Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Draken Harald Hårfagre
The Viking Ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, is docked in Montreal. It is a modern Viking ship built by hand in as authentic a style as possible. This year it crossed the Atlantic from Norway to Iceland to Greenland and then to Newfoundland in much the same way that Leif Eriksson did.
It is hard to imagine sailing in this across the ocean. Although the ship is similar to the original Viking ships, it does have some modern fittings: a gas stove, toilets as well as GPS and communications equipment. There is also a motor which is used in the river. The ship will be going through the seaway - hard to do with a large square sail! You can learn more about the ship and its route here.
The craftsmanship is amazing from the hull to the many details of decorative work found around the ship.
Odin's ravens accompany the ship. They are said to fly out at night to check out the best route for the ship and warn Odin about any problems ahead.
This is the figure at the stern of the ship.