Facts about Draken Harald Hårfagre

Draken Harald Hårfagre is a clinker-built Viking longship. She is not a replica of a known ship, she is a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great ship”. Knowledge of history, and especially the Norse sagas, archeological findings and Norwegian boatbuilding traditions combined created the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times.

Draken Harald Hårfagre is a square sailed, open wooden ship, 35 meters long (115 ft) with a beam of 8 meters (26 ft) and a mast height of 24 meters (79 ft). Top speed under sail is 14 knots. She can be rowed by one hundred oarsmen. The ship is equipped with 25 pairs of oars – each oar powered by two men. During Expedition America 2016, Draken Harald Hårfagre was crewed by 32 sailors.


The specifications


35 m (115 ft) long

8 m (26ft 2in) wide

24 m (78ft 8in) high

2,5 m (8 ft 2 in) draught

260 square meters sail


Hull: Oak

Mast: Douglas fir

Sail: Silk

Rigg: Hemp



Home port: 

Haugesund, Norway

Top speed:

14 knots

Sources of information form the most preserved Viking ship found – the Gokstad ship, the Nordlandsbåt and the Norse sagas

Traditional ornamentations, a Dragon’s head and tail, woodcarvings and ornamentations from archeological found ships, especially the Gokstad ship.

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To build a Viking ship

Pelayo Secades




Viking Nilsson

The ship

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