore supply vessel is now a luxurious explorer yacht, or ‘ice warrior’. Named Ragnar after the legendary King of the Vikings, this much-anticipated conversion doesn’t disappoint.

Designed by British yacht design studio RWD and converted by Icon Yachts, the company behind iconic conversion projects such as the 77-metre Legend, Ragnar really is something else – and we finally have the photos to prove it.

To say this was a refit would be completely understating the extremity of this project. Originally built in 2012 as a working ice breaker called Sanaborg, the vessel has been transformed into a completely different beast. While Sanaborg was built to fulfil a purpose, to carry cargo back and forth, Ragnar was re-born to discover purpose.

Ragnar, a fully-fledged 69.2-metre explorer yacht, was built to withstand fierce Arctic conditions. Her exterior “armour” is packed with ice-breaking capabilities including an ICE Class A1 super hull and ICE class PC5-rated electric-driven ice pods. She has a range of 6,000 nautical miles, which is perfect for exploring, and she’s packed full of adventure toys.

Want to go heli-skiing? There’s an Airbus EC145 helicopter ready to drop you and your skis on the mountain peak. Want to take a deep dive into the ocean? There’s a three-passenger submarine ready to explore the hidden depths. Want to speed across the land, snow or waves? Quad bikes, snowmobiles and jet skis are all on hand to entertain explorers on all terrains imaginable.

As Burgess says, Ragnar is built to “fly with eagles, to dive with whales, to carve through the waves with the power of 800 horses and to race across snowy valleys at the twist of a wrist.”

She may look masculine and dominant from the outside, but this doesn’t mean she’s any less luxurious than the shiny white superyachts you see floating on the Med. The spacious upper deck features a bubbling jacuzzi – best enjoyed with a glass of champagne in hand as the snow falls overhead after an exhausting day of exploring. There’s also a pool, a fully equipped gym and a spa with a sauna and steam room.

The interior, meanwhile, is filled with hints to Old Norse history and mythology. This is best appreciated in the sky lounge where you’re transported back in time to a Viking sailing boat. A ship’s wheel stands in the centre of a hard wood panelled room, complete with a wooden bar and a living room-meets-library where one can imagine adventures being planned out over treasure maps.

Wooden panelling continues into the equally atmospheric dining room where a life-size armoured Viking stands to attention in the display cabinet overlooking the regal dining table.

Ragnar sleeps 12 across two elevated master suites (of course with wooden four-poster beds) on the B deck, four guest suites on the main deck and a twin suite which can also be converted into an office. And you don’t need to worry about rocking in your sleep as the yacht is equipped with stabilisers.

Ragnar is available for charter this Autumn for €525,000 per week through Burgess. If you want to be one of the first to charter her, she’ll be sailing into Mediterranean waters in September, followed by the Caribbean and Bahamas in the winter. Although, in my opinion, she’d be best chartered in the Arctic or Antarctic where you can make use of her ice-breaking functionalities and take her various toys out on the snow.

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