Still no money to repair Viking Ships

Officials at the University of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural Heritage have been disappointed once again after the government’s revised state budget still provided no funding for its efforts to keep Norway’s famed Viking Ships from literally falling apart. “We are extremely surprised and disappointed that the government hasn’t found place in the budget to take […]

More cracks found in Viking ship

Officials at Oslo’s famed Viking Ship Museum have found more cracks in the wooden Gokstad ship that’s been on public display since 1932. Anxious experts have added to its support apparatus, in the hopes of preventing the ancient vessel from collapsing. “When 1,000-year-old ship planks begin to weaken, the situation is extremely serious,” said Håkon […]

Norway finds another Viking ship

On an open field along the Oslo Fjord, among grave mounds from the Viking Age, archaeologists have found what they believe is another buried Viking ship. The discovery was made with the help of georadar that shows a ship-shaped object. The ship’s form was actually first spotted nearly two years ago, but many examinations were […]

Viking ships seem saved after all

Norway’s newly expanded government has specifically mentioned in its new platform that a new museum to house the country’s famed Viking ships will indeed be built. There’s still been no specific funding allocation for the project, but University of Oslo officials are relieved. “We’ve known for a long time that we have to do something […]

No funds for new Viking ship museum

Norway’s government was once again being accused on Wednesday of allowing the country’s Viking heritage to rot. State budget negotiations failed to provide funding to preserve its priceless Viking ships, or start construction on a renovated museum for them that would be dedicated to the Viking age. “We are very disappointed,” said Håkon Glørstad, director […]

Fourth Viking ship called ‘sensational’

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking ship, burial mounds and Iron Age homes right next to the busy E6 freeway near Halden in southeast Norway. The discovery is already being hailed as “sensational.” Although the Vikings are known to have been active seafarers and also brought their ships on shore to use as […]

Viking ship tied up in bureaucracy

A full-scale copy of Norway’s famous Oseberg Viking ship, which has sailed around the historic city of Tønsberg for the past five years, is currently tied up right at the start of its busy summer season. With no specific registry for Viking ships in Norway, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) believes the Saga Oseberg is either a cargo or passenger vessel, and it […]

Viking ship needs sudden bail-out

A replica of a Viking ship managed to weather the often stormy seas of the North Atlantic this spring to triumphantly arrive in North America, but now it’s run into a new storm of financial problems. Project organizers didn’t budget for the cost of needing port pilots in US waters, and are desperately trying to raise the […]

Another Viking ship arrives in Canada

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 […]

‘Viking Age Museum’ starts taking shape

A new safe harbour is rising around Norway’s famed Viking ships, arguably the country’s most precious national treasures. State officials unveiled the winning designs on Tuesday for a new “Viking Age Museum” in Oslo, to be built around the existing museum building, which itself is on the country’s historic preservation list. Statsbygg, the state-owned company in charge […]