World’s Largest Viking Ship Sails from Norway to America in 2016

Expedition America


Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest Viking Ship built in modern times is preparing to explore the world and will sail across the North Atlantic Ocean in the summer of 2016.

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.


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