There’s been a rash of Viking-ship construction projects in Norway in recent years, and one of the end results made it to Canada this week. The Draken Harald Hårfagre tied up at St Anthony in Newfoundland after leaving Haugesund on April 24.
It follows a long line of vessels constructed to recreate Viking expeditions of more than thousand years ago. One of the most famous, with its sturdy vessel still mostly intact and berthed at a museum in Illinois, is the one simply named Viking. It sailed from Sandefjord to the US and up the St Lawrence Seaway to Chicago in 1893, and was a big hit at the World’s Fair. Its captain, Magnus Andersen, was also the man who founded the newspaper that today is known as Dagens Næringsliv (DN).
The Draken Harald Hårfagre, billed as the world’s largest Viking ship, stopped at Iceland and Greenland on its way across the North Atlantic. It’s now due to proceed to Quebec, reported news bureau NTB.