Their amazing ships enabled a few hundred thousand Scandinavians to shape world history.
They were the first great world explorers in the western hemisphere. Most of western Europe has a Viking heritage of one sort or another. The Dragon Harald Fairhair is a large Viking longship built in the municipality ofHaugesund, Norway. The Dragon Harald Fairhair brings the seafaring qualities of a warship from the old Norse sagas to life. It is a ship that combines ocean-crossing sailing capabilities with a warship’s use of oars.
Construction and maiden voyage
The Vikings left almost no record of how they built their ships and how they sailed them.
Building began in March 2010. The launching of the longship took place in the summer 2012. Because no one today has real experience handling a Viking ship of this size, the initial period will be one of exploring how to sail and row the ship, and for experimentation with the rigging along the coast of Norway. In summer 2014 the longship made its first real expedition from Norway to Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, and back via various locations around the coast of the British Isles including the Isle of Man, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.
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