New Member: Viking Kings AS – Draken Harald Hårfagre

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Draken Harald Hårfagre – The world´s largest Viking Ship built in modern times.

Viking Nilsson for Draken

In the summer of 2010, on a small island in Norway, a band of veteran boat builders, craftsman and artists undertook the challenge to build the largest Viking longship to sail in modern times. The Draken Harald Hårfagre was created from a patchwork of historical clues. Builders looked at the archaeological record, what bits of Viking ships have been found and they used the knowledge of the traditional wooden ship builders along the Norwegian coast. Inspiration was also drawn from the sagas that were written down a couple hundred years after the Viking times. Plank by plank, nail by nail, stitch by stitch they slowly constructed the vessel. On April 26th, 2016, the Draken Harald Hårfagre and a multinational crew of 32 sailors departed from Haugesund, Norway and set out to recreate the voyage that brought the earliest European explorers to the North American continent. After sailing to the Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland, the ship arrived in St. Anthony, Newfoundland just south of the only known Viking settlement in North America, L’Anse aux Meadows. Currently, the ship is docked at Mystic Seaport, CT while the crew plan and prepare for a voyage along the East Coast of the United States in the summer of 2018. www.drakenhh.com

Sponsorship opportunities and corporate hospitality activities will be available in the more than 30 stopovers which are now being planned.

Peder Jacobsson for Draken

 

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