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DRAKEN: Viking Longship

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DRAKEN dockside at Mystic Seaport May 2017

Draken Harald Hårfagre at her summer berth at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Draken Harald Hårfagre is a clinker-built Viking longship, a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship.”

On April 26, 2016, Draken Harald Hårfagre left her home port Haugesund in Norway to begin an expedition to sail to America. The aim of this expedition is to explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages – the first transatlantic crossing and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than 1,000 years ago. So far the ship has crossed the Atlantic, sailed throughout the Great Lakes, and down the Erie Canal to New York City. At each stop along the way, thousands turned out to see this magnificent example of ancient seafaring.

Draken Harald Hårfagre was launched in 2012. While not a replica of a known ship,  she is a reconstruction  based on historic documents – particularly the Norse Sagas, archeological findings, and Norwegian boatbuilding traditions. She is the world’s largest Viking ship sailing in modern times. She carries one large, square sail, which can drive the ship at a speed of 14 knots. She can be rowed by one hundred oarsmen. The ship is equipped with 25 pairs of oars —each oar powered by two men. During her transatlantic Expedition America 2016, Draken Harald Hårfagre was crewed by 32 sailors.

Draken Harald Hårfagre returned to winter at Mystic Seaport Museum in October 2018, following her tour of the U.S. East Coast.

Please note: Draken is not open for tours.