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Expedition America 2016: Draken Harald Hårfagre sails the Atlantic. The world’s largest Viking ship built in modern times has begun her challenging journey across the Atlantic after departing western Norway’s Haugesund last month. A group of 32 sailors, or modern-day Vikings, are sailing the 35-meter-long ship across the North Atlantic. Draken Harald Hårfagre is not a replica of a Viking ship, but was instead inspired by a combination of the Gokstad ship, information from the sagas, and solid knowledge of traditional boatbuilding.

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Expedition America 2016: Draken Harald Hårfagre sails the Atlantic

Published on Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 at 08:19 under the news category, by Norwegian American/The Foreigner.

The world’s largest Viking ship built in modern times has begun her challenging journey across the Atlantic after departing western Norway’s Haugesund last month.

The glow in the morning of departure
The glow in the morning of departure
Photo: Draken Harald Hårfagre


A group of 32 sailors, or modern-day Vikings, are sailing the 35-meter-long ship across the North Atlantic.

Draken Harald Hårfagre is not a replica of a Viking ship, but was instead inspired by a combination of the Gokstad ship, information from the sagas, and solid knowledge of traditional boatbuilding.

The Expedition America 2016 project is intended to promote exploration and bring the Viking discovery of the New World to life, more than a thousand years after Leif Eriksson’s transatlantic voyage.

The vessel is 114 feet long and 27 feet on the beam. It displaces 70 tons and has a 3,200 square foot sail of pure silk.

It is named after Harald Fairhair, the king who unified Norway into one kingdom at Hafrsfjord outside western Norway’s Stavanger in 872 A.D.

Readers can follow the expedition’s progress via their Facebook page.



Published on Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 at 08:19 under the news category, by Norwegian American/The Foreigner.

This post has the following tags: vikings, america, expedition.





  
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