A team lead by a Norwegian man will be sailing a Viking longship across the North Atlantic and upriver through the interior of North America this May. The ship is not an exact replica of any specific Viking-era longship, but is rather inspired by historical knowledge of Viking ship-making.
Recruiting is underway to staff a crew that will sail the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the worlds largest Viking longship built in modern times, from her homeport in Haugesund, Norway in a challenging two-month voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean. Almost 4,000 people from around the world have applied for 32 crew positions on the 115-foot-long vessel, whose captain hails from Sweden. In May, the Draken Expedition will explore and relive one of the most mythological sea voyages — the first transatlantic crossing, and the Viking discovery of the New World, more than a thousand years ago. Expedition America 2016 will head for Iceland and Greenland, and visit ports in the USA and Canada. Stay tuned for information about stops along the Saint Lawrence Seaway, throughout the Great Lakes and the New York canal system.
The brainchild of the expedition and owner/financier of the ship is Sigurd Aase, a Norwegian-entrepreneur. According to the journey’s website, Mr. Aase is:
…owner of Viking Kings A/S, the company behind Draken Harald Hårfagre-project. It all started by Mr. Aase’s strong interest in history, that led to the construction of the world’s largest Viking ship built in modern times.
Mr Aase is originally from Haugesund, Norway – the homeland of the Viking Kings. He is now recreating the journey of his ancestors to Vinland, the Viking name for North America.
This is the Draken’s website