The Vikings are heading for New York City September 17!

The world’s largest Viking ship, the Norwegian Draken Harald Hårfagre, will be docking in New York City September 17-26.

The Viking ship will arrive New York City September 17 and will be celebrated in a grand welcoming ceremony with speeches, interviews and Nordic entertainment. The ship will sail pass the Statue of Liberty around 11 am and arrive at North Cove Marina for the ceremony at 11.30 am. Come meet the ship and her crew!

Draken Harald Hårfagre has been on an adventurous voyage, sailing from Haugesund, Norway across the North Atlantic Ocean via the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland to Newfoundland and into the St Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes the summer of 2016. She has visited numerous ports and has met thousands of people along her route, spreading the word about Vikings, the craftsmanship behind boatbuilding and the pursuance of ideas.

“The main goal when we started this voyage, was to cross the North Atlantic Ocean in a safe manner, following the historic route of the Norse Vikings. Next goal was to visit the Great Lakes. We managed that too. Our final goal is now to sail into New York.

“I am extremely satisfied with the seaworthiness of the ship. This old construction has fulfilled all expectations. I am also tremendously proud over the crew that has endured five months in very cold, as well as hot environments. They have made an amazing achievement.” says Captain Björn Ahlander.

Expedition America 2016 has encountered storms, icebergs, unpredicted weathers and many challenges along the route since the departure from Norway in April 2016. The aim to explore the voyage Vikings did a 1000 years ago and if it was possible to sail an open 115 ft wooden Viking ship across this waters has been proven and the arrival in New York City is the grand finale of this expedition.

It will be possible to visit the ship and the exhibition about the building of the ship and the history behind the expedition during the stay,

Deck tours 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday, September 18 – Thursday, September 22

Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25

Tickets to deck tours is available in the exhibition area in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

$ 10 adults (age 18 and up)

$ 5 children (ages 6 to 17)

The ship will be docked in North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place

250 Vesey Street

(just west of One World Trade Center)

Make  sure to catch the exhibition displayed in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

 

Press inquiries, please contact Sarah Blank, sarah@drakenexpeditionamerica.com

For hi-res pictures and film clips, e-mail info@drakenexpeditionamerica.com for access to ftp-server.

Link to dropbox with pictures and filmclips: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/abvi1h636vbg85g/AADgJgRIfqZQs2JVhTX3RUQLa?dl=0

At the welcoming ceremony September 17 all press must be accredited, last day for accreditation is September 16.

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