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World‘s largest Viking ship open to the public today and tomorrow

By Staff

Have you ever wondered what it was like to sail aboard the Viking ships which carried explorers, merchants and colonists crossed the North Atlantic, reaching as far as the shores of North America? Well, now is your chance! The world‘s largest Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, arrived in Reykjavík on Tuesday afternoon on its way to North America. During its stay in Reykjavík it will be open to the public: Today the curious visitors can check out the ship between 15:00 and 17:00.

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The ship will stay in the old harbour today and tomorrow, and then continue westward, following in the wake of Vikings who sailed from Iceland to Greenland, and from there to North America. The ship, which is anchored by Harpa Concert Hall, is the largest seaworthy Viking ship in existence, measuring 35 m (115 ft) from stern to stern, and 8 m (26 ft) wide.  The largest Viking ship discovered by archaeologists is the Roskilde ship, which is 27 m (121 ft) long.

The ship is a recreation of a type of Viking ship called Skeid, a version of the longship, would have looked like. The construction used archaeological knowledge and old boatbuilding traditions as well as legends gleaned from the Icelandic sagas.

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Don‘t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to actually come aboard a oceangoing Viking ship, before it sails off to America, following in the wake of the Icelandic explorer Leifur Eiríksson who was the first European to set foot in the Americas!

The ship will stay in Reykjavík for a couple of days, berthed by Harpa Concert Hall in the old harbour in downtown Reykjavík.

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