The world’s largest Viking ship

The Vikings left almost no record of how they built their ships and how they sailed them. There are many who have tried to recreate viking ships, some of them are replicas of the ships which has been archaeologically found and some of them are inspired from the norse sagas. Draken Harald Hårfagre is built with inspiration from the Gokstad ship, the ships mentioned in the sagas and from knowledge of traditional boatbuilding tradition.

Draken Harald Hårfagre is 35 meters long, 8 meters wide and the mast reaches 24 meters. She is sailed with a 260 square meters large sail and rowed with 25 pairs of oars. During the trail sailing the summer of 2014 she reached a top speed of 14 knots. When sailing expedition America she will be crewed by 32 skilled sailors.

The Vikings were accomplished navigators, artisans, traders and story tellers, but their greatest triumph was the ship they built.