The Explorer

In 2008 the building of Draken Harald Hårfagre was initiated by the Norwegian entrepreneur Sigurd Aase.
Being a man with a strong mind he persuaded the most reputable ship builders and historians in Scandinavia to start the project of creating a really seaworthy Viking ship, much larger than the ones found in excavations.

It all started with a strong interest in history and led to construction of the largest Viking ship ever built in modern times.

Sigurd Aase is from Haugesund, Norway – the homeland of the Viking kings and the homeport of Draken Harald Hårfagre. Being an entrepreneur and curator of this project he is a modern Viking. A project that now recreates the journeys of his ancestors to Vinland, the Viking name of the north western parts of North America.

Sigurd Aase

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The modern Vikings


The homeland of the Viking Kings



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