The expedition connects distant lands as well as people. A crew of modern Vikings is exploring the world as the Vikings did a thousand years ago.


Arild Nilsen,

Ship builder and sailor.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create history by reliving the challenges of the Viking ancestors. An adventure you wouldn’t miss.”

Arild has worked with wood his entire life and really enjoys the feeling of creating something real, something that is made from living materials. Working with Draken as a boatbuilder is a once in a lifetime experience. To explore the materials and the construction of a Viking ship.

He is from the same villlage in western Norway as Raven-Floki, the first Viking to deliberately sailed to Iceland.

The story is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript. From Rogaland, Norway Floki set sail to the Shetland Islands, he continued his journey and landed in the Faroe Islands. From the Faroes he took three ravens to help him find his way to Iceland, letting them go and when one of them did not return he knew he had found land. He got the name Raven-Floki (Hrafnafloki in old Norse)

“It is thrilling to be close to the Sagas and do something a little crazy and down to earth at the same time.”


Karolina Malmek,

Sailor and Marine Engineering student.

“I love sailing! I’ve loved it from the first time I set foot on a sailing ship.”

It is the adventure and the possibility to explore what a Viking ship is capable of that drove Karolina to join the Draken Harald Hårfagre project.

The experience of sailing an expedition vessel around Svalbard and along the northern coast of Norway cemented an interest in the Arctic seas and a fascination in past Norwegian explorers, such as Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen. In the late 19th century Nansen made attempts to reach the North Pole with the legendary ship “Fram”. Nansen was not only a sailor and adventurer but also a researcher and a diplomat. He had a wider perspective and explored the world with open eyes, contributing to science and increasing the knowledge of the seas.

“Sailing a ship like Draken is a great opportunity to gain new knowledge; whilst learning and rediscovering old techniques, you also create and invent new ones.”


Captain Björn Ahlander, Sweden


Susanna Vallejos, Sweden


Woody Wiest, USA


David Short, United Kingdom

Pelayo Secades

Pelayo Secades, Spain

Karin Gafvelin

Karin Gafvelin, Sweden

Jan Gullbrandsson

Jan Gullbrandsson, Sweden

Klara Loebbert

Klara Loebbert, Sweden

Jonas Adenmark Thoreson

Jonas Adenmark Thoreson, Sweden

Jeff pulling rope (1 av 1)

Jeff Lievre, Canada

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The Explorer


The Route


The modern Vikings

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